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  • Locations: Tacloban City, Philippines
  • Program Terms: Trimester 2
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Deakin applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Trimester 2 2019 10/04/2019 10/06/2019 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Deakin Faculty: Faculty of Arts & Education, Faculty of Business & Law, Faculty of Health, Faculty of Science, Engineering & Built Environments Program Type: Volunteer Program
Language of Instruction: English Credit Weighting: 1 Credit Point, Not for Credit
Credit Type: Undergraduate Housing Options: Homestay
Program Description:


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Preference will be given to students doing the program for credit.

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Philippines Volunteering Program T2
Community Development 

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:Philippines community work
  • Teaching
  • 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.

Dates: June 17th - July 7th 2018

Project Details:   
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

Personal Time: 
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.



Location Profile

Location Profile
About TaclobanTacloban ride

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.

About Philippines 

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.

Interesting fact:
  • Philippines is the unofficial zipline capital of the world.

Credit Information

Credit Information

Academic Credit

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

You will be awarded 30 Global Citizenship Program points for completing this project. 

Cost and Funding

Cost and Funding


Total cost: $2398

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:
  • Flights
  • Police/Background Check
  • Passport & Visa fees
  • Vaccinations
  • 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

Project Partner
Volunteering Project Partner

CISAustraliaCIS logo

CISaustralia is dedicated to providing Australians (and international students based in Australia) innovative, high quality overseas study, intern and volunteer experiences while promoting global awareness, inspiring personal growth and developing engaged world citizens.



Application Details

Application Details

Application ProcessPhilippines country side
  1. Click on Apply Now, complete personal details and questionnaire
  2. Once you complete your application (including your personal statement with a minimum of 250 words), Deakin Abroad will contact you with the next steps
  3. 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.
  4. Once approved, we will forward your application to CIS Australia who will assess your application
  5. 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.