Volunteering in the Philippines

VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS IN PHILIPPINES

One of the ways to get to know a country is to volunteer, but not just any volunteer, but a different volunteer experience; where you can know, live and feel the true essence of that place and its people. You can do this through volunteering in the Philippines.

Get to know for yourself this wonderful country while dedicating your time to a social cause as important as this one.

CHILD CARE IN THE PHILIPPINES

Enjoy the Philippines through the wonderful community of children. Learn together with them and teach them a lot, they are very curious and will be happy to receive everything you can contribute.

During this volunteer program in the Philippines, you will participate in the daily operations of a child care center. This will not only give you a taste of authentic Filipino life, but will also involve you in the daily operations of the kindergarten. The kindergarten is located in the Tigman area of Palawan and the children attending are between the ages of 3-5 years old.

Your main task will be to communicate with the children using English and teaching them the language in a fun way.

Besides teaching, you will also support the local staff with the care of the children. This task can vary in activities, from organizing classes, playing games and guiding activities to feeding, nail clipping, hair styling, etc.

Children are always interested in learning more about foreign lands and we encourage you to bring pictures of your country, friends, relatives, etc. or objects that highlight your culture to promote intercultural exchange.

The children will learn from you, but you will also leave the project having learned from them!

Please note that the volunteer project in the Philippines will be closed during school vacations (ask for availability and tasks that can be done during those dates).

Also, the following days the program will be closed for holidays:

  • January 1 and 22
  • February 25th
  • April 6, 7, 8 and 9
  • May and July consult
  • June 12th
  • August 21 and 28
  • November 1, 2 and 30
  • December 19 to January 6
  • From mid-June to August: school summer vacations.

During school vacation periods, the program is transformed into vacation tutoring classes.

The project starts every Monday where your presentation will take place. You will collaborate for approximately 4-5 hours divided between mornings and afternoons.

  • Minimum age: 18
  • Maximum age: None
  • Minimum English level: Basic
  • Copy of resume required: No
  • Qualifications required: None, certificate of no criminal record required
  • Participants over 65 years of age must have medical clearance. To participate as a minor you must be accompanied by an adult.
  • No specific equipment is required. However, you are more than welcome to bring materials for activities such as games, crayons, coloring books, etc.
WEEKSCOST
2630€
Additional210€

What is offered to the volunteer in the Philippines?

  • Welcome at the airport and accompaniment on Sundays.
  • Accommodation during your volunteer stay
  • 3 meals during your volunteering (2 weekends)
  • 24/7 support from the Adventure Volunteer team
  • Follow-up and evaluation of the program
  • Orientation and induction to the project
  • Certificate of weeks spent volunteering
  • Guidance, advice and management in the choice of the program
  • Volunteer and liability insurance
  • Tax certificate for income tax deduction

What is not offered to the volunteer in the Philippines?

  • Flight to the Philippines
  • Entry fees to the country
  • Vaccinations, if required
  • Internal transportation or excursions
  • Travel within or outside the country
  • Travel medical insurance

TEACHING GIRLS AND BOYS IN THE PHILIPPINES

The volunteer will get to know education from the inside. You will be in the classrooms helping the teachers. You will be able to create workshops and offer new knowledge to these children.

We have noticed that children within the community do not have many opportunities to learn or practice the use of English. That’s where you can help!

You may find yourself contributing to an elementary, middle or high school in and around the municipality of Aborlan in Palawan Island. This means that your potential students could be between grade 1 and grade 12 and are between the ages of 7 and 18.

The teaching program is organized as an informal English class that allows you to organize a variety of activities such as music, songs, games, arts, sports, conversation exercises and grammar exercises.

Be creative, but always keep in mind that everything should be based on teaching practical English for everyday situations in a fun and engaging way.

An important component of this program is the cultural exchange that will occur. The school children are always very interested and willing to learn more about your family, country, culture and way of life.

Please note that the volunteer project in the Philippines will be closed during school vacations (ask for availability and tasks that can be done during those dates).

In addition, the following days the program will be closed for holidays:

  • January 1 and 22
  • February 25th
  • April 6, 7, 8 and 9
  • May and July consult
  • June 12th
  • August 21 and 28
  • November 1, 2 and 30
  • December 19 to January 6
  • From mid-June to August: school summer vacations.

During school vacation periods, the program is transformed into vacation tutoring classes.

The project starts every Monday where your presentation will take place. You will collaborate for approximately 4-5 hours in the mornings and afternoons.

  • Minimum age: 18
  • Maximum age: None, physical ability
  • Minimum English level: Basic
  • Copy of resume required: No
  • Required Qualifications: Criminal Record Certificate
  • Participants under 18 must provide parental consent letters and be accompanied by parents, and participants over 65 must have medical clearance.
WEEKCOST
2630€
Additional210€

What is offered to the volunteer in the Philippines?

  • Welcome at the airport and accompaniment on Sundays.
  • Accommodation during your volunteer stay
  • 3 meals during your volunteering (2 weekends)
  • 24/7 support from the Adventure Volunteer team
  • Follow-up and evaluation of the program
  • Orientation and induction to the project
  • Certificate of weeks spent volunteering
  • Guidance, advice and management in the choice of the program
  • Volunteer and liability insurance
  • Tax certificate for income tax deduction

What is not offered to the volunteer in the Philippines?

  • Flight to the Philippines
  • Entry fees to the country
  • Vaccinations, if required
  • Internal transportation or excursions
  • Travel within or outside the country
  • Travel medical insurance

CONSTRUCTION IN THE PHILIPPINES

Help the community by sharing techniques and culture while rehabilitating or building new facilities.

There are many people living on the island of Palawan who do not have the funds to improve their living conditions. With this project, we are trying to help these people with their housing and help renovate, improve and build communal places and institutions such as schools, health centers, hospitals, community centers, etc.

In this project, you will work with the local people of Palawan and this will give you a unique insight into the lifestyle and culture of the people of this beautiful island. In addition, you will join other participants from around the world to work together in these construction efforts.

The main construction and renovation activities will consist of painting, wall construction, furniture renovation, gardening, etc. No construction experience is required, anyone can join and help the local people of Palawan!

It is recommended to arrive during the weekend, as the volunteer project in the Philippines starts every Monday where your presentation will take place.

Open all year round, check availability. Your schedule will be from Monday to Friday, about 4-5 hours distributed in the mornings or afternoons according to your needs.

In addition, the following days the program will be closed for holidays:

  • January 1 and 22
  • February 25th
  • April 6, 7, 8 and 9
  • May and July consult
  • June 12th
  • August 21 and 28
  • November 1, 2 and 30
  • December 19 to January 6

The project starts every Monday where your presentation will take place. You will collaborate for approximately 4-5 hours divided between mornings and afternoons.

  • Minimum age: 18
  • Maximum age: None, physical ability
  • Minimum English level: Basic
  • Copy of resume required: No
  • Qualifications required: None
  • Participants under 18 must provide parental consent letters and come with an adult, and participants over 65 must have medical clearance
WEEKSCOST
2695€
Additional245€

What is offered to the volunteer in the Philippines?

  • Welcome at the airport and accompaniment on Sundays.
  • Accommodation during your volunteer stay
  • 3 meals during your volunteering (2 weekends)
  • 24/7 support from the Adventure Volunteer team
  • Follow-up and evaluation of the program
  • Orientation and induction to the project
  • Certificate of weeks spent volunteering
  • Guidance, advice and management in the choice of the program
  • Volunteer and liability insurance
  • Tax certificate for income tax deduction

What is not offered to the volunteer in the Philippines?

  • Flight to the Philippines
  • Entry fees to the country
  • Vaccinations, if required
  • Internal transportation or excursions
  • Travel within or outside the country
  • Travel medical insurance

ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION IN THE PHILIPPINES

The province of Palawan is located in the Mimaropa region and is the largest province in the country, abundant in wildlife sanctuaries, marine reserves and world heritage sites. Being the location of Palawan Island, one of the most biodiverse islands in the Philippines, the area has one of the most beautiful seascapes in the world and receives a lot of local interest for conservation. Come volunteer to assist in the environmental conservation of the community.

Our hope through this volunteer project in the Philippines is to conserve mangrove plantations and reverse the trend of deteriorating mangrove sites, which have experienced a rapid decline in recent years.

Realistically, this can only be achieved through education of the younger generation, combined with the ongoing physical work of planting new mangroves.

That is why we will be asking you to serve as a fortifier of our natural coastal barrier, which is slowing storm surges, reducing beach erosion, cleaning beaches. We also need your help in promoting environmental conservation through training sessions with children.

For our tree planting part of our program, we have chosen moringa and mahogany seeds for their multitude of benefits, availability in the local area and because they will grow easily here.

Mahogany is one of the most popular trees in the world. Its wood is known for its beauty, strength and durability. But few know that its seeds can be used for medicinal purposes, as they contain saponins and flavonoids. Benefits can include treating fever, reducing bad cholesterol and even improving blood circulation.

Moringa is a “superfood” that also has many health benefits. It is also known as the “miracle tree” or horseradish tree. The pods, leaves, seeds and roots are edible. It is a favorite of local villagers, as their home remedies may include seeds or leaves for the prevention and treatment of various diseases. The pods or leaves can also be used in local cuisine, as it pairs well with fish or meat dishes.

This program is perfect for you if you have a good level of fitness, enthusiasm and passion for making a change that benefits the environment as well as the local community!

Keep in mind that changes in the tide affect water levels and therefore your ability to complete certain tasks in the mangroves. In that case, you will be guided to other activities during that time. Your coordinator will inform you if your schedule will be affected.

It is recommended to arrive during the weekend, since the project starts every Monday where your presentation will take place.

Open all year round, check availability. Your schedule will be from Monday to Friday, about 4-5 hours distributed in the mornings or afternoons according to your needs.

In addition, the following days the program will be closed for holidays:

  • January 1 and 22
  • February 25th
  • April 6, 7, 8 and 9
  • May and July consult
  • June 12th
  • August 21 and 28
  • November 1, 2 and 30
  • December 19 to January 6

The project starts every Monday where your presentation will take place. You will collaborate for approximately 4-5 hours divided between mornings and afternoons.

  • Minimum age: 18
  • Maximum age: None, physical ability
  • Minimum English level: Basic
  • Copy of resume required: No
  • Qualifications required: None
  • Participants under 18 must provide parental consent letters and come with an adult, and participants over 65 must have medical clearance
WEEKSCOST
2630€
Additional210€

What is offered to the volunteer in the Philippines?

  • Welcome at the airport and accompaniment on Sundays.
  • Accommodation during your volunteer stay
  • 3 meals during your volunteering (2 weekends)
  • 24/7 support from the Adventure Volunteer team
  • Follow-up and evaluation of the program
  • Orientation and induction to the project
  • Certificate of weeks spent volunteering
  • Guidance, advice and management in the choice of the program
  • Volunteer and liability insurance
  • Tax certificate for income tax deduction

What is not offered to the volunteer in the Philippines?

  • Flight to the Philippines
  • Entry fees to the country
  • Vaccinations, if required
  • Internal transportation or excursions
  • Travel within or outside the country
  • Travel medical insurance

Experiences of our volunteers

Alessia’s Story

“I had an amazing time here in Tigman Village, Aborlan, Palawan, Philippines, joining the Construction and Renovation Program for five (5) weeks. Everyone has been so welcoming since my arrival until the day I had to leave the program and said goodbye to them.

The place is quite peaceful and paradise-like where you can meditate, relax, chill, and have a great time along with other participants. Similarly, the camp is located near the shorelines and experienced the beach every single day, where we go swimming, jogging, dancing with the winds, and watching the sun rise and sunset. I had also a great time as I was able to experience most of the activities held and celebrated during the village festival celebration that includes Basketball leagues, Zumba dance competitions, Philippines folk dances competition, and many more.

The local staff here are very helpful and friendly. In fact, they are always there for me when I have left alone at the camp because my fellow participants get some weekend getaways and let us celebrate New Year’s Day as if we are family members. They also welcomed my parents during their visits to the camp. For that, I am very much grateful and thankful to them.

The current activity in my program is the construction of a new painted and landscaped flower box at Tigman Elementary School located at Tigman Village, Aborlan, Palawan. This project aims to provide a conducive and positive learning atmosphere, greener surroundings, and a scenic physical environment that will contribute to the children’s social, physical, and mental development while learning at school. Moreso, beautiful physical surrounding has a huge impact on how well the children learn and give outstanding performances in various learning areas. Luckily, through the collaborative efforts of the various sets of participants I’ve worked with, Jordi and Tanika, and of course Rodel, the local coordinator, another milestone was unveiled as we completed the constructed, landscaped, and painted flower box. We were also able to paint the school canteen which gave me an amazing learning experience and fulfillment.

All in all, the program gave me a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with other participants from all corners of the world as well as the local residents, the team, and most especially with children at school. I really enjoyed the program and learned a lot from it and I am very proud and delighted to be part of this meaningful community construction endeavor. Similarly, it gives me a fulfilling and meaningful travel experience that I will not forget even when I came back home.

Thanks team!”



What are the requirements to volunteering in Philippines?

To be part of the volunteer programs in the Philippines, no specific training is required:

  • Committed people, as you actively participate in educational and social activities that require your commitment.
  • Knowledge of English
  • Willingness and ability to work in a team. It is important, since you collaborate with other volunteers and with people from different cultures.
  • Be empathetic and have respect for their culture and way of life.
  • As a volunteer you have to be flexible and adaptable.
  • Good conduct and abide by the rules of the country and the organization.
  • Be of legal age or come with your parents

For each project, you can check the specific requirements for volunteering in the Philippines.


When to do the volunteer program in the Philippines?

Volunteer projects in the Philippines are open all year round except for programs that depend on the school calendar. All other programs are open all year round. You can start your collaboration on a Monday, arriving on a weekend in the country.

Regular updates are made so that the information is as accurate as possible, even though working in countries with scarce resources, it can always differ a little, especially in the months of July and August.

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For more information, questions or assistance with a colleague of our team you can contact us via phone or Whatsapp here.

The steps to follow to register are as follows:

  • Fill out the form to reserve your volunteering.
  • Wait for our confirmation of availability.
  • Make a 1st donation for the registration to the Adventure Volunteer association.
  • You will receive an email with the volunteer agreement to be completed by you.
  • You will return to us by email all the requested information and you will be able to purchase the flight.
  • A few weeks before you start you will receive information from the local organization.
  • Now you only have to pack your suitcase, you have a whole team that will make everything easier for you and you will be in contact at all times, so you don’t have to worry.

REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS

To be part of the volunteer programs in Sri Lanka, it is not necessary any specific training and it is only required:

  • To be of legal age (possibility minor with guardian or parents).
  • To be a participative and committed person.
  • Be respectful of people, culture and customs.
  • To know how to adapt and work in a team.
  • Criminal record certificate for social work.
  • Sign cooperation agreement and interview with our team.
  • Appropriate clothing for the destination.
  • Knowledge of English.

ACCOMMODATION FOR YOUR VOLUNTEER WORK IN THE PHILIPPINES

The volunteer’s house is located in Palawan, a special island dotted with fishing villages and surrounded by a beautiful blue sea. The scenes contrast perfectly with the emerald green jungle mountains that form its landscape. Our accommodation is located in Tigman Village in the district of Aborlan, a small and quiet area on the outskirts of Puerto Princesa City.

It is a volunteer house that houses all the participants in their programs around Palawan. It is built with many natural elements and has a tropical beach look! You will sleep in bunk beds and we have limited laundry facilities, so expect to wash your clothes by hand, unless you want to use the laundry service here for a small fee. Because of our tropical environment, WiFi service may not be what you are used to at home. It is limited and sometimes inaccessible due to the weather, so having your own local SIM card and purchasing data through the GLOBE network may be your best option to stay constantly connected while in our local town.

Volunteer accommodation in the Philippines

What is the volunteer accommodation like in Bali?

  • Bed in a secure room shared with other volunteers.
  • 3 meals during the week (breakfast, lunch and dinner) 2 during the weekend.
  • Shared bathroom.
  • Bed linen.

WHAT WILL THE ARRIVAL AT THE DESTINATION BE LIKE?

The local organization will welcome you at the Puerto Princesa International Airport (PPS), if you arrive on Sundays from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Depending on the time you arrive in the Philippines you will rest, and on Monday you will be given an orientation of the house, the project and the activities to be carried out. At that time the coordinator responsible for the project or area where you will be assigned will tell you the norms, rules and procedures to follow during your volunteering.

If you arrive outside the pick-up window, the local coordinator will tell you how to get there on your own. Your colleagues and local coordinator will be waiting for you at the accommodation.

VISA IN THE PHILIPPINES

  • If you are going to stay less than 30 days, no visa is required if you are coming from Spain.
  • For more than 30 days up to 60 days is a visa On Arrival (you can pay with card, euros and dollars).
  • Passport in order and with a validity of at least six months.
  • Round trip ticket.
  • Vaccination certificate.

SECURITY IN THE PHILIPPINES

As in any country, you must take certain precautions and know how to handle yourself in certain zones and areas.

In general, tourist areas are safe, but we still recommend you to take these details into account:

  • Notify your coordinator, in case you are going on an excursion.
  • Have your coordinator’s phone number and the address where you are staying.
  • Avoid giving out information about the place where you are staying, the project and your fellow volunteers.
  • Avoid leaving things on the sand while swimming.
  • Do not bring anyone from outside the organization to the volunteer’s house.
  • Travel frugally in your daily transfers and excursions.
  • Avoid drawing attention to yourself with jewelry and accessories.
  • If possible, avoid taking out your cell phone in public places.
  • Try to use the country’s safe transportation services.
  • Avoid walking alone on unfamiliar streets.
  • Never get into an unfamiliar vehicle with someone you do not know.
  • Do not drink any beverage whose origin you do not know.

The financial contribution is divided into two parts:

  1. The registration fee, which you will donate to the Adventure Volunteer association. This contribution has a tax benefit of 80% which you can deduct in your income tax return.
  2. The remaining part of the cost of the programme will go to the partner organisation that we will send on your behalf as a substitute or you can hand it in directly to the project.

WEEKSEDUCATION, CARE AND ENVIRONMENTCONSTRUCTION
2630€695€
3840€940€
Additional210€245€

What is on offer for volunteers in the Philippines?

  • Welcome at the airport and accompaniment on Sundays from 10:00 to 17:00pm.
  • Accommodation for the duration of your stay
  • 3 meals during your volunteer placement (2 weekends)
  • 24/7 support from the Adventure Volunteer team
  • Programme monitoring and evaluation
  • Orientation and induction to the project
  • Certificate of weeks spent volunteering
  • Guidance, advice and management in the choice of the programme
  • Liability and volunteer insurance
  • Tax certificate for tax deductions

What is not offered to the volunteer in the Philippines?

  • Flight to the Philippines
  • Entry fees to the country
  • Vaccinations, if required
  • Internal transportation or excursions
  • Travel within or outside the country
  • Travel medical insurance

What does it take to volunteer in the Philippines?

STEP 1

Once you fill in the form to the program, we will confirm your place in 24 hours if everything is correct.

STEP 2

The registration fee must be paid within 7 days, then your place will be guaranteed and you will be part of the family.

STEP 3

We send you the volunteer guide, mandatory insurances and the international volunteer agreement.

CLIMATE

The Philippines experiences a tropical maritime climate, which means that it is usually warm and humid and there are 3 distinct seasons:

  • Hot and dry season from March to May
  • Rainy season from June to November
  • Cool and dry season from December to February

The southwest monsoon lasts from May to October and the dry monsoon in the northeast from November to April.

Temperatures in the Philippines normally range from 21°C to 32°C, with January being the coldest month and May the hottest. The annual average is 26.6°C.

The Philippines is in the typhoon belt, so most islands experience torrential rains and storms from July to October.

CURRENCY

The peso is the legal tender of the Philippines. It is divided into 100 cents and its ISO 4217 code is PHP. Before 1967, the language used in banknotes and coins was English, and therefore, the denomination was “peso”. Shortly thereafter, the Philippine name was used, and it became known as piso.

1 Philippine peso is equivalent to 0.017 euro.

FLIGHT

The most popular airlines you can find to travel during your volunteer in the Philippines are: Emirates, Qatar Airways, Emirates, KLM among others:

  • Flights range from approximately 850€ to 1200€.
  • You can find good flight deals on google flights or skyscanner.
  • Volunteers must travel to Puerto Princesa International Airport (PPS). You must arrive on Sunday between 10:00 and 17:00 to be met upon landing.

EMBASSY

We recommend that you check the website of the Philippine Embassy if you are planning to volunteer.

TOURIST SITES

Since weekends are free, you can go wherever you want. Several popular destinations you can reach are:

Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park

The Puerto Princesa Underground River National Park is located on the island of Palawan. This park mixes a limestone karst landscape with a subway river. One of the characteristics of the river is that it flows directly into the sea, and in its lower part it is influenced by the tides. The site is one of the most important rainforests in Asia.

The park covers 5753 hectares and is home to eleven different ecosystems, from a mountain rainforest to the ocean with reefs. There is also a great variety of endemic endangered animals, including the pheasant, fox bat, otter, etc.

It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999. It was also declared one of the seven wonders of the world on November 11, 2011.

The Island of ‘El Nido’ in Palawan

El Nido’ is located in Palawan, one of the islands you have to visit in the Philippines on your trip. There, besides visiting El Nido you can go to Port Barton and make an excursion to Coron, another of the paradises of Palawan.

‘El Nido’ is touristy and, especially in high season, there are a lot of people. Although it is true that the landscapes you will see in El Nido are different from those of other islands.

Puerto Galera in Mindoro

Puerto Galera, a place famous for its history, is located on the island of Mindoro. This is where the old Spanish ships used to arrive during the colonial era. In the old days, the sailors of the world knew this port because it was the entry point to the island. Therefore, it became the gateway to the Southeast Asian trade routes.

Today, Puerto Galera is still an impressive place that invites you to enjoy one of the most imposing islands in the Philippines. Tourists, photographers and diving experts come here every day to admire the immense wonders of the place.

In 1974 the UN declared Puerto Galera a Marine Reserve. For this reason and for the amount of underwater fauna and flora that can be admired here, it has become one of the cradles of diving at international level. If you are passionate about underwater sports, in Puerto Galera you have an endless number of spots where you can practice diving throughout the year.

Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy

The Divine Mercy Shrine is a religious complex and Catholic monument in El Salvador, Misamis Oriental, in the Asian country of the Philippines. It features a 15.24-meter statue of Jesus and the Divine Mercy as the focal point of the Divine Mercy Hills, an area overlooking Macajalar Bay on the southern island of Mindano.

The nine-hectare land for the shrine was purchased for a nominal amount and the complex was financed by donations. The shrine was completed in 2008 and serves as a place of pilgrimage for Catholic devotees of the Divine Mercy.

Is it safe to do a volunteering in Philippines?

The Philippines is considered a safe country for tourists and for volunteering in the Philippines. As in any destination, you should be careful and keep your belongings in sight.

It is important to be very cautious with traffic and crowds of motorcycles and cars in the larger cities.

Can I use my credit cards in the volunteering in Philippines?

Most major credit cards are accepted in the Philippines: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, etc.

Can I find WIFI in the Philippines while volunteering?

It is quite common in places like hotels and cafes to have wifi, but not very common in public areas where tourists usually go, so it is advisable to buy a sim card.

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