FAQs for Prospective & New Staff
Can I come for a visit before making a commitment?
Absolutely! We would love for you to come and see our school in action, meet our teachers and staff, and get a feel for life in Davao.
What qualifications are required to teach at Faith International Academy?
Does Faith provide a salary, housing, or airfare allowance for the staff?
Can Faith International Academy help me find housing?
FIA can help incoming staff find suitable housing, as we are often aware of houses being vacated by families moving or leaving the area. For more information about moving to Davao, see our Life in Davao page.
Will I need a visa?
Yes. If you are not able to acquire a visa through your sending agency, then FIA will assist you in obtaining an appropriate visa. We will provide the information needed to apply for a 9g missionary visa upon arrival in the Philippines. The process can be lengthy at times, but we will walk you through it to make the experience as smooth as possible.
Is medical insurance required? How is the health care?
Most mission organizations require their members and their families to have medical insurance both overseas and in their passport country. However, FIA does not provide insurance for missionary staff. Davao has numerous clinics and hospitals, many of which have state of the art medical technology. Most procedures are very affordable, and most pharmaceuticals are widely available.
I would like my children to attend Faith International Academy. Do I get a discount for teaching?
Tuition and/or capital fee discounts are available for FIA missionary staff members. Staff members must submit an application and be approved by the administration.
What does a typical calendar year look like at Faith International Academy?
We begin school in early August and finish by the end of May. Breaks or holidays throughout the year include October, Christmas, and March breaks. Take a look at our calendar for the current year and the following year.
What kind of orientation does Faith International Academy offer?
Most mission organizations offer pre-field cultural and missionary orientations. FIA may require you to attend cross-cultural training if it is not provided by your sending organization; FIA recruiting can provide a list of options for you. Faith has a new teacher orientation, as well as an all staff orientation before the start of each school year. This allows new staff to meet returning staff as well as get a feel for the FIA culture before the school year begins.
What is the cost of living in Davao?
Compared to most developing nations, the cost of living in Davao is fairly low. However, this number can fluctuate considerably depending on the size of your family and your own personal preferences. Your sending agency in partnership with FIA will help to determine an accurate budget to live in Davao.
Is Davao a safe place to live?
The island of Mindanao frequently sees conflict due to the unrest between differing political groups. However, Davao is consistently ranked as one of the safest cities in the world. Many of our missionary families work in high risk areas but choose to live in Davao based on this fact, as well as the quality of life the city offers. As with any place, common sense, awareness, and basic safety measures should always be followed.
How is public transportation? Should I plan to buy a vehicle?
Public transportation is very inexpensive and widely available. However, many staff members, especially those with families, opt to purchase a motorbike or car to allow more freedom. You will need to obtain a Philippines driver’s license, but if you already have a license from your passport country, it is fairly simple to acquire one.
Are there shopping malls and grocery stores that offer Western items?
Yes! Davao has several shopping malls that contain Western restaurants, movie theaters, and grocery stores that stock imported items. You will pay “Western” pricing, but there are also numerous local markets that offer fresh vegetables, fruits, and meat very inexpensively. For more about living in Davao, visit our Life in Davao page.