1. Is the Philippines a native English-speaking country?
No. If someone says that Filipinos are native English teachers, that would be factually wrong. However, there are lots of Filipinos who speak English fluently because English is an important part of the curricula for primary and secondary schools in the Philippines. Also, almost all university courses are taught in English, and students have to submit all assignments in English. Therefore, many Filipinos write and speak English fluently, although there might be differences in diction and pronunciation. Many USA call center companies have moved to the Philippines because there are lots of people who speak English well.
2. Is the Philippines a dangerous country to study in?
Although there are areas where it is dangerous to travel, the most recent international crime statistics show that the crime rate in the Philippines is much lower than in the United States, slightly lower than in the UK and Australia and only slightly higher than in Canada. Also, major incidents of crime are mostly far away from tourist and study destinations where foreigners are. It is usually only people who travel to remote areas in the southern Philippines who might get in trouble.
In any country, if you act like spoiled kid, or disrespect people, or walk around some areas in the middle of night after drinking, or if you do something illegal you might have a bad experience, but this is true in any country in the world. If you know how to respect people, and act properly, obey laws and follow the simple rules for foreigner, you are very unlikely to have any bad experiences.
Also, racism in the Philippines is very rare and you are very unlikely to be embarrassed or made to feel bad. People like to joke but they are kind and respectful. I haven’t had a bad experience during the 7 years I have lived here.
3. Why do people who study abroad go to Philippines?
People come to the Philippines because they can get a good education at reasonable price compared to countries like the USA and Canada. The biggest difference you’ll be having is the availability of affordable 1-on-1 classes. You can have 4 or 5 1-on-1 classes; this is a much quicker way to learn than being in a class of 20 or more students, which is the usual situation in countries like the US, the UK and Australia. You can get 1-on-1 classes in native-speaker countries but they are very expensive compared to group classes. In the Philippines, the low cost of living means that all classes are much cheaper.
4. How to choose right school for me?
You need to spend time doing some research in order to find the right school for you.
In my case, I was studying in Australia and I felt that I needed 1-on-1 lessons, not group classes. I searched for a school that was offering English native 1-on-1 classes because I was worried about Filipino teachers’ accents.
I found a school and I studied there, and I loved the environment and people. That is why I have been working at CIP for more than 7 years.
This was my checklist for finding the right school for me:
– Schools that were offering English native 1-on-1 teachers.
– Schools that had international students.
– Schools that had facilities for playing volleyball.
– Schools that had good reviews from a lot of students.
Hope this information would help you to have right idea about studying in the Philippines, and find right school for you.