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1 Credit Point, Not for Credit
Preference will be given to students doing the program for credit.
Philippines Volunteering Program T2
Community volunteering doesn’t get more rewarding than this. On the island of Leyte, a one hour flight southeast of Manila, a community development project has been established just outside the capital city of Tacloban. At the very heart of the program you are needed to help staff at the local community centre based in a housing project outside Tacloban. The centre is the lifeblood of the community and provides vital support for the local people. Many locals rely on its resources, and generous volunteers, for help in supporting and bringing up their families. Deakin students, in partnership with CIS Australia, have been attending this program since 2014 and have become a welcomed addition to the community centre twice each year. Here is some of what past participants have told us:
"Be open minded, seek experiences and interact with locals, you may never want to leave" - Ebonee
"The best part of the program is living like a local and experiencing the culture of the Philippines" - Kahla
If you’re a dynamic and adaptable person who enjoys engaging in a wide variety of tasks you will definitely find this project rewarding. Day to day, volunteers will partake in an array of activities. You could be working in the following areas:
Rural Health Clinic
Tasks could include:
Develop and offer social welfare services for kids from disadvantaged backgrounds
Teaching and/or teacher assistance at a local school - teaching English
Assist with community nutritional programs
Assist with a local micro-financing project for low income mothers
Provide assistance with supplementary feeding for malnourished pre-school children
Assist with community centre projects – help build local community centres so the local people have a place to gather and shelter in floods and poor weather conditions
You will be closely supervised by the very friendly team of local staff.
Volunteers can also help with a number of other community development projects ranging from assisting with the development of a project which aims to rehabilitate children who are working, or have previously worked in the Tacloban City rubbish-tip. If you have skills that will assist with any one particular project, those skills will be put to good use, however, as long as you have the drive to help a community in need, your participation will be valued. The diversification of activities on the project is a unique aspect.
Dates: June 17th - July 7th 2018
Working Hours: Monday to Friday 8am-1pm or earlier if you elect to assist with breakfast
Location: Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines
Project Duration: 3 weeks
Accommodation: homestay with local families (a highlight for many past participants)
Support: 24 hour support from on-site coordinator and project leaders
You will also have enough personal time in the afternoons and on the weekends to enjoy your own beach trips, to attend special events or services with your host family or visit the other community projects in surrounding areas. Our on-site staff can assist you in planning or deciding on other fun sites to see and explore while you are in the Philippines.
Tacloban, or simply referred to as Tacloban City is a 1st class highly urbanized city in the Philippines. It serves as the regional center of the region of Eastern Visayas.
The Philippines is a Southeast Asian country in the Western Pacific, comprising more than 7,000 islands and a population of 103.3 million people.
Philippines is the unofficial zipline capital of the world.
Participation in volunteering programs is open to all undergraduate students. Preference will be given to students doing the program for credit.
The following approved units are on offer: MWL201 - Community Based Volunteering APE201 - Individual Professional Project
Please note, a $500 deposit is due for payment to CIS Australia, 2 weeks after you have been issued their “Program Offer” letter.
The Final Payment is due: TBC
The Program fee includes:
Airport Transfers within Tacloban City
Accommodation for the length of the program with local host family
On-Site Orientation and Local Site Director support
24/7 Emergency Support
Two Local Excursions
Tacloban City Tour
Two Meals a day (Breakfast and Dinner )
Comprehensive Pre-Departure Guide, cultural information sessions from experienced staff and advising from the project team
The Program fee does not include:
Passport & Visa fees
Personal activities, additional to the itinerary
OS- HELP loan
Overseas Student HELP loans (OS-HELP) are provided by the Commonwealth government to eligible HECS-HELP students undertaking various international experiences for credit. This loan is added to your HELP debt and can be up to $6,665.
The following link will provide more information on the OS-Help
Youth Allowance and Austudy
If you are currently receiving Youth Allowance or Austudy you can continue to receive payments while studying overseas as long you have a full time study load for the year. The following link will provide more information on the Youth Allowance or Austudy
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