The philippines supplies the world with many medical professionals with large numbers leaving the country every year for a better future abroad. this is indicative of the quality of medical education and medical tourism is on the rise too. most come from america and europe as compared to their home countries, healthcare here is much cheaper; as much as 80% less than the average price abroad. most of the hospitals suggested for medical tourism are in metro manila. alternative medicine is also popular with spas, faith healing and other fringe therapies widespread throughout the archipelago.
Visita iglesia visita is spanish for visit, iglesia is spanish for church; visit churches is the practice done by mostly filipino roman catholics to churches, holy sites, shrines, basilicas etc. if you are religious try this, if you love art and architecture; churches are the best way to define what filipino architecture.
Under Philippine law, any foreigner working must have an Alien Employment Permit issued by the Department of Labor. The paperwork is in general handled by the prospective employer and the employee picks up the relevant visa at a Philippine Embassy or Consulate. Working without a permit is not allowed and does not give you any labor protections. Furthermore, visas are checked upon departing the Philippines. Those who have overstayed without permission are subject to fines and, in certain cases, even jail.
It is possible for foreigners to earn casual money while staying in the Philippines, especially in Manila and other bigger cities in provinces. These may include temporary teaching in schools, colleges and other institutions; and working in bars and clubs. Temporary work may also be available as an "extra" on the set of a film or television series. Fluency in English is very important in jobs while knowledge of Filipino or Tagalog is considerably low. Recently as of late 2010, the Philippines has overtaken India in the call center industry, and many international companies hire English fluent workers.
Most establishments pay monthly but informal jobs pay out variably either cash on hand or weekly.
tertiary education and esl
Many foreigners such as Europeans, Chinese, Americans and Koreans choose to study and finish university in the Philippines because compared to other countries, Universities here are cheaper and offer the same system the Americans apply however most schools follow K-10, international schools follow K-12 standards, major schools such as University of the Philippines (http://www.up.edu.ph), De La Salle University (http://www.dlsu.edu.ph), Ateneo University (http://www.admu.edu.ph), Far Eastern University (http://www.feu.edu.ph) and Adamson University (http://www.adamson.edu.ph) are just some of the major universities with many provincial branches in the country.
The country is also a hub for people seeking to learn English mostly Chinese and Koreans, there are many English learning centers around the country predominantly around Metro Manila, Bacolod, Cebu, and Taguig City, as well as all significant financial, commercial and provincial capitals. It is one of the largest hubs in learning ESL in Asia. Other international schools in the Philippines are also found and usually operated by British and other European diplomats, Japanese, Korean, Chinese and American immigrants and diplomats.
See Scuba diving for more information
Scuba diving is spectacular in the Philippines. There is a great variety of dive sites and most if not all of these have at least a handful of PADI-accredited diving schools where you can obtain your license. Costs of both lessons and equipment are likely to be cheaper here compared to places like Australia, the Caribbean or even in nearby Thailand and Malaysia.