Volunteer Projects and Internships in the Philippines
- Location: Talisay City, Cebu
- Accommodation: Host families
- Local languages: Cebuano
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.
***Following the recent Typhoon Haiyan disaster in the Philippines, we are pleased to confirm that all of our volunteers and staff are safe and well. Our volunteer projects are ongoing and we have launched a Disaster Relief project. Learn about how you can volunteer on the Disaster Relief project.***
Projects Abroad in the Philippines is based on Cebu Island, part of the Visayan Islands region. While living with local host families in Talisay City, Cebu and surrounding smaller towns, volunteers can work in orphanages or care centers helping disadvantaged children, teach English in both primary and secondary 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.
Talisay City, in the province of Cebu, is home to over 200,000 people. 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
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.
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
Help with valuable typhoon recovery work in Northern Cebu, where a total of 874 classrooms were destroyed by the typhoon.