BAGUIO CITY: The more than 5,000 South Korean students studying in the Summer Capital help enhance its economy.
Steve Han, president of the Korean Sports Community here, said a student is spending about P40,000 a month for accommodation, food and other needs in this highland town.
“In South Korea, we have a national passion to learn English and we find Baguio as one of the best places to become skilled in speaking English,” he said.
“There are so many things why we love Baguio, like its cool weather making it conducive to learning, the instructors are very good in teaching English, the people are kind, cost of living is affordable and there are a lot of fresh vegetables here like in our place,“ Han added.
Over the past three years, roughly 14,000 South Koreans have traveled to the Philippines to study English at private academies for a fraction of the price of classes in many other English-speaking nations.
Han said South Korean families spend billions of dollars on private education to prepare their children for standardized tests that are required for entrance into universities, to study overseas and land white-collar jobs.
Kang Tae-won, 17, is among the students from the city of Pyeongtaek, south of Seoul, who chose Baguio from among the many places in the country to learn English..
“Studying in the Philippines will surely prepare me and equip me when I go to college in Singapore,” she said.