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I am an American business and English trainer who for the last 5 years has been living and working for a large international IT outsourcing firm in Kiev, Ukraine (Luxoft IT). I work appropriately as a business and business English trainer full-time, as well as a training project manager, materials developer, as editing services and some recruiting.

 

I'm planning to come and visit this summer, to peruse the scene and check out any work possibilities. I have about 10 years of business English training with many major multi-national companies (employee development) thus I would appreciate if anyone can give me any tips (besides just contacting private English schools) about working with multi-national companies there as an English trainer or other work.

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At least a few months ago Call Centers were short of people with "corect" English accent.

The Philippine government have had subsidised courses to try to cover that need. I don't know if that Program is still running.

So I suppouse it can be worth checking if someone employ teachers for such still.

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Craig, probably the best tip is to line up a job with a multi-national company before you come here. That way hopefully they will pay for your move, arrange for your work visa and pay you Stateside/European wages. I am fairly certain (and trust me others will add to this) that if you just hit the ground and look for a job any potential employer will have to prove to the authorities that the position you are being hired for CANNOT be filled by a Filipino. Plus you will most likely be hired at the Filipino wage scale, which is pretty low :unsure: .

 

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as an English trainer

 

Working as an English trainer is unlikely.  filipinos pride themselves on their English skills and think they should be the teachers.  Many will not agree but if you intend to go up against national pride to try and get such a job I suspect you will be unemployed.

 

To see what I mean, read this article:  https://ph.news.yahoo.com/ph--world-s-best-country-in-business-english.html

 

The Philippines was named the world's best country in business English ... to think twice before mocking Pinoys' use of the English language.

 

 

Lots of Call Centers hire native English speakers if you have the correct work permit or if you are married to a filipina.

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People, thanks all for the initial tips... as to the comment about people there not needing English from native speakers, I have researched a bit and seen that some private language schools do have native speakers for teaching business English. This is something I pride myself in; I am an IELTS / TOEFL specialist and have been developing business professionals' English (even in the USA for immigrant professionals at companies) for 10 years. I'm not saying I'm the best... but definitely not a junior English teacher or just a "native speaker."

 

Any more tips are highly appreciated!   

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Sounds like you have it all wired up Craig. The only other tip I have to offer is make sure you have a round trip ticket (which you will need if you come initially on a tourist visa) and enough of a nest egg to execute a plan B if things don't pan out.

 

Good luck to you :cheersty: . Let us know how it goes please.

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Any more tips are highly appreciated! 

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Sounds like you should be giving us some  :thumbsup:   Let us know where you find a job because I know at least one expat here with similar skills, who has to commute to China to do that kind of work.  I am sure he would love to stay here and work.

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I spoke to a Canadian woman who has worked in the Philippines for over 10 years at call centers in Manila. She has to supervise filipino workers and found that learning tagalog was a big help. So you may want to start now to learn tagalog.

 

Most of the major cities in the Philippines have call centers. From what I have seen there are two major corporations running call centers. Convergys and Sitel.

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Thank you all. I can see at least the expat community in the Philippines is very supportive. Hope to meet you there!

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Thank you all. I can see at least the expat community in the Philippines is very supportive. Hope to meet you there!

Well. Yes, THIS one   :)    (and one more but it's low activity there).   I checked some realy CRAP expat forums, before I found this...

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