What is Childcare Volunteering in The Philippines all about?
Help disadvantaged children between the ages of 3-6 develop their cognitive, physical and social skills through the delivery of engaging, creative and supportive playtime sessions in the Philippines.
Children in the Philippines have limited access to early education centers and nurseries. There are not enough teachers and educational practitioners to ensure that children receive the care and support they need prior to entering school. Volunteers provide essential assistance to the staff at the childcare centre, improving the quality of the sessions and ensuring the children are properly supervised and supported at all times.
These sessions help improve the children’s prospects for the future, giving them a more solid foundation before entering education.
Why choose this childcare volunteering project?
This project is ideal for those looking to immerse themselves in a new culture, explore a different country, and develop new skills, all whilst helping the local community’s children. You can use your creativity, initiative and communication skills to make a difference in the lives of young children, helping to provide them with a better start in life.
Role of the childcare volunteer
Volunteers will work at the playtime centre every morning, from Monday-Friday. Responsibilities and duties include keeping the children focused and engaged, and encouraging each child to participate in the activities. Some of the activities include:
- Helping the children with their reading and writing skills, such as learning the alphabet and memorising sight words.
- Learning names of colours, animals, fruits and vegetables etc.
- Creative activities such as painting and drawing
- Singing nursery rhymes and creating dances
- Playing educational games
The purpose of the enriching activities is to develop cognitive ability and physical development for the underprivileged children, helping to ensure they are ready to transition into full time education.
What skills do I need to be a childcare volunteer in the Philippines?
Competency in English is a requirement. It’s important for volunteers to have patience, be resourceful and energetic. Previous experience working with children is preferred, but not mandatory. Please understand that your schedule may vary, depending on the needs of the centre. Flexibility is therefore essential. A criminal background check is also required.
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
To help children from disadvantaged communities
To learn more about Filipino culture
To develop skills whilst exploring a new country
Where will I work in the Philippines?
About the Location
Tacloban is a densely populated city in the Eastern Visayas region of the Philippines. The region is famous for its natural beauty, ecological diversity and as a WWII historical site. The city itself was hit by Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, causing widespread damage and destruction across the city, and visitors to the city help support the local community and rebuild the economy.
You will stay with a local host family for the duration of your stay. The homestay houses have basic facilities, including electricity, toilets and running water, and are only a short walk from the community and childcare centre.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 2 – 26 weeks
- Cost: £1081 / $1688 for 2 weeks
£144 / $224 for each week thereafter
- Requirements: age 18+
- Location: Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines
- Working hours: At least 3 hours per day, Monday – Friday. If you wish to work extra, please ask an advisor about other options available to maximise your time.
- Project Availability: All year round, apart from the Christmas to New Year period and for a few days over Easter.
- Arrival day: Saturday
What is included
- Accommodation: Single or shared room in a homestay with mosquito net & clean drinking water
- Food: 2 meals per day – Breakfast and dinner
- Airport pickup and drop off from Tacloban Airport
- Training: Pre-departure pack, on-site orientation, project induction provided and Learning Reflection Manual
- Support: 24 hour support from on-site coordinators
- Excursions: Staff may be able to help plan weekend excursions (activities may cost extra)
- Fundraising guide
What is not included
- Police/Government Background Check; US and UK citizens will be processed through Kaya (admin fee applies) all other nationalities must provide local police check.
- Any costs for COVID-19 PCR tests required pre-departure and in-country
Easy 4-step application process
Apply online and pay your application fee to apply for your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
Once we’ve received your application, we’ll review your details and be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
Following your interview, we will provide you a placement offer. Once you are ready to confirm your placement and dates, you can pay your confirmation fee to book and secure your space.
When you have confirmed your project dates we'll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.
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