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Volunteer Projects and Internships in the Philippines

Overview

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  • Location: Talisay 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 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

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

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 ...

A Worthwhile Experience

    After quitting his job from Denmark as a carpenter, Oliver Bokk joined Projects Abroad as a Disaster Relief Volunteer. He wanted to travel the world while doing something meaningful too. He did some research and found ten organizations who offered volunteering, but only Projects Abroad offered ...

“Helping where help is needed.”

          When typhoon Yolanda, the world’s strongest typhoon ever recorded hit the Philippines in November 8, 2013, it ravaged most of the Visayan region. It’s as if a monster devoured a whole prey. It was a nightmare for the Yolanda victims. The damaged it caused was unimaginable. Roofs ...

Building Friendship Regardless of Races

Building friendship regardless of races   Life can hit you hard but no matter how life hits you, the greatest affair is to move.             Typhoon Yolanda was a nightmare for me. I was there when it happened. I saw flying debris, devastated buildings and I can't imagine how I was ...

Time flies

Hallo lieve vrienden en familie!    Omdat ik nog maar 2 weekjes te gaan heb, dacht ik dat het wel weer tijd was om een blog te schrijven.   De tijd is echt voorbij gevlogen, ik ben nu al bijna 5 weken in de Filipijnen en ik zou het liefst nog veel meer weken blijven! Elke dag is helemaal gevuld ...
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