The childcare volunteer program in Philippines caters to provide support and care to disadvantaged children in Philippines. As in other developing countries, children in our impoverished communities face the bleak prospect of being the next generation in the cycle of poverty. Volunteer work for children through this project break that cycle effectively. Volunteering Solutions offers different placements in children’s projects such as volunteering work in an orphanage or volunteering work with street children. Orphanages comprise of children who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned by parents. Parents stricken with poverty are no longer capable of taking care of their children. Shelters/rehabilitation centres comprise of street children and abused girls and women who have been abused, neglected, or sexually exploited. The boys come from unstable families, and most of them spend much of the time in the streets begging to be able to buy food. They are susceptible to sexual exploitation and recruitment by street gangs. The girls had traumatic life experiences which have lasting effect on their personality; which is why they need extra attention.
At the orphanages, the children to caregiver ratio is very high typically resulting in caregivers not having the time to attend to children properly.Volunteer help in to provide necessary interaction with the children, to assist caretakers with the daily chores and involve in different activities. Volunteers don’t necessarily need caregiving experience; however they must have energy, enthusiasm, an open mind and an open heart. Most importantly volunteers must have a joy and desire to work with children.
The minimum project duration requirement for the program is 2 weeks.
As a volunteer working in this project, you will be asked to help in a wide range of activities at the orphanage depending on the age group of children and the needs of the project. Volunteer, typically, will be required to execute the following tasks;
Volunteers joining childcare volunteer program in the Philippines will be accommodated with a host family in Tacloban city. The accommodation facility is in close distance vicinity to the program placement. A typical volunteer schedule under this program is as follows;
The same volunteer work schedule continues from the second week onwards
Note: Please note, the schedule may vary depending on the particular project the volunteer is participating on.
Volunteering Solutions helps you to focus on your volunteer work, while we take care of your airport transfer, accommodation, meals and weekend trips. So come with an open and relaxed mind and leave refreshed.
Volunteers are picked up from and dropped off at, Tacloban Airport by a local representative staff member. Volunteers need to arrive one day prior to the program start date.
Volunteers will live with homestay families residing in the Tacloban area. The homestays have been thoroughly evaluated before they were accepted into our homestay program. are experienced in accommodating international volunteers. Prior to your arrival, you will receive a profile outlining the specifics of your homestay family.
Your homestay will welcome you into their home and treat you as a member of the family. By living with them, you will be able to experience Filipino culture and participate in their daily activities. You will eat the same food they are eating, though your homestay family knows what foreigners like to eat. If you have special dietary requirements, it is best to inform us beforehand so we can meet your needs. You will be served only two meals per day, breakfast and dinner. Your homestay will also provide you with filtered drinking water, as it is best not to drink tap water. All the homestays have electricity and running water. You will have a private room by yourself or shared with a fellow volunteer. You also are provided a mosquito net and electric fan. The bathroom or toilet, commonly called “comfort room or CR” will be shared will all the family members.
Bathroom accommodation is basic and the volunteer will take cold, bucket baths because hot running showers are uncommon in Filipino homes – don't worry too much about this as cold bucket baths are often refreshing after being in the tropical heat all day. Finally, volunteers will also have to get used to the sound of roosters crowing even before the break of dawn.
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.
During your time as a volunteer, you will be provided with two meals a day (breakfast and dinner) by your homestay. Aside from this, access to safe 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 that you include this in the application form.
During your Free Time
The local coordinating team in the 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.
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