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Volunteer for the Visayans

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Volunteer for the Visayans is a non-profit, established Non-Government Organization, CN200427692, that focuses on community development and international education. We are proud of our unique Asian culture and we invite the rest of the world to experience life from a Filipino’s perspective and experience living in a country burdened by economic hardships, yet still optimistic about the country’s existence! Our international volunteers immerse themselves in a culture foreign to their own, while educating the local community about the western world. In addition to placing foreign volunteers in community projects, Volunteer for the Visayans is also dedicated to raising funds for local projects. Currently, we are focused on working with the City Social Welfare Office and helping to support a new facility under construction which will be used to house the street children. We collect donations and basic necessities such as used clothing, to distribute to these children. Volunteer for the Visayans collects educational resources to distribute to rural schools where basic books and school supplies are not available.

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  • Cangumbang - a touching and powerful experience.

    Travel Journal from Philippines Tacloban City, Philippines | Fri May 06, 2005

    I never could imagine, beyond my deepest and farthest thoughts, how fortunate school children in developed countries are in comparison to those in under-developed nations. I knew a huge gap existed, from hearing painful stories from my mom to seeing it on tv or reading about it. But i never knew, when i arrived at Cangumbang elementary school in Palo, Leyte PI, that the evidence of the disparity between rich …

    Allan420th
    Teaching at Cangumbang

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    Volunteer Frequently Asked Questions

    A list of frequently asked questions by applying volunteers.

    Topic FAQ's

    Started by frankie, 0 Reply

    1. Is the Philippines safe?

    The Philippines is one of the most beautiful and friendliest countries you will ever visit. There have been isolated incidents in some parts of the country but it is generally safe for travelers. And as with any other country, tourists and visitors must always take precautions when traveling abroad.

    2. What are the living arrangements like in the Philippines?

    Volunteers will be placed with ordinary Filipino families that we have carefully selected to host our international volunteers. Living arrangements will be simple. Volunteers will have their own room but most houses only have one “C.R.” (bathroom) for the family. Most placements will have electricity but in the rural villages their will be no running water.

    3. Can I extend my stay if I decide I want to stay longer?

    Yes! If you decide to lengthen your stay, you can easily extend your visa for up to 59 days. After the 59 days you can extend again for a smaller fee.

    4. What vaccinations do I need for the Philippines?

    We advise that all our volunteers have a travel consultation a few months prior to traveling to the Philippines, to assess what vaccinations you are up to date with and which ones you will need for the Philippines. Malaria is not a concern in Leyte, but if you plan on traveling to other areas of the Philippines, you may want to bring some anti-malarial tablets for your travels. We recommend that our volunteers be up to date with Typhoid, Tuberculosis, Hepatitis A, and Hepatitis B.

    5. Can I come with a friend?

    We can accommodate friends or partners that want to volunteer together. We can’t guarantee that we’ll place you in the same homestay but you will live in close vicinity from one another.

    6. Is it ok if I am a vegetarian?

    Filipinos eat a lot of meat and fish in their diet. It may be more challenging for vegetarians to live in the Philippines but it’s easy to find fruits, vegetables, rice, and eggs.

    7. Are all nationalities welcome?

    Yes. We have had volunteers from all over the world and welcome anyone who is interested in experiencing life in the Philippines.

    8. Will I be met at the airport?

    Our local staff will greet you at the airport when you arrive. Make sure you send us your flight itinerary before you leave so we know when you will arrive.

    9. How long can I volunteer for?

    We can accommodate volunteers from 2 weeks to 6 months. For longer placements, it will be necessary to extend your visa once you are here.

    10. Will I be able to communicate with the locals in my placement?

    Waray-Waray is the local dialect of northern Leyte. English is taught in the schools starting in grade one, so most people can understand and speak English very well.

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