You can make a real difference by volunteering in the Philippines

Posted by: insidear  :  Category: Travel

The economic growth rate in the Philippines may be good at present, but real poverty is still very entrenched, especially in the more remote provinces.  For those who do not complete their high school education, the options are limited. There are subsistence farmers in the provinces. Many do what they can to survive in the “informal settlements” in the sprawling mega city of Manila and elsewhere in the Philippines.  For those who want a challenge volunteer Philippines is there to provide help and assistance.

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During the typhoon season there are around 20 typhoons. The Philippines has been dealing with these since time immemorial. But Super Typhoon Orlanda (Haiyan) reaped devastation across the heart of the Philippines and was quite unprecedented. Tacloban along with the province of Leyte bore the brunt of the devastation. Fishing and agriculture especially coconut and palm oil plantations were swept away. Many buildings were destroyed.

This region is receiving real help from the volunteer Philippines program.

Anyone interested in volunteering abroad is welcome to apply. As a rule the starting age is 18, but some 16 year olds can also be accepted. There is no upper age limit. Those with years of experience in other fields would have a lot to offer. A willingness to be adaptable, patient and flexible would be needed.

Particular skill sets would be welcomed from those volunteering abroad. There are a number of different volunteer abroad programs.

There is a dire need for volunteers with a medical background having recognized qualification and experience in medical centers. There are also opportunities for medical students to work in hospitals.

Classes for over 40 year old students are not uncommon in the Philippines. There are also  “morning” and  ”afternoon” schools. English is the second language of the Philippines. To get good employment in the hotel, retail and the booming call center business, having a good command of English is essential. There is a real need for volunteers to assist the really overworked teachers. Although not essential, having a background in education and possibly a TEFL qualification would help.

For those who want to make a real difference to the lives of children then it might be worth considering either working in an orphanage or helping street children. Children who find their way to an orphanage may have been badly neglected. They can be malnourished and lack social skills & nurturing that can only be found from being in a family.

Street children are common across most major cities and towns in the Philippines. They do live on the streets, They scavenge garbage for recycling,

Their future prospects are very limited. Those with a care work or social work background would be ideally suited to this volunteer work. Programs have been set up to help these children move away from their present lives.

Especially in the typhoon stricken areas, there are still much reconstruction work to be undertaken. Volunteers with a background in building and carpentry would be very welcome. A willingness to work hard and being fit may be the main qualification needed.

The volunteer Philippines web site iswww.volunteering.org.au/volunteering-in-philippines.html

There is a very full description of the different volunteering abroad programs and a form that can be filled in online.