Nutrition and Public Health Philippines

Play a critical role in local public health projects to combat hunger in preschool children through supplementary feeding programs and nutritional education for families and community workers in a society which is now rampant with chronic heart disease, diabetes, vitamin A deficiency, PEM and mal-nourishment due to unhealthy diets.

Nutrition and Public Health Program Philippines

Project Type

Home Stay Placement | Specialist Nutrition, Diabetes care, Public Health, exercise science, bio medical, dietetics, nutritional consulting, community development and education

Duration

2 Weeks+

Start Dates

All year round.  Programs start weekly on Monday’s

Location

Leyte, Phlippines

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Background Information

Public health issues including obesity, diabetes and chronic heart disease are a major concern to poorer communities with a lack of governmental support and education.  A basic understanding of the dangers associated with high sugar, salt and fatty diets is not widely accepted among many Filipino communities.  In these regions, issues of food security and hunger are also significant issues.

This program involves 2 main components being Community Feeding & Nutritional Education

Project Overview

You’ll work alongside the City Nutrition Office to assist in providing food to under privileged families in the local Barangays.  As a government department which overseas the food intake of local residents, you’ll witness first hand the challenges faced by developing countries in providing basic living necessities.

Volunteers will help plan supplementary feeding menu’s for the daily feeding of preschool children.  Volunteers will work closely with families providing natural health services and education implementing longer term solutions together with local health authorities to combat hunger and food security by getting involved in local feeding kitchens and community healthcare programs.

You may also get involved in health promotion activity including education within various central and rural community centres on methods to cut back sugar and salt intake and to increase the consumption of fresh fruit & vegetables.  Very little public education exists in this area and there is a massive opportunity to make a real difference!

Working Hours – 08:00am – 12 noon, Monday to Friday (minimum) Many volunteers choose to work longer, which is highly appreciated but optional

Who Can Participate – Knowledge of nutrition is preferred for this placement.

Accommodation

At the core of your experience is the friendly and warm accommodating local homestays who have been accepting volunteers for over a decade. Life inside a homestay is not only safe and cost effective, but is also a great way to contribute to the local economy and to experience the true nature and culture of the Philippines.  All homestays have electricity and running water.

You will have a private room by yourself or shared with a fellow volunteer.  Mosquito net, electric fan, bed linens and door lock are also provided.   The bathroom will be shared with the family and will be basic with cold, bucket baths (hot running showers are uncommon in Philippines) as it’s so tropical and warm!   All homestays are English speaking.   The homestays have been thoroughly evaluated before being accepted into the program and have been in operation for several years.  You will be able to experience the Filipino culture and participate in the daily life of a local.

Volunteer Hub

A dedicated community center is open to all participants and serves as a home base for volunteers from all over the world as well as local residents in need of care and support.  Here you will have access to a wide range of local knowledge and social opportunities.  The center offers empowerment programs and social welfare services as well as being a hang out spot.

Meals

Breakfast and Dinner is provided but volunteers will need to buy their own lunch which costs approx 50-80 pesos.  Access to filtered drinking water will also be provided by your homestay.  All meals will be served with rice and typically include fish, chicken or pork. Homestays can cater for special dietary restrictions, however we require advance notice so we can place you accordingly.

Included Excursions

An organised excursion is included in the volunteer program costs.  Places that may be visited include the Santo Niño Shrine and Heritage Center, the palatial residence and guest house of Imelda Marcos and MacArthur Park in Palo. Other weekend excursions may include visiting local cultural parades and fiestas, a trip to a rural village, a visit to a nearby beach resort and visits to other scenic areas in the region.

Visa Requirements

It is the responsibility of all participants to obtain any necessary visas.