A FOREIGN language school in Cebu City won an award from a business magazine based in the United Kingdom.
Ethos English School, established by Barry and Sharon Murrell, was named the 2018 Best Foreign Language School by the Asia Pacific (Apac) Insider, a business magazine published by a company in the UK.
“After retiring from our mission work, we decided to start a business to support ourselves so we could continue staying in this city that we came to call home. This is how Ethos came to be,” Barry Murell said, in an email.
Ethos which stands for Ethics To Help Others Succeed Corp., teaches American English to international students.
“Most of our current students are from Japan, and we have been able to double our number of students almost every year since we started. We are gradually gaining in popularity and, aside from an office in Tokyo, we now have representation in China, Korea, and even in Russia, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East,” Murrel said.
Ethos has been operating in Cebu since 2012 and is registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Bureau of Internal Revenue, Department of Labor and Employment, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, and Department of Tourism.
The Murrells, who originally came from Texas in the United States, were religious missionaries and have been living in Cebu for almost 40 years.
Their four children, who were born and raised in the city, now serve as teachers in Ethos.
“We are different from most of the other English schools here in Cebu in that we offer American teachers (mostly my kids and us) for all classes, and, therefore, we specialize in teaching American English,” he said.
Ethos also arranges a home-stay option for their students.
The school is at the corner of Eucalyptus St. and Cebu South Road, Barangay Basak San Nicolas.
In its website, the Apac Insider Business Awards “recognize individuals and companies who have worked to provide the best services to clients and customers across one of the largest and most influential business regions in the world.”