Volunteer in Philippines


Join projects in teaching, childcare, and medical 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 and around Tacloban, on Leyte island. 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 + $495 per week (for the first four weeks of placement), and $200 per week after this. This includes accommodation, meals (as specified below), coordination, supervision, training, airport pick up and it is due at least 10 weeks prior to your arrival.

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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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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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. Please note that this program has a 4 week minimum commitment and spots fill up quickly. This project is located in Ormoc city which is about 2 hours away from Tacloban.

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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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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 20158 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

GVN Projects: Only $250 application fee + $495 per week (for the first four weeks of placement), and $200 per week after this. This includes accommodation, meals (as specified below), coordination, supervision, training, airport pick up and it is due at least 10 weeks prior to your arrival. due date.

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 e-mail.


  • 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 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 working in the Tacloban region for over 10 years. Their objective is to assist and develop local communities through  education, integration and volunteerism. This is achieved through the establishment of programs and projects aimed at assisting local communities with their basic needs that benefit the most number of its people.

What kind of volunteer work is available?

Volunteer opportunities are available in teaching, supporting street children and vulnerable women, health, nutrition and as a media intern. There are also a variety of side-projects that volunteers are encouraged to become involved with.

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

Volunteers must be 18 years or over when they volunteer (some projects are only available for those 20 or older). 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 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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