Volunteer and Intern in the Philippines
- Location: Bogo City, Cebu
- Accommodation: Host families
- Local languages: Cebuano
The Philippines is home to 7000 islands and a rapidly developing economy thanks to an abundance of natural resources and strong industries. Unfortunately, poverty still persists in many areas and volunteer aid is needed desperately. Projects Abroad volunteer placements and internships are available for anyone interested in volunteering in the developing world, whether you are student on a gap year or summer vacation, a professional on career break, or a retired volunteer.
The Philippines is located to the west of the North Pacific Ocean, with its closest neighbours being Taiwan to the north, Vietnam to the west, and Borneo to the south.
We are especially in need of teachers, as public schools in the Philippines suffer from overcrowding and a lack of resources. Volunteers can make a huge difference by giving students the extra support and attention local teachers are often unable to give.
Where You Will Live in the Philippines with Projects Abroad
Projects Abroad in the Philippines is based on Cebu Island, part of the Visayan Islands region. While living with local host families in Bogo City, Cebu and surrounding smaller towns, volunteers can work in orphanages or care centres helping disadvantaged children, teach English and other subjects in both elementary and high schools, or do medical internships in rural health centres.
Bogo City is home to over 90,000 people in the province of Cebu. Bogo is located on the north-eastern coast of the mainland Cebu. Cebu is one of the most developed provinces in the Philippines, with Cebu City as the main centre of commerce, trade, education, and industry in the Visayas. While much of the city has developed rapidly over recent years and some areas downtown and on the seafront are modern and developed, other areas remain home to poverty-stricken Filipinos and migrants from all over the region.
A number of our projects are based in San Remigio, a municipality about 10 miles from Bogo City, and which has a population of 58,000 people. San Remigio faces similar challenges to those elsewhere in the Philippines, such as a lack of proper water and sanitation facilities - more than 3000 households do not have their own toilets. Discrimination also remains an issue in San Remigio, where marginalized groups and individuals are not provided certain rights, such as adequate housing, education, and basic health care.
Travel and Sightseeing Opportunities in the Philippines
In Cebu City itself you can explore Carbon Market, a traditional farmer’s market, or embrace the vast modern malls, complete with movie theaters and restaurants. You can also visit Fort San Pedro and Magellan’s Cross to learn about the Spanish conquest. The Spanish influence is felt in the regular fiestas and street parades, the highlight of which is the Sinulog Festival, a nine day Mardi Gras style party at the end of January.
On Cebu Island the beaches in the north and southwest offer the classic combination of white sand and clear seas with spectacular diving or snorkelling. For more remote beaches the idyllic offshore islands of Bantayan and Malapascua are easily accessible for weekend trips.
If you have more travel time, the Philippines has endless possibilities for island hopping. If you tried to visit every island in the country at a rate of one per day, you’d be travelling for over 20 years. Our local staff will be able to advise you on narrowing down the options.
The rest of Southeast Asia is only a short flight away and with Cebu City having an international airport with many budget airlines offering bargain flights, travelling on to countries like Thailand, Vietnam, or Indonesia is easy.