Do you enjoy being around children? Are you ready to become a learning companion of a child in basic reading and writing in Filipino? Do you like being creative?
If you answered ‘Yes’ to any of the above questions, then you are PERFECT for this volunteer opportunity!
JOIN US at Ceto’s Mausoleum, Street 38, Manila North Cemetery where we hold fun learning activities for the children living there. Our main goal is to bring back the fun in learning, to help children realize that they are as good and as clever as everyone else, and motivate them to remain in school or go back if they stopped.
What is Ang Galing?
Ang Galing is the tutorial program of ATD Fourth World Philippines for children (6-14 y old) who do not know how to read and write in Filipino. These learners are enthusiastic as they begin traditional school but once they cannot keep up with the rest of the class in a one-size fits-all kind of environment, they fall behind. The session is learner-centered and the structure is informal. It is held at Manila North cemetery where the children live with their parents. Ang Galing helps the learners rediscover the fun in learning. The program conducts monitoring and evaluation of each learner’s progress, supports the educational efforts of the parents, and builds links with DepEd and the schools of the learners.
How do I join?
There are two sessions, one that starts at 9:30 am and another at 2 pm. You can choose one session or stay for the whole day. To volunteer, sign up through either of these two options:
- GOOGLE FORM: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSej0HxQVhUpSz016nT8G6aKEy0FXdThEAU30AMK_WMKJjh1tg/viewform?usp=pp_url
What is ATD Fourth World Philippines?
All Together in Dignity (ATD) Fourth World is an international non-governmental organization with no religious or political affiliation who works with individuals and institutions to find solutions to eradicate extreme poverty. ATD works in partnership with people living in extreme poverty. It’s human rights-based approach focuses on supporting families and individuals through its grassroots presence and involvement in disadvantaged communities, in urban and rural areas. It creates public awareness of extreme poverty and influences policies to address it.
Why do you need volunteers?
We Need You because we think you can join hands with us to find solutions to eradicate extreme poverty. An important step in eradicating extreme poverty is to recognize poverty in all its many faces and forms. Lack of quality education is a form of poverty. It deprives people of the right to know things that can help them determine how to live their lives. Let’s bring back the fun in learning and help us support parents in their struggle to claim their rights to a quality education for their family.
What happens at the tutorial session?
All other things about the tutorial will be explained to you during the orientation but here is what to expect. When you arrive, you can read the orientation notes while waiting for the orientation to start. There are a few questions in the notes to help you evaluate a learner’s reading and writing. You can always refer to the notes. Once the learners arrive, each gets to choose his/her tutor. When a learner does not choose, one of you may be asked to approach and work with this learner. You may be asked to tutor another learner after you finish a session with one. Adjust to the learner’s pace as you go along. Keep the session light and fun. Try varied activities with all the materials on hand. Do not give food, erasers, pencils and any other thing that can influence how a child perceives Ang Galing. Gadgets are allowed but not during a session with a child.
How do I get updates?
Change of schedules, news and updates will be posted on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ATD.Philippines). We cancel if the cemetery gets flooded, announcing the day before or at the early hours of Sat. We will also get in touch with you through the contact information you shared with us. Please make sure that it is accurate.
What shall I wear and bring?
Wear light, comfortable clothes that will not easily snag and adequate footwear for walking on damp earth. Please bring your own water bottle and pen.
How do I go to Manila North Cemetery?
1 From City Hall, take a Dapitan Blumentritt jeep. The jeep will turn left from Laong-Laan to Dimasalang, go straight and turn left at Blumentritt. Ask the driver to drop you off in front of the main gate.
2 From Blumentritt, take a Munoz jeep. It will go straight along Blumentritt, turn right at Aurora Blvd., turn left at Dimasalang. Ask the driver to drop you off at Norte (the cemetery).
3 From Bacood, Punta, Sta. Mesa, and Legarda, take a Quiapo-Dimasalang-Blumentritt jeep at Quiapo. Ask the driver to drop you off in front of the main gate.
From NORTH EDSA
From North EDSA, take a jeep going to España. Get off at the first intersection after Welcome Rotonda (Blumentritt). Take the Blumentritt-España jeep at the corner terminal, the fare is P8. Ask the driver to drop you off in front of the main gate.
From Commonwealth, take a Quiapo/Lawton bus or a Quiapo España jeep. Get off at the first intersection after Welcome Rotonda (Blumentritt). Take the Blumentritt-España jeep at the corner terminal, the fare is P8. Ask the driver to drop you off in front of the main gate.
From CALOOCAN NORTH:
From Quirino Highway, ride a jeep/bus to Blumentritt. The cemetery is at the corner of A. Bonifacio and Blumentritt. The main gate is at Blumentritt. Ask the driver to drop you off in front of it.
From CALOOCAN SOUTH:
From Rizal Avenue, Caloocan, ride a jeep to Blumentritt. Get off at Blumentritt. Take a Munoz jeep. The jeep will go straight along Blumentritt, turn right to Aurora Blvd., then turn left to Dimasalang. Ask the driver to drop you off at Norte (the cemetery).
INSIDE THE CEMETERY: To get to Ceto’s from the gate: Walk towards Rotonda/Circle. Turn right at Street 38., where a public CR stands. Street 38 is a short street. Keep on walking till you see the Ang Galing tarpaulin on your left. Enter the narrow alley beside it. The 2nd mausoleum from the street is Ceto’s.
– This event will be at no cost to you except for the transportation cost to and from the venue.
– Please consider Saturday traffic when you plan to go.
– We advise the use of comfort rooms at PureGold (opens at 9am) or Chinese General Hospital. In rainy weather, the cemetery entrance may get flooded.
– Please wear adequate protection.
– If you decide to take the tricycle, make sure that the driver knows the venue and agrees to the P20-fare before taking the ride.
In case you need to cancel for an emergency, please let us know right away. If you cancel for other reasons, please let us know at least 3 days before the event. Thanks!
Come and join us! We are excited to see you! 🙂
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