Volunteer Abroad with Children in the Philippines
- Placement locations: Talisay City, Cebu
- Types of care projects: Orphanages, care centers
- Age: 3 to 18 years
- Number of people cared for: 20 to 60
- Role: Volunteers work on achieving the goals set out in the Care Management Plan, including running educational games and group activities, and providing emotional support.
- Accommodation: Host families
- Length of placement: From 4 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
***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.***
By volunteering with Projects Abroad on a Care project in the Philippines you can help by aiding and interacting with children in orphanages and a variety of care centers. Whether you are on a gap year or break from college or coming to development work as an older volunteer on a career break, you will have a role to play and your contribution will be valued.
In the Philippines, many thousands of urban children grow up in poverty and are often deprived of basic healthcare and education. Rapid growth and urbanization means that almost half the country’s population now live in towns and cities, making the Philippines one of the most urbanized countries in Southeast Asia. The Philippines is also unfortunately still seeing an increase in the HIV infection rate, with one out of three new cases being in a young person.
Children are therefore particularly vulnerable and you can help to improve their future prospects by volunteering. It will be a challenging but also rewarding experience. We have a variety of Care placements in the Philippines where you can volunteer to help children. Projects Abroad Care volunteers work in Talisay and Bogo City, Cebu.
You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Philippines Care Management Plan.
Your Role as a Care Volunteer in the Philippines
Social development, friendship, and support are the key things you can offer as a volunteer. Volunteers usually start by working about 4 to 5 hours a day. If you live close to your host family you may return home for lunch, otherwise you will be provided with a packed lunch by your host family. Most volunteers work from Monday to Friday and have the weekends free to travel.
Projects Abroad is happy to provide extra help to volunteers on Care projects. This may include buying some paints or art materials or arranging a day where all the volunteers help to renovate a play area at one of the homes. Suggestions from volunteers are welcomed and we are open to any ideas you may have to help benefit the lives of the children with whom you are working.
You can join the Care project in the Philippines for two or three weeks if you don't have time to join us for four weeks or more. You will gain a valuable cultural insight and work intensely within the local community. However, please be aware that you may not have the same impact as someone participating for a longer period.