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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


Having had so many enjoyable volunteering experiences in the past, 20-year-old Frances Cassidy wanted to volunteer again. She travelled to the Philippines to take part in Projects Abroad’s Medical Project. She also thought it would be a great opportunity to visit the Philippines and be involved in ...

7 Things I Will Always Remember About Volunteering in the Philippines...by: Francois Bernier

    1. The Philippines  This travel was my first time in Asia, and my first big trip outside Europe. And Philippines was the best introduction to a long time stay far from home. The country and its 7000 islands is amazing and the people there could be the friendliest people in the world. I’ve ...

Finding Friendship In A Foreign Land

    “We'll be friends forever, won't we, Pooh?” asked Piglet.   “Even longer,” Pooh answered.  ― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh        First impressions are always funny and at times quiet surprising. For Evie, Tzara is the American who likes to speak her mind. For Tzara, Evie ...

My trip to the Philippines

Hey guys, I gonna go to the Philippines for 10,5 weeks from the 30th September on. The first 8 weeks I will make an internship in the field of Public Health at Bogo City. The last 2,5 weeks I plan to make some sightseeing and other vacations. I am looking forward to meet you at Bogo City. Maybe there ...

A Volunteer Story

    Being a volunteer for 3 weeks has been a wonderful and amazing journey. Coming to the Philippines was for me going to this unknown part of the world, which seemed completely different from other places I have been before. Before I came and on my way I wasn’t expecting to meet such amazing ...

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