Volunteering in the Philippines with Projects Abroad
With over 7000 islands set apart geographically and culturally from main-land Asia as well as its history of Spanish rule, the Philippines offer a unique Asian experience. Projects started in spring 2013 and are available for anyone interested in volunteering in the developing world; whether you are on a gap year, a summer placement, or a career break.
Where we are Based in The Philippines
Projects Abroad is based in two locations on Cebu Island, part of the Visayan Islands region. Volunteers live with local host families in Bogo City or San Remigio.
General Information on the Philippines
The Philippines lie to the west of the North Pacific Ocean, with its closest neighbours being Taiwan to the north, Vietnam to the west and Borneo to the south.
Bogo City is home to over 90,000 people in the province of Cebu. Bogo is located to the northeastern coast of the mainland Cebu. San Remigio, meanwhile, is a neighboring municipality of Bogo City, situated in the northern part of Cebu. It is 15 kilometres away from Bogo City, where the Projects Abroad Philippines office is based.
Cebu is one of the most developed provinces in the Philippines, with Cebu City as the main center of commerce, trade, education, and industry in the Visayas. Much of Cebu has developed rapidly over recent years and some areas downtown and on the seafront are modern and developed, other areas remain home to poverty-stricken Filipinos and migrants from all over the region.
Travel and Tourism in the Philippines
In Cebu City itself you can explore the traditional Carbon produce market or embrace the vast Americanised modern malls, with cinemas and bars. Or visit Fort San Pedro and Magellan's Cross to learn about the Spanish conquest. The Spanish influence is also felt in the regular fiestas and street parades, the highlight of which is the Sinulog Festival, a nine day Mardi Gras style party at the end of January.
On Cebu Island the beaches in the north and southwest offer the classic combination of white sand and clear seas with spectacular diving or snorkelling. For more remote beaches the idyllic offshore islands of Bantayan and Malapascua are easily accessible for weekend trips.
If you have more travel time, the Philippines has endless possibilities for island hopping - if you tried to visit every island in the country at a rate of one per day, you'd be travelling for over 20 years! Our local staff will be able to advise you on narrowing down the options.
The rest of Southeast Asia is only a short flight away and with Cebu City having an international airport and many budget airlines offering bargain flights, travelling on to countries like Thailand, Vietnam or Indonesia is easy.
Projects available in Philippines
Volunteer on a Building project in the Philippines and help local builders to construct much-needed sanitation facilities in the San Remigio municipality.
Volunteer in a care centre or kindergarten on the beautiful island of Cebu. Help children with homework, teach them new games and even help them with some informal English lessons.
Interns work alongside a senior DJ/anchor on a variety of tasks such as reporting weather updates and showbiz news, writing scripts for commercials and assisting with music editing.
Work alongside highly skilled doctors and nurses in hospitals and health centres in Bogo City. You will have the opportunity to work in a variety of departments.
Volunteer on our Occupational Therapy placement in the Philippines and gain valuable experience helping disabled people with their rehabilitation.
Work with disabled patients during house-to-house visits and gatherings in community centres during your volunteer physiotherapy placement in the Philippines.
Make a difference to children and adults who struggle to access healthcare or afford the treatments in the Philippines.
Volunteers help increase school children's fitness levels and encourage them to develop a lasting habit for staying active and playing various sports throughout their lives.
Work with young and disadvantaged children in primary and secondary schools in Bogo City. Tourism is one of the largest employment areas here, making speaking English a desirable skill.
Short-term specials for 16 to 19 year olds available in Philippines
Help build, paint and refurbish schools and houses in underprivileged communities affected by Typhoon Haiyan in San Remigio and Bogo City, Cebu
This Public Health project is a unique project, based in and around the city of Bogo. This project is designed to give volunteers the opportunity to work in a community health setting and is focused on the importance of health campaigns and outreach work in the local communities.