The Philippines is the third largest English speaking country in the world. It has a rich history combining Asian, European, and American influences. Many Filipinos celebrate traditional festivities known as barrio fiestas (district festivals) to commemorate the feast days of patron saints.
Participants must be between the ages of 16 – 17,11 years old on the day of departure.
The AFS Program
After your host parents greet you with traditional hospitality, it shouldn’t be long before you feel at home in their open, friendly community. By going to a local high school, you’ll be totally immersed in a new language and customs, and what you learn during the day will be reinforced at night when you spend time with your host family. This is your chance to break out of your comfort zone and join in this diverse and ever-evolving culture.
Your high school
There are two government agencies that supervise the educational system in the Philippines (1) Department of Education for primary and secondary education (2) Commission of Higher Education (CHED) for tertiary level.
The educational ladder consists of: pre-school, six years elementary education, four years in secondary and four years in collegiate level.
Subjects that are required in all schools are: English, Mathematics (geometry, algebra, and trigonometry), Science, Filipino and Makabayan “Patriotic” (economics, history, geography, civilizations) and Technology and Livelihood education, Physical Education, Arts and Health.
The academic year in the Philippines starts on the first Monday of June and ends in the rest last Friday of March. For secondary students, classes starts at 7am until 5pm.
The language of instruction is predominantly English except for Filipino classes. Students must come to school with complete uniform.
“Life-changing” is hard to describe, yet it’s nearly always the first thing that AFSers say when asked about their experience abroad.
“Transformed” is another one. When you return home, if you’re like most AFSers, you’ll bring with you a sense of accomplishment unlike any other. You’ll have gained maturity and independence, discovered new passions, and feel like you can do anything you set your mind to. That transformation isn’t visible only to you, though – others see it as well. AFSers gain critical skills for college and careers, ranging from language fluency to intercultural competence and critical reasoning. “Life-changing” means it’s only the beginning.
- Airport Pick-up
- Host Family Placement
- School Placement
- Individual Contact Person
- Medical Insurance
- 24/7 Emergency Support
- School Transport
- Assistance with Application Process
- Visa Application Assistance
- Pre-Departure Orientation
- Orientations during your time abroad
- Re-entry Orientation
- Global Competence Certificate
- Access to Alumni Network
- Continuous Support
- Worldwide Presence
- 70 Years Experience
- Visa and Passport Fees
- School Uniform