Volunteer in Philippines


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!


Once you arrive on the island of Tablas you will live with and be integrated into the lives of local families, sharing their food and way of life in Romblon Province. 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 neighbouring islands are highlights for many volunteers.

Volunteers are provided with three 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, lunch and dinner. Rice is generally accompanied with meat, fish and/or vegetables. Salt bread (pan de sal) with coffee is a common substitute at breakfast.

School Building Maintenance

School Building Maintenance

Do you want to help a community keep its school in great shape? Volunteers will participate in the School Building Maintenance program on Tablas Island in Romblon Province. If you choose this option your time will be spent repairing school buildings, painting roofs, walls, chalkboards, desks, teaching aids, and other equipment. Volunteers may also help in the installation of water pumps, or help with the setting up/ building of a library.




Are you a natural with kids? Want to help them get a great start in life? Volunteers are needed to help in Childcare Centres with children aged 3 to 5 in Romblon Province. You will work alongside the staff at the Centres to help with classroom teaching, basic childcare duties, and the daily running of the Daycare Centres. Volunteers will teach the alphabet and basic concepts like colours, shapes, sizes, days of the week. Volunteers are also encouraged to organize subjects of interest such as art and crafts, dance, music, sports or games. This program is suitable for a caring, motivated and self-directed person who has a love for children and experience with childcare. This program is not available during April and May due to school holidays (If applying for a March start date, please ensure your time does not run over into the closed period) .




Do you want to make a lasting impact on students who are hungry to learn? Are you happy to stand in front of a class and share your knowledge? Then you can help students in need. Due to the lack of teachers in the rural Philippines, children are struggling to get quality education. Volunteers are needed to teach elementary and high school students in public schools in Romblon Province. Subjects taught include English, maths, science, health, and basic computer skills (only in schools where computers are available). Volunteers have the chance to teach on their own, but there will be a local teacher available to assist if needed. This role is suitable for a caring, motivated, and self-directed person. A teaching qualification is not required but volunteers need to be confident in the above subjects and preferably have or be studying towards a university degree. This program is not available during April and May (If applying for a March start date, please ensure your time does not run over into the closed period).



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 12 years experience in placing 19517 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 12 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

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: 3 meals daily.
  • 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.


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Tell me more about the Philippines

Situated on the western edge of the Pacific Ocean, the Philippines is one of the major crossroads in the eastern hemisphere. It claims title to the second largest archipelago on the planet, with over 7,100 individual islands within its borders and it is home to over 100 ethnic groups and hundreds of language dialects. For hundreds of years the Philippines was a Spanish colony that was eventually given to the U.S. in 1898, following the Spanish-American War. In 1946, at the end of World War II, it finally attained total independence. Since the end of the dictatorial government of Ferdinand Marcos in 1986, the Philippines has been beset by divisive electoral problems and Muslim separatism in the South. For more information we suggest you purchase the Lonely Planet’s guide to Philippines.

What is the climate like in the Philippines?

The Philippines climate is tropical marine with hot and humid weather all year round. Although there are many regional variations the country can be divided into two seasons: wet and dry. The wet season (May to October) delivers heavy rains to most of the archipelago while the dry season (November to April) brings hot and humid air. Temperatures rarely rise above 37C with the average temperatures sitting at 20 to 32C. Mean annual sea-level temperatures rarely fall below 27C.

Tell me more about your partner organization in the Philippines

Our partner in the Philippines is a non-governmental organization and has been established since 2005. Their objective is to assist and develop local Filipino communities through environmentalism, education, integration, research and volunteerism. This is achieved through the establishment of programs and projects nationwide, assisting local communities with their basic needs that benefit the most number of its people - not the least of whom are its children and its poor, and the environment.

What kind of volunteer work is available?

Volunteer opportunities are in teaching, childcare, library and school building and maintenance programs. Your placement will be tailored according to individual requirements of the program and volunteers.

What age do I have to be to volunteer in this program?

Volunteers must be 18 years or over when they volunteer. There is no upper age limit, we only require volunteers to be in good health.
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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 Romblon community, focusing primarily on childcare, school children, schools and community buildings, promoting reading and the environment.

As a volunteer in the Philippines you can provide love, affection, education and support to children in childcare.  You will help to improve education and facilities in schools ensuring children learn and flourish.  You will also provide education, promote the importance of books and reading, inter-cultural exchange and understanding in Filipino communities.

What else can I do in the Philippines?

Volunteers are placed in a stunning island location and will have the opportunity during their free time to join in local festivities and visit neighboring islands.  Enjoy spending the night in a resort with a pool and spa facilities.  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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