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TEFL Certification for Filipinos – A Guide to TEFL Jobs for Filipino English Teachers

By Kach Umandap November 19th, 2016 Posted in Inspiration and Love Stories, Teaching English - TEFL, Travel Blog 75 Comments

Have you been thinking about becoming a TEFL teacher to teach English abroad but feeling unsure how to get started or where to find the best TEFL certification for Filipinos

No matter if you’ve been dreaming about the shimmering beaches of the Thai Islands, the snow-topped peaks of the South American Andes, the happening cities of China, or the cultured towns of Mediterranean Europe, TEFL is your ticket to travel the globe. Yep, simply by making use of your language skills in English, you could soon be gorging on pizza in Rome or unraveling the mysteries of the Argentine gauchos – all while earning as much as $2,000 USD a month!

We highly recommend this 120 hour online TEFL course from Let’s TEFL.

Please note that TEFL course providers are only providing the TEFL course and the TEFL certification that teachers need to be able to teach English as a foreign language. Every country has its own employment and visa requirements and they often change without prior notice. These requirements can sometimes require that TEFL certification is “validated”, “notarized”, or “authenticated”. Such is the case with China and Vietnam. It is your own responsibility to check the requirements for the country that you plan to teach in, as no TEFL course provider has any control over the employment visa regulations of other countries. 


We have also partnered with Let’s TEFL to offer accredited 120-hour   TEFL courses with a 60% discount. Just use our exclusive promo code – TWOMONKEYS. Let’s TEFL courses include free certificate shipping!

TEFL Certification for Filipinos – A Guide to TEFL Jobs for Filipino English Teachers

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Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about TEFL teaching for Filipinos, that we’ll be answering for you in this complete article on how to be a Filipino TEFL English teacher.

  • Can a Filipino be a certified TEFL teacher?

Yes, a Filipino can be a certified TEFL teacher! What you need is a strong, fluent command of the English language, especially English Grammar, and to be a certified Filipino TEFL teacher. If you’re having issues with your grammar then check out Grammarly too, a website that could help you proofread your work or your lesson plan!

  • How can I become a certified Filipino TEFL teacher?

You can become a certified Filipino TEFL teacher by enrolling in a suitable, accredited TEFL course for Filipinos. There are many types of TEFL courses out there, both classroom-based and online.

  • What is the best TEFL certification?

The best TEFL certification online for Filipinos is an accredited TEFL course that teaches every aspect of teaching the English language to the highest standards possible. Online TEFL courses for Filipinos usually offer the best value for money, whilst preparing you fully to be great TEFL English teacher. There are so many TEFL courses out there, so we have chosen to recommend Let’s TEFL because we know them well, they are properly accredited, and they offer lifetime job finding support to all Filipino TEFL teachers. Your online TEFL course should be at least 100-120 hours to satisfy most employers.

  • Where is the best place to be TEFL teacher?

The best place to be Filipino TEFL teacher is Vietnam, or Peru, or Spain, or China, or …just kidding! The best place to be Filipino TEFL teacher is the place which makes ticks as many of your ‘dream-life-boxes’ as possible. It is the place that makes your heartbeat with excitement and anticipation when you picture yourself waking up there every day. Remember, you’re doing this for a reason – to live the life you want to live!

  • How much money does a TEFL teacher earn?

A Filipino TEFL teacher can earn ‘up to’ $2000 USD per month. Having said that, this number is the upper-high-end, and your earning potential will depend on a variety of factors, such as; country, experience, skill level, school or institution and your own ability to sell yourself. Aiming to earn $800 – $1000 USD per month at the beginning of your TEFL career is reasonable, but remember there are many variables to consider.

  • How can I make my TEFL resume stand out to employers?

You can make your TEFL resume stand out to employers by following some simple key rules, for example; choose a clean look and simple design; include a professional-looking headshot (especially in Asian schools), and tailor your resume for each application. Read the whole article for more resume tips!

  • How can I find a job as an English teacher?

To find a job as a Filipino English teacher, you should start contacting potential employers before you arrive in your chosen country but don’t sign any long-term contracts right away. This helps you to build your network before you arrive. And remember, Let’s TEFL also offers job finding support. Read the whole article for more advice below!

  • How can I find students as a TEFL teacher?

You can find students as a Filipino TEFL teacher in a variety of ways; promoting yourself; connecting with other Filipino TEFL teachers; making use of online forums and being proactive in creating work for yourself.

  • How can I improve my salary as a Filipino TEFL teacher?

There are many ways to improve your salary as a Filipino TEFL teacher, but the most important are to build your experience as an English teacher, then you can start to specialise in teaching private students at a higher level and for international qualifications like IELTS, PCE and TOEF.

  •  So how do I get started to become a certified TEFL teacher?

If you think that you’ve already read enough and you’re ready to get started in your new life as Filipino TEFL teacher, then go ahead and start planning!

If you’re not quite ready yet, then keep reading below for loads more detailed advice on becoming a fully certified TEFL teacher!

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The first thing you’ll need to be a Filipino TEFL teacher is an accredited TEFL certification for Filipinos, which allows you to enter the classroom and teach the language you know so well. You’ll be imparting knowledge about everything from vocabulary to grammar, and have a choice of schools right across the planet. What’s more, Filipino English teachers are widely considered to be some of the most sought-after on the globe, with a high standard of fluency and strong work ethic just two of their greatest strengths.

So, with high salaries, awesome destinations, steady and rewarding work, and enticing relocation packages all often part of the package, what are you waiting for?

Steps to take and helpful advice for becoming a Filipino TEFL teacher and finding TEFL jobs for Filipino English teachers:

1. Get certified – find the best TEFL certification for Filipinos

It may seem a little obvious, but the first step for all budding Filipino English teachers is to get qualified. There are oodles of different TEFL courses out there, from short introductory courses to more comprehensive courses that leave you with the full certification and ready to enter the classroom. You can expect to be trained in everything from English grammar to class management techniques. And by the end of it all, you’ll be perfectly placed to show others the intricacies of past tenses and pronouns, all while effectively keeping students engaged.

Online courses tend to be the best value for money, allowing would-be teachers the chance to bag a fully-accredited qualification at their pace and with constant support over the web. There are countless TESOL courses in the Philippines and TEFL schools in the Philippines that offer these sorts of certifications, not to mention plenty of web-based companies like myTEFL that have similar remote courses. People always want to know which course we think is best, but there is no way to answer that as we cannot check them all out.

2. Choose WHERE you will be a Filipino English teacher

In theory, a TEFL qualification allows you to move anywhere you’d like, from the snow-topped Alps to the deserts of South America – so long as the place, you intend to go requires teachers, of course! However, there are some things to consider before you pin your hopes on a particular destination.

Firstly, think about what countries have the most English teaching jobs for Filipinos. For example, places like Vietnam and other sun-kissed tropical gems in Southeast Asia are experiencing hefty demand at the moment. Secondly, consider where in the world makes it easy to get all the necessary documents sorted. TEFL jobs for non-native speakers often require working visas and permits, and where you choose to go will depend on heavily on which countries are easy to access for would-be Filipino English teachers.

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3. Start getting experience as a Filipino English teacher

Once you’ve bagged that all-important TESOL certification for Filipinos, it’s time to bulk out the CV with experience. Ask any successful teacher, and they’ll tell you just how important it is to approach potential employers with teaching time already under your belt. Not only will it highlight a level of professionalism and aptitude, but also show just how dedicated you are to your new career.

You can get valuable experience in the world of TEFL teaching by volunteering at local schools, by offering to tutor friends and family members, or by doing online teaching work (which you might even get paid for along the way!). All of this will add value to your job applications, and help get you on the road and in the classroom in no time.

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4. Create an amazing TEFL CV

Ah, the dreaded CV. A single document to sum up all your skills and experience as a teacher? It’s certainly a hard ask, especially when recommendations say to keep the whole thing under two pages! However, there are some good ways to ensure your CV (the same thing as a resume) is terse, to the point, and effective.

A clean-look, simple design is important, while clear contact details and a professional-looking headshot (especially in Asian schools) should be added to the top of the document. From then on, the less wordy, the better – CVs are intended to convey all your experience and work at a glance, after all. For all the detailed stuff and more personal introductions, you can feel free to attach a separate cover letter, which should be tailored to the particular position you’re applying for. That means reworking your CV for every new application, focusing on your experiences with younger learners for primary schools, or isolating your great grammar skills for higher-education institutions. Thankfully, many TEFL providers will offer services like myTEFL’s post-qualification support, which can help hone that CV into something headmasters simply can’t refuse. 

5. Start applying for TEFL jobs for Filipinos  

We all know the saying: nothing comes for free! Well, it’s the same in the world of TEFL folks. If you really want that job of a lifetime teaching English abroad, then you’re going to have to go out and look for it. That means making lists of schools, teaching institutions and private tuition providers in your chosen destination. It means writing focused CVs and cover letters for each, and contacting the headmasters or head of studies individually to enquire about opportunities and work.

Don’t be disheartened if you feel as though you’re not getting anywhere. By contacting potential employers before you even arrive in a country, you’re already doing way more than most all other Filipino English teachers on the market. At worst, you’ll find you have a good network of contacts already built when you arrive. At best, you may just nail yourself a position. (Just be wary of signing long-term contracts before you’ve had a chance to see what a place is like on the ground.) Oh, and don’t forget that TEFL providers like Let’s TEFL offer job finding support to all graduates for life!

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6. Connect with other Filipino English Teachers

It’s worth remembering that once you’ve dusted off one of those TEFL courses in the Philippines or completed that online TESOL qualification, the likelihood is you’ll be moving away from home to teach. That can be a cataclysmic change and means leaving behind all your friends and family for an adventure elsewhere. Don’t panic! There are plenty of support systems in place, with Facebook groups and expat communities online eager to help you settle in and make friends in your adopted home.

What’s more, reaching out to these networks, and discovering the ins and outs of the TEFL scene in the destination you’ve chosen, can also help with that all-important job search. As you make more friends and alert more people in the industry that you’re looking for a position, it’s all the more likely that news about placements and teaching positions will trickle down to you. So, reach out, talk to others, send messages and ask questions – the process can only help in the search for those perfect TEFL jobs for non-native speakers.

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7. Promote Yourself as a Filipino TEFL Teacher

Don’t be scared to go full-throttle on the self-promotion front. All effective Filipino English teachers will do this! Make posters, reach out to Facebook groups of English learners in your chosen destination, leave fliers around schools, ask your pupils to spread the news about your tuition by word of mouth, start a website, and advertise online. All of these efforts will help you build up a wide base of potential students, and should – eventually, at least – help keep the cash flowing in.

Online TEFL providers and many TESOL schools in the Philippines will offer guidance in proper practices when it comes to self-promo. They can help you get to grips with the most effective ways to contact potential students and show what advertising methods are most appropriate. Oh, and always be sure to check your promotional activities are legal too – some countries simply don’t allow private tuition and one-on-one classes.

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8. Specialise as an advanced level TEFL teacher

Last but certainly not least comes the chance to specialise in a particular area of TEFL teaching. Most commonly this will take the form of exam prep, as you take on private students who are looking to succeed in a particular EFL qualification. And boy are there oodles of these! From IELTS to PCE, TOEFL to Cambridge exams, the acronyms and niches are pretty much endless. And that means the opportunities for Filipino English teachers are pretty much endless too!

Yep, opt to specialise as a teacher in one of these exam courses, and you could really boost your income from private students. You’ll have to remember to advertise your new direction and showcase your certificates in the area. But once you do, it’s all about cranking up the price of those one-on-one lessons, not to mention enjoying a new type of tuition with a focused direction and clear goals!

So, are you ready now? Then go ahead and get started planning your awesome new life as a fully certified Filipino TEFL teacher!

Can you think of any more tips and tricks for those people looking for English teaching jobs for Filipinos or TEFL jobs for non-native speakers? What are your experiences of TEFL schools in the Philippines and TEFL courses in the Philippines? Have you taken a TEFL course for Filipinos and have some valuable insights into the profession? We’d love to hear about it all in the comments below.


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75 thoughts on “TEFL Certification for Filipinos – A Guide to TEFL Jobs for Filipino English Teachers

  1. Hi. I am interested to work as an ESL Teacher either Thailand ,Vietnam or Japan. Is there an age limit?

  2. Hi kach I would like to know if LetsTeFL is also legit or accredited for my TEFL certification or which is better mytefl or letstefl? Thanks

  3. Hello! I tried to use your ‘myTEFL’ discount codes but none of it was working.
    Is it still applicable up to date?

  4. Thailand gives an opportunity to go for both types of TEFL courses that are available. You can attend the regular classes of the course or else can opt for the online course opportunity if you are already working somewhere else and do not have the time to attend classes. Only one thing must be kept in mind that there is no major requirement to go to Thailand in order to get a TEFL certification. However, you must definitely have a bachelor’s degree before going for a TEFL course as no school in Thailand will be eligible to legally hire you as a teacher.

  5. Going to rain on your parade of shining optimism, but Pinoy are not desired as EFL teachers abroad. I’m American, and have taught ESL abroad for more than 5 years. Pinoy are not native English speakers. You all have STRONG Latin sounding accents. You won’t be paid the same high wage as me, and the people who hire you won’t respect you the same. You can possibly travel to Cambodia, Vietnam, or China, but once they see your brown skin, they won’t hire you, or they will make an excuse (“we will get back to you soon”). I can say this, because I have witnessed it three times while teaching abroad. One lovely, bright Pinoy I actually dated in China left after 3 months of abuse and low pay left in tears. Another girl did the same the next year at another school. If you want to teach ESL in a poor country and make less money than you would in PH, go ahead. You won’t be happy. BTW, I have been teaching Koreans ESL in Angeles City (where I currently live). Not a single Pinoy teacher in sight.

    1. Well, there’s always a rainbow after the rain! 🙂 What you said is partly true. However, I think once those other small Asian countries like the Philippines realize that not all (actually most) “native” English speakers know how to teach the language (a lot can’t even write it correctly).
      Have a good day!

      1. Hi! I am interested to study tefl online. I have been teaching in Thailand as an ESL Teacher for more than 4 years, but I came home to Phils after and worked as a college instructor here in my province. Lately blogs and posts about the TEFL/TESOL and how it help to widen the knowledge about teaching English abroad interest me. I want to teach in other country again, and I believe taking tefl online can help me through it…

    2. The truth sucks and I hate to agree (somewhat) to your comments, however, Koreans/Chinese are racist to brown skin Asians. If they (Koreans and Chinese) are great, what the hell are they doing in the Philippines? This is my main reason why I will retire in the Philippines because I am sick and tired of “the white man’s world attitude” I’ve experienced.

  6. HI kath! I super love your blog! Last December I purchased a 120hr course from myTEFL.com using your promo code and I finished it just recently! I don’t know where to start! I always come back to this page to reassure myself that I made the right choice to pursue this. I need help! I honestly do not know which step I need to take. I have no idea what an efl teacher CV looks like and what countries I could apply to as most of countries require specific citizenship. I never realized it would be this hard.

      1. H Badette, Where exactly in VN? Are they still strict when it comes to hiring non-native like us Filipinos? Thank you!

  7. Hi, I’m also a dreamer. I made my response as short and direct as I could. Hahahaha! 🙂

    1. What makes Filipinos such great English teachers?

    No one would ever that once a Filipino went overseas, s/he gives his/her very life into it. With him/her are PURE INSPIRATION carefully embedded in his/her own being, and SHEER HARDWORK rooted from his/her facets in life.

    How much more if s/he dwells in the life of teacher- teaching lives and touching hearts?

    And how much more if s/he teaches a language s/he is culturally born into?

    As today’s life metamorphosizes in a global fashion, from medicine to business to education, the dire need of using a universal understanding is greatly realized.

    This is where TEFL teachers come into action. They build bridges and fill gaps. They connect cultures, yet welcome change.

    And the mere fact that one is a FILIPINO, s/he transgresses a CLASSROOM into a FAMILY, where unity, understanding and so much care are highly-principled – more than fame and salary.

    Thus, to earn a living would be an understatement.

    Filipino TEFL teachers are E A R N I N G A LIFE.

    2. What’s your dream teaching destination and why?

    Even when I was young (and still I am), this same sentiment is engraved on mind. I would like to utilize my inner passion and skills to teach my own countrymen. With head held high, I am a product of public school. And I am a living testimony that public school students can achieve their aspirations. (Everyone else could, right?)

    I know what it feels of having so much hunger in your eyes, and you really wanted more, but you know, some lives are not quite beautiful as they are. I would not be ranting about poverty here and there, but I just want everyone to know that anyone could change his/her life.

    Right now, I’m slowly reaping what I have sown. I finished my studies with an award. I passed the board exam with fruitful standing. And the next would be this.

    I want to serve my own people, here in this country, while promoting a sense of pride and nationalism, and that is one legacy and honor that I could leave before my epitaph.

    Moreover, I want to teach my students what I have learned in life- that there are two of the noble things they could do– one is giving back and the other is not giving up.

    And here I am. I still continue to dream until I step and walk on that dream.


  8. Hi Mr. And Mrs. Howe.
    I just recently became one of your followers after I saw your account in Facebook. I am actually also on the same page as you were right now (Kach), when you were still 24, working here in the middle east and somehow just thinking the reality of midlife crisis on whether time is just calling me to pursue my first love, teaching.
    To answer the question. . .

    1. I have observed Filipinos make great English teaches because of three Ps: Practice, Perseverance and Passion. We have come to embrace the use of English at its finest as natural as breathing air, through constant practice since it has become our medium in formal education and even with how we deliver journalism, current events and the like. We are used to practising English while growing up and most if not everytime, our articulate take of grammar is more critical than the native speakers. Also, I have never known a Filipino who isn’t persevering. He knows how to gather the strength on every obstacle that when students can be too difficult to train, surely by persistence no teacher can’t go unaccomplished. Finally, a Filipino is an excellent English teacher especially when teaching is his passion and knowing passion breeds innovation. Like they say, He who has a why to live can bear almost any how. Because of our tendency to put our heart in everything that we do, we are capable of not only teaching kids what they ought to do, but touching their lives so they get inspired to learn what more can the world offer to them if they know a new language, as English.

    2. When I came to Dubai two years ago, I have come to realized how big the world really is and how could there be another world other than the country I grew up with. However, It is my greatest desire to teach my fellow Filipinos back home especially those who don’t have access to education, those situated in the far flung areas of the country, where they could barely make ends meet. But if teaching in a different country would better equip me to be the best teacher any student would aspire to have, a better teacher to my future Filipino students, then I’d say put me anywhere in the world where my purpose is best served. Nothing is like being able to immerse in a new culture and language. I can start with anywhere be it Asia or Europe? Bring it on! Because for now, I just know that my inner self is calling me to gear up and make my desire to teach a reality.

  9. Hello po Mr. and Mrs. Howe! 🙂 I’ve been following your blog for a year now and I would like to take my chance at the free TEFL course you’re offering. Here’s my answer:

    1. Filipinos make great English teachers because we are naturally polyglots. We have that uncanny ability to learn languages faster and even mimic the accent. Maybe its because we have such diverse dialects in our country that our tongue has learned to adapt to various accents or maybe because we just want to make our visitors feel at home by making an effort to learn their language and communicate effectively with them. Either way, its that trait of us coupled with our dedication and humility at work that makes other races hire Filipinos even if we are non-native speakers, so to speak.
    2. I don’t really have a particular dream destination. I want to travel the world, explore new cultures and meet new people. However, I was inspired by your blog post about teaching opportunities in Vietnam. So, maybe if I will get the chance, I want to start there. I’ve read about the country which I gather is pretty much like the Philiipines. I think it would help a lot to lessen the homesickness especially if you’re still adjusting on being away from your family, friends and all those familiar faces. From there, maybe I would take a CELTA and start my own around the world adventure.

    Thank you so much for this opportunity. I wish you safety in all of your travels and hope I can get a fansign from you soon. 🙂


    In a world where harsh afflictions to human kind are prevalent, a simple act of kindness would be one illuminating light to pierce through the impenetrable darkness that enveloped humanity.

    Teaching and Teachers are in no doubt extreme weapons to empower everybody of awareness and knowledge. Teaching people, especially the youth, has been a form of revolution to bring newfound passion and fire to mankind. I cannot think of any tool to make a life-changing and long term impact to every human being that can match the effectivity, efficiency and resiliency that teachers and education bring.

    When I think of endurance, efficiency and competitiveness, none other than Filipino teachers are suited to the description. Every Filipino teacher knows how it is to work in the field of academe within the Philippines. The Philippine educational context will bombard you with data, facts and statistics as to how the Philippine Government struggled and ventured on the improvement of its education but history will tell you that big part of the development of the educational system are Filipino Teachers who sweated blood and tears to render the nation the kind of education it deserves.

    Poor facilities, inadequate instructional materials and incompetent salary are enough reasons for Filipino Teachers to back off from the profession. However, the heart to continue for the sake of national transformation is bigger than their personal desires. I, as a Filipino Teacher is committed to willingly give up part of myself to afire the youth, teach them the odds and ends of knowledge, and bring revolution to the heart of every Filipino people. A Filipino teacher is not satisfied to teach only head to head but he is in full-pledged to build his students through love and compassion.

    A Filipino teacher facilitates learning in a most sensible way he knows. He teaches life therefore he can also teach any subject with utmost patience and excellence. Teaching English will never be a difficult task to a teacher who defines every circumstance with positivity. Learning a new language is never easy, but learning it with someone who has the capacity to turn anxiety into fun and excitement is a great relief. This is what Filipino teachers make great English teachers. More than viewing their students as merely learners of language, they treat them as human being who has needs, dreams, fears, and doubts. Filipino teachers are naturally humanistic in approach when it comes to teaching. Their teaching would not stop in the classroom but they would take into account each child’s background to be able to adequately meet his or her issues in learning. By doing so, they provide an atmosphere of comfort inside the classroom thereby making the students absorb more input. Filipino teachers know by heart the struggles of their students. This makes them consider every aspect of learning.

    I am a proud Filipino teacher and I see teaching a privilege and a treasure.

    What’s your dream teaching destination and why?

    My passion for the arts has been the fuel for me to move forward in my teaching. Most of the time, I also integrate art in my instruction to English Classes. If given a chance I want to teach students from European countries such as Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria and Denmark. These countries are filled with arts and humanities. I deem it necessary to understand their culture and their origin and later incorporate everything I’ll learn from them to my teaching.

    I believe art is a vital ingredient to understand one’s becoming. It demands authenticity and creativity. These are the concepts I want my students to develop. Art diverts their attention to something bigger than themselves, to a world that is far wider than their horizons. Art helps individuals in shaping their inner lives. Like in art, I want my students to achieve a sense of freedom in order to achieve and aspire for the better.

  11. –> What makes Filipinos such great English teachers?

    It has always been instilled in our minds to do our best when it comes to studying. Since we were children, our parents have already taught us to make our education a priority. With this in mind, most Filipinos have dedicated their time and effort in learning and gaining more knowledge. English is widely spoken in our country and has always been one of the main languages for communication. When tourists go to our country and they don’t understand our language, they can ask almost anyone and they will be given an answer in English. Yes, some may not give straight English answers but what matters is that they tried to say it in English. I’m not comparing Philippines with other countries, but when you go to a different country and you don’t know a word they’re saying, you always turn to English as it is known as the international language. When you ask someone and they can’t answer you in English, it will be frustrating on both sides, even to the ones who can’t speak English because he knows the answer but can’t express it in the required language. It is very different for us Filipinos because we had studied English from our elementary years until middle school, so most of us have an idea how to say words in English. We Filipinos are persistent and if we put our heart into it, we can learn almost anything. One of the best characters we have is our patience, we never give up easily especially when it comes to learning new things and this character would really be a big factor when we teach other people the English language. We are very generous to impart whatever knowledge we have and share it to the world, we take every opportunity to prove ourselves and do not back down on any challenges. Filipinos are great English teachers because we don’t just teach with our mind, we put our heart and soul into it as well.

    –> What’s your dream teaching destination and why?

    It has always been a dream of mine to teach English in Japan. As we all know, this country is one of the best countries in Asia. I would want to experience firsthand the kind of life they have in Japan, I want to have a taste of their culture and how they were able to preserve them for years. I have always wanted to know more of their traditions, the meaning behind and the experiences they’ve had in applying those traditions. I have always been amazed of how Japan stood up when they were crumbling into pieces, how they faced challenges, how they never gave up and how they made those problems as inspirations in becoming the country they are today. Japan has always been a successful country but in honesty, their weakest point is the English language. We are all aware that most Japanese can’t speak English well and they have a little difficulty in learning as they don’t study it that much. If I can impart my knowledge and share what I know about the English language, then that would really be a life changing experience for me. When a student learns how to speak English because I was their teacher, then that might be the biggest accomplishment I will ever have in my life. As a teacher, our job is to teach our students, may it be life’s lessons or English lessons but when they learn something from us, there’s a sense of fulfillment that no material thing can ever replace. From that, we might finally understand, meet and realize our life’s purpose. 🙂

  12. Nothing bets the beauty of the Philippines of course! But if I would to choose a place to go, I prefer the once combat-ground but brave people of Vietnam! I wish to explore this country someday because of its history, culture, traditions, cuisine and language of course. I want to experience under a communist ruling nation too! Haha. To see those breathtaking Buddhist temples, museums, the tunnels used by Vet Cong soldiers during the war and to know originally Ms. Saigon! 🙂 and aside from that, Vietnam is in need of English teachers too!

    If given a chance to be selected in this scholarship and be a TEFL teacher with God’s will someday, I would use this skill and dedicate myself to impart my knowledge for a greater use for those who are in need. For we, Filipinos are great teachers because we came from an English speaking country. This advance and have us an edge compared to those non-english speaking countries. We are grammar-conscious, very proficient and has the American standard and style of English (both in writing and speaking).
    We are very patient, understanding and hardworking people. Not only that but also, we tend to put first others than ourselves. Thus, we often put our heart and soul into the job to be able to teach our students the best way we could to fulfill our duties and responsibilities even its already beyond of being just a teacher.
    By having our interpersonal and intrapersonal skills, being adaptable in all aspects of life, being friendly and hospitable even we’re not on our own land are our great advantages too! We also tend to act, serve and love our students as their second mothers. We also treat them like our brothers/sisters and sons/daughters. In short, we treat our students like our family and friends.
    For being a Filipino, a TEFL teacher rather, I would use this torch to influence, guide and motivate my students in the field and core of English language/body inorder to enhance and showcase their knowledge and capabilities in expressing themselves for a better individual and a citizen of the world because we, Filipinos, not only confidently beautiful with a heart but also with a brilliant and helpful mind. 🙂 Thank you!

    More power to Two Monkeys Travel! Godbless! 🙂

  13. Q1: What makes Filipinos such great English teachers?
    A1: It’s organic in the Filipino traits of being patient, helpful, jolly, etc. even in the midst of life challenges. They treat anyone with respect and love. All are like family and friends even strangers. It is imprinted in every Filipinos heart to give their excellent performance in whatsoever duty/responsibilities assigned to their shoulders. Not to mention, they will never stop reaching their dreams how hard it will be. And so, those are shows in their job, put their heart to educate people to learn English, patiently encourage their student to have an interest in learning, and drive them to nourish more or their skills and ability to excel in their field.

    I could also say that a Filipino English teacher is like a mother that selfless offering herself to give her child the best slice of heaven.

    Q2: What’s your dream teaching destination and why?
    A2: Kenya in Africa. Kenya listed in top 10 in malnutrition rate in the world and yet there is a high demand in English teacher. I want to be part of their lives that they could remember in the future, that there was a Filipino teacher who wholeheartedly shared her knowledge and taught them how to write, speak and understand English. Kenya has unparalleled beaches, great rift valley and rich culture that any tourist could explore and enjoy. if they could learn English it will be an edge to them to explore more of themselves to communicate with the world. They can express and introduce better of their skills and treasures that possibly a way to open many doors of opportunities to help them uplift their way of living and through with it they can afford to provide their families a good meal in the table. Teaching is not only to get paid but it should have the hearth, soul and passion. If I will be given the chance to teach them and have it accomplished, someday I could proudly say to myself and to the world that once in my life I’ve done a good job, and live a life with a purpose.

    P.s. thank you kach and jonathan for sharing blessings to others. more power to both of you ?

  14. Hi Kach and Jonathan! Thanks for giving us this wonderful opportunity! haha!

    Q1: What makes Filipinos such great English teachers?
    Q2: What’s your dream teaching destination and why?

    Filipinos are simply amazing! <3 Aside from the world class talents we can showcase, Its the heart we put in our work that makes us stand out. Where else can you find teachers who can treat their students like their own family? haha
    Fortunately, English is our Second language and we have a great environment to learn it ,so most Filipinos have instinct in grammar. (they can feel whether the statement is right or wrong). Behind the smiles, you can find stories of hard work and a ton of patience.
    Evidently, Nearby countries send their students to study with a Filipino teacher like me. I believe they are lucky enough to experience our hospitality and witness our passion in teaching with the bonus of swimming in our jaw dropping beaches.
    Anyone can be a teacher but it takes a special soul to be an educator. (smiley)

    My dream teaching destination is South Korea! The requirements here are very challenging for Asians like us. They're strict in the policy :"native speakers only". But I believe what Kach has said "they just need to be educated…" I believe we only need a good chance to show them what we've got underneath our brown skin. (love)
    Also, I would love to enjoy their culture and place! 😀
    Thank you!

  15. We, Filipinos, are well known worldwide in providing great service in different fields. Our main advantage is because we know the English language better than other non-native English speakers. Since it’s the universal language, it helps us easily communicate with others wherever we are in the world. What also adds to us providing a great working experience with different clients is our passion in what we do. We put value in it and works with integrity. We don’t just simply work for a living; we care about what we do as if it’s our family at stake, which is true. We do it for our family. We also deliver our work with quality. I believe these are some of the traits that we possess that makes us great in whatever we do, wherever we may be.

    It’s been a lifelong dream of mine to visit Indonesia (Bali). It’s heaven on earth! I would love to teach there and enjoy the place at the same time.

  16. Hi there! Just wanna share my idea how we Filipino are really good in English. Because we are such a real good immirator. Never been in the US but when American people hear me speak i can speak a real American accent. Im a teacher in profession i knew how to make students a good listener I can motivate them and catch all thier attentions just to get interested at class. Not an English major by the way, I can talk the way American people way of talking. Theres only one thing I am really proud of. Im pretty sure of it English wasnt a big deal to me! Why am I posting a comment? Just because I knew myself I can do it. A few months ago i was thinking of exploring somewhere just like what you did before. And wow look at this oppurtunity you both wanted to share its like really a start up where big dreams started. Whatever this may bring to the lucky one who would u pick just bring it on!!!

  17. Perseverance, patience and compassion.
    I think those attributes makes every Filipino a good English teacher. Given that as early as kindergarten we already have English lessons, not all Filipinos practice this language and some does not even have the chance to study. Hence, not all has good accent and grammar but still, we try our best to speak English however barok we may be because that’s how Filipinos are. We turn every challenge into an opportunity and persevere no matter how hard it may be. A Filipino would try and fail rather than doing nothing. We have enormous patience tucked into our pockets amidst adversities. We have this mentality, “Kapag may tiyaga, may nilaga”, which means patience is the key in achieving something good. Filipinos are also soft-hearted maybe because of our strong family ties. We were raised in a society where there is camaraderie. Thus, being compassionate is an innate characteristic in every filipino.
    To be a teacher is something that anyone could do. However, being a teacher is a tough job, it bears a lot of responsibilities. That is why it is not enough to just teach. Teaching should be able to inspire and change lives. That is why I think, a Filipino can be the best English teacher because we just don’t persevere in our jobs, we pour all our patience and heart for us to be able to teach and, most importantly, inspire other people.

    If I would be given the chance to teach English, I would love to teach in Cambodia. In Cambodia, life is very simple and hard. Some children do not have the chance to go to school. A chance that has been taken away from them because of poverty and illiteracy. I want to share my knowledge to those kids and be that chance to them. In my own little way I want to inspire and help them hoping that they may be able to move forward and be able to improve their lives. I know this scenario is very common in third world countries but there is something in Cambodia that I can’t even explain which captivated my heart.

  18. Thank you Jonathan and Kach for the opportunity for us your followers to get a TEFL course for free.
    Filipinos will make great English teachers since we won’t have a hard time sharing our knowledge since English is already our second tongue. We also have a neutral accent which will make us easier to listen to. We are also known to be hospitable which fosters a good learning environment. We also have a bayanihan attitude that is an assurance that we will see our students through their learning journey. Another thing we have is a can-do attitude that we can pass on to them, that is helpful with learning in general.
    My dream destination is Brazil or Portugal because of the rich culture and beautiful scenery. I also like to learn Portuguese because I love learning new languages. It would be like hitting two birds with one stone because I’ll also get to go through the same learning experience as my future students, which will help us relate to each other more.

  19. Hi Kach and Jonathan! I have been following your blog for a while and think the work that you’re doing is great, especially getting the Philippines recognized as a competent country in terms of learning English and as a tourist destination.

    I would like to give this contest a shot! Here goes…

    When I first started backpacking, I noticed that the first thing many foreigners asked me was, “Why do you speak English so well?”, which would prompt the condensed Philippine history lesson from me together with as much cultural nuances as I could fit in a speech without boring my audience. After some time, it hit me that I was giving our colonizers too much credit—a huge part of why we speak English so well is because of our own voluntary efforts! Government policies, school policies, pop-culture and media preferences, our INNATE flexibility and willingness to adapt to other cultures and languages is as much to be thanked as the efforts of the colonial powers!

    Until this day I never tire of meeting new people and answering this question, because I know the work I do as an English teaching assistant on foreign soil is valuable in upholding the dignity of my country. We are often too humble and self-effacing in front of foreign people, but I believe it is time to own up to the skills we possess and make something worthy out of it: in my case, that is teaching English to people who do not have the luck of having such an Americanized environment as ours, and who have dreams that rely on their ability to express themselves and compete in the international gold standard of languages–English.

    Filipinos not only have a neutral accent, that same accent is easily tailored to preferences and environment when the need arises. We also tend to have a flexible mind and curiosity for other cultures, food, and peoples as seen in the plethora of international cuisine offerings, foreign shops, movies, and books in the Philippines. The hospitality we are renowned for also lends itself to the classroom, where we can easily put other people at ease with our warm smiles and patience. Our work ethic that is highly valued around the world is a stereotype I would be proud to uphold and be a part of.

    Given the chance, I would love to teach in Japan, as their culture and worldview greatly interests me and I feel that there is much that can be learned from the Japanese, them being so different from us. I also consider it a personal challenge to be able to successfully teach them English, as it is so very different from their native language and therefore presents a whole set of difficulties I don’t often encounter when teaching to European students. I believe teaching in Japan would be the next big challenge and adventure of my life as an English teacher, and winning that TEFL course will be a great opportunity to advance in this endeavor. 😉

    Thank you for this chance and good luck to my fellow aspirants! 😀

  20. Hi TwoMonkeysTeavel!
    For an awesome life changing oppprtunity like this,I give you my standing ovation with a slow clap while smiling from ear to ear with tears of joy!

    This is my pang “Ms Universe Answer”

    I can still remember clearly when my 2 year old niece who is eleven this time once said, “Oh stinky!” even when she can’t say anything in our native language. Households in the Philippines this days regardless of status in life is undoubtedly using the word NO instead of HUWAG when telling their toddlers not to do bad. This kind of upbringing and nurturing for me is the reason why English language in most Filipinos is as easy as breathing. Living in the Philippines where being Family Oriented is practiced,it is innate for us to be caring,sensitive with the needs of others,competitive,nurturing,resilient,patient and responsible in all that we do.And that being said,for me are the characteristics that makes a great teacher. Given opportunities like MyTefl short courses, what else will stop a Filipino to be great in teaching English all over the world?Absolutely NOTHING!

    I have been praying for this light to shine on me the day I stepped out of my office sometime in June 2016.
    If I am chosen to be that one person to avail this life changing opportunity, I would love to teach in Vietnam. I’ve never been there but I have seen pictures.A lot of them! And whenever I see it,I see me in there. Riding a bicycle,taking lots of pictures wherever my wandering feet bring me. I’ve also read that Vietnam is in need of English teachers,and this fact fueled me to push in this dream to become a teacher. I want to be part of someone elses success.I want to be a medium in children’s learning and everyone who wants to learn English. Vietnam for me is a place I can still call home away from home. I think this country will make my dream to be a teacher a more humbling experience which I will be glad to look back in the future.

  21. I am a proud Filipino!
    It is given that oodles of us, Filipinos, are conversant in English language and that this skill ameliorated due to the fact that we are exposed to this language both at home and in schools at an early age. What truly makes us great teachers is our unique attitude: our empathy, conviviality, resilience, and can-do attitude. With this eloquence and optimism, teaching English becomes more effective and fun. It is not only about what we teach but how we teach. That’s what makes us great English teachers.

    I, personally, love teaching and traveling. Imparting English language to non-english speakers is very generous and essential. I wish to visit many countries like the very inspiring couple Mr. And Mrs. Howe but my dream teaching destination is in Spain. I get to learn a little Spanish from my college and since then I am spurred to know more about their rich culture and historic cities. It truly inspired me to delve into a different yet beautiful culture in Spain.

  22. Hi ate Kach!

    My answer is whether it may be English, Mathematics or in Science, I believe Filipino teachers are made to be a standout in terms on this field. Simply because their passion to teach for students is already a sacrifice. A sacrifice just like being a Filipino parent, putting their outmost effort to achieve the best education. Also sacrifice to make a living, Sacrifice to be a better individual and Sacrifice because this is a learning profession– it doesnt stop. My mom happens to be a great teacher and I admire her inner drive and commitment in this profession. 🙂

    My dream teaching destinations would probably be in one of the South American countries! Brazil or Peru etc. visiting is a dream for me! so the will to teach in this non-english speaking continent is my gateway to discover and learn the culture, language, people and admire the beauty of the latin places. this opportunity is like a give and take so I am definitely excited! Thank you po!

  23. Three things come to mind when I think of why Filipinos are great English Teachers: our passion, understanding and effectiveness. And these three work together to make a brand for Filipinos and be known all over the world. I believe that our passion drives us to teach wholeheartedly, we love to share our knowledge and skills. We are devoted in understanding our students, we have sensitivity and tolerance to appreciate differences and show compassion to each of our learners pertinent for their level of comprehension. All these enable us to become effective in this field, we take everything optimistically and we are confident of being proficient pedagogue with a heart.

    I believe that I’m prepared to take on this responsibility to be one of them and 2Monkeys will help me to achieve this dream of teaching in Vietnam. It is a great place where this profession is in demand and cost of living is really affordable. I believe this will be a good beginning for me. Thank so much for this giveaway! I’m claiming it already and giving thanks to our good Lord.

  24. Filipinos make excellent English teachers because one, they are taught to read, speak and write the English language at an early age making most of the Filipinos bilingual. A few tweaks (and hard-earned studying) and Filipinos can definitely master the English language which they can easily impart to someone.
    Second, Filipinos are known for their friendly nature. Thereby making them excellent English teachers because students won’t be intimidated by a strict authoritative figure. Wouldn’t you want to learn from someone you know you can be friends with in the future?
    Lastly, Filipinos are very passionate. Be it politics or even the latest celebrity drama; you can count on a Filipino to relay and give input on that to others. It is their innate passion that we see in the scattered Overseas Filipino Workers who strive to succeed in their new alien environment. A Filipino English teacher will not just hold classes simply to get by a day’s living, you can bet that a Filipino will care that a student is learning something or not.

    My dream teaching destination is in Bali, Indonesia specifically in Kuta Beach. I am an island girl at heart, I will never be as happy as when I can go to the beach, and to one day find a job and settle in a place near a beach is my end goal in life. I am hoping that by teaching English overseas I can backpack through the magnificent Asian waters as well as find the right spot for me to settle my salt-and-sand-starved toes.

  25. Thank you for that wonderful question.

    I believe that Filipinos make not only great English teachers but excellent teachers in general because we treat teaching as a calling and not just a mere profession. When we say calling, we define it as marriage between passion and vocation.

    You see, teachers here, especially those who are located in provincial areas, belong to the most underpaid but overworked sector in the country and yet they still continue to pass on knowledge and mold the minds of the younger generations. As evidence, there exist NGOs and charitable events that cater to teaching kids who do not have access to education. Teachers are deployed to remotes areas, aided with school materials and food, climbing mountains and crossing rivers if they must, just to ensure that these children will somehow learn how to read, write and count. And yes, they do it for free. If that is not what true passion means, then I don’t know what that is.

    In addition, Filipinos, as recorded by history, are hospitable and great conversationalists. Being hospitable is a good trait in teaching. Easy learning takes places in a warm, welcoming and enjoyable environment and it is the obligation of the teacher to set the mood for the class. The facts that we are an archipelago and we are colonized for many years have given us advantages in communication skills. We have inherent qualities, which are honed and strengthened by wars and difficult times, that enable us to learn, use and teach different dialects and languages easily.

    With passion comes compassion; Filipino teachers teach beyond what is written on the lesson plan. We tend to empathize with other people, which enables us to understand why they behave a certain way. We apply it to students by diagnosing their learning difficulties and choosing the appropriate teaching approach to them.
    And just like what Queen Pia Wurtzbach, we do everything with our heart. Great things become possible when we do it with love.

    I want to teach in Australia, because I am fascinated by their culture. It is an English-speaking nation so I know my skills will be sharpened when I teach there.

    Thank you.

  26. What makes Filipinos such great English Teachers?

    I believe Filipinos are great English teachers because not only do we have the skill, but also because of our burning passion- the passion to teach and the passion to always learn. Filipino teachers know that there are still areas of improvement when it comes to teaching the English language, so they never settle on what they have learned in school. They find ways to enhance their language proficiency, like reading english novels, watching English TV shows, etc.

    English is also part of our school curriculum from gradeschool to college which gives us the advantage.

    Filipino English teachers are also very committed and dedicated. It warms their hearts and makes them proud to see their students improve their English communication.

    What’s your dream teaching destination and why?

    My dream teaching destination is in Vietnam because aside from the salary and the low cost of living like in the Philippines, Vietnam is rich in culture and natural attractions as well. I’d like to explore and touch lives in Vietnam and also to learn their culture.

  27. 1. Filipinos are indeed a great English Teachers, let me cite you some scenarios on what makes us a good English Teacher.

    Maybe some people are still not aware that most of our neighboring countries prefer Filipino English Teacher it might be through online sites or classroom settings. Here are the few reasons why we are much preferred than other nonnative or even native English spakers. First, we don’t have heavy accent and can adapt American and British accent. We love and committed with our work, we think of it as a mission and a role to fulfill. Next would be our values towards our students, we don’t see them as a bunch of dollars but we see them as a clay to be molded by our good teachings. Filipino teachers abroad or in general teaches not only with their minds but also with their hearts, we treat our pupils as our family that needs help. One of the notable attitudes that Filipino teachers possess is we don’t mind if we spend extra time and effort just to make sure that our pupils are learning. We are creative, flexible and resourceful enough to work in any environment condition and of course to teach effectively. Lastly, Filipino teachers aimed to develop the child/learner holistically (mind,heart,hands) to be a somebody with a character in the society.

    2. English teachers are in high demand in many parts of the globe, but particularly in Vietnam. I have read a lot of posts and articles about the different teaching job offers and it really requires you to take an accredited TEFL Certification Course for you to gain skills and qualification. I choose Vietnam because aside from it is very near from my home country it is also one of the fastest growing job markets in Asia in terms of teaching English language. Vietnam also offers cultural and natural wanders that I would love to discover with my own eyes and camera. As a person who’s dream is to travel, this country is on its perfect to move from one country to another by just crossing its borders. Vietnam also has a good salary offer with a low cost of living so for sure I can save up for my future travels.

  28. Hello Mr. & Mrs. Howe! 🙂

    What makes Filipino such great english teacher?
    – Filipinos are great english teachers because we do not settle to be an average people. Even though we are a third world country, this is not a hindrance to learn the universal language. Filipinos also have a heart for service and for people. We have the passion to learn and to teach not just in english language but in other life aspects as well.

    What’s your dream teaching destination and why?
    – My dream teaching destination is Sudan. I have been reading about Sudan Volunteer Programme and I am very interested and I wanted to take part on it. Besides from their rich culture and history backgrounds, I wanted to meet and help local people from Sudan. 🙂 Like Philippines, Sudan is also a third world country.

  29. What makes a Filipino such a great teacher?

    English is our second language and it has been part of our educational system,Filipinos are naturally good in interpersonal relationship. The values, patience and rapport a Filipino characterized is the best attributes in handling students.Being a teacher is a calling.It is a vocation, mission and profession at the same time.

    What is your dream teaching destination?
    IndoChina is my dream destination.It is where my knowledge and skills most needed.These places are on my bucket list soon.
    If ever I got a chance to have the TEFL course free, it’s a great chance for me to enhance what I got and develop my skills more.

  30. We Filipinos are great english teachers because since we first laid our foot to formal school, we were made to believe that english is our communication. I remember when I was in grade school, we were given a penalty of 1 peso for every filipino word said. And being a shy little girl that I was, I had to hold my pee for the fear of saying a wrong grammar for asking to be excused. That was my foundation for being good, if not great in English.
    I want to teach English in Korea because many koreans are interested and eager in learning it. It would be a privilege in teaching those kind of learners at the same time glad because it would be a great opportunity for me to share my knowledge to others.
    I hope you guys continue to inspire us… living life to the fullest and explore the world with love. More power kach and jonathan. xoxo

  31. What makes Filipino such great english teacher?
    Filipinos are great teacher because we deliver excellent service with a heart ❤

    What’s your dream teaching destination and why?
    If I were given a chance to teach, my first destination would be Philippines, I would love to teach our aspiring college students in State Colleges from remote area of our 81 provinces, teach them to be more confident, to fight and to dream big. Teaching is not a profession its a passion, and while everybody is busy in a rat race why dont we teach the small community while discovering beauty of our country. (Ms. Universe Q&A) ahahaha whew!!!!! (pinag pawisan ako dun)
    More power Kach and Jonathan ☺ God bless to your journey

  32. Hello Kach!

    1. What makes Filipinos such great English teachers?
    The foremost reason is the American influence on the education system. It has a tremendous effect on the English skills of the Filipinos, They imposed and influenced us not only in terms of American clothes and (fast) food but also the English language on a very large scale. They introduced a free education system and even sent teachers from America to help spread the language and made all teachers speak English in school. This has had a significant impact as even today, most Filipino teachers would speak half English and half Filipino to their students. So absolutely, making English a priority in the schools might be one reason but that’s definitely not enough. it’s just the foundation. People need to be confronted with English media in their everyday lives, otherwise, they forget everything they learned over time. And that’s clearly much more the case in the Philippines than it is in Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and all other Asian countries. Well, it becomes quite obvious when you just turn on the TV. There are many English channels and we even got CNN Philippines and ABS-CBN Philippines that are 100% in (American) English and way more popular than the channels in Filipino (Tagalog). Also most movies on TV are shown in English. We Filipinos are exposed to the heavy usage of English not just in school but also in our daily lives, Another reason is the fact that all signage almost everywhere in the Philippines are in English. So again Filipinos are exposed to the English language in their everyday lives all the time and while the media benefits their listening skills all the signage benefit their reading skills. And lastly, could be that tons of Filipinos desperately want to find work abroad to improve their standard of living and also many Filipino businesses aim to attract international clients – and that’s only possible with decent English skills. I could say there are myriad of reasons why Filipinos are great English teachers, even up to this day because they never stop learning. They always upgrade, equip, and enhance their English skills either by writing, listening, reading, and speaking. That’s why you wont be surprised if Filipinos are scattered around the globe, proving that they are competitive not only as great English teachers, but to many other field of work that the medium of instruction is merely English.

    2. What’s your dream teaching destination and why?
    I like Thailand, Vietnam, China, Japan, or if possible to European countries where they hire English teachers. A country where I could showcase my profession as an English teacher. To be a nation builder on that particular country, which in return, I would adapt and learn their language, custom,, and culture as well,

  33. What makes Filipinos such great English teachers?
    Filipinos are great English teachers because we naturally deliver the best customer service in the world, in going beyond the call of duty. We don’t just do our job as teachers, but we also convey malasakit, a.k.a. compassion. We care for our students as fellow human beings, regardless of nationality, and impart the same compassion and passion to help them fulfill their learning objectives.

    What’s your dream teaching destination and why?
    My dream teaching destination is Myanmar. The country’s beautiful landscape and burgeoning economy make it an exciting place to live and work. The cost of living is reasonably low, while the opportunities for economic development are high. The people are kind and friendly like Filipinos. It would be great to serve their people as they build their nation.

    Keep up the good work!

  34. By being able to listen and understand different students, this is what makes Filipinos great teachers. Being a teacher is not only about having the needed English skills but the characteristic of having to see and listen beyond what the student is saying. It’s not just the eyes and ears that are open, but the heart and mind of a dedicated teacher. Never in my wildest dreams I thought I will be accepted for an online teaching job. Since then, I was able to share about my knowledge and experiences. I thought I was already satisfied with it but I have realized that there’s this dream I really want to pursue. I want to teach in Japan where I’ve already met and taught students online. When you really want something, there’s a way as long as you set your mind into it. I believe that this is a great opportunity to pursue a teaching career not through the computer but finally to learn and share offline. Thank you.

  35. When it comes to education and teaching, many think of it as simply a job, not me. I have always believed that teaching, like other vocations, is a calling. When you touch the lives and mold the minds of the next generation you have a tremendous responsibility and that must be handled with the utmost reverence and care. Among those in the educational field is one area that I would like to talk about, English teachers or ESL teachers. They can hail from more than a dozen countries across the globe and can range from an American with two PhDs in history to an Indian with a computer science degree and 20 years in the field. As much as people tie Americans and westerners to the ESL field there is another group of potential teachers, this group with numbers that could easily trump those of their western counterparts, yet go unsung daily. I am of course talking about the Filipino teachers. So who are they? Well I will tell you who they are. They are deployed around the world by the tens of thousands. They educate kindergarten children in China, college students in Japan, and office workers in Bahrain. They are selfless, hardworking, and above all they are determined to reach all students in their charge. Filipino teachers are the best in my opinion because they teach in the areas that others balk at. They take the lower paying, harder, and less glamorous of the ESL jobs and do them not only with determination and a deep professionalism but always with a warm smile. While their American or Canadian counterparts may complain that the water pressure is not working at optimal performance in their free and private apartment in Shanghai, the Filipino teacher may very well be more than happy with a bed of his or her own in a crowded shared apartment in the same city. Filipinos are known as being compassionate and caring about their students and being educators for all seasons. They typically do the job, do not complain, and always strive to ensure that their students receive not only a quality education but a friendly smile and a dose of love and compassion every single day

    If I could choose a country to teach ESL in I would probably not choose the same ones as my counterparts tend to such as Japan, China, or in the Middle East. I think Central or South America would be amazing and very exciting. Perhaps Costa Rica. Costa Rica is always in need of ESL teachers and I think that I would like to go there for a whole host of reasons. Among these are the fact that Costa Rica has, like the Philippines, a deep connection with Spain. I feel as if I would be getting in touch with my roots and exploring new worlds at the same times as paying homage to the old ones. I would feel humbled at the countless Catholic Churches and timeless statues of saints that adorn every neighborhood across the land. I would get lost in a delectable sea of cuisines that beckon me to indulge and warm smiles from countless people all wanting to open their hearts and homes to me.

  36. 1. What makes Filipinos such great English teachers is their PASSION in sharing their knowledge and skills. Yes, English is an advantage for us since it was already taught and practiced at school even at a young age (kindergarten). But yet it doesn’t exempt us from others. What’s behind it is the willingness and dedication of Filipinos to impart to their students not only knowledge but as well as the lessons and learnings out of what had been taught or discussed inside the classroom. Also they wanted that somehow by the end of the day/class, students have learned something from them and would instill in their minds that learning new things is fun. Another thing is Filipinos are naturally born friendly, patient and charming which is a great combination to easily cope in a foreign environment.

    2. Vietnam, because this is where my inspiration of traveling all started.Plus this is a good place for a fresher like me who doesn’t have background in teaching to start up. I love teaching kids but because of past reasons I wasn’t able to pursue this dream. But now that I have a chance, this would be a great opportunity for me.

  37. What makes Filipinos such great English teachers?

    Filipinos are great English teachers because of who and what we are as people. Filipinos generally are adaptable, hardworking, determined and smart and oh don’t forget humor-loving! Aside from those embedded qualities in our culture, being colonized by the Americans before helped out in making us one of the best English speaking people in the world. Before I forget, when we do things for people, we always do things with a heart – I guess that separates us from the others – we have passion in speaking the language!

    Where would my dream destination be?

    I would love to teach English in THAILAND! Who wouldn’t love basking in the busy streets of Bangkok to charming Chiang Mai? ?

  38. What makes a Filipinos such English teachers?

    For me being such a Filipino English teacher is not about knowing how to speak English language fluently, it is also inspire other people To share and giving knowledge with a heart And mind.especially to others who are not finish their studies.also teaching a common language and communicate to other countries.

    I look forward for giving me a chance to learn of teaching.
    Mr.and Mrs Howe thank you!

    And if I giving a chance to win and become a teacher.i will choose dubai UAE..I will teach mostly the children.actually I work in Dubai and my employer are only speak arabic they are not speak fluent English so it’s not just my opportunity to more learned but to help and sharing my knowledge and skills so they can communicate well.

    Thank you!

  39. What makes Filipinos such great English teachers?

    we, Filipinos is always considered as one of great teacher in the world not because of the knowledge that we are giving to our students but because we are dedicated, good nature, uber-friendly and we can easily adjust to every culture. We are not just giving our knowledge but we are also sharing our skills, our talent our lives because we always considered our students a family.

    I look forward to start my career in teaching.
    Kach & Jonathan always inspired me to not stop dreaming.
    I know one day I will and I can…

  40. What makes Filipinos great English teachers? Good day Mr. and Mrs. Howe and to respected online panel of judges! I believe what makes Filipinos great English teachers in the world is not just because of out in-depth and expert knowledge of the English language itself but what makes us good in the field is our strong professional ethics. As said knowledge can be learned, skills can be improved by training but a remarkably positive working attitude is something innate and natural amongst us that’s sets us apart from the rest of the world. We work not only in our minds, but we also put our hearts and souls in everything that we do. We are smart, hardworking and honest people. We respect and treat everyone like family, therefore facilitating an effective learning environment. We put passion to our professions. If given a chance to teach English anywhere in the world, I would like to teach in a non-English speaking country in Europe. It will not just give me an opportunity to impart my knowledge of the English language, but also an chance for me to learn the languages and cultures of other European countries.

  41. -We Filipinos makes a great English teacher because we teach from the heart. We share not just our skills and knowledge but a piece of ourselves. Our dedication and love with our craft gives us tons of patience not to give up until we have delivered our purpose. We just don’t teach the laguange, we shared our passion, our time and our life to them.

    -If given a chance to teach English abroad, defiinitely I will choose Spain. For simple reason, this is one of the dream destination since I was a kid. This will give me a chance to explore the country with a purpose. And I believe, it will be a little easier for me to adapt with their culture since they had a great influence and contribution to our own culture widely shown not just in our religion but all the way down to the food, traits and to our language itself.

    Thank you.

  42. Filipinos are great English teachers since English is considered our second language in the Philippines. We studied english the moment we started kindergarten until graduating to college.

    I would love to start my journey in teaching English around Asia preferably in Thailand. I wanted to follow Mrs Howe’s steps and achieve my own dreams.

    Thank you.

  43. What makes Filipino a great English language teacher?

    Historically, when the Americans set foot to our beloved Philippines, the Filipinos embraced the English language wholeheartedly that it became part of our system which eventually up to the present it turns to be our second language. Our passion in learning it since childhood whether at home or in school honed us to be one of its best speakers. Even bystanders. the simple people along the streets doing hard labor, the people who stop attending school and our very own natives in mountain provinces could utter and understand such language smoothly which makes us, Filipinos, be an effective global communicator. This helps our tourism to soar and be applauded.

    Also, our commitment and dedication to teach the English language empower us to enhance our skills, to be proficient and efficient as we impart and share our knowledge and skills to others esp. to our students. And we did not stop there, we also embrace learning from our students as we teach.

    We always want the best for our students so we give everything they need to prepare them to be an effective global communicator.

  44. What makes Filipinos such great English teachers?

    – I think what makes Filipinos great English teachers is our ability to give passion to our work. When we teach English to others, we don’t just give our knowledge but we also give a part of ourselves which is love.

    What’s your dream teaching destination and why?

    – My country which is Philippines because I wan’t my countrymen to be blessed first with my talent before sharing it to the world after all, I owe it to my country.

  45. What makes us great English teachers? It is our passion and dedication to anything we commit ourselves to doing that make Filipinos great and effective teachers. We Filipinos are widely recognized all over the world as hardworking and smart people who can be at par with other nationalities in any field of work. Aside from the fact that English is considered our second language in the Philippines, we have a lot of American influences in our culture that contributed to our knowledge and understanding of the English language. These factors make speaking English somewhat easy and basic for us. Thus, for Filipinos, being an English teacher is something that can come out naturally. All we need to do is have the right set of skills and attitude for the job.

    If given the chance to teach English, I will definitely start in our country and educate the rest of the Filipinos who are still struggling with understanding and speaking the language. I noticed that majority of Filipinos can write and speak English but not that fluent and grammatically correct. I want it to be my personal advocacy to pay it forward and share my knowledge and teach other Filipinos to become better English speakers, while hoping that they will someday do the same and become great teachers to others too.

    This is one way to make all the Filipinos great English teachers in the future. 🙂

  46. Hi Ms. Kach, can i write it tagalog? 😉

    What Makes Filipino such great English teacher?
    for my observation because i’m not a English teacher and i don’t have a perfect grammar, though i really want to try to teach. We knew that not all Filipino’s can’t speak Fluently and can’t write with a perfect grammar. But Filipino’s never stop with one knowledge they have. especially those English teachers they never stop learning and studying to make it best for their students.

    Teaching is not easy especially if u were teaching a student who think they are more smarter than a teacher 😉 or when u are teaching to a foreign nationalities.
    But this makes the Filipino a great teacher, because they know how to make their students feel that there is nothing impossible if we really want to learn, like how they/we struggle when we are also a students.

    This also makes Filipino English teachers became great because of their passion and love to teach. Patients and Understanding to help their student to learn and understand the lessons. And wisdom to share their knowledge.

    Filipino’s never limit their ability to learn something new to share it at the end. And that’s one of the best thing a teacher can do.

    My dream Destination is anywhere in Asia and maybe someday in France/Germany 😉

  47. Filipinos are great English teachers because the language was taught and spoken at a very young age. Some even as young as new born. Although most can speak English, there are plenty still who can’t. Those in school who still struggles to learn, maybe because the method doesn’t work or it isn’t an effective strategy. I am a preschool/special education teacher and I understand the struggle of teaching English and the difficulty that teachers face, most of the time feeling hopeless as how to teach such a beautiful language. I have been exposed to public school students at Grade 2 level who can’t speak or read English and seen their confidence waver and I’ve also had foreign students who had difficulty communicating with his peers and teachers because they don’t know English. The tendency was for us to learn their language instead to communicate. I know Filipinos understand the struggle of learning the language but they are also very dedicated in wanting the child/person to learn. Filipinos will never give up until the job is done.

    My dream place to teach are the outskirts of each country where good education is scarce. I’d like to have a mobile classroom where I can start with co-Filipinos in the provincial areas then move to Africa and other countries in need of this beautiful language.

  48. ?? Kach!
    Filipinos are great english teachers because they have been taught from nursery until university how to talk, write and understand english and even at work filipinos do it continually seeking to improve. Nobody is perfect. Filipinos teach with confidence, compassion and patience that they know how to adjust for the students to understand, retain, love and use English any time possible along with other side lessons i think. Knowing Filipinos, we love to teach anything out of the blue because we love to share ideas and tips–from cooking, planting, home ideas to love.. yes definitely Filipinos are perfect english teachers hahahah!

    Dream teaching destination? Kazakhstan, a Russian speaking country. 70% of the people there don’t speak, understand or write in English according to my Kazakh friend who is studying English as well (I am teaching him English). Thinking about it, I just want to make a difference if I’d be given the opportunity to teach there why not. It’s not easy but surely good things happen to those who will persevere. Plus the country is beautiful, the people are kind and their culture is rich to explore and experience.

  49. Filipinos, having grown up in a community wherein if a person speaks in English so well is admired by people, and automatically urges others to speak in English as well. This influence is also a good one because having that competitive side, the more we get inspired to speak using the language. And this makes Filipinos great English teachers. We are even so conscious with every error in the use of grammar. And for sure, we can positively share this knowledge to other Foreign language speakers.
    Dream destination to teach English: Hongkong, Japan, Taiwan, Russia ?

  50. Hi Kach!

    Been following your blog and you guys are inspiring me! Thank you for all the tips and making me realized its never too late to start reaching my dream! Anyway, here’s my entry. ??

    Filipinos are considered as one of the best English teacher, not just because we speak more fluently compared to other Asian country, and always a “grammar nazis”, but because we know how to make a lesson more enjoyable to us and to the students as well! We never stop to improved our skills, but at the same time we are also open to criticism! Most importantly, we are passionate in sharing our knowledge and making sure that our students will learn from us, not just the grammars but also a bit of our beautiful culture!

    Given the chance, I want to teach on the remote area of the Philippines! Imagine how wonderful it will be, if even those that have a hard time in accessing proper education, will learn how to speak English language as well! Of course, I’m also dreaming of teaching while traveling especially to other countries, but I believe that sharing what I’ve learned to my countrymen first, is not just me living my dream, but I might be helping others to start dreaming BIG too! A dream about something they probably didn’t even think possible for them. Plus Philippines is one of the most beautiful country in the world! So exploring it while teaching is an ultimate bonus. ?

  51. Hello, I’m currently working as an English teacher in a university in Thailand and I’m loving it! I get to relate well with my students since I know how it feels to learn English as a foreign language. Also, Thai students are passive so they need more activity based learning which I prefer rather than just didactic instruction. I also love to travel so it’s perfect for me since I can go on short trips on school.breaks and holidays. I always wanted to work in Japan and I decided to make it my dream destination when I visited it last year. I can earn a lot more in Japan and I can travel the country easily when I’m already working there.

  52. Thanks a lot for this blog You enlightened me up! I was really hesitant to try because I am a Filipino. Everytime i searched google for any prospect in teaching abroad would always turned me down. The qualifications are most likely for native speakers. Thanks a lot! I am now gathering all the guts and hype for this new journey. God bless and more power.

  53. Hi. thank you for this article. I’m really inspired now to pursue a TEFL certificate. All my doubts were cleared and I’ll be enrolling in MyTEFL this December!!! so excited!

    1. YAY Lou!! How’s everything so far? Once you enroll and when you finish the course.. feel free to email me and I’ll be happy to share my teaching CV to you! =)

    1. Hello Donna! I can only recommend online sites in Vietnam and Peru where I have personal experience.. but to be honest, the best way to find a job is to go there.. do a demo class and have a face-to-face interview! =)

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Founder of Two Monkeys Travel Group. Since 2013, Kach has visited all the 7 continents (including Antarctica) and 151 countries using her Philippines Passport. In 2016, she bought a sailboat and went on sailing adventures with her two cats - Captain Ahab & Little Zissou in the Caribbean for 2 years. She now lives in Herceg Novi, Montenegro where she's enjoying her expat life and living on a gorgeous Stonehouse. She writes about her experiences traveling as a Filipina traveler with a PHL Passport. Also tips on backpacking trips, luxury hotel experiences, product reviews, sailing & adventure travel.