Philippines: Makati City, Manila, Paranaque City and 3 other cities
1-2 weeks, 2-4 weeks, 5-8 weeks, 9-12 weeks, 3-6 months (includes high school academic semester abroad)
Typical Duration of Program
All year round except the months of April and May for teaching volunteers
The Center for Volunteerism in the Philippines (CERV-Philippines) offers volunteerism opportunities in Metropolitan Manila and the province of Romblon in the areas of health, education and the environment.
Come to the lovely islands of the Philippines, experience the warmth of their people, and help uplift their lives. In return, we promise you heart-warming and enriching experiences that come only from the satisfaction of helping people in need.
Ways to Volunteer
1) Teaching Programs:
Day Care Centres
Volunteers teach children ages 4 to 6 in a day care centre for 2 to 4 hours a day. They will teach children the alphabet and basic concepts like colours, shapes, sizes, days of the week, and the like through songs, stories and play. This program is not available during April and May.
Elementary and High School:
Volunteers on the program teach elementary and high school students in public schools for two to four hours a day. Subjects taught include English, maths, science, health, and basic computer skills (only in schools where computers are available). Volunteers may teach on their own but there will be a local teacher available to assist. This program is not available during April and May.
2) Health Program:
Medically-trained volunteers may help in community health centres and hospitals, and may perform medical tasks depending on their skills and qualifications. They may also conduct trainings and workshops to train the people on hygiene, health care, reproductive health care, first-aid, and other health concerns. Volunteers may also help set up clinics in public schools and train teachers and students to become effective health officers and clinic custodians. Only volunteers who are in their final year of study or who are professional doctors or nurses can participate in the Health Program. Health volunteers will be asked to live and immerse themselves in the communities where they will conduct medical missions, especially in the rural placements.
3) School Building and Maintenance Program
Volunteers on the program will be doing manual tasks of building. Their time will be spent repairing school buildings, painting roofs, walls, chalkboards, desks, teaching aids and other equipment. Volunteers may help in the installation of water pumps. Volunteers may also help in setting up of libraries. Volunteers can spend up to one month on the School Building and Maintenance Program. If volunteers want to stay on the program longer, they can elect to combine their time with two or three programs.
4) Environment Programs:
First, volunteers operate a nursery for the propagation of mangrove seedlings. Second, they help reforest mangrove sites by planting. Third, they also help in implementing the marine sanctuary project with regular patrols, beach clean-ups and education on the needs and benefits of the project.
- Be 18 years or older
- Have no major health problems
- Possess genuine openness to different cultures, sensibilities and conditions
- College degree for teaching volunteers in elementary and high school
- Health science (medicine, nursing, midwifery, etc.) student or practitioner for health volunteers
- Relevant experience required for Counselling Program
From USD 732 for 2 weeks, USD 847 for 4 weeks, and so on. Please contact us for info.
CERV Volunteers come because of goodwill and the genuine desire to be of help to their fellow men and women. They help in education, health and environment without thoughts for personal gain. They embrace cultural differences, are willing to perform outside their comfort zones, and work guided by the thought their volunteers programs are what they make of it.
18 to 70
Worldwide Participants. This Program is also open to Families, Couples and Individuals.
One (1) day
To connect international volunteers with communities in need. By bringing international goodwill to these communities, the people's quality of life is uplifted and the volunteer's life is enhanced. Our programs include school repair and enhancement, community library, teaching, and children (day care).