Volunteer in support community development by joining this NGO Media and Photography project in the Philippines assisting overworked staff. You will raise awareness through media and photography of the socioeconomic issues which face local communities directly affected by Typhoon Haiyan. This organisation has been working in Tacloban and the surrounding area for 10 years and has been a support line for many disadvantaged community members.
Typhoon Haiyan devastated the local communities and undid much of the good work that had been done. With homes, livelihoods, community spaces and lives lost, this project needed to raise its profile in the media, to raise funds to support those rebuilding their lives.
Large scale charities and non-profit organisations often have the luxury of being able to afford to fund media departments especially following disasters such as Typhoon Haiyan. This NGO is a smaller grassroots organisations not fortunate enough to have the resources to fund such operations, therefore they turn to volunteers for help. This media project aims to document and highlight the impact of the typhoon to an international audience. This is through updates to social media, on its website and through newsletters. Join us and support this small NGO with its ongoing work in the community of Tacloban.
Why choose this project?
You are offered a unique opportunity to view from the inside how an NGO operates. If you have a flair for writing and photography then you can use this to highlight the struggles faced by many Filipino’s. Your passion for photojournalism, social media, and documentary style reporting linked to social development will be well utlised. Material that you collect and edit will be used to populate the organisations YouTube Channel and Facebook Page, as well as other literature. You will be provided with the opportunity to really get the message out and raise much needed funds for this NGO.
Role of the volunteer
Your role as a media and photography volunteer will be to visit and document as many of the projects which we are working with as possible. You will assist staff in developing promotional materials and to update social media in a timely manner. You will become photojournalists, capturing moments of despair and exhilaration to prompt further donations. A a volunteer, will have the opportunity to take photographs, produce video footage and even conduct interviews. It is important to remain respectful of privacy and emotions when interacting with local people. You will be expected to complete two comprehensive written assignments per week to ensure that NGO targets are met.
Volunteers may be asked to work with local child sponsorship project staff to photograph children and their surroundings. This is used to enable the project to update overseas sponsors. Whilst you are able to extend your skills and the content of your portfolio, you will primarily be helping raise awareness and contributing to efforts to help Tacloban communities rebuild their lives. You will be asked to send your CV/resume before being accepted onto this project.
This project requires you to be independent, self motivated, resilient and creative. You must be competent with a camera and have a good eye for a picture as the project is seeking volunteers with intermediate photography or videography skills. You will need to bring your own equipment such as an SLR camera/video recorder. This will enable you to create the best materials for the campaigns. You will be asked to have a short telephone interview before being accepted onto this project, as well as a CV/resume.
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
To use your photography and writing talents to highlight struggles of Filipino communities
You are eager to gain an inside view of how an NGO operates
To raise awareness of issues facing communities after the typhoon
About the Location
Your project is located in Tacloban City, which was devastated in November 2013. Typhoon Haiyan hit and destroyed homes, livelihoods and many community spaces. Located on the island of Leyte, Tacloban is a historic World War II site, where General Douglas MacArthur liberated the Philippines in 1944 from Japan. It has a population of over 300,000 and the local dialect is Waray-Waray, though English is widely spoken. Travel to other areas of the Philippines is possible so you should consider taking time after your placement and visit beautiful areas unaffected by this tragedy. You will be putting incoming into the economy and continuing your support of the Filipino people.
You will be staying on the outskirts of Tacloban City whilst volunteering in The Philippines in a homestay with a local family in a close-knit community. You will be welcomed with open arms as these families are accustomed to receiving volunteers and really try to make sure you feel part of the family and community. There is a community centre, within walking distance of the homestays, which doubles up as a home base for all the volunteers. All volunteers are within a 2-minute walking distance from each other, making it easy to meet up with friends and spend time together outside of working hours. The homestay houses have electricity, toilets and running water, but the set up is quite basic.
What to do in your spare time
If you want to venture further afield during your spare time then we suggest you visit the spectacular islands of Bohol and Malapascua. Trips like these are best over 2-3 days, so weekends would be the perfect time to go. Usually, volunteers group together when going on trips like this, which is a great way to make new friends.
You can also stay closer to home and visit some of the famous white-sand beaches with crystal clear waters in The Philippines. You could pay a visit to Tadjow Beach and Tanuan Beach since these are fairly close to your accommodation.
For those of you who are into sports and activities, why not join the local gym (which also have hot showers!) in the astrodome? You could also visit the badminton court and a climbing wall in the downtown area with other volunteers for a bit of friendly competition. In the town of Guiuan, you can sample some of The Philippines best surfing destinations! Alternatively, you can stay closer to home and take part in a few friendly basket ball games with the locals in your homestay community alongside other volunteers.
Travel to other areas of the Philippines is possible so you should consider taking time after your placement and visit beautiful areas unaffected by this tragedy. You will be putting incoming into the economy and continuing your support of the Filipino people.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 2 – 24 weeks
- Cost: £892/$1560 for 2 weeks
£102/$178 for each week thereafter
- Requirements: age 18+
- Location: Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines
- Project activities: Photograph a range of projects and promote them on social media and digital media sites, complete 2 written assignments per week
- Working hours: At least 4 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 closed for a few days at 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 and project induction provided
- Support: 24 hour support from on-site coordinators
- Excursions: Staff may be able to help plan weekend excursions
- 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.
Easy 3-step application process
APPLY ONLINE Click here to apply online and pay your deposit to secure your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
TELEPHONE INTERVIEW Once we’ve received your application, we’ll be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
GET PREPARED When you’ve been accepted onto your project 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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