Social Welfare Projects in the Philippines

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Philippines: Tacloban City


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.

Program Duration

5-8 Week, 9-12 Week, 3-6 Month


Throughout the year


throughout the year

Intern Types

  • Admin (Health Services)
  • Counseling
  • Food Science and Nutrition
  • Health Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Social Work


  • English
  • Waray

Cost in US$:

Costs vary, please contact us for details

Cost Includes:

  • Excursions
  • Food
  • Housing
  • In-country orientation/Training
  • In-country staff support
  • Written materials pre-departure

Program Fees Include:

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.

Experience Required


Volunteer Types

  • Adult Education
  • Community Development
  • Community Health
  • Community Organizing
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • English Teaching
  • Family Planning
  • Home Visit
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Office Work
  • Orphans
  • Popular Education
  • Social Services, Social Work
  • Street Kids
  • Women
  • Youth
  • Youth Development

Typical Volunteer

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.

Age Range

18 and older

This Program is open to

Worldwide Participants. This Program is also open to Couples and Individuals.

Typical Living Arrangements

  • Home-stays

Participants Travel


Typically Participants Work


Application Process Involves

  • Online Application
  • Other
  • Resume
  • Written Application