Languages: Filipino (official), English (official), Tagalog, Cebuano, Ilocano, Hiligaynon or Ilonggo, Bicol, Waray, Pampango, and Pangasinan
Useful links: CIA World Factbook
The following information is generalized and compiled from questions posed to the agents and interviewers in Philippines. Although au pairs from this country may or may not have had these experiences/beliefs, Au Pair in America wishes to share this general information with our families.
- The idea of being an au pair is not common in the Philippines.
- Applicants from the Philippines are motivated by travel and independence.
- Applicants sometimes have difficulty affording the program fees.
- Young people in the Philippines have the freedom of their family to socialize and date.
- Curfews are not common.
- Young women are accustomed to sharing in household chores.
- Nudity is not widely practiced in the Philippines.
- Filipinos are hospitable, God-fearing, and flexible.
- Spanking is prohibited in the Philippines, as the government protects the rights of the child. However, children in the Philippines are disciplined through heart to heart talks, i.e. parents communicate to them in a way that the children will recognize their mistakes. Other discipline techniques include prohibiting children to go out during play time or depriving them of their favorite TV shows.
- Applicants obtain childcare experience through formal schooling, babysitting, and caring for younger siblings.
- Both parents share the childcare responsibilities.
- It is common for both parents to work and be away from home during the day.
- The minimum driving age is age 16. Most applicants obtain their driving license at age 17.
- A driving license is neither difficult nor expensive to obtain; however, some applicants may be getting their license solely for the purpose of applying to the Au Pair in America program.
- It takes approximately two months obtain a license in the Philippines.
- In order to obtain a driving license in the Philippines:
- Medical tests- hearing and sight
- Driving lessons
- Theoretical written test with traffic rules and scenarios
- Psychological test
- Practical test
- Toxicology tests for drugs and alcohol
- The International driving permit is available.
- Applicants typically take formal driving lessons and practice driving using their parents’ car.
- Most cars have manual transmissions, though automatic transmission cars are also prevalent.
- English is compulsory in schools and widely spoken in the Philippines.
- Classes focus on both oral and written skills.
- Approximately 80% of young women continue their studies at University.
- Others start work and families.
- The academic year in the Philippines starts in June and ends in March the following year.
- The educational opportunities of the Au Pair in America program are interesting to applicants.
- Filipino children are vaccinated against measles, hepatitis, polio, and typhoid.
- Most young women are not inoculated and tested for TB (Tuberculosis).
- The Philippines has a free health service.
- Most young women do not visit the dentist on a regular basis.
- “Eating disorders” are/not common. Filipinos love to eat, but they watch their food intake to avoid weight gain, which makes young women feel unattractive.
- Most young people in the Philippines eat meat.
- Vegetarianism is not common.
- A typical Filipino diet includes lots of rice dishes.
- The most common religions in the Philippines are Christianity-based.
- Most young people in the Philippines practice their religion regularly.
- Most homes have a telephone and a computer with access to the Internet.
- Family members will be able to take a message in English from a potential host family.
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