Volunteer in Philippines


Join projects in teaching, childcare, nutrition and community development projects in and around Tacloban City.

I have finished my two week volunteer work with the GVN program in the Philippines. I plan to continue my support to this program in the Philippines with financial support and hopefully return to the Philippines again. If anyone reading this is considering becoming a volunteer, don't hesitate, become a volunteer, you will never regret it!!

Matt | Philippines Volunteer


I worked at a Day-care placement in the mornings and elementary in the afternoons. However, due to my fundraising, I was in a position to run community projects as well including installation of 7 water pumps, roof repairs at local school, CR installation and the clean-up of a playground area.

Noelle | Philippines Volunteer


Just Choose a Project and Apply!


This is an opportunity to volunteer in typhoon-ravaged Tacloban. The community was devastated by Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda in November 2013 and are still very much in recovery mode. Once you arrive you will live with and be integrated into the lives of local families, sharing their food and way of life in Tacloban. Volunteers will likely have rooms of their own (these will be shared if the program is busy) although homes are spartan in keeping with the average Filipino family's lifestyle. Joining in local festivities and visiting amazing locations are highlights for many volunteers.

Volunteers are provided with two meals per day/ 7 days per week. Common to the local cuisine are a variety of meat and seafood dishes. Filipinos like to eat rice, which volunteers are likely to find on their plates for breakfast (sometimes), lunch and dinner. Rice is generally accompanied with meat, fish and/or vegetables.

GVN Projects: Only $250 application fee + $500 per week (1-4 weeks), and $200 per week after this. (This includes accommodation, meals, coordination, supervision, training, airport pick up)

$250 application fee + $1447 program fee for 2 weeks. (This includes accommodation, meals, coordination, supervision, training, airport pick up)

Rural Health Clinic

Rural Health Clinic

Are you a qualified doctor or nurse? Are you non-qualified but committed to improving the health of vulnerable people? Both qualified and unqualified medical volunteers can join this project to provide much needed assistance whilst at the same time experiencing the reality of healthcare in a developing country. Day to day clinic activities will range from assisting the local doctor with daily consultations to helping with local government based initiatives such as vaccinations or deworming. Aside from this, volunteers may also have the opportunity to visit local barangays during community clinic consultations.

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Street Children Program

Street Children Program

By volunteering with street children, you can help provide inspiration, education and support to some of the Philippines most underprivileged children. These children typically come from dysfunctional homes where there is poverty, violence, neglect or addiction issues. Many have left home to escape from abusive treatment. Others have resorted to begging in the streets because there is no food in the home. Volunteers will support and encourage the children and help them obtain the skills and self-belief to thrive in difficult circumstances.

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Teaching English in Rural Schools

Teaching English in Rural Schools

In the Philippines there is a strong national emphasis on the importance of being able to speak, read and write English as all good jobs require proficiency in English. Learning English is incredibly important and getting off to a good start in elementary school is critical. Unfortunately, many rural elementary schools are overcrowded and lack sufficient textbooks and teaching material. Often, the only classroom equipment available is a blackboard. Children are often squeezed into small classrooms, and most schools do not have a library. As a volunteer you will help these children make a great start with their English speaking.

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Womens Shelter Program

Womens Shelter Program

By volunteering in a women's shelter, you can help promote female empowerment to some of the most disadvantaged and abused women in Filipino society. The broad range of services provided by the program address the global needs of these victimized women. However, because the program is understaffed, it cannot provide the women with sufficient individual attention without help from volunteers. Volunteers not only assists the shelter staff with the ongoing day-to-day activities, but also have the opportunity to conduct empowerment activities such as livelihood development and skills training. Please note that this project is available to women only who are aged 20 or older.

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Media Intern

Media Intern

Do you want to help raise awareness? Are you media-savvy? Being a media intern with GVN's partner organisation will expose you to a full spectrum of different projects and will provide you with the opportunity to equally capture moments of success and struggle. Interns are required to essentially become photojournalists for the entire duration of their stay and to publish their material on our partner organisation's website and across various social media platforms as a means to promote a specific call to action required by the organization.

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Community Centre

Community Centre

Are you community-minded? Are you interested in social work? Volunteering on the Community Center project will let volunteers become heavily involved with Community Program and Child Sponsorship Programs; for this reason this project is ideal for volunteers with a background in community and social work. Inside the community centers, our partner organisation conducts a multi-faceted operation by coordinating projects and programs for a wide range of demographics, ranging from preschool children to adolescents and local mother's groups.

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Public Health - Nutrition

Public Health - Nutrition

Do you have an interest in the nutrition needs of children? Do you want to help educate parents? The goals of this nutrition project are two-fold. The first is to provide a stable supplementary feeding program for malnourished infants or pre-school children aged three to six years old. The second is to disseminate information to parents about the importance of healthy nutrition through a series of workshops and seminars. Through this process parents get to witness the improvement that good nutrition has on the health of their children whilst at the same time learning how to best utilize their available resources to provide a stable diet irregardless of their personal income.

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Philippines Application Form


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Why GVN?


Our vision is to connect people with communities in need, with a particular focus on vulnerable women and children. We do this by supporting the work of local community organizations in countries through the placement of international volunteers.

We are excited to get your placement under way where you will:

  • Be a part of GVN's efforts to inspire learning, innovation and action to unlock the potential of vulnerable communities around the world. Work with exceptional grassroots projects in community development, conservation and wildlife, personal development, fundraising and physical challenges.
  • Have the 24/7 support of a non profit with 14 years experience in placing 19702 volunteers that will provide you with an affordable and rewarding placement.
  • Volunteer with a world-class organization which is recommended by Bill Gates and CNN.
  • Be a part of progressive non profit that has raised over $2 million to help women and children in need.
  • Have the comfort of knowing that GVN staff have collectively flown over 1 million miles to ensure you get a quality placement.
  • Make a long-term impact in your community of choice - it's not just a vacation.




How GVN works...


The first step is to fill out an application to see if we have a place for you. Then if your application is successful you will be accepted and we will then get to work organizing your placement.

GVN is a registered Charitable Trust, so volunteers finance themselves, or can fundraise online with our unique GVN platform, with US donors receiving tax receipts. The Program Package provides you with all that is listed below, along with personalized support from our expert staff and the knowledge that you'll be working with a reputable and registered charity with over 14 years experience in the field.

At the heart of our work is the communities our volunteers work to support - we ensure that these communities truly benefit from your time in Philippines and that the Program Package fully supports you financially while you're volunteering.

Program Package

$250 application fee + $1447 program fee for 2 weeks. (This includes accommodation, meals, coordination, supervision, training, airport pick up)

The Program Package also includes a project donation, which supports the work the GVN Foundation does in addressing nutrition, education and healthcare needs, as well as supporting longer-term development approaches, including income generation activities and microfinance.

Your program package includes:


  • Personal support from your Program Specialist throughout the preparation process.
  • Your Program Guide, with all the details on Philippines and your placement.
  • Fundraising strategies and access to our crowd funding platform where you can raise up to 100% of the cost your trip, with tax receipts for your US based donors.
  • Access to Your Own Online Journal: which helps you to communicate effectively and easily with your family and friends back home.
  • Opportunities for Preferred Pricing and Personalized Service when booking Airfares: through our travel partner GYT Flight Centre who go the extra mile to support GVN volunteers.


  • Accommodation: Home stay.
  • Meals: 2 meals daily (breakfast & dinner)
  • Airport pickup: On arrival date.
  • Training: In-country orientation and training.
  • Supervision: In-country staff supervision.
  • Support: Pre-departure personal support from your volunteer coordinator, 24/7 in-country support from partner, and 24hr emergency line.


  • An opportunity to debrief and provide feedback
  • Free access to GVN Changemakers program which alerts you to future internship/job opportunities at GVN.
  • A Letter of Completion in Volunteer Service.
  • The opportunity to stay connected with your project.
  • Global advocacy and fundraising campaigns to continue your part of the movement for social change with an international non-profit that has granted over $2 million to our partner organizations.

The program package does not include:Flights, insurance, visas, vaccinations, transport to projects if necessary, departure from the program.

We recommend you allow a weekly budget of US $35 for your other expenses such as bottled water, personal items, beverages, and entertainment.




Tell me more about South Africa?

As its name suggests, South Africa is the most southern country on the African continent. It is bordered by Namibia to the north west, Botswana and Zimbabwe to the north, and Mozambique to the north east. South Africa is roughly 5 times the size of Britain, and covers 1.2 million sq km. South Africa was isolated politically and economically for a long period of time, as other countries protested against their racial discrimination known as apartheid (apartness). That era ended in 1994 when the ANC (African National Congress) was elected to power, led by Nelson Mandela. Pressure from ANC, other black political organizations, and the international community forced an apartheid government to pass a referendum in 1992, for everyone to vote in free and fair election.

What is the climate like in South Africa?

In South Africa, the seasons are predominately summer and winter. The autumn and spring seasons are very fleeting. Finding itself at South Africa’s northernmost area and bisected by the tropic of Capricorn, visitors to Limpopo can expect sunshine, long summer afternoons, and dry days for most of their stay. Summer (October to March) in the Limpopo province can reach 30°C -35°C during the day. The winter is dry and very pleasant. Although the temperature can fall below 5°C at night, the days can present clear blue skies and temperatures in the low 20s.

What kind of volunteer work is available?'

Community Service: You could be one of 10 volunteers getting involved in community service tasks in our specialized program in honour of Nelson Mandela. Volunteer work includes the following:

  • Helping out at an orphanage by doing chores 
  • Offering to paint and renovate a shelter for the homeless
  • Helping fix the playground at a daycare centre 
  • Helping paint and decorating a children’s ward at a local hospital 
  • Spending time at a children’s ward in hospital talking to the children and assisting the nurses 
  • Spending a day with the elderly listening to their stories
  • Taking a bag of toys to a local hospital’s ward or a daycare centre in a rural village
  • Reading to someone who can’t read 
  • Coaching an extramural activity at a school 
  • Helping out at a local soup kitchen

What hours do I work?

Teaching assistants typically work weekdays, approximately 7 hours per day. There is a small variation in hours depending upon the time of year. The hours are generally longer during the school terms. Volunteers in childcare centres will normally have a busy afternoon schedule as children are done with school for the day, however there are some morning shifts where the children are under school age. Weekends are the normal days off.

Where will I be located?

The initial orientation and first night of accommodation is in Tshwane, Pretoria.

Participants will then travel to the rural area of Venda. This is located in the Limpopo province (the northernmost province of South Africa). Venda is about 4.5 hours north of Johannesburg within the Vhembe District, situated in Limpopo, the northernmost province of South Africa.

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About The Philippines


The Philippines

Situated on the western edge of the Pacific Ocean, the Philippines claims title to the second-largest archipelago on the planet with 7,107 individual islands.

Coral-fringed islands are home to extraordinary sights not to be missed: spectacular rice terraces, tropical rainforests, underground rivers, soaring limestone towers, uninhabited 'Robinson Crusoe' islands, and cascading waterfalls.

Development in The Philippines

The agricultural industry dominates the Philippine economy, which is considered one of the fastest growing economies in South East Asia. Important sectors of the Philippine economy include agriculture and industry, particularly food processing, textiles and garments, and electronics and automobile parts. Most industries are concentrated in the urban areas around metropolitan Manila.

The success of the Philippines economy has not alleviated the astonishing poverty present in the country. There is a widening gap between rich of poor and it is estimated that 40% of all Filipinos exist below the poverty line. Perhaps the most revealing fact about the nature of poverty found in the Philippines is that the richest 10% percent of the population holds 40% percent of the national income, while the poorest 10% percent of the population claims ownership to 1.5% percent of the national income.

Volunteer Impact

Volunteers provide assistance to disadvantaged socio-economic groups within the Tacloban community, focusing primarily on education, nutrition, community support and healthcare.

As a volunteer in the Philippines you will help to improve the lives of residents of Tacloban, an area that was severly damaged during Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda in November 2013. You will support the community as it recovers and support community projects aimed at improving the lives and livlihoods of vulnerable women and children.

What else can I do in the Philippines?

Volunteers will have the opportunity during their free time to join in local festivities and visit great beaches and other fantastic locations. The Philippines is home to some of the world's best diving and snorkelling so be sure to hit the water while you're there!

Take some time before or after your volunteer placement if you wish to explore other cities/regions in the Philippines.


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