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Volunteer Projects and Internships in the Philippines

  • Location: Bogo City, Cebu
  • Accommodation: Host families
  • Local languages: Cebuano
Country Info

With its 7000 islands and history of Spanish rule, the Philippines offer a unique Asian experience set apart geographically and culturally from mainland Asia. Projects are available for anyone interested in volunteering in the developing world, whether you are student on a gap year or summer vacation, a professional on career break, or a retired volunteer.

Projects Abroad in the Philippines is based on Cebu Island, part of the Visayan Islands region. While living with local host families in Bogo City, Cebu and surrounding smaller towns, volunteers can work in orphanages or care centers helping disadvantaged children, teach English in both elementary and high schools, or do medical internships in rural health centers.

Volunteering Abroad in the Philippines

The Philippines is located to the west of the North Pacific Ocean, with its closest neighbors being Taiwan to the north, Vietnam to the west, and Borneo to the south.

Bogo City is home to over 90,000 people in the province of Cebu. Bogo is located on the northeastern coast of the mainland Cebu. Cebu is one of the most developed provinces in the Philippines, with Cebu City as the main center of commerce, trade, education, and industry in the Visayas. While much of the city has developed rapidly over recent years and some areas downtown and on the seafront are modern and developed, other areas remain home to poverty-stricken Filipinos and migrants from all over the region.

Volunteer Travel and Voluntourism in the Philippines

International Volunteer Projects in the Philippines

In Cebu City itself you can explore Carbon Market, a traditional farmer’s market, or embrace the vast modern malls, complete with movie theaters and restaurants. You can also visit Fort San Pedro and Magellan’s Cross to learn about the Spanish conquest. The Spanish influence is felt in the regular fiestas and street parades, the highlight of which is the Sinulog Festival, a nine day Mardi Gras style party at the end of January.

On Cebu Island the beaches in the north and southwest offer the classic combination of white sand and clear seas with spectacular diving or snorkeling. For more remote beaches the idyllic offshore islands of Bantayan and Malapascua are easily accessible for weekend trips.

Volunteer in the Philippines with Projects Abroad

If you have more travel time, the Philippines has endless possibilities for island hopping. If you tried to visit every island in the country at a rate of one per day, you’d be travelling for over 20 years! Our local staff will be able to advise you on narrowing down the options.

The rest of Southeast Asia is only a short flight away and with Cebu City having an international airport with many budget airlines offering bargain flights, travelling on to countries like Thailand, Vietnam, or Indonesia is easy.

Projects for All Ages in Philippines

Most recent blogs from Philippines

We grow by giving.

  Hi folks! Time flies by so fast and we can now say hello to the “ber” months! As I’m sure you’re all too aware, in November last year, typhoon Yolanda hit the Philippines. The massive destruction incurred by that super typhoon was indeed a nightmare.  Houses, hospitals, public and private ...

Dental Outreach: For a more beautiful smile! :)

As a doctor in the UK, Dr. Terry-Anne Jennet was delighted when asked if she would be interested in leading a health promotion campaign at Jovencio Nailon Masong National High school in Bogo City. In her everyday practice as a doctor, she promotes a healthy lifestyle to her patients on a one-on-one ...

The Philippines teach the value of entering a foreign country with an open mind.

  Matthew Reif is a Japanese-American volunteer who came to the Philippines to have the opportunity to live and work in Cebu for three months. He worked at the medical project, which supports the Bogo City Health Office (CHO) and Cebu District Hospital-Bogo City, formerly known as Severo Verallo ...

The Gift Of Music

"Because music can bring people together".     Being a care volunteer in the Philippines was indeed an amazing experience for Tessa. Placed in Dakit Elementary School, she enjoyed helping the teachers with their daily activities. She found joy being with the children at her placement and she spent ...

Verslag van mijn verblijf in Bogo City in de Filippijnen voor Projects Abroad

  (Photo C: Alexis Budhi)    Momenteel ben ik in de laatste week van mijn ' contract' met Projects Abroad in de Filippijnen. Vanaf dinsdag 9 september hoop ik mijn eigen weg te gaan, naar het zuiden, naar Cagayan de Oro, voor een medical mission van een andere groep. Waarna ik 16september weer ...

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