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19/09/2012: Search On for FilAms to Teach in the Philippines

19 September 2012

Angela Lagdameo and Michael Vea

WASHINGTON D.C. — Filipino-American youth leaders are being urged to take part in a new initiative that would allow them to help make a difference by teaching public schoolchildren in underserved areas in the Philippines.

The Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. said the search is on for 10 outstanding Filipino-Americans who will be take part in two-year teaching stints in various parts of the country under the “Teach for the Philippines” program.

Teach for the Philippines is a national movement that empowers leaders to expand educational opportunities in ways that are life changing for students as well as transformative of Philippine school communities and the Philippine nation as a whole.

Founded by Elizabeth Eder Zobel de Ayala, Margarita Liboro Delgado and Clarissa Isabelle Delgado, Teach for the Philippines is the 25th partner of Teach For All, a global network of social enterprises working to expand educational opportunity in their respective nations.  

According to the Philippine Embassy, selected candidates will be assigned in groups and placed as teachers in high-density, under-resourced public schools. The salary for this position is competitive and includes a comprehensive benefits package.

The search for the first batch of teachers is being undertaken by Angela Lagdameo and Michael Vea, who both participated in the recent Filipino American Youth Leadership Program (FAYLP) initiated by Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia Jr. and Mrs. Victoria Cuisia.

Teach for the Philippines has my wholehearted support and partnership.  Angela and Michael and I believe in the Teach for the Philippines’ vision that “The Filipino child has a right to an education without compromises, an education that involves and realizes the totality of a person's possibilities, an education that is inclusive, relevant, and excellent,” Ambassador Cuisia said.

“Be a part of this movement and give back.  This is your chance,” Ambassador Cuisia said in urging Filipino-American youth leaders to participate in the initiative.

Lagdameo and Vea, who are Co-Directors of Strategy for Recruitment and Selection in the United States, said applicants must demonstrate strong academic achievement, professional development, and varied extracurricular interests. They should also exhibit a profound belief in the potential of children, and be committed to expanding opportunities for students from low-income communities.  

After being selected, corps members participate in an intensive summer training program starting in April 2013.

Potential candidates are required to fulfill the following criteria:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university (any discipline or major);
  • Philippine citizenship or have rights to Philippine citizenship (one or both parents are Filipino);
  • Fluency in English and conversant ability in Tagalog or willingness to learn conversational Tagalog; and,
  • Willingness to make a full-time, two-year commitment to teach in the school in which the candidate is placed.

Interested parties may apply or nominate someone for the program by contacting Lagdameo at angela@teachforthephilippines.org or Vea at michael@teachforthephilippines.org.  ###