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Teach for the Philippines aims to build a diverse and inclusive community of leaders. We believe that diversity affords the organization the opportunity to benefit from the talent, energy, and commitment of nation builders who have unique experiences and contributions.
To achieve this, we employ a multi-step process that evaluates not only academic achievement, but also drive, resilience, a sense of civic responsibility, and alignment with our Core Values.
Applications are screened in the order in which they are received, and limited slots for the Fellowship are on a first come, first served basis. We only process applications submitted online. Any other form of application, including hard-copy applications by post, will not be entertained.
Applications for the 2020 Fellowship Program will run from October 5, 2019 to January 31, 2020. Candidates for the Fellowship will be invited to Summer Institute training which runs from April to May 2020.
ADMISSIONS HACK: There are limited slots for the Fellowship Program every year, and so starting early with one's application is strongly recommended! Once applications for the 2020 Fellowship Program open in October 2019, do consider starting an application right away. An early application gives you more time to meet requirements in an unhurried manner and more opportunities to engage in activities designed to further deepen your understanding of the work of a Fellow.
Application Frequently Asked Questions
I forgot my username and/or password. How do I resume my online application?
The Admissions Team can reset your password. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to request for a new password. The new password will be sent to the email address you provided within 48 hours. Please make sure that the email address you provide us is valid and accurate because Teach for the Philippines uses email as the primary method of formal communication.
How much do grades matter?
The Admissions Committee looks at your candidacy in its totality. Through the admissions process, candidates are given the chance to elaborate not only on their academic performance but also on other areas of excellence, such as volunteer or community experience. Most importantly, we look into your capacity to commit to empowering our public school students.
What if I don’t have a background in Education or teaching experience?
We welcome individuals from all fields of expertise. We believe that the diversity of backgrounds lends itself to the success of our mission to achieve educational equity for all children. This said, the intensive training before the start of each school year includes modules that translate to units in education. Through training in Summer Institute and the Fellowship Program, Teacher Fellows will be eligible to take the Licensure Examination for Teachers before completion of the Fellowship. Obtaining a teacher’s license is one of the requirements for graduation from the Fellowship.
Is there an age limit?
There is no strict age limit, but keep in mind that teaching in our public schools as well as maintaining the training requirements of Teach for the Philippines requires a lot of patience, energy, and above all, commitment. The responsibilities and expectations of a Teacher Fellow go beyond the hours spent teaching in the classroom and might be better suited for individuals who have flexibility in time, concentration, and who are able to commit themselves in mind, body, and spirit for 24 months.
I am currently working/residing outside Metro Manila/Philippines and might not be available to physically join an Assessment Center (AC). Can I still apply?
We offer virtual Assessment Centers (vAC) only for those who cannot be at the Teach for the Philippines headquarters for in-person interviews—often due to constraints in location. Candidates who get invited to an AC but cannot travel to our office should immediately inform the Admissions Team of their inability to be physically present at the AC venue. The Admissions Team will evaluate requests for vACs on a case-to-case basis.
Participation in vAC requires access to a computer/laptop with webcam, a mobile phone line, and a reliable internet. Assessment Centers, including vACs, typically run for 6+ hours.
How is placement decided?
In Teach for the Philippines, we go where we are needed. When matching Teacher Fellows to their placements, we prioritize the needs of our partner schools and local government units. Throughout the admissions process we gather information regarding your skills, experiences, and preferences, and consider these when choosing a placement that is most beneficial for all. Teacher Fellows are informed of their placement after completion of Summer Institute and are deployed immediately after.
I am currently taking my Masters. Can I still join the Fellowship?
Although we encourage the continuous professional development of our Teacher Fellows, we also recommend that you reflect on your priorities and the commitment of being in the program entails. This includes placement in one public school anywhere in the Philippines, requirement to take the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET), and commitment to perform your responsibilities in the school community to the best of your ability.
I previously applied and was not able to finish the entire process/was not accepted, can I reapply?
Candidates may only apply once during the annual admissions cycle but are absolutely welcome to re-apply during subsequent admission cycles! There is no limit to the number of times an interested applicant can re-apply to the Fellowship. In fact, some of our strongest candidates are re-applicants!
While we cannot assure that we will provide feedback to those who do not get accepted, we encourage those individuals to work on gaining alternative experiences and learning more about the movement that Teach for the Philippines seeks to establish.
If accepted, can I defer the offer?
We recruit and select for individuals who can commit to the two-year program and a lifetime education advocacy. In case you have concerns, you may send a letter to the Admissions Committee at email@example.com, requesting a deferral. Note though that entrance into the next year’s cohort will not be guaranteed and each request is reviewed thoroughly on a case-to-case basis.
Tips for Success
A GUIDE TO COMPLETING YOUR FULL APPLICATION FORM
Tell us about yourself. The online application is a way for you to tell us more about yourself: Who you are, what you’ve accomplished, and what you hope to do in the future. With the goal of having a diverse and well-rounded cohort, we take in applicants from a variety of backgrounds. Highlight your skills, leadership experiences, and notable accomplishments. When evaluating applications, we consider all factors including your personal, academic, work, extracurricular, and recreational experiences.
Reflect on your experiences. You will be asked to write a few short essays about your insights and significant events in your life. Think deeply about your experiences and how they affect your personal values, decisions, and outlook in life.
Be specific. We know that no story is simple, but given the limited space in the application, we would like to understand your experiences as clearly as possible. There will be a word limit in the essays, so think about which details are most significant for showcasing and highlight only the most important aspects of your story.
Proofread before submitting. Before you submit your application, you will be given a chance to review it. Do so thoroughly! Proofread your essay (twice even!) to make sure that you are submitting your best possible application!
HOW TO SUCCEED IN ASSESSMENT CENTER
Dress for success. Come in business casual attire that you feel comfortable working in.
Get enough rest. Assessment Center (AC) is a full-day event where you will be participating in multiple activities, so you will need all the focus and energy you can get.
Submit your forms on time (or early). Before the AC you will be given a few short tasks and further details on what you need to prepare. Accomplish these things on time to avoid the stress of cramming the night before.
Be on time. Due to the large amount of people attending ACs, we run on strict schedules and do not accommodate late comers. To avoid being late, prepare your means of transportation before the morning of the AC.
Be yourself! This is an opportunity for us to get to know you better and vice versa. Come to the AC ready to share what you have to offer, and remain open to the experiences and people you will encounter there.
For virtual AC: Ensure a venue with strong internet. Make sure you have strong, stable internet connection, a webcam, and microphone. We suggest you conduct your vAC at a place that is quiet and is conducive to speaking with a virtual group and conducting a teaching demo. Have your mobile phone ready (and fully charged!) in case there are technical issues.
Prepare your lesson plan in advance. You will be asked to submit a lesson plan before attending the AC. Start working on your lesson plan as early as possible to give yourself time to work on it and practice.
Prepare your materials. You may bring in all sorts of materials that you believe will help you teach the lesson best. Make sure these are fully ready by the day of your AC, because once AC starts you will not have time during the day to work on them. In the room you will be guaranteed a small whiteboard with pens, but otherwise you will be responsible for bringing your own materials. We only ask that you do not use double-sided tape!
Practice! There will be a strict 10-minute time limit to your Teaching Demo. In that time you should be able to set up and teach the full lesson plan. Pay attention to timing and make sure that you are able to accomplish everything within the time limit.
What if I have a virtual AC? Make sure your materials and activities can work around the limitation of webcam-sharing via computer. We understand that this will be trickier than conducting a traditional teaching demo in-person, but we challenge our vAC candidates to do their best and find creative ways around the limitations.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
If I am not able to complete the AC requirements by the deadline, am I still allowed to participate? We look for candidates who have the ability to lead oneself; this includes the ability to manage multiple responsibilities and deliver requirements on time. Should you have concerns on your AC requirements, reach out as soon as possible to the Admissions Committee.
What if I’m late for AC? ACs run on strict schedules given the limited time and large number of people for processing. AC will begin with or without you – if you don’t make it to your scheduled activities you won’t be able to complete your AC. Let us know in advance if you are running late and we will discuss options for you on a case-to-case basis.
What if I have an emergency and can’t make it? Let us know as soon as possible if you cannot make it to your scheduled AC and we will help you reschedule. Do note, however, that when rescheduling, slots cannot be guaranteed.
How many students will I be teaching? Be prepared for anything!
Am I allowed to bring guests? Activities during AC are strictly confidential. Should you require guests to accompany you to our headquarters, we encourage you to make arrangements with them on where they can wait for you while AC activities are ongoing.
BEST PRACTICES FOR INTERVIEWS
Be professional. Dress well and comfortably. Come on time. Remember to maintain a professional demeanor while speaking with the interviewer.
Highlight your notable achievements, skills, and experiences. Use this opportunity to show us who you are and what you have to offer.
Reflect on your motivation. Think carefully about why you are applying to Teach for the Philippines and the Fellowship Program. What is your “why”?
Reflect on your takeaways from experiences that you will be sharing. As important as it is for us to hear your stories, we want to know how these events have affected you on multiple levels, and how your takeaways affect your application to Teach for the Philippines.
Answer the questions directly. Remember to address the question, and do not lose sight of your main point. Keep your responses relevant and specific.