Volunteer in Cebu, The Philippines with WLS International

WLS international provides volunteer abroad programs in the Philippines. The volunteer projects in Cebu connect international volunteers with service opportunities in poor communities. The volunteering programs allow volunteers to make a real difference in poor communities by supporting the community development projects that benefit the local children in poor areas around Cebu city. Staying in a homestay with a Filipino family will enhance your experience of immersing yourself into the local culture. The Philippines is becoming one of the most popular travel destinations in Asia. The beauty of the country and the friendly Filipino people make this an amazing travel destination. It is also very much a developing nation that is in need of lots of help and so international volunteers can make a valuable contribution by volunteering in this wonderful country.

 

 

The Philippines is truly a unique jewel in Southeast Asia with many natural wonders and sights and with the wonderful local Filipino people who are known for their hospitality and friendliness. Unfortunately poverty remains a significant problem in The Philippines. Around one in three Filipinos live below the poverty line.

Typhoon Haiyan also caused a lot of damage in the areas where we organise our programs. The damage was mainly material damage to houses and buildings which means these already very poor people had to rebuild their houses. Fortunately, besides the damage to buildings and houses, all the children and staff involved in our projects were fine after typhoon Haiyan.

Location: Cebu, The Philippines
Start Dates: Start every Monday throughout the year
Arrival and Departure : Cebu International Airport
Accommodation : Homestay in a Single Room

 

Where is the Program located?

The program is based in Mandaue which is located next to Cebu City. Cebu Island is part of the Visayans Islands. Cebu city is the second largest city in the country and has seen rapid development over the recent years. It is a very lively and cosmopolitan city. The area is unfortunately also the home of poverty stricken Filipinos both locally and migrants who come from different areas to find a better future but find themselves in poverty instead.

On weekends, you can travel and explore this beautiful country. There are many things to visit and to explore during your time off in the evening or on weekends such as visiting downtown Cebu City, go to the shopping mall, enjoy the beautiful beaches or go island hopping.

Besides providing valuable help and assistance to the projects and the children in the Philippines, volunteers gain personal experience and valuable new skills while joining the program. You will be able to gain a new understanding and perspective of the world, develop new friendships with local people and international volunteers.

 

 

 

About the Program

Situated on the western edge of the Pacific Ocean, the Philippines diverse cultural history makes the Philippines one of the most fascinating destinations in Asia. Filipinos are some of the friendliest people you are ever likely to meet and travel in the Philippines has much to offer the traveller: stunning scenery, excellent diving and beautiful beaches. Our program will allow you to be part of a meaningful community project whilst also discovering local culture and people of the Philippines. It is a fantastic way to make a difference and totally immerse yourself into the local Filipino culture.

Our program in the Philippines is very flexible as you can start every Monday throughout the year. The arrival is on the Sunday before your start date. You can join the program from 1 week up to 4 weeks. All your meals are included in the program. Also your transport from the homestay to the project daily and back is included in the program price.

You need to fly into the international airport of Cebu on the weekend before your start date where you will be picked up from the airport. The transportation from the airport, daily transport from your accommodation to the volunteer project as well as all your meals are included in the program. At the end of your program you will also be taken back to the airport.

Our community project is located in the Cebu City area in the municipalities of Mandaue. There you will be supporting the education of poor children from the surrounding areas. The poverty experienced in this area is not just a lack of money but also the inability to access basic needs such as food as well as basic education for all of its children. Many of these children are too poor to go to school so the eduction we give them is the only education they receive. The projects also provide free meals for these children during the community projects.

 

About the Accommodation and Meals

Volunteers stay in a Homestay accommodation in a Single Room during their program. Staying with a local Filipino family is a great way to get to know the Filipino culture and to experience the Filipino hospitality. Volunteers have loved staying there because the family is very friendly and welcoming. The homestay is located in Liloan, just north of Cebu City.

All volunteers stay with the same homestay family. Volunteers have loved staying there because the family is very friendly and welcoming. The volunteers have their own area with single bedrooms and a sitting area. All volunteers will have their own room.

All meals are included in the program. You will have breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout your program with the homestay family. Vegetarian meals are available.

 

 

About the Volunteering Project

Our programs allow you to take part in meaningful community service work, while discovering the people, sights of the Philippines. Volunteering in the Philippines is a way to totally immerse you in Filipino culture. This is a great opportunity to learn a new culture from the inside out and discover that one person really can make a difference. With the help of volunteer projects those children in greatest need can look forward to a better future.

Looking for plastics and other recyclable items at the city dump is daily life for many of these children. Many of these children are also malnourished. And most do not attend school. The children work at the dumpsite to supplement their family’s income so they can survive. The work is hard and dangerous, and the stench of decaying material permeates the area.

Many of these children have almost nothing and they have to live at the dumpsite where the family collect rubbish in order to make a living. A proper meal and eduction is often not available for these children. Many of these kids can not go to school because their parents can not afford to send them to school so the only education they receive us through our programs. As a volunteer in the Philippines you can provide love, education and support to children. You will help to improve their education ensuring children learn and flourish.

At the dumpsite WLS International has recently build a small local school where our volunteers teach English to the dump site children. The school where you will be volunteering is located in Mandaue City. Families and children live next to the dumpsite and this is where WLS International has build a small local school so that the local children can have an education and meals from us. We also donate school materials to the children and provide the children with a meal which for some of these children is the only proper meal they get during the day.

 

 

Volunteers will get the opportunity to participate in this very rewarding community service. Many of these children have almost nothing and they have to live at the dumpsite where the family collect rubbish in order to make a living. A proper meal and eduction is often not available for these children. Many of these kids can not go to school because their parents can not afford to send them to school so the only education they receive us through our programs. As a volunteer in the Philippines you can provide love, education and support to children. You will help to improve their education ensuring children learn and flourish.

Many children do not get any education at all except for the lessons we provide them. We teach them reading and writing and English. We also provide the children with a meal which for some of these children is the only proper meal they get during the day.

Not only will you be teaching English and possibly other subjects such as math and writing, we also provide meals for all the children in the classes after their lessons. The poor kids in these communities not only have a lack of education but also have a lack of food and school materials, which we also provide as part of our program. You will also be helping in preparing meals, cooking and serving the food to the children after their lessons. A very worthwhile and fantastic experience for you as volunteer.

Looking for plastics and other recyclable items at the city dump is daily life for many of these children. Many of these children are also malnourished. And most do not attend school. The children work at the dumpsite to supplement their family's income so they can survive. The work is hard and dangerous, and the stench of decaying material permeates the area.

 

 

Program Requirements

Volunteers need to be minimum 17 years old to join the program. There are no specific qualifications needed to join the volunteer program in The Philippines. Volunteers are expected to be motivated, flexible and patient as well as possess a passion and love for children.

Weekly Itinerary
Sunday
Arrival at Cebu International Airport where you will be picked up from the airport and taken to the homestay accommodation by the coordinator. You can relax from your journey and get to know the homestay family. The coordinator will show you around the area, take you to the mall nearby and the local beach. Depending on what time you arrive this might also be done the next day.
Monday to Friday
You start with your breakfast in the volunteer accommodation at 8.30. Then you prepare to leave for your volunteer work at the projects. You start to prepare your English lessons and other subjects such as teaching the kids to write or basic math. At 10.00 you leave to go to the project. The projects are community projects where we go into poor communities to give free lessons and free food to children from poor backgrounds. These children are so lovely and eager to learn and very happy for the help they receive. These children are often too poor to go to school so this is the only education they receive. They are also lacking in proper nutrition so we give a good meal and drinks to all the children. Volunteers will be teaching English lessons and other subjects such as teaching the children to read and write and basic math. Volunteers also help to check the homework of the children. Besides the teaching, volunteers help with the preparation, cooking and the serving of the meals to the children. This involves chopping the vegetables vegetables, cooking and serving the food to the children. In the evening volunteers can relax, go to the mall or go to the local beach.
Weekend
Volunteers have free time to explore the area or to do activities such as island hopping.

flickrClick here for pictures of this program on Flickr

 

Things To Do

On weekends, you can travel and explore this beautiful country. There are many things to visit and to explore during your time off in the evening or on weekends such as visiting downtown Cebu City, go to the shopping mall, enjoy the beautiful beaches or go island hopping.

A few minutes from the homestay is the SM City Consolacion Mall.

Also very close to the homestay is the famous Papa Kits Marina

http://papakitsmarina.com

 

 

 

Prices of the Program

Prices
US$
GBP
EUR
1 week
585
395
465
2 weeks
780
535
625
3 weeks
975
665
780
4 weeks
1165
795
930

 

What's included:

• Volunteer Placement
• Pre-departure support
• Airport pickup
at the start of your program
• Airport drop off at the end of your program
• Homestay Accommodation in a Single Room
• Transport from the homestay to your project and back is included
• All Meals are included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
• Support : From the very beginning to the end of the project your local Coordinator will coordinate your program and support you during your program.
• Emergency Support : We provide volunteers with the mobile phone of your local coordinator so that volunteers and their family members can contact our coordinator in the event of an emergency or crisis.
• Pre-departure information : We help you with any questions that you have regarding your program before you leave.

What's not included : international flight, travel insurance and visa.

 

Why book your volunteering program with us?

• Not-for-profit program fees
WLS International is a not-for-profit volunteering organization which means that your program fees are used not to make profit but to organize your program, to help local communities in need in Asia and to inspire more volunteer to work abroad. Fee levels are set to match costs on a non-profit basis and any surplus money is distributed to the projects in Asia we work with.
• Specialist for volunteer projects in Asia
We have been focusing only on Asia for 10 years where we are one of the leading volunteer organizations. We are committed to promoting cross-cultural awareness and helping communities who need help in developing countries in Asia.
• All-in program fees with no extra charges
With our programs there is only one price to pay which includes everything. There are no extra fees. No extra registration fee, no extra application fee, no extra administration fee and no extra credit card fee as is the case with many other organizations offering similar programs.

 

How to book?

For the booking details click here. Booking this program starts by filling out the online application form. Participants are encouraged to submit their applications as far in advance as possible as places are limited. Late applications however are welcome up to 2 weeks before your start date. We will get back to you within 48 hours to let you know if you have been accepted to our program.

Got any questions? Contact us now and ask our team!

 

 

Testimonial

We had an amazing time teaching and interacting with the kids. They were absolutely adorable and seeing the smiles on their faces is exactly what we came for. The coordinators are some of the nicest people we have ever met. They were more then accommodating and took great care of us. We felt very safe and are grateful we got the chance to meet them. It was a great week and we are very happy we got the chance to participate in this project.
Julia Fisher & Maegen Roset
Canada

 

Testimonial

It's a great program! The children love to learn and it's nice to see them enjoying the meals we prepare for them. I was new at teaching and the coordinator helped me to get started and I ended up loving it. I truly enjoyed my time in The Philippines. It was an experience I will never forget.
Marianne Van Camp
Belgium

 

Testimonial

The program was a great experience for me. I had a fortunate childhood and I was given a good education which is why I wanted to see and help children who have a very different up bringing. I have learnt a lot about poverty and the Filipino culture. The kids I taught were very smart and happy. They were very willing to learn which was amazing.
Kate Darling
Australia

 

Testimonial

I spent just over a week volunteering in a school in a poor neighborhood on the outskirts of Cebu City, Philippines. Although it was neither my first experience with volunteering nor with poverty living it everyday allowed me to understand the economics, the values, and the day-to-day life of people living and raising a family in a developing country. Saying goodbye to these kids was especially hard. The thing is, it was simple to make the promise not to forget about them; they changed my life.
Anneliese Niebauer
USA

 

Testimonial

I loved it there, enjoyed every second of everyday because they were so welcoming and loving to me. They made me feel at home all the time. The best experience I had was my whole stay there, meeting my host family and meeting the children from the dump site is a memory I will always keep in my heart. It was emotional to see the children in poverty and as well as their family. An eye opening experience for me. My reason to get up everyday were the children that lived in the dump site. To see that their parents would rush and chase the dump trucks just so they could grab every bit of item that needs recycling and selling was heart breaking for me. Reality slapped me in the face, to face this side of Philippines is something I will keep in my mind all the time because when you’re back at home and you compare the problems you have to theirs. It really is disheartening. The coordinators were awesome, in fact I connected so well with them all especially their family. They treated me like their own daughter and vice versa, I treated them like my own parents. This was such a rewarding experience and I will recommend this program to my friends and family. Thank you so much for this opportunity.
Kathleen
Australia

 

Testimonial

The quality of this program is shown by the way this program has a direct impact on the lives of the children. The coordinator was great in assisting us with working at the dump site. She helped us understand the situation of the kids and was always there for us. This program gives you the real life experience of poverty in Cebu. You experience the heart beat of the streets, the markets and the people that make Cebu what it is. Learning about the every day lives of the people at the homestay gives a more complete picture of Cebu.
Damien Hawes
Australia