|Volunteer Abroad on Leyte Island, Philippines: Volunteering Opportunities
Volunteer Abroad in Tanauan, Philippines: The coastal town of Tanauan got its name from a towering Molave tree that served as a look-out tower, “tan-awan” in the local dialect. A look-out would watch for the feared Moro pirates who would every now and then plunder and loot the settlements along the coast of Leyte.
Tanauan is a rural setting located about 45 minutes from the city of Tacloban. The majority of the town, population about 48,000, is centered around agriculture. About 90% of the workforce is involved in growing crops (palay, coconut, vegetables, bananas & root crops) and fishing. Although a rural setting, the town has electricity and access to clean water, as well as a bank, primary and high schools, a large market place and communication facilities.
Our projects in Tanauna support the local children; orphans, street children and teaching opportunities at various levels. Healthcare professionals are welcome to assist the overburdened rural clinic and learn about medicine in a third world country.
Our volunteer programs Tanaun support orphans and education of children in rural communities. With our volunteer program in Tanaun we allow you to discover the wonders of the Leyte area, while doing meaningful and rewarding community work. Volunteering in the Philippines is a great opportunity to explore life in a friendly third world country, live and work amongst the locals and realize one person can make a difference.
We offer the following programs in Tanauan:
Orphanage/Child Care Assistance
Program Length: From 1 to 20 weeks
Accommodations: Local Host Family
Meals: Breakfast and dinner daily, including farewell dinner Program Date: Flexible Start & End Date
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8 hour per day
Requirements: 17 years and up, open-mindedness to new adventures
Volunteer in a local orphanage or community children centers. Each orphanage houses between 45 to 100 abandoned and unwanted children. All these children have come from poor families and many have suffered from malnutrition or neglect.
The children thrive on the attention and love our volunteers can share with them. Volunteers are free to tutor the children, organize arts and crafts or sports activities, and help out with basic chores such as feeding the kids, and folding laundry.
This is a meaningful way to learn first hand the hardship most children in the world face, and give back to the underprivileged children growing up in a Third World country. Prior experience not necessary, volunteers should have a lot of patience, an open mind and a sense of adventure. Teaching English:
Volunteers support local primary and secondary schools in the town and surrounding rural areas that provides free education to orphans and vulnerable children.
Native English speakers are needed to assist the local teachers in teaching English and other subjects. The classes are conducted five days a week, in morning and afternoon sessions. The school year runs from the beginning of June through the end of March (school is closed April and May, and three weeks in December) Prior experience is not required, guidance will be provided as to what subjects to cover, but volunteer teachers will be expected to help prepare lessons. Bringing teaching aids (flash cards, picture books, alphabet and number games, maps) with you is highly recommended, and needed. Street Kids/Youth Program:
Volunteer at a shelter for street kids and disadvantaged youth. Most children who have settled on the streets have families of their own but turn to the streets in search of food. Glue sniffing, known as "rugby" is a common addiction amongst the street children who turn to this drug to suppress their hunger pains.
Volunteers can assist the Social Welfare Office in helping to give the simple things these children lack in life, such as compassion, trust, love, education and food. This project aims to take these youth off the streets by training them to be self-reliant or self-employed through education, support and counseling. The project addresses social and physical issues affecting youth, such as gender, reproductive health, and drug abuse through counseling and education. Volunteers help initiate talks about the existence of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections. Prior experience not required, just a caring heart for these disadvantaged children. Health Care Program
Volunteers with medical experience are placed in a community health clinic that sees over 300 patients – with limited supplies and medical equipment. There is a wide variety of cases but disease such as malaria, TB are common as wells as cold, cough and fever. Malnourishment in children and adults is prevalent throughout the towns. This is a very hands-on project, so prior medical experience is required.
Volunteers with medical training; doctors, nurses, paramedics, lab technicians participate in direct patient care such as diagnosing, injections, IV starts and lab work.. Nursing and medical students are welcome and assist with tasks like dressing wounds, record and immunization chart keeping, helping dispense medications, helping to screen and organize patients and assisting with administrative needs or seminars. *Medical volunteers must submit a copy of their credentials or nursing certificate. Program Includes:
Accommodation with a local host family, private bedroom, shared bathroom.Breakfast and dinner daily. Airport pick up and drop off in Tacloban City.Our local Project Coordinators will provide full orientation, including basic language and cultural classes and tour of Tacloban City.
Two organized weekend excursions to local sites, and a farewell dinner.
The project coordinator is available 24/7 in case of emergency, health-related or otherwise. They can assist in arranging sightseeing excursion before, during or after the volunteer program. Locations pages: Tacloban Tanauan Olango Island
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