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Volunteer in the Philippines

The Philippines is a beautiful country, complete with secluded beaches, pristine coves, great diving, surfing, hiking and some of the most beautiful waterfalls, with turquoise blue water. The most popular things to do in the Philippines is island hopping around the 7000+ islands, each with something different to offer. Despite the natural beauty of the island however, the Philippines remains one of the poorest countries in Southeast Asia. This is where volunteering can make a huge difference. 

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We have two destinations in the Philippines, Palawan and Tacloban, Leyte. We have many projects in the Philippines, helping underprivilaged communites. Choose from nutrition/ medical, teaching, agriculture, construction, street kids program and more. 

Volunteer Projects in the Philippines

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NUTRITION & PUBLIC HEALTH

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

Location: Tacloban, Leyte
Start Dates: Weekly All Year Round (Sat/Sun Arrivals)
Min Duration: 2 Weeks
Min Age: 18 Years
Special Requirements: Medical, nutrition, dietetics (or related) student or professional

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RURAL HEALTHCARE

Volunteer in rural healthcare clinics in tropical Palawan. The village medical center serves the community where you will be welcomed and greatly appreciated by the local staff and patients.

Location: Palawan
Start Dates: Weekly All Year Round (Sat/Sun Arrivals)
Min Duration: One Week
Min Age: 18 Years
Special Requirements: Medical, nutrition, dietetics (or related) student or professional

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MEDICAL INTERNSHIP

Calling on those in medicine and related fields to assist the under funded free healthcare clinic in providing quality medical services. Depending on experience, get a hands on role at the clinic.

Location: Tacloban, Leyte
Start Dates: Weekly All Year Round (Sat/Sun Arrivals)
Min Duration: 2 Weeks
Min Age: 18 Years
Special Requirements: Medical, nutrition, dietetics (or related) student or professional

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PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHING (Leyte)

Help out the school teachers in teaching the children conversational English, reading, writing, pronounciation and making daily lesson plans for creative and educational classes.

Location: Leyte 
Start Dates: Weekly All Year Round (Sat/Sun Arrivals)
Min Duration:  2 Weeks 
Min Age: 16 Years
Special Requirements: N/A

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KINDERGARTEN TEACHING

Put a smile on the children's faces as you play games, teach basic conversational English skills and do creative activities with them. Work alongside local staff at nearby kindergartens.

Location: Palawan
Start Dates: Weekly All Year Round (Sat/Sun Arrivals)
Min Duration: One Week
Min Age: 16 Years
Special Requirements: N/A

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STREET CHILDREN SUPPORT

Scavenging at the city dump is a grim reality of life for many children. The project provides food subsidies, school supplies, clothing and weekly meals.

Location: Tacloban, Leyte
Start Dates: Weekly All Year Round (Sat/Sun Arrivals)
Min Duration: 2 Weeks
Min Age: 16 Years
Special Requirements: N/A

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ENVIRONMENTAL & MANGROVE CONSERVATION

Help conserve mangrove plantations, a vital habitat for its marine life. This unique ecosystem area serves as a coastal barrier, slowing storm surge, and reducing beach erosion.

Location: Tigman village, Palawan
Start Dates: Weekly All Year Round (Sat/Sun Arrivals)
Min Duration: 1 Week
Min Age: 16 Years
Special Requirements: N/A

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AGRICULTURE & FISHING

Assist local fishermen on fishing trips, assist with planting and cutting crops on the food plantations, help repair fishing equipment, help with other work out in the fields and live like a local on this unique cultural experience.

Location: Palawan
Start Dates: Weekly All Year Round (Sat/Sun Arrivals)
Min Duration: One Week
Min Age: 16 Years
Special Requirements: N/A

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CULTURAL ORIENTATION WEEK

Enjoy a week of getting to know your new surroundings and to meet your fellow volunteers. Learn about the local culture, have language lessons, cooking classes and explore some local sights.

Location: Palawan
Start Dates: Weekly All Year Round (Sat/Sun Arrivals)
Min Duration: One Week
Min Age: 16 Years
Special Requirements: N/A

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COMMUNITY CONSTRUCTION (Leyte)

Assist local tradesman in the construction of houses & schools. Through this project, you’ll directly help the local local people assisting in creating better living conditions for families and school children.

Location: Leyte
Start Dates: Weekly All Year Round (Sat/Sun Arrivals)
Min Duration: 2 weeks
Min Age: 16 Years
Special Requirements: N/A

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COMMUNITY CONSTRUCTION (Palawan)

Directly help the local people assisting in creating better living conditions for families and school children. Depending on the needs at the time you’ll either be assisting in either home rebuilding or renovations of schools.

Location: Palawan
Start Dates: Weekly All Year Round (Sat/Sun Arrivals)
Min Duration: 1 Week 
Min Age: 16 Years
Special Requirements: N/A

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PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHING (Palawan)

Help out the school teachers in teaching the children conversational English, reading, writing, pronounciation and making daily lesson plans for creative and educational classes.

Location: Palawan
Start Dates: Weekly All Year Round (Sat/Sun Arrivals)
Min Duration: 1 week 
Min Age: 16 Years
Special Requirements: N/A

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What's Included
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Airport Pickup
  • Local Transportation
  • 1 Day Orientation
  • 24/7 In-Country Support
  • Project Materials & Equipment
  • Pre-departure Expert Advice
  • Preperation Tools & Checklists
  • Certificate of Completion

Fees

All prices in USD
  • 1 Week - N/A
  • 2 Weeks - $595
  • 3 Weeks - $695
  • 1 Month - $795
  • 2 Months - $1220
  • 3 Months - $1620
Homestays
All prices in USD
  • 1 Week - $270
  • 2 Weeks - $435
  • 3 Weeks - $585
  • 1 Month - $725
  • 2 Months - $1795
  • 3 Months - $2650
Vol House
All prices in USD
  • 1 Week - $395
  • 2 Weeks - $760
  • 3 Weeks $1100
  • 1 Month - $1475
  • 2 Months - $2950
  • 3 Months - $4350
Vol House

33 Years Experience

IVI is an Australian charity & non profit organisation founded in 1989 and is one of the pioneers of overseas volunteering successfully placing over 20,000 volunteers globally.  We accept volunteers from all over the world and place them in meaningful overseas missions.  

Affordable Volunteer Travel

We’re not motivated by shareholder profits.   Our fees are fully transparent to ensure maximum benefit where it is most needed. 

Safe & Responsible Projects

All projects include a dedicated 24/7 in-country management team, operational & risk assessment & overseas support contact.   All projects are personally inspected to ensure very high quality.
 

Work Experience & University Credits

We place thousands of Uni students and can assist you with course credits and in-field experience points.   Many of our project coordinators are qualified practitioners in their respective fields allowing unique in-field supervision and Uni accreditation options

The Philippines consists of more than 7000 islands and is a land apart from the mainland of Southeast Asia. The people are, simply, Filipinos – and proud of it. Welcoming, warm and relentlessly upbeat, it is they who captivate and ultimately ensnare visitors.

Islands are jungle-clad, mountainous and flanked by aquamarine waters and a world renowned coral reef. But you’ll find plenty of variations on this theme, from marooned slicks of sand in the middle of the ocean to sprawling, overpopulated mega-islands like Luzon and Mindanao.

About half of the Philippines’ 88 million people live in rural areas. Poverty is most severe and most widespread in these areas and almost 80 per cent of the country’s poor people live there. Agriculture is the primary and often only source of income for poor rural people.

Overall, more than a third of the people in the Philippines live in poverty. There are substantial differences in the level of poverty between the regions and provinces and the poverty gap between urban and rural areas is widening.

November to April is the most popular time to visit the Philippines, as this is when there is the least rainfall. 

June to October is wet season and November to May is usally dry. Shoulder months can be a great time to travel as you can still get some good weather but there are less crowds.  The island weather can vary, so it’s worth checking the weather for which islands you will be visiting at which time of year. 

The Philppines has a big Latin and Spanish influence, due to the previous Spanish rule. Evidence of this can be seen throughout the Philippines. The Filipino people are very welcoming, like to have close family bonds, and getting together with friends and family to eat, sing and dance. They are also very religious and most go to church at least every Sunday. 

Filipino people have a great respect for thier elders, saying the phrases ‘po’ and ‘opo’, when speaking with thier elders. They love a good party and festival, particually Christmas which they can celebrate right into the second week of January!

We have Homestay’s which are located in cultural Tacloban City on the island of Leyte, and Volunteer Centres located in the laid back beach area of Palawan.

Regarded as the ‘pearl of Leyte’, the coastal city of Tacloban  is approximately 360 miles from Manila. Tacloban is the capital of the Province of Leyte and has a population of 275,000 people. The city offers international volunteers an opportunity to be immersed in a unique Asian culture, which is at least partially left untouched by Western Culture, especially in the rural areas. In November 2013, Tacloban was one of the most devastated areas of the Philippines when Super Typhoon Yolanda (Hayian) ravaged through the Philippines; therefore, the city and surrounding areas now present an even greater range of opportunities for international volunteers. Tacloban is easily accessible by air from Manila or Cebu through daily flights offered by Philippines Airlines, Cebu Pacific, and Zest Air.

Palawan is a long narrow island surrounded by numerous small islands to make up the Province known (after the largest of its islands) as Palawan. The island province of Palawan has been declared as a nature sanctuary of the world as it is wrapped in a mantel of rainforests, incredible dive sites with colorful marine life, mountains, caves, and pristine beaches. The island is very picturesque and dotted with fishing villages and of course surrounded by beautiful blue sea and green jungle mountains. It has an abundance of wildlife and is mostly undeveloped. The projects are located approx 45 min outside the main city of Puerto Princesa where you will be warmly welcomed into the community.

Homestay (Tacloban, Leyte)

At the core of your experience is the friendly and warm accommodating local home stays 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 home stays are English speaking. The home stays 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 Centre (Palawan)

In Palawan, the volunteer centre provides lodging in quad share rooms with the houses complete with either a fan or air con, T.V, kitchen Wifi, mosquito protection, bed linen and lockable rooms. Limited laundry facilities, so expect to wash your clothes by hand, unless you’d like to use the laundry service for a small fee.

In most cases volunteers are expected to help keep the accommodation neat and tidy. The volunteer working week is generally Monday to Friday from 9:00am – 4:00pm with weekends free to relax and explore your local surrounds.

For the homestay, 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 home stay. All meals will be served with rice and typically include fish, chicken or pork. Home stays can cater for special dietary restrictions, however we require advance notice so we can place you accordingly.

At the volunteer centre, 3 meals per day are provided with mainly local Philippine cuisine including lots of vegetables, rice, fish, meat and eggs. Meals are served on site at the accommodation.

Your first day will consist of comprehensive overview of the program including what to expect, health and safety, introduction to Filipino culture and introduction to staff and fellow volunteers. A guided city tour is also included for Tacloban placements.

An arrival airport transfer from either Tacloban or Davao airport is included in the cost. Volunteers must arrive on the weekend for a Monday start.

Public transport can at times seem chaotic to outsiders, however after orientation our staff will familiarize you on how to get too and from your volunteer placement. The common method of transport in and outside of Tacloban City is by Jeepney. Most fares range from 8 to 25 Philippine Pesos ($0.20 – $0.50). For shorter distance, tricycles (motorcycle with sidecart) and pedicabs (rickshaws) can be hailed from the curbside for small fares.

For long distances outside of town; buses and vans can be caught from the bus terminal in Abucay, Tacloban City. Fares range from around 100 to 330 Philippine Pesos depending on your location. Should you require any assistance with transportation during your time as a volunteer, you may always seek advice from your volunteer coordinator.

Beaches of Boracay

This small island is known for its outstanding natural beauty, and pristine white sand beaches. White beach stretches for 4km and is a popular place to visit. There are plenty of cafes and nightlife, including fire throwers and live music at the bars.

Bohol Chocolate Hills

Take a visit to Bohol island, around an hour from Cebu, and check out the 1200 hills of all shapes and sizes. This stunning natural formation is quite a sight. You can hike or take an ATV ride up the hills.

Diving

The Philippines have many amazing dive spots, and some of the most pristine water in the world! With plenty of fish, coral reef and even whale sharks, this is a divers heaven. You can even learn to dive here.

Twin Lagoon on Coron Island

You may have seen images of this spectacular beauty spot online- and it doesn’t disappoint! As well as some incredible diving, you can also explore some stunning viewpoints, secluded beaches, or go on a boat tour around these turquoise blue waters.  

Ziplining

For those who love adventurous activities, why not try ziplining?! Check out the stunning one on El Nido, with beautiful views over the beach. It’s 750 metres and will give you that adrenaline kick for sure.

Kayaking

There are plenty of gorgeous places to kayak in the Philippines, and it’s secret lagoons are some of the best spots. Paddle your way through the stunning rock formations and crystal-clear waters.

Vigan Town

This very pretty town has a Hispanic heritage that is evident as you walk through the artsy cobbled streets. Vigan town is on the island of Luzon and is a great weekend trip, with museums, cafes, workshops and quirky sights. For photographers, you can get some pretty shots at dawn, when the town is empty.

Underground River, Palawan

Puerto Princesa is a beautiful river that goes underground, through impressive limestone caves. Book a boat tour to take you through the caves.

Manila

The capital city, Manila is a hustling and bustling place, with plenty of culture. Be sure to check out the museums, art galleries, old buildings, cafes and bars.

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