Volunteers Needed in the Philippines for Typhoon Haiyan Disaster Relief
In the wake of the recent Typhoon Haiyan disaster in the Philippines, Projects Abroad is calling for volunteers to help with valuable typhoon recovery work.
We are pleased to say all our volunteers in the Philippines and staff are safe and secure after the terrible storm. This is tragically not the case for thousands of people in areas such as Tacloban and parts of Cebu Island where Projects Abroad is based in the Philippines.
To help in areas that have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan, Projects Abroad is directing resources and efforts in the Philippines toward providing volunteers to help in typhoon relief work in the Philippines through a special Disaster Relief project.
Projects Abroad’s Disaster Relief project in the Philippines will focus on areas in the northern part of Cebu Island close to the typhoon’s path, including Bogo City, Tabogan, and San Remigio, all of which have been affected by the typhoon.
The main objectives of the Disaster Relief project are to bring educational facilities that have been affected by the typhoon back to working order as soon as possible and to look after local children while their parents help with the clean-up efforts.
It may take several weeks for schools and other care centers for children to receive government help while infrastructure is being repaired. Projects Abroad volunteers will help to bridge this through repair and renovation work at schools and childcare centers and by helping to care for children.
Volunteers can join the Disaster Relief project in the Philippines anytime and stay as long as they can, for a minimum of at least a week. Work will start as soon as possible and be ongoing for at least several months. It is preferable to plan to arrive on a weekend so volunteers can start working in teams Monday mornings.
All volunteers will be accommodated with secure and undamaged host families and be supported by full-time local Projects Abroad staff.
Program fees to participate in the Disaster Relief project will go toward all standard costs for the volunteer, including food and accommodation, health and travel insurance, airport transportation, support from local staff, administration, predeparture and on-site guidance, as well as all project materials. Once all these standard costs have been covered, all remaining funds will be spent on extra building materials needed on the ground in the Philippines or donations toward aspects of Philippines disaster relief work. See a complete list of what is provided to Projects Abroad volunteers and a price chart of program fees for the Disaster Relief project.