The Philippines is more than just a country located in Southeast Asia. Aside from its white sandy beaches and green mountains, the country is a true gem because of its rich culture and heritage. The locals will definitely be your guide as you bridge your own culture to theirs.
Here are the reasons why you should spend your exchange year in the Philippines:
1. Philippine Education System
High school in the Philippines is divided into two: junior and senior high school. Students may choose their field of academic interest in preparation for college and/or university level. Plus, you may participate various extra-curricular activities like being part of the school varsity, glee club, scouts, etc.
2. Support System
AFS Philippines has a strong support system which aims to ensure the safety and welfare of every participant. You can always count on to the staff, local volunteers, school coordinators, and your host family through thick and thin.
3. English Destination
Filipinos know how to speak English, too! It is one of the official languages in the country (Filipino is the other). Almost 90% of the locals can understand and speak the English language on a conversational level. You won’t get lost in translation since it’s quite easy to communicate.
4. Unique Blend of Eastern and Western Culture
The Philippines was once colonized by the Spaniards, the Americans, and the Japanese, with great influence of Malay and other Asian heritage. This resulted to the uniqueness and richness of the Filipino culture and tradition.
5. Tropical Living In need of more exposure to the sun?
The Philippines can serve you well with its warm winds coming from the Pacific Ocean. It’s people, too, is as warm as the weather.
Get yourself a refreshing coconut water right from the tree! Pack your things now and start discovering Philippines from the inside out! #ItsAllWorthIt