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Volunteer and Intern in the Philippines

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

The Philippines is home to 7000 islands and a rapidly developing economy thanks to an abundance of natural resources and strong industries. Unfortunately, poverty still persists in many areas and volunteer aid is needed desperately. Projects Abroad volunteer placements and internships 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.

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.

We are especially in need of teachers, as public schools in the Philippines suffer from overcrowding and a lack of resources. Volunteers can make a huge difference by giving students the extra support and attention local teachers are often unable to give.

Where You Will Live in the Philippines with Projects Abroad

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 and other subjects in both elementary and high schools, or do medical internships in rural health centers.

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

Traditional sinulog festival in Projects Abroad Philippines Placement

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.

Sunset of the volunteer placement of Cebu, 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, traveling on to countries like Thailand, Vietnam, or Indonesia is easy.

Projects for All Ages in Philippines

High School Specials for Teens in Philippines

Grown-up Specials for ages 50+ in Philippines

Most recent blogs from Philippines

The Bliss of Witnessing Newborns

  To learn more about medicine in developing countries and to expand her medical knowledge is what made Jenna Cosentino, 20 years old from the USA, to volunteer in the Philippines through Projects Abroad.  She was a medical volunteer in the Cebu Provincial Hospital-Bogo City. Like any other volunteers, ...

Building Blocks of Memories

  It has been a pleasure to see foreign people come to the Philippines to help those who were affected by super typhoon Yolanda. To date, it was last November 8, 2013 when it hit the Philippines. The massive destruction it brought made most of the people living in northern Cebu and neighbouring provinces, ...

Mois à Bogo, Nord Cebú

  Ces 3 mois ont été remplis de belles rencontres et de découvertes enrichissantes. Les Philippines sont un pays qui mérite le détour non seulement pour ses magnifiques paysages mais surtout pour ses habitants qui sont extraordinairement accueillants et gentils. Ils méritent qu'on vienne les ...

Volunteer's Campaign to Nutrition

    54 year-old Lisbet Keis is a nutritionist from Denmark. She came to the Philippines and joined the public health project of Projects Abroad because she wanted to do something that works with health and care  since she have worked her whole life dealing with food.   On the first two days ...

Indulging in a Medical Field of a Different Country

  It was 2:00 am when Michael Lee, an American medical volunteer arrived in the Philippines. As he exited Mactan International Airport, he was immediately hit by the Filipino humidity and heat, even though it was only dawn; he was already sweating and worried about how the day’s heat would greet ...

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