Community Development in the Philippines, 29 October - 18 November 2017
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. Currently there are 10 confirmed placements in the following areas:
- Rural Health Clinic
- Social Welfare
- Nutrition Program
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.
Help with day to day operations in the community development centre - administration, playtime activities, after school tutorials, help with daily feeding of community children and assist with a significant range of local community projects.
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
Total Cost: $2398.00
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 29 September 2017
Please note program deposits are non-refundable.
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:
- Police/Background Check
- Passport & Visa fees
- Personal activities, additional to the itinerary
Two local excursions are included in your visit to Tacloban City.
This could be a beach holiday, visit to local monuments or a group dinner at one of the multi-cultural restaurants in Tacloban!
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.
Participation in volunteering programs is open to all undergraduate students. Preference will be given to students doing the program for credit.
The following units are on offer:
Domestic students undertaking the program for credit may be eligible to apply for an OS-Help Loan to help fund their participation in the program. The purpose of OS-Help is to assist students with a range of expenses such as airfares and program costs. For more information click here
. Please note OS-Help Loans can take up to four weeks to process and payment deadlines must be met regardless of the status of your loan.
- Click on Apply Now, complete personal details and questionnaire
- Once you complete your application (including your personal statement with a minimum of 250 words), Deakin Abroad will contact you with the next steps
- You have to book a meeting with your course advisor to find out if you have room within your degree to take this program for credit.
- Once approved, we will forward your application to CIS Australia who will assess your application
- Once accepted by CIS Australia, we will contact you with the next steps.
Please note we are accepting rolling admissions with limited spots on this program. The students who can provide course advisor approval first, will be accepted to the program first.
IMPORTANT TRAVEL GRANT INFORMATION FOR DEAKIN BUSINESS SCHOOL STUDENTS - $1000
- You must apply to Study Abroad after Feb 2017 and be participating in T1, T2 or T3 (2017).
- You must be enrolled in a Deakin unit and studying a Deakin Business School (DBS) degree (or a double degree with Business) in order to receive these funds.
- If you withdraw from your Study Abroad program you will be required to return these funds to Deakin University.
- If you have received any other funding from Deakin for your Study Abroad (not including OS-Help) you may not be eligible – please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm.
- Grants are limited and are on a first-in, first-served basis.
*Successful applicants will receive 30 points towards their Global Citizenship Program
This program is in partnership with a Deakin University approved program provider, CIS Australia