APEC schools


Expressions of interest

Key dates

Deadline to submit expressions of interest: Friday 13 February 2015


English is the medium of instruction from Year 3 in the Philippine Basic Education Curriculum. Even so, recent studies and results of national tests indicate that the quality of English in schools is declining. In response, we are working on new initiatives through our work in English teaching to address this.

Teach English in the Philippines scheme is one of these new initiatives. We are delivering this scheme with partners like VSO Bahaginan, the country organisation of VSO International, and APEC Schools, a chain of low-cost private secondary schools developed by a joint venture between Pearson Affordable Learning Fund and Ayala Corporation, one of the Philippines’ leading conglomerates. 

We are now looking for UK university partners to support the scheme. For the first year, we intend to invite university students to volunteer and teach English, maths and science to senior high school students in the Philippines. A volunteer programme will be implemented to ensure the student volunteers are assigned relevant work and are supported while in the school.

The UK university partner will be in charge of:

  • Promotion
  • Initial selection of volunteers
  • Venue and facility for skype interview and testing

Further information on the scheme

There are two possible schemes depending on the choice of the UK university partner. 

a. UK Summer Period

  • Students arrive late June and spend their summer in the Philippines under the scheme
  • Classes begin first week of July and scheme will be for 6 weeks 

b. Regular Term

  • Students attend the programme as part of their academic requirement or a form of internship
  • Timing is flexible as long as they cover at least 8 weeks

Volunteers should preferably be:

  1. In their penultimate year at university
  2. In an education or ELT programme

The volunteers endorsed by the UK University Partner will sit a psychological test administered by VSO UK. Successful volunteers will then be interviewed via skype by the administrators of APEC schools. 

Each participant will be required to contribute a participation fee for the programme that will cover: 

  1. Return airfare London to Manila
  2. Accommodation arrangements with host families by VSO
  3. Insurance
  4. Pre-deployment training by VSO, British Council and APEC Schools
  5. In-country support by VSO and British Council


Higher education institutions in the UK are invited to submit their expressions of interest in the scheme.

How to apply

For more details of the programme, and to submit an expression of interest, please contact Mike Cabigon at mike.cabigon@britishcouncil.org.ph