Good day! I am Teacher Amber, one of the resident Native teachers of F2F and self-acclaimed culture vulture. I’ll walk you through what I believe is the best part of studying abroad: learning while travelling! I always tell my students that it’s like hitting two birds with one stone – you get to learn English and go on vacation at the same time!
Many students who go abroad to study English want a ready-made excuse to practice what they’ve learned on a daily basis –but, just because you are staying in a foreign country, don’t mean you get to use the expressions you learned in class to the full extent. More often than not, you need to go out of your school to put your knowledge into better use. This is one of the reasons why the Philippines is a great place to learn and use English!
Feeling suffocated in the classroom? Head out to one of the nearby cafes and enjoy an intellectual conversation with fellow students or teachers over some coffee and cake. Tagaytay is peppered with so many cafes that Starbucks alone has five in the area!
A lot of people visit the Philippines for various reasons and travelling remains the number one cause to pay a visit. The country boasts of thousands of destinations to accommodate almost any kind of adventure and learning experience people look for. Tagaytay, where Face to Face Language and Culture School is located, is one of the top destinations to visit. Why? Perfect sceneries, a plethora of food choices, convenient location (a couple of hours from Manila and the beautiful beaches of Batangas!) and the cozy weather – need I say more?
Fortune Island 45 minutes off the coast of Nasugbu, Batangas which is an hour bus ride away from Tagaytay is a taste of Greece in the Philippines.
After classes or on weekends, students can get the chance to explore this humble city and use the knowledge they acquired right away!
Charito by Bag of Beans is a nearby café that serves hearty Filipino and Western food with amazing views of the Taal Lake and Volcano, just 5-10 minutes away from the school building by jeepney.
Missed dinner reviewing for a test the next day? or just having some late night pizza cravings? Many restaurants here are open until the wee hours, some even ’round the clock, so they got you covered.
Being slapped right in the middle of the amazing provinces of Batangas, Cavite and Laguna also makes it very easy to wander around historical sites, hike mountains or (my top recommendation) bum around the beach and swim with amazing marine wildlife. The cost of doing such activities is so affordable that you can go to a different place every weekend without getting broke! It is also safe and there are different modes of transportations available ‘round the clock; and since most Filipinos can understand English, you get to talk to them and have a real-life application of your classroom situations.
My “expert advice” is to make the most out of your stay – wherever you may be. You should exhaust the opportunities you get and make more opportunities for yourself and the best way to do this is to go out and explore!
Bask under the sun and soak your feet in the water! Beaches are aplenty and a splendid time is always guaranteed. Come on over, study English in Face to Face, and have fun in the Philippines!