Cebu, Philippines

 

Cebu is a city in the midst of overwhelming growth that blends its ancestral heritage and modern business savvy with flair. Standing as the country’s top business and tourist destination, Cebu was crowned as the Queen City of the South. Finding its own place under Cebu’s friendly skies, business and leisure breathe together with office buildings and beach resorts.

Cebu is an elongated island some 250 kilometers from North to South and 45 kilometers across at its widest point. It is central to the Philippine archipelago and some 600 kilometers south of Manila. This location combined with a sheltered deep water harbor has made Cebu the base for most of the country’s domestic shipping and the gateway to the central and southern Philippines.

The island’s area of 5,000 square kilometers supports over 3.4 million people of whom over 1.7 million live in Metro Cebu. The east and west coasts are separated by a mountainous spine which rise to 1,000 meters. The climate is warm, generally 23 to 33° C. Rainfall is evenly distributed throughout the year, except for the summer months from March to May which are dry. Beaches, coral atolls, islands and rich fishing grounds surround Cebu.

Cebu’s central location, proximity to unusually exotic tourist destinations, ready access to a diversity of plants, animals and geological wonders within the island, and remoteness from earthquake and typhoon activity are some of the special attributes which help maintain Cebu’s track record.

Cebu has an abundance of beauty. From the central mountains to the coral sands, the island is a natural wonder. Most of the archipelago’s 8,120 species of flowering plants can be found in Cebu. 5,832 are unique to the country. Birds migrating from Russia enroute to Australia stop at the Olango Bird Sanctuary. Mountains streams cascade from misty heights to the sea. Colorful butterflies contrast with flocks of noisy birds. Some of the world’s best scuba diving is located around Cebu’s shore and there are regular sightings of dolphins and whales in the surrounding seas. The cool highlands are within 30 minutes drive from Metro Cebu.

Roadside clumps of giant hibiscus, fragrant plumeria (frangipanni) and delicate orchids brighten the way. Gardeners will revel in the flamboyance that is the nature of Philippine plants. Rapid growth, abundant water and rich soils make a colorful exuberance. Birds come to roost, fragrances fill the air and the spirit is refreshed after each busy day.

People from many countries live in Cebu and are well integrated with local population. The main religion is Roman Catholicism, while nearly every other religion is freely practice.

Although pre-Spanish culture is still a way of life for some mountain villagers it is often woven into the cultures of other lands then expressed in song and dance extravaganzas such as the Sinulog festival. Such fiestas creatively mingle foreign influences with local folk lore.

Relics of the past are found aplenty as Cebu is the country’s oldest city. More than just a city of increasing sophistication, Cebu still retains much of its provincial warmth and charm, with its colorful past. Apart from Cebu’s numerous man-made landmarks and institutions, it also features many miles of forest greens – a haven to wildlife and the place for a perfect picnic.

Course Fee

  • $1,490 without accommodation – or -
  • $1,590 with accommodation.
* Please note: Unless noted otherwise, all prices are listed in US Dollar amounts. For an estimate of these amounts in your local currency, please click here.

 

Accommodations

Accommodation in Cebu will consist of a private room (unless otherwise requested) located either 10-minute ride to the school or in an apartment within a five-minute walk to the school. All rooms have a private bath and are clean, comfortable and adequately furnished. All rooms are also located within easy reach of various restaurants, bars and entertainment sites.

Bedding is provided. We also provide free, daily cleaning service during the course for all rooms, and laundry service is available at a nominal fee.

You are more than welcome to invite friends or family members to stay in your room during the course – just please let us know as soon as possible. There is a minimal extra charge per additional person per room.

Please be assured that any special requests or requirements regarding accommodation will be taken into account, and TEFL International will make every effort to oblige.

Please inquire within should you have any questions.

Course Dates

2014

  • 6 January - 31 January
  • 3 February - 28 February
  • 3 March - 28 March
  • 7 April - 2 May
  • 5 May - 30 May
  • 2 June - 27 June
  • 7 July - 1 August
  • 4 August - 29 August
  • 1 September - 26 September
  • 29 September - 24 October
  • 27 October - 21 November
  • 24 November - 19 December