Now that you’re in Cebu learning English, take this as an opportunity to explore different culture, out from your comfort zone. You’ve got the unique opportunity to go across the world. Awesome, yes, but also, intimidating. Here’s how to deal.
Learn basics about the Philippines.
During your free time, pick up on traditional customs and foods so you won’t come off as a foreigner, or worse, impolite. And you don’t have to worry about the people. The locals are extra friendly to foreigners and tourists.
Get the simple lingo down.
Although the Philippines’ second language is English, it is also better to learn Cebu’s basic greetings like Maayung Buntag (Good Morning), Maayung Hapon (Good Afteroon) and Maayung Gabi-i (Good Evening).
When you get off the airplane/boat, never leave your luggage alone. Trust people only if you know they work at the place. When people see a young adult in a foreign country, looking scared and vulnerable, they’re a perfect target. Not saying don’t trust anyone…just be extra careful.
See the sights.
The coolest landmarks and restaurants, tourist spots etc. You can make day trips on weekends to the nice places the country has to offer.
Stay focused on your studies.
Despite everything, you’re here for a reason: to study and learn. Don’t get yourself focused on shopping, dining, and travelling here. You can still do all that fun stuff, but school comes first.
Keep in touch.
With your family back home, using Facebook, chat, Skype, etc. Take advantage of our technology and never miss a thing back home.
Studying in Cebu can be a wonderful opportunity for you, not only to learn English but to explore a lot of things the world has to offer. So, go on. Go out and enjoy Cebu as you learn English.