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  • Locations: Tacloban City, Philippines
  • Program Terms: Trimester 3
  • Restrictions: Deakin applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Trimester 3 2018 30/08/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Deakin Faculty: Faculty of Arts & Education, Faculty of Business & Law, Faculty of Health, Faculty of Science, Engineering & Built Environments Program Type: Faculty Led Study Tour, Internship, Volunteer Program
Language of Instruction: English Credit Weighting: 1 Credit Point
Credit Type: Undergraduate OS Help Available: Yes
Program Description:

Global Environmental Placement - Philippines – 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 outside the capital city of Tacloban. At the very heart of the program volunteers 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.

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 which include, but are not limited to;
  • 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
  • Assist with community housing projects
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 drive to help a community in need your participation will be valued. The diversification of activities on the project is a unique aspect.

Project Details:
  • Project Activities: 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 to 1pm – or earlier if you elect to assist with breakfast.
  • Project Duration: 2-26 weeks. Please note: the following projects typically require a minimum duration of 4 weeks: Social Welfare Centres for Street Children, Women's Shelter, Boys' Rehab, and Rural Health Clinics. 
  • Excursions: 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!
  • 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, visit the other community projects in surrounding areas, and 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.
  • Support: 24 hour support from on-site coordinator and project leader
  • Min Age: 18+. Police Check required.
  • Language: English
The following are common project activities, which vary depending on local needs and volunteer skills and interests:
  • Social Welfare Centres for Street Children
  • Women’s Shelter
  • Home-Based Care
  • Nutrition
  • Boys’ Rehab
  • Rural Health Clinics
  • HIV/AIDS Education and Support Family Empowerment/Other Support Groups

Program details

Exercise Level: Medium
Location: One hour flight Southeast of Manila, the island of Leyte, just outside of Tacloban City, the Philippines.
Project Activities: Will include education, prevention, and treatment of health issues; clinical experience / observation; nutrition program assistance; garden maintenance; building and refurbishing; other local demands/topics
Working Hours: Monday to Friday, approximately 6.5 hours per day
Project Duration: 4 Weeks
Unit of enrolment at Deakin: SLE225 Global Environment Placement
Partner to deliver this program: CIS Australia
Police check required: Yes

Dates: 7 January - 3 February 2018
Cost: $2,797 AUD
Deposit: $500 AUD (Deposit due date: 1 August 2017 / Final payment due date: 15 September 2017)

Program fee includes:
  • Accommodation in local housing
  • 3 meals per day (excluding weekends)
  • Airport drop off and pick up
  • Orientation upon arrival and training
  • 24 hour support from on-site coordinator and project leaders
The fee does not include:
  • Tuition Fee
  • Flights
  • Visa and passport fees
  • Vaccinations
  • Weekend activities

Information Session

Video recording | Powerpoint presentation

Eligibility and Enrolment

Enrolment will be in SLE225 Global Environment Placement in T3 2017. Before starting this unit in T3 2017 students must have completed at least 8 credit points of study with a minimum average of 65%. Students must also arrange to enrol and complete the online modules for STP010 Introduction to Work Placements before leaving for their placement.

Selection will be based on responses to the application questions and if necessary, a short interview with the unit chair.

Funding Options

OS-Help Loans
  • Who is eligible: domestic UG students 
  • Amount: up to AU$6567
  • Purpose: to assist students with a range of expenses, such as airfares and accommodations.
  • Detail information and eligibility: OS-Help website

WIL Financial Support (Funding for 2017 has been fully allocated)
  • Who is eligible: domestic undergraduate students who come from low socio-economic status backgrounds to undertake a discipline specific placement as part of their degree
  • Amount: up to AU$2,500
  • Detail information and eligibility: WIL Financial Support Scheme Website.

Important to note

  • A minimum number of 1 student is required for the program to run and places are limited to 6 students.
  • Travel insurance is provided by Deakin for the length of the program, students who are travelling more than 10 days beyond the program dates will need to pay for additional coverage.
  • Students must apply for Deakin Travel Insurance as soon as they have been accepted into the program to cover any unexpected withdrawals or costs that are incurred as refunds may not be available
  • The OS Help loan can take up to four weeks to process. Program payments deadlines must be met regardless of the status of your OS Help application.
CIS Australia Cancellation Policy
Before deposit deadline: No cancellation fees apply 
After deposit deadline: Loss of $500 deposit 
After deposit deadline and before final payment: Loss of $500 deposit, along with any non-recoverable program fees are payable (i.e.: supplement accommodation deposits, transport, travel costs) 
After final payment deadline: No refund on any program fees

International Placements can earn you 40 points towards the Global Citizenship Program.