If you have ever wanted to volunteer and reach out to those who’ve had a trouble past by helping them change their attitudes and give them a chance at a new way of life then come work in a young offenders rehabilitation centre in the Philippines. The centre was badly damaged during Typhoon Haiyan resulting in temporary accommodation being needed for some time. This centre cares for and rehabilitates boys between the ages of fourteen and twenty two, who have committed crimes as minors and are waiting for their cases to pend in court which is obviously a very unsettling time for them.
These youths are often victims of circumstance; committing crimes in self defence and out of no other choice. The project aims to offer them hope for the future by involving them in sports, dance, education and skills building so bring your knowledge and experience of working with youths to Tacloban and help those in most need.
Why choose this project?
The centre really lacks strong role models for the children and at times it’s challenging for staff to curb the attitudes of the boys. However when a foreign volunteer arrives, the youths show a special interest and whilst the quality of English is not good, volunteers still find ways to communicate with the youths.
Volunteers are needed to help local staff, whose time is already stretched following Typhoon Haiyan, by engaging in non-formal teaching, organising sports events, teaching music, creating team building exercises, assisting with livelihood projects and sharing any other special skill they may have.
Role of the volunteer
Volunteers will pass on their specialist skills to troubled youths, teaching them a wide variety of topics to help enrich their lives and assist their rehabilitation. They will also offer recreational activities in order to break up their repetitive and mundane daily routines. Throughout their duration at the centre, the volunteer will act as a good role model and through their actions and activities teach good moral values such as honesty and teamwork.
Whatever you may do, the goal still remains the same, to help change the boys attitudes. Help promote honesty through fair play and sports coaching or cooperation through choreographed dance routines; the options are endless, whatever your skill may be; the result will be the same – the boys will greatly benefit from anything that draws their mind away from a life of crime and also the terrible devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan.
The role of the volunteer will have a long lasting impact on the boys. Previous livelihood programs and skills taught in the past by volunteers still continue to be practised today. You may also assist livelihood projects such as baking and craft making and may also bring their own energy to think up new programs.
Volunteers with former experience in the criminal justice system, working with youth groups or in counselling are sought for this placement. If you have a tattoo you are politely asked to cover them during their time in the centre since tattoos are commonly associated with crime or gangs in the Philippines.
Volunteers must be well motivated and able to show initiative; as some of the time they will be working independently. You will be asked to send your CV/resume and a telephone interview before being accepted onto this project. In addition, this project is subject to government rules and therefore a blood test, urine analysis and chest x-ray are mandatory.
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
You want to offer young offenders hope for the future
Because you have have the skills to share to help enrich the lives of others
To explore the many beautiful islands in the Philippines
About the Location
The project is based in Tacloban City which was declared a disaster zone when Typhoon Haiyan hit and not only killed local residents but also destroyed homes, livelihoods and community spaces. Tacloban is located on the island of Leyte, Tacloban is a historic World War II site, where American General Douglas MacArthur liberated the Philippines in 1944 from Japan. It has a population of over 300,000 and English is widely spoken. Volunteer and gain an insight into the realities of living and working in a challenging location while appreciating the good nature of the Filipino people. For those of you that have time, take an extra week or two and visit some of the beautiful areas unaffected by the typhoon and put income into the economy to continue to support the people of this wonderful country.
Whilst volunteering in The Philippines with Kaya, all volunteers will stay in a homestay environment with a friendly local family on the outskirts of Tacloban City. These families are accustomed to receiving volunteers and really try to make sure you feel part of the family and community. Inside, the homestay houses have electricity, toilets and running water, but the set up is quite basic. Volunteers will be 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. There is also a community centre nearby which doubles up as a home base for all the volunteers.
What to do in your spare time
If you want to keep active whilst on your volunteering adventure then you could join the local gym (which has hot showers!) in the astrodome. You could also take part in a few friendly basketball games with the locals in your homestay community alongside other volunteers. However, if you want to venture further afield, there is a badminton court and a climbing wall in the downtown area that you can use too. You could also venture out to the town of Guiuan to sample some of the Philippines best surfing destinations!
At the weekend, you could go on a 2-3 day trip to visit the islands of Malapascua and Bohol. These are common trips for volunteers to go on in groups, which is a great way to make friends and get to know other volunteers in the area.
For those of you who want to relax, you can visit some of some of the spectacular white-sand beaches and crystal clear water that The Philippine’s has to offer. Tadjow Beach and Tanuan Beach are quite close to your accommodation, which would make a great day trip for you and other volunteers.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 4 – 26 weeks
- Cost: £1075/$1881 for 4 weeks
£105/$184 for each week thereafter
- Requirements: age 18+
- Location: Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines
- Project activities: Running skills workshops, assisting with homework, running sports activities.
- 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 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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