Rural Healthcare Palawan Philippines

Volunteer in rural healthcare projects on the tropical island of Palawan Philippines. Here, the village medical center is one of serves the local community where you will be welcomed and greatly appreciated by the local staff and patients.

Rural Healthcare Palawan, Philippines

Project Type

Volunteer Center Placement | Specialist Medical, Nursing, Doctors, Public Health, exercise science, dietetics, community education


1 Week+

Start Dates

All year round.  Programs start weekly on Monday’s


Palawan, Philippines

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Program Fees

Whats Included

  • Arrival  airport transfer
  • 3 Meals p/day weekdays, 2 meals p/day weekends
  • Accommodation (Volunteer Centers – shared dorm style rooms)
  • Daily ground transportation (to/from project)
  • Training & supervision as required
  • Use of necessary equipment incl program materials
  • 24/7 emergency assistance, volunteer support, local guiding and advice
  • Touring & excursions as per itinerary
  • Certificate of Completion 

Whats Not Included

  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Airfares & visa fees
  • Additional tours, souvenirs, spending money
  • Some daily local transport (depending on program eg. $2 p/day)

Background Information

Filipino people in rural communities face major challenges in access to quality healthcare.  This placement is for volunteers with a medical background who would like to gain great experience in rural healthcare practices.   You may be a student studying medicine or an aspiring medical professional with a strong desired.   Every application will be considered as the needs in this area are very great.   

In these rural settings, every day is a new challenge using basic equipment and supplies.   You’ll be working with local doctors and nurses to gain first hand knowledge and experience in health practices and treatments.

Rural Healthcare Project Tasks

Volunteers will shadow and work with health professionals in rural community health centres. Volunteers will assist the doctor and get hands-on practice working and interacting with the patients. Some days will be spent in the health center and other days the volunteer will treat patients in the surrounding villages.  The services are generally provided at the clinic, although periodically outreach health services are provided to outlying areas.  Volunteers may also assist in administration duties such as designing public health awareness seminars and various community programs.

Example tasks include (but limited to):

  • Taking patient vitals,
  • Obtaining medical history,
  • Administering inoculations
  • Assisting with minor surgery,
  • Helping with delivery, and conducting medical screens and exams
  • General Outpatient services
  • Preventative health education services
  • Specialist services such as Obstetrics & Gynaecology
  • ‘Health Promotion for Wellness’ activities in the community by our staff and Community Health Workers.
  • Rural Women’s awareness, education and empowerment in Reproductive Health
  • Research, training and education



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.



Who Can Participate

In general, volunteers must have studied a health related subject in University or have requisite experience in the medical field.  Qualified doctors, nurses and public health professionals are desperately needed

Accommodation & Meals

Volunteer Centres (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.

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

Visa Requirements

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

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