TEFL in Cebu (Philippines)

TEFL in Cebu/ TESOL in Cebu (Philippines)


iTTi Philippines is located at the heart of Cebu City where everything is within your reach. There is a total of at least 10 malls within the city, of which one is dubbed as the biggest mall in Asia–the SM Seaside. There are a good variety of local and international coffee shops and restaurants which are very accessible.

The centre offers the 120 Hour On-Site TESOL Course and the 120 Hour Combined TESOL Course. It is well equipped with the basic technology needed by the trainees as an aid in completing the course. The staff are very helpful and are willing to go the extra mile to assist our trainees.  This is our way of showing Filipino hospitality. The course runs from Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm with one hour lunch break from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm. During the duration of the course, two weeks will be allotted for theory and grammar with phonology. The remaining two weeks will be for lesson planning and practice teaching. The teaching practice can be at the centre, in the community, or in schools depending on the availability of our partner institutions.


Total Course Fee: $1,500 USD

Deposit: $500 USD must be paid online upon registration

Balance: $1,000 USD must be paid 5 days before the start of the course

2019 Course Dates

7 January – 1 February

4 February – 1 March

4 March – 29 March

1 April – 26 April (with 3-day holy-week break)

6 May – 31 May

3 June – 28 June

1 July – 26 July

5 August – 30 August

2 September – 27 September

7 October – 1 November

4 November – 29 November

<li>2 December – 20 December</li>


(75% Online, 25% Teaching Practice)

Total Course Fee: $1,200 USD

Deposit: $500 USD must be paid upon registration

Balance: $700 USD must be paid 5 days before the start of the course


2019 Teaching Practice Dates

The online module can be taken in advance, anytime and anywhere. The teaching practice aspect can be arranged ahead. We have an Open Teaching Practice schedule whichever is suitable to the trainee.

Open schedule starts August; however, there must be a 30-day notice prior to the desired days or weeks of teaching practice, so we can arrange for the class.  Students will be notified in advance. Lesson plans must be prepared ahead of time, the trainer will coordinate closely with the trainee to make sure everything is in place.

Teaching English in Cebu

The Philippines’ two major urban centers are Manila (the capital) and the southern city of Cebu, located on the island of the same name. Though residents of Manila deal with crowds and traffic, they are rewarded with the diversity of options in food, nightlife, and daily activities. The cost of living in the Philippines is much lower than that of Western countries.


Job Market in Cebu

English-teaching jobs abound in the Philippines, but there are also many Filipinos who speak English very well and can work in those jobs.


Class Size

In general, classes in Philippines are quite small.  Native teachers only get maximum of 10 students in a class. The pay varies from school to school. The bigger and more established the school is the better the pay and benefits will be.


Job Search

We suggest you begin sending resumes and setting up interviews before your arrival, and we can help you with this after you have submitted the balance of your course fee. You will immediately get your personal employment advisor who will start working with you, helping you to set up your resume and cover letter.


Average Salary

The average salary in Cebu is about US $300 per month for local teachers or Filipinos, but native English speakers are paid around US $1000.  This, of course, may vary depending on what type of school or company you work for, whether you work full- or part-time, and what your educational credentials are.


Cost of Living

The US dollar converts to approximately 53 Philippine Pesos (PHP)

Rent and utilities can be exceptionally inexpensive in the Philippines.  Here are sample prices for Cebu.


Item Cost in PHP in Cebu
One-bedroom apartment (city center) 17,500
Monthly utilities (electricity, gas, etc.) 3,900
Monthly Internet access (high speed or Cable) 2,250
One ticket for local transport 7
Monthly pass 840
Taxi, one mile, normal tariff 12
A small bottle of water 16
A meal in an inexpensive restaurant 200


Work Contract

Is it important to have a contract? It is a common practice of most schools not to give long contracts, especially if the foreign teacher wants to stay short term.  The reason for that is that it is very expensive for schools to obtain the proper documentation. The schools will help you process your visa or extend your tourist visa.  These schools have contacts in the immigration who do the work for them. This sounds scary, but it is totally fine. If you intend to stay a year or longer, then your school will apply for a work visa. The first time you enter the Philippines, you will be given a 30-day visa. It can be extended another 30 days, three months or six months. The visa fee varies.


Work Visas

Citizens of certain countries planning to enter and visit the Philippines for 30 days or less do not need a visa prior to travel to the Philippines, provided their passport is valid, and they have a valid return ticket. However, in excess of 30 days, they must either apply for a visa at the nearest Philippine Consular Establishments in their country prior to travel or upon arrival in the Philippines at the Bureau of Immigration (BI), Magallanes Drive, Port Area, Intramuros, Manila, (63-2) 465-2400.

Philippine Law requires that if you plan on working less than half a year there, you are required to apply for a Special Work Permit.   However, if your assignment lasts for longer than 6 months, you must apply for a permit called Alien Employment Permit (AEP).

Cebuanos as they are called are very hospitable and friendly people. This can be attributed to being religious and family oriented.   We treat others like our own family member, the way we want to be treated by others.   Cebu is rich in culture and traditions as evidenced by important landmarks around the city.


  • Nino Church (centuries old)
  • Fort San Pedro
  • Magellan’s Cross
  • Lapu-lapu Shrine
  • and others

Cebu is strategically situated in the central part of Philippines.  Its location makes it easy and convenient to travel down south to go sightseeing and experience the beautiful, pristine beaches of Camiguin Island and the surfing capital Siargao.   You can also go north and be amazed by the Underground River in Palawan and the crystal-clear water of El Nido.  Surrounding Cebu City, in its neighboring provinces approximately an hour to two away, you will see the chocolate hills, the smallest monkey, the tarsier and the old churches around Bohol. You can see all of that in a day tour package.  For those who love the height, mountain climbing or trekking are just within reach with Metro Cebu.

Cebu City is popularly known as the Queen City of the Philippines. It is rich in culture and traditions as manifested by century-old churches that were built during Spanish colonization as well as Spanish-inspired houses and buildings. Being a colony of Spain, Cebu and the Philippines are predominantly Roman Catholic. Religious and cultural celebrations are in place the entire year around; the most popular of all is the Sinulog Festival which is celebrated every 3rd Sunday in January to honor the child Jesus. On that day, the main streets all over the city are closed for street dancing. People and dancers wear colorful costumes dancing to one particular tune which is played the entire day all around the city.


Weather in Cebu

May is the hottest month in Cebu with an average temperature of 85°F (30°C) and the coldest is January at 81°F (27°C) with the most daily sunshine hours at 9 in April. The wettest month is June with an average of 170 mm of rain. The best month to swim in the sea is in June when the average sea temperature is 86°F (30°C) May is the hottest month in Cebu with an average temperature of 85°F (30°C) and the coldest is January at 81°F (27°C) with the most daily sunshine hours at 9 in April. The wettest month is June with an average of 170 mm of rain. The best month to swim in the sea is in June when the average sea temperature is 86°F (30°C).


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