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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.
Choosing a Timeline
We have two intake options for the 2019 Fellowship Program:
Batch A: Summer Institute for this batch starts in April 2019.
Batch B: Summer Institute for this batch starts last week of June 2019
(with less slots and mostly for graduating seniors after April).
When choosing a timeline, do consider what obligations may affect your ability to meet requirements
(e.g. current job, contracts, graduation month)
Working professionals and college seniors whose graduation will fall on or before April 2019 are encouraged to submit their applications during early and regular admissions. Because of the limited application period, college seniors who are graduating in May or June 2019 are also encouraged to apply early to secure their slots.
An early application gives you more opportunities to engage in our events, making you better prepared for Summer Institute (Training), and eventually, your two-year journey as a Teacher Fellow.
How to Apply?
But, read on if you’re curious to find out more about a candidate's journey through the admissions process!
The Candidate Journey
Always having the best interest of our students and communities in mind, we are committed to finding individuals best fit for the needs of our most important stakeholders. As such, we hope to see this same drive for excellence in you at every stage of the admissions process!
1. ELIGIBILITY CHECK
Gauge your readiness for the program and register your interest! We believe there is always a best time for everything, and the Eligibility Check will help you assess if the Fellowship Program is the right opportunity for you now.
2. FULL APPLICATION FORM
The Full Application Form will require you to fill out some personal information and answer a few short essays to help us get to know you by your personal, academic, work, and extracurricular backgrounds. Once submitted, you can expect to get an update regarding the status of your application in two weeks.
3. ASSESSMENT CENTER
Time to showcase your leadership potential! In the Assessment Center, you will be asked to participate in a variety of activities including a short teaching demonstration, a group activity, and depending on your results, you may undergo other activities, among others, to help us make a better decision on your application. You will know the results of your assessment within 3-5 working days.
Candidates who live outside Metro Manila can opt for a virtual assessment option, but this option is only given on a case to case basis.
4. FINAL INTERVIEW
Meet with a member of our Senior Leadership Team, and expound further on your background, motivations, achievements, and relevant experiences. This will be scheduled 2-3 weeks from the date you completed your AC.
Join one of our Teacher Fellows in the classroom or school community to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be working in a Philippine public school. This is a good opportunity for you to speak with them and learn about their life as a Teacher Fellow through their stories and insights.
6. SUMMER INSTITUTE
Out of the hundreds of applications received, selected Fellow Candidates are given an an offer to join the live-in training camp called Summer Institute (SI), which is a 7-week intensive training meant to help you prepare for the journey that lies ahead. While SI is the last stage of the admissions process, it is designed to help build mindsets, knowledge, and skills for success in the Fellowship. During the training, you are given approximately 400 hours of training and coaching and will undergo practice teaching. Teach for the Philippines takes care of transportation (from Manila to the training venue), food, and accommodation costs, and allowance of the Fellow Candidates for the whole duration of the 7-week training.
Prior to SI, you are expected to prepare your pre-employment requirements and complete training pre-work such as readings, essays, and other outputs.
You will officially be inducted as a Teacher Fellow after successfully completing SI and will signify your commitment to the program by accepting the Oath of Fellowship and the Notice of Placement.
How to Apply?
But, read on if you want answers for your burning questions about the admissions process!
Application Frequently Asked Questions
How much time will it take to complete the Eligibility Check and the Full Application Form?
It will take you 10 to 15 minutes to complete the Eligibility Check. After which you will receive a link to the Full Application Form. This form will be sent to you via email, and you will be given a 3-day window to accomplish this.
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 commitments a Teacher Fellow's work 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.
How to Apply?
But, read on if you’re curious to know tips on how you can ace your application!
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.