Volunteer service contributes to the well-being of an individual and the community, and is usually coordinated by a non-profit or public sector organization. These positions rarely offer any salary or wage. Volunteering internationally offers a native's perspective into a country, a chance to work with people from around the world, and unparalleled experiences.
Volunteer work can be desirable if you are unable to gain legal work in the Philippines, or wish to gain skills or experience. (You would still need an entry visa if you require one). Although unpaid, board and lodging may be provided.
Application depends on the organization. Most groups require a formal application, a personal statement, and some kind of deposit. There are periodic deadlines, so check the organization's sites to find out the deadline.
Many volunteer programs also handle visa arrangements and include insurance coverage in their program fees or as part of their compensation. If they do not, you will need to shop around for rates and coverage. Ask for a letter of introduction and prepare to shop around for best rates and coverage. Consult our section on "Healthcare/International Healthcare & Medical Insurance" to find out more about your options.
If the program you choose does not include insurance, it is highly recommended you obtain a travel insurance policy which offers coverage for 24 hour emergency care. World Nomads Travel Insurance and Medex Global Solutions (Insurance) are excellent resources for quotes and coverage.
You might also look at our articles on Find a job/Summer Jobs and Internship Abroad on the left column of this page for other opportunities.
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