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.