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Visit Volunteer for the Visayans to help improving the lifes of disadvantaged communities!
Volunteer for the Visayans is a registered non-profit, non-government organization located in Tacloban City, Philippines. It is registered with the Department of Social Welfare and Development to distribute social welfare services to the underprivileged and underserved sectors of the local community.
Since being founded in 2004 VFV has dedicated itself to contributing towards sustainable developments in the areas of child welfare, community development, education and public health. With every year that passed VFV strived to reach out and improve the lives of communities and individuals in a manner that was responsible and sustainable. This led to a number of projects developing under our three core programs: the Volunteer Program, the Child Sponsorship Program, and the Community Program.
The Volunteer Program oversees the volunteer projects that VFV coordinates with local community partners. Over the years, VFV has offered vital assistance to child care facilities, social welfare institutions, rural health clinics, community nutrition/feeding projects, rural elementary schools and special education schools, offering numerous unique programs for anyone looking for a volunteering opportunity in the Philippines.
The Child Sponsorship Program helps children in need from socioeconomically stressed families to remain in school. The program is supported by the annual donations of international benefactors who annually make the commitment of paying for the children’s educational needs. Currently about 170 children are enrolled in the Child Sponsorship Program.
The Community Program consists of community outreach projects across the Eastern Visayas region. Of the various Community Program projects, the Dumpsite Program has probably been VFV’s most challenging and rewarding initiative. We have been successful in getting many children to leave the dumpsite and enroll in school.
Year after year we have been recruiting international volunteers to help provide energy, skills and support to a number of ongoing volunteer and community projects whilst at the same time educating the volunteers on the unique people and culture of the Philippines.
Over the last decade VFV has tailored its Volunteer Program to provide not only the best volunteer projects for those looking to volunteer in the Philippines but has also provided a program that includes some of the best methods of cultural immersion, allowing each volunteer to truly experience the one of a kind Filipino culture. Today VFV still takes pride in providing one of the most unique volunteering and service-based learning environments in the world.
Our homestays are located in Bliss, where the organization is located. Bliss is a congested, low-income neighborhood but it has a low crime rate and is safe. There is strong community cohesion and pride and the neighborhood homes and surroundings are well-maintained in the vast majority. Our community center is located in the middle of Bliss. An adjacent basketball court area serves as a gathering place for the community. Here you’ll see youth playing basketball; tethered cocks staking out their territories on the sidelines; children playing busily; adults sitting on benches, exchanging stories; slabs of meat being cut on portable tables and vendors selling their wares.
Most of our homestay families have been with us for many years and are experienced in working with international volunteers. They take pride in their role and view the volunteer as a valued member of the family. They want travelers to experience Filipino culture and participate in the family’s daily activities as well as special celebrations that come up. You will eat the same local food as the family (though the homestay parents know what foreigners typically enjoy). Let us know if you have special dietary requirements so that we can meet your needs. The homestay will provide you filtered water to drink, as it would be best for travelers to be cautious and not drink tap water.
All homes have electricity and running water. You will have a private bedroom for you alone or that you share with another volunteer, and you will sleep under a mosquito net and will be provided with pillows, sheets and linens. A fan will be provided as none of the homes are air-conditioned. There is just one bathroom in the house that is shared by all family members. Your home will be safe, clean and comfortable, but living conditions will be much lower than in developed countries.
The bathroom accommodations, in particular, are very basic and volunteers will be taking cold water, bucket baths. Because the weather in the Philippines is tropical, volunteers typically say that the cold water baths have been refreshing. However, each person needs to consider these conditions to their own likings. There will be other things to adjust to, including the neighborhood roosters who will announce the start of a new day with pre-dawn crowing. You will be taken out of your comfort zone, at least initially. Most volunteers report that they adjusted fairly quickly to these conditions.
The Eastern Visayas region is home to a lot of tourist destinations that are readily accessible and tours can be easily arranged or booked online or through walk-in inquiry. Most visitors love to visit the popular and historical landmarks, typhoon haiyan memorials and the beautiful island and beach resorts which are easily accessible by land or sea travel.
Getting to know the NGO, Assisting in community and school-based nutrition/feeding projects.
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The Eastern Visayas region is home to a lot of tourist destinations which are readily accessible and tours can be easily arranged or booked online or thru walk-in inquiry. Our guests loved to visit the popular and historical landmarks, typhoon haiyan memorials and the beautiful island and beach resorts which are easily accessible by land or sea travel.
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