Volunteer at a Women's Shelter in the Philippines
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Volunteer at a Women's Shelter in the Philippines

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Program Summary

Volunteer at a women's shelter in the Philippines and help promote female empowerment to some of the most disadvantaged and abused women in Filipino society.

Issues such as domestic abuse, trafficking, and abandonment can leave many women in the Philippines feeling isolated and despondent. Many situations are not brought to the attention of authorities; however, the women at the shelter have been referred to the court and placed in the program for their safety and to receive rehabilitative services.

Volunteer for the Visayans works in partnership with the shelter to assign international volunteers to assist the shelter's social services staff to help the client develop a support system, strengthen problem-solving and coping skills, and develop livelihood skills.

By volunteering at the shelter, volunteers not only assist the shelter staff with day-to-day activities, but also have the opportunity to conduct empowerment activities, such as livelihood development and skills training.

It is beneficial to ...


Philippines: Ormoc, Tacloban City


  • Education
  • Recreation
  • Women

Program Duration

2-4 Weeks, 5-8 Weeks, 9-12 Weeks, 3-6 Months, 7-12 Months

Year(s) Offered

Project Open All Year

Participation Guidelines

Worldwide Participants.

Cost in USD per week

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Program Includes:

What's Included: Airport Reception, Accommodation with local host family, 2 meals a day (breakfast and dinner), 24 hour local staff support, orientation, Crash courses in the local dialect Waray Waray.

What's Not Included: International or Domestic Airfares, Insurance or Visas.

Accommodation Options

  • Home-stays

Experience Required



No formal training is required though it is important that volunteers be compassionate, non-judgmental, and adaptable. Prospective volunteers who have experienced similar childhood trauma should have received counseling for themselves as working in this type of setting may result in the surfacing of painful, unresolved personal issues. Only female volunteers are accepted.

Application Procedures

  • Resume
  • Online Application

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