Community Construction Program Philippines
Home Stay Placement | Basic
All year round. Programs start weekly on Monday’s
On Novermber 08, 2013 one of the strongest storms ever recorded made landfall on the island of Leyte, Philippines bringing with it devastating storm surges and deadly 300 kilometer per hour winds. The aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as ‘Yolanda’) was a total catastrophe as many coastline communities were completely wiped out and much of the city’s internal infrastructure completely destroyed. The official deal toll stands at approximately 6,000 however many local sources suggest the actual number of Yolanda victims has surpassed 10,000.
Since Typhoon Yolanda the need for strong sustainable living conditions has never been so dire. All across Leyte and Samar, thousands of families are still reeling from the aftermath of the disaster. Homes previously located within 50 meters of the shoreline in many cases are no longer available for rebuilding.
Through this project, you’ll directly help the local 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. This may involve simple renovations (eg. painting and landscapint) to complete rebuilds or major renovations to classrooms.
Who Can Participate
No construction skills are necessary for this placement, however tradesmen of all types (eg. carpenters, plumbers, electricians, builders) are extremely needed.
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.
Volunteers will end their time in the Philippines with a farewell dinner, consisting of traditional Filipino dishes prepared by the host family. This is often one of the highlights of the volunteer’s time in the Philippines because it can be an endless night of eating, singing, and cultural dancing!
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.
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.
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.
It is the responsibility of all participants to obtain any necessary visas.