Volunteer at an Orphanage in the Philippines


Philippines: Tacloban City


ELI works with several orphanages on Leyte Island. Each orphanage houses 45 to 100+ orphans, abandoned children, and runaways. While the orphanages do a wonderful job of providing the basics, orphans are deprived of many opportunities necessary for their development. Through education, individual attention, and compassion, children are empowered to challenge a life of further poverty and exploitation. Volunteers provide basic daily care for the children and are also encouraged to actively participate in programs such as health education, games, drawing and painting. With such a variety of ways to participate, the orphanage experience provides volunteers many meaningful ways to approach service.


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

2-4 weeks, 5-8 weeks, 9-12 weeks, 3-6 months (High School)


Throughout the year

Typical Duration of Program

5-8 weeks


throughout the year


No qualifications required.

Intern Types

  • Education
  • English as a Second Language
  • Family and Home Studies
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Sociology


  • English
  • Waray

Cost in US$:

Costs vary, please contact us for details

Cost Includes:

  • 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

  • Academic Reinforcement
  • Childcare/children
  • Community Centers
  • Education
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Orphans
  • Primary Education
  • Recreation
  • Secondary Education
  • Social Services, Social Work
  • Street Kids
  • Tutor
  • 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