1557 Ogden St. Suite 5 Denver, CO 80218 United States
Philippines: Tacloban City
Throughout the year
5-8 weeks, 9-12 weeks, 3-6 months (includes high school academic semester abroad)
Typical Duration of Program
throughout the year
The Department of Social Welfare and Development is an active Philippine government agency helping underprivileged children, families, the elderly and the disabled in Tacloban City and the surrounding area. Volunteers can be involved with after-school programs, adult education, computer training for teenagers and street children and other valuable programs. These are just a few of the specific needs in the Social Welfare Office. Other volunteers with an interest and motivation in helping and working with the people of the community can help with other ongoing projects. This is a very unique experience to learn about governmental programs in a developing country as well as meet hard working social workers, educators and community leaders.
The Philippines has been described as one of the world's best-kept secrets: this nation of 7,000 tropical islands offers pristine white beaches, turquoise waters, ancient rice terraces, virgin rainforests, volcanoes and some of the friendliest people in Asia. Explore this magical place and its diverse culture through an ELI volunteer placement on the historic island of Leyte.
All ELI Programs are set up on a completely individual basis according to the interests and skills of each participant and the current needs of the local organizations we work with.
Participants in the ELI programs experience the famous hospitality of the Philippines through staying with a local host family.
Costs vary, please contact us for details
Pre-departure Support: ELI's expert staff will be happy to assist you with planning your trip
Airport Pickup: Participants are met when they arrive at the airport in Tacloban and brought to their homestay
In-Country Orientation: Each program starts with a 2-3 day orientation to help participants get their feet on the ground and able to navigate the island.
In-country Staff Support: ELI's coordinator in the Philippines has years of experience working with Volunteers She is very resourceful and on call 24/7 in case of emergency.
Accommodations: Participants stay in with local host families and experience the warm hospitality of the Philippines and are provided with home cooked meals.
There is no typical ELI volunteer. We work with people from all over the world and a variety of backgrounds. ELI has placed volunteers ranging in age from 18-81. Successful volunteers are flexible, upbeat, energetic, and inquisitive.
18 and older
Worldwide Participants. This Program is also open to Couples and Individuals.
ELI's full name, Experiential Learning International, reflects our philosophy. We believe that the most compelling life lessons come through experience, and that international experiences are among the most profound influences on our sense of self and our view of the world. ELI facilitates flexible international learning programs for independent travelers by partnering with local organizations to give participants the opportunity to experience and contribute to sustainable ongoing local projects throughout the world.