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Volunteer in an Orphanage in Philippines

Volunteer in an Orphanage in Philippines with Volunteering SolutionsVolunteer work in orphanages in Philippines is an extremely rewarding experience whereby volunteers get an opportunity to lend emotional as well as educational support to the disadvantaged children. 

We provide placements in different orphanages located in and around Tacloban city in Leyte province. The age group of children in the orphanages is varied and is generally between infants to twelve year olds.

Majority of the orphanages where volunteers work are understaffed and do not have sufficient resources at hand.Volunteer support is very essential for these establishments. 

Volunteers working in the project need to be ready for the challenge and show initiative to do different tasks with the children and make a valuable contribution to their lives.

Work with Orphans Program Description

Program Requirements

Volunteers must be 18 years or older at the beginning of the program. Volunteers need to have an open mind and flexible attitude for working in a new and different environment. This project requires a minimum time commitment of two weeks on the part of the volunteer.
 

Project Location

The project placements are located in and around the city of Tacloban, in the island of Leyte. Tacloban is the capital of Leyte province and offers the volunteers to get immersed in a unique Asian culture.
 

During your Free Time 

The local coordinating team in Philippines arranges for the volunteers to go on two excursions.On one of the trips volunteers visit the local areas of interest such as San Juanico Bridge, the Santo Nino Shrine and the MacArthur Landing Memorial Park. Volunteers will get an opportunity to experience the natural beauty of the tropical island of Leyte. 
 

What we provide

Airport Receive and Drop Off : Volunteers are picked up and dropped off at Tacloban Airport by a local representative staff member. Volunteers need to arrive one day prior to the program start date.
 
Orientation: All volunteers are provided with an orientation about the local Filipino culture, local dialect, safety guidelines, the project and volunteers role and responsibilities by the local staff. Volunteers are also given a local Tacloban city tour and of all the important tourist sights in the city.
 
Lodging: Volunteers are provided accommodation with a local Filipino host family.Living with a host family would be exciting as you would get to experience the local culture and way of life.Volunteers are provided with their own private room or shared accommodation with other volunteer.
 
Food: Volunteers are provided with breakfast and dinner at the host family accommodations. Meals are cooked in traditional Filipino style and volunteers should inform in advance about any dietary restrictions. 
 
Insurance: Volunteers have the option to purchase Travel and Medical Insurance at a nominal extra cost from Volunteering Solutions. To buy insurance from Volunteering Solutions, please click here
 
In-country support: 24 hours support provided by our local staff. You will be provided with the contact details of the local coordinator and staff who will be contactable 24 hrs once you are in country.
 
Pre-departure information: After we receive full and final payment all participants are provided by a pre-departure information booklet by e-mail which will have all vital information about your program. The Pre Departure Information Booklet provides the complete details of the country, project locations, Visas, Immunizations, Things to Pack list, Accommodations, Contact Information etc.
 

Start Dates 

The project starts on any Monday of the month. Volunteers need to arrive one day prior to the program start date.
 

Program Costs

Volunteering Solutions strives hard to keep costs low and offers one of the most affordable volunteer abroad programs. Compare our prices and services to other organizations and you would be surprised to see the difference. 
 

Program Costs

2 Weeks3 Weeks4 Weeks5 Weeks6 Weeks7 Weeks8 WeeksExtra Weeks
$650$760$870$980$1090$1200$1310$100
Please Note: -An application fee of $200 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment.
2 Weeks3 Weeks4 Weeks5 Weeks6 Weeks7 Weeks8 WeeksExtra Weeks
£455£532£609£686£763£840£917£70
Please Note: -An application fee of £140 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment.
2 Weeks3 Weeks4 Weeks5 Weeks6 Weeks7 Weeks8 WeeksExtra Weeks
€540€631€723€814€905€996€1088€83
Please Note: -An application fee of €170 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment.

What are you Paying For ?

    • Airport Pickup and Drop Off
    • Orientation
    • Accommodation in a Filipino Host Family
    • 2 Meals a Day
    • Detailed Pre Departure Info Pack
    • Project Placement
    • 24 hrs Assistance and support from in country staff
    • Travel and Medical Insurance (Available at an extra cost)

What's NOT Included ?

    • Visa
    • Vaccinations
    • Flights
    • Local Transportation
    • Personal Expenses
What are the Program locations in Philippines?

Volunteering Solutions offers programs in Tacloban.

Does Volunteering Solutions help with Visa?

Receiving a tourist visa for tourism purpose is the volunteer's responsibility. Volunteering Solutions strongly recommends all volunteers to apply and get a tourist visa before departing for Philippines. If needed, Volunteering Solutions do provide with written document which would help volunteers in getting the Visa.

When should I apply for the volunteer programs in Philippines? Is there any minimum program duration limit?

We are able to offer placements from any Monday of each month year round. Because of the increasing volume of applications, participants are requested to apply in advance to secure their spots. The minimum program duration is 2 weeks.

How long does it take to process my application?

Once you have applied, we will send you details of your placement usually within 7-10 working days.

When do I need to arrive in Philippines for my program? What will happen once I arrive in Philippines?

All volunteers need to arrive one day before their program start date. Volunteers are picked up from the Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport by the local coordinator or representative. Those volunteers who are arriving overland or are already in Philippines will be picked up from the bus station or at a meeting point decided beforehand.

How do I get to the program location?

Your country coordinator will take you to your placement and introduce you to everyone after giving you a basic orientation about the program/city/culture etc.

I want to know more about accommodation arrangements?

We provide you with accommodation from your start date to the end of the program. Volunteers are provided accommodation with a local Filipino host family.Living with a host family would be exciting as you would get to experience the local culture and way of life.Volunteers are provided with their own private room or shared accommodation with other volunteer.

Are there any necessary requirements to participate in the Philippines-based volunteer programs?

The only qualifications are: -
  1. Volunteers must be 18 years or older at the beginning of the program
  2. Volunteers need to have an open mind and flexible attitude for working in a new and different environment.
  3. The volunteer should bring energy and enthusiasm to make a difference.
  4. Be in good health.

What immunizations/vaccinations will I need?

We recommend you speak to your doctor before coming. The following are recommended vaccinations: -
  1. Hepatitis A and B
  2. Typhoid
  3. Tetanus

Are there more expenses once I arrive in Philippines?

Your program fee covers you for food, accommodation, airport pick up, airport drop, Orientation and local staff support. You will need to cover yourself for your personal expenses, such as traveling, telephone, internet, shopping, sightseeing etc. However you should carry around $40 - $50 per week for your basic personal expenses, such as water, local transport, phone etc.

What hours will I volunteer every day?

Volunteers usually work for 5 to 6 hours a day depending on their program. You will have weekend off so you can go to travel on weekends. However some organizations will need you to work on some Saturdays as well.

Where can I change my money in Philippines? Are there ATMs in Philippines?

You can change money in any bank or at the airport by showing your passport. There are ATM's located all around the Tacloban city.

Can couples or families join the volunteer program?

Yes, couples and families are welcome to join our programs. We make special provisions for families joining our volunteering programs; we will be able to provide them with program placements and accommodations together.

What will be the food arrangement?

You will get freshly cooked food 3 times a day depending on your program. Food is usually vegetarian as non-vegetarian food is seldom cooked in most Philippino households.

Do I need to buy health insurance?

Volunteers have the option to purchase Travel and Medical Insurance at a nominal extra cost from Volunteering Solutions. To buy insurance from Volunteering Solutions, please click here

What sorts of clothes are required for Philippines?

Lightweight clothing and rainwear is recommended as well as warmer clothing for the evenings (light jacket and/or light sweaters). A pair of walking shoes is highly recommended as well.

Do you recommend any Cheap Airlines?

We would recommend you to visit, http://www.kayak.com, http://www.orbitz.com to have more details on cheap airlines to Philippines. The major airlies flying into Tacloban are Cebu Pacific Airlines and Philippine Airlines.