Volunteer in the Philippines with Kaya, a country made up of more than 7000 islands where you will instantly be welcomed by the warm and upbeat people. The Philippines are geographically and culturally distinctive from mainland Southeast Asia; encounter coral reefs, tropical rainforests, lush green rice fields, busy cities and influences of the spanish colonial era.
Volunteering in Philippines
The projects that Kaya offer in the Philippines are all community-based and located in Tacloban city. Those with experience in nutrition or public health, volunteer on the Nutrition project which focuses on prevention of malnutrition. Help raise awareness of the plight of Filipino communities directly affected by typhoon Haiyan with the Media and photography project to support an NGO. For those keen on supporting women’s empowerment, we have a project which improves the futures of abused women.
Following the massive destruction caused by typhoon Haiyan, volunteer work is vital in the Philippines and the projects are more challenging than others in the Kaya portfolio because of the need to rebuild the communities and the futures of the Filipino population. Poverty remains a significant issue in the Philippines, making the recovery effort even more urgent.
At the weekends, travel to Padre Burgos on the south coast which has amazing snorkeling and diving spots. Visit the island of Kalanggaman off the west coast of Leyte, you can walk around the whole island in ten minutes and there are no houses so experience camping on the beach! If you fancy taking a city break, Tacloban airport has daily flights to Cebu City and the capital Manila. For a taste of authentic Filipino cuisine, try Adobo, the national dish, or a local delicacy, deep fried banana.
Why not add on an extra week or two to your trip and attempt to climb Mount Mayon, one of the world’s most perfectly cone-shaped volcanoes. It is very cheap and easy to fly to neighbouring countries like Cambodia, Thailand or Vietnam, if you fancy seeing more of Southeast Asia.
Volunteer in the Philippines with Kaya, bring your energy, skills and resilience to ongoing projects which are restoring hope to the lives of the vulnerable in the Philippine community.