Cebu is a city in the midst of overwhelming growth that blends its ancestral heritage with a modern business edge. Standing as the country's top business and tourist destination, Cebu was crowned as the Queen City of the South. Finding its own place under Cebu's friendly skies, business and leisure coincide together with office buildings and beach resorts.
Cebu is an elongated island some 250 kilometers from North to South and 45 kilometers across at its widest point. It is central to the Philippine archipelago and some 600 kilometers south of Manila. This location combined with a sheltered deep water harbor has made Cebu the base for most of the country's domestic shipping and the gateway to the central and southern philippines. The island's area of 5,000 square kilometers supports over 3.4 million people of whom over 1.7 million live in Metro Cebu. The east and west coasts are separated by a mountainous spine which rise to 1,000 meters.
The climate is warm, generally 23 to 33° C. Rainfall is evenly distributed throughout the year, except for the summer months from March to May which are dry. Beaches, coral atolls, islands and rich fishing grounds surround Cebu. Cebu's central location, proximity to unusually exotic tourist destinations, ready access to a diversity of plants, animals and geological wonders within the island, and remoteness from earthquake and typhoon activity make Cebu a unique destination.
In 1521, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan first set foot on Philippine soil and planted a cross on the very spot where the first Filipinos were baptized. This cross marked the beginning of Christianity in the Philippines, after the first Catholic Mass was celebrated in Mactan Island on April 14, 1521. The Chinese saw the value of Cebu as a trading post in around 900AD and the island's physical location made it the obvious place for the Spaniards to establish the Philippines first city.
Cebu became the de facto capital of the Spanish colony. Its central trading and shipping post status resulted in a remarkable range of cultures mixing, amicably with the Malays. A unique cosmopolitan culture evolved during the 400 years of Spanish rule and continued during 40 years of American influence.
People from many countries live in Cebu and are well integrated with the local population. The main religion is Roman Catholicism, while nearly every other religion is freely practiced.
Although pre-Spanish culture is still a way of life for some mountain villagers it is often woven into the cultures of other lands then expressed in song and dance extravaganzas such as the Sinulog festival. Such fiestas creatively mingle foreign influences with local folk lore.
Relics of the past are found aplenty as Cebu is the country's oldest city. More than just a city of increasing sophistication, Cebu still retains much of its provincial warmth and charm, with its colorful past. Apart from Cebu's numerous man-made landmarks and institutions, it also features many miles of forest greens - a haven to wildlife and the place for a perfect picnic.
Cebu is a wonderful place to begin your TEFL experience. A city of numerous white sand beaches, crystal blue waters and swaying palm trees will surely provide an ideal atmosphere for leisure and study. The city also boasts an active nightlife scene, many shopping malls, and incredible diving areas. Cebu experiences a moderate climate and there is sure to be sunshine the whole year through. If you enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the beach combined with the liveliness of a city, Cebu is a perfect destination for you.Apply now & get certified to teach english abroad!
The TEFL International training centre in Cebu is modern, comfortable and well-air conditioned. It's perfectly equipped to provide a very comfortable learning and study environment. Close to the school are a number of restaurants, bars and modern, spacious malls and supermarkets.
Facilities at the school include free internet access, tea and coffee, and all the teaching facilities you will need for the whole duration of the course.
Our Cebu TEFL centre offers plenty of accommodation options for you to choose from during your stay with us. We have developed a good relationship with several hotels and guest houses in the local area which means you will receive a very competitive price. Our recommended accommodation providers are all located within a short distance of the training centre and have been inspected to ensure they provide a safe, clean and comfortable environment.
If you prefer to roll out of bed straight into the classroom, then we have an accommodation option that is located directly above our training center. In the surrounding area you will also find a wide variety of other options, with prices starting at around US$ 235 for the length of the course. Whatever your personal preferences or budget, our Cebu centre staff will be happy to help choose the right option for you once you have confirmed your place on the course.
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The total price is divided into: deposit and balance.
The deposit may be paid via a) credit card b) Paypal c) wire transfer d) Western Union.
The balance of the course fee must be paid by cash, PayPal or bank transfer directly to the training center on the first day of the course.
The accommodation fees are not part of the course price and you are free to choose whichever accommodation option you prefer.
If you choose to use our accommodation, it should be paid for either by cash, PayPal or bank transfer directly to the school at the start of the course.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What are my payment options?Expand
Course deposits must be paid to our administrative center. Credit/debit card payments are the fastest and cheapest way to pay, but we also accept payments via Western Union, Pay Pal and bank transfer. While there are no deadlines for a deposit, courses can fill up quickly and your seat will only be reserved after the deposit has been paid.
Once you make your deposit, you will receive an email with an informational packet that provides detailed information about the course and Cebu itself.
The balance of course fees is payable in cash (US dollars or Philippine peso) on the first day of class. Alternatively, you can pay via bank transfer but these payments should be made at least two weeks in advance of the course’s start date.
Course fees are all-inclusive so you won’t be asked to pay additional costs for course related materials or services. This also includes course moderation and accreditation fees, airport pick-ups* and lifetime job assistance.
* Airport pick-ups are available on the Saturday before the course begins.
What travel documents will I need for the philippines?Expand
All visitors to the Philippines are required to carry a passport valid for at least six months after their arrival date. Visitors to the Philippines from the United Kingdom, USA, Australia and New Zealand can stay in the Philippines for a maximum of 60 days without a visa and this can easily be extended. Citizens from all other countries should contact their local consulate to obtain current travel regulations.*
* As this information is subject to change at any time, we advise you to contact your local consulate for current travel regulations prior to planning your trip. For more information on obtaining visas please check with your local Filipino consulate or embassy.
What is the course schedule?Expand
The initial orientation is on Monday morning at 8:45 a.m. prior to the first class. The first class will take place on Monday morning at 9:30 a.m. The full course schedule will also be provided on Monday morning. Sessions generally run between 9:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. with appropriate breaks throughout the day.
What can I expect during teaching practice?Expand
We use local Filipino students for the trainees’ teaching practice. The students are very keen and enthusiastic and because we don’t charge them to attend, all students come to classes purely because they want to!
Lessons are based upon real teaching resources found all over the world and you will have the chance to create your own materials as well. You will also receive the aid of your course trainer throughout lesson planning and receive immediate feedback on your lesson after it’s been delivered. Practicum is assessed and a satisfactory assessment is required to earn your TEFL/TESOL certificate.
Who usually attends the course?Expand
We average around 16 trainees on each course. The majority of trainees are British or American, while many others come from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Ireland, South Africa and the Philippines. Occasionally, we do get fluent non-native English speakers from Western Europe, Scandinavia, India, China, Thailand, etc. Trainees must be 18 years of age or older and the age range varies greatly depending on the course.
Is there a dress code?Expand
For all input and tutorial sessions at the training location, there is only one specific dress requirement: Both men and women should have a shirt covering their shoulders. The course operates from within a school so we ask you to be mindful of this, as well as being mindful of your peers and to respect the fact that you are a visitor in another country.
During teaching practice there are specific requirements that adhere to the local dress code. All trainees are expected to dress professionally according to the following guidelines:
Women: Shoulders should be covered, blouses with sleeves are suggested. No low-cut necklines, very short skirts or bare midriffs. Open-toed shoes are acceptable, but not hiking or flip-flop sandals.
Men: Long pants, slacks or trousers are required, jeans are not acceptable. Short or long-sleeved shirts with a collar are necessary, although a tie is not required. Loafers or dress shoes are both fine, sandals are not acceptable. Long hair should always be tied back.
What should I bring for course studies?Expand
Please be sure to arrive on the first day of the course with a notebook and a pen. We also encourage you to bring a laptop as we have Wi-Fi at the training center. We will provide all course materials for you so there is no need to bring anything else for the course itself.