10 Reasons to Volunteer in the Philippines

10 Reasons to Volunteer in the Philippines

The Philippines is an often overlooked volunteer destination in favour of countries like Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Lexie Cundiff recently joined a volunteer program in the Philippinies with International Volunteer Headquarters and here she shares her top reasons why you should consider a similar experience.


1. It’s affordable

If you’re like me and want to travel, but don’t want to spend a ton of money, International Volunteer Headquarters (IVHQ) is the program for you. They have programs in over 40 destinations worldwide and each program includes transportation from the airport, your stay, and three meals a day. So you don’t have to worry about factoring in expenses for food or hostels, unless you plan weekend trips (which you most likely will), but even then meals are cheap and hostels go for as little as $7 USD per night! 


2. The beach is right at your doorstep

Philippines beach

There’s nothing like waking up every morning and stepping out of your room right onto the beach (hearing the waves crashing at night from the comfort of your room is definitely a bonus). Volunteering was only for four hours a day, two hours in the morning and two hours after lunch, so the rest of the day was spent lying in a hammock and reading a book, playing sand volleyball, or just hanging out under the pavilion on the beach with other volunteers. Be sure to pack your swimsuits and don’t forget the sunscreen!


3. You’ll meet likeminded people from all over the world 

IVHQ Philippines Reasons to Apply

Traveling to the Philippines was the first time I had been away from home completely on my own. I was extremely nervous at first and wasn’t sure what to expect, but once I arrived at the camp I was greeted by 30 other volunteers and soon I felt right at home. I met people from all over the world and from countries I had never even heard of. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming and those who had been there for a while were quick to show us newbies around and give us tips on what to expect. I developed strong friendships while I was there and if you keep an open mind, you will too. 


4. Traveling on the weekends is easy

Chocolate Hills, Philippines

Flights in the Philippines are so cheap it makes it impossible to pass up a weekend trip to swim with whale sharks in Cebu or see the Chocolate Hills in Bohol. The local staff is super helpful when it comes to planning these trips so I’d recommend waiting until you get there to book anything. You’ll also want to see what other volunteers are planning and travel with them if you can. 


5. The program is flexible

IVHQ Volunteer Philippines

I started out doing their kindergarten program, but wanted to switch and try something new. After a week of doing kindergarten the local staff allowed me to choose a new program. I ended up in construction and stayed there the rest of the time, but I could’ve done a different program every week if I wanted to. You don’t have to do what you signed up for your entire stay which is really nice and allows you to make the most out of your time abroad.  


6. There’s little phone service

I know to some people this can be scary, but after a day or two you’ll forget about your phone completely. It’s so enjoyable to be around people who aren’t distracted by social media and actually pay attention to what you’re saying. It forced us to connect and I really think it’s the reason we developed strong friendships so quickly. We spent so many late nights together playing games and listening to music and not one single person was preoccupied by their phone. It was amazing. BUT if you are really worried about contacting home, there are spots on the beach where you can find connection and you’ll most likely have Wi-Fi on weekend travels.


7. The locals are amazing

I’ve never met such friendly people in all of my travels. Filipinos love tourists and are always willing to chat with you. They’ll give you so many tips and suggestions from where to eat dinner to where the local hangout spots are. We found a private beach in Puerto Princesa just from talking to a local at our hostel.


8. The experiences are authentic

Reasons Why You Should Volunteer in Philippines

The volunteer accommodation is located in the heart of Tigman Village, the community you’ll be volunteering in. The locals there are extremely appreciative of volunteers and are so eager to share their culture with you. Being in a new country on your own can be challenging, but the local staff and community members, quickly make the village feel like your home away from home.  


9. There’s endless amounts of natural beauty

Philippines kayaing

The Philippines has no shortage of blue waters and incredible places to hike. From the moment you step off the plane you’ll be greeted with breathtaking views that just keep getting better. During your orientation, the local staff will bring you to Estrella Falls, and if you think that is gorgeous, prepare yourself because you’re in for a treat.  


10. Most importantly... it will change your life

Volunteering Philippines & Change Your Life

If you have never volunteered abroad before or are unsure if this program is right for you, I’m here to tell you to go for it! I too, was nervous and skeptical of what this experience with IVHQ was going to be like, but I do not regret my decision one bit. I returned home with a new sense of who I was and who I wanted to be. Living in another culture and learning about their values and beliefs opened up my mind and taught me so much about myself. If I was ever given the opportunity to return to Palawan, I would do it in a heartbeat. 


By Lexie Cundiff

If you would like to do something similar view apply to volunteer with IVHQ or search low cost volunteer programs in Philippines.


Related Opportunities

Construction and Renovation Projects in Guatemala from US$275

Guatemalan construction projects are focused on home-building, school and orphanage renovation, and building playground and bathroom facilities for areas that don’t have them.

Teaching and Beaches in the Maldives

Immerse yourself in the heart of Maldivian island communities, helping to improve opportunities for local children by encouraging a sense of confidence, enthusiasm and ambition.

Teaching and Community NGO Internship in Tanzania

Change the lives of those around you for the better on a Tanzania Teaching and Community Internship on Mafia Island, a true tropical paradise.

Bouldering and Climbing Road Trip to France

Whether an experienced or novice climber, try your hand at bouldering in the unique forest setting of Fontainebleau, France.

Himalayan Adventure in Nepal

Experience the amazing culture of Nepal whilst volunteering on valuable community projects and experiencing a breathtaking and memorable adventure.

Volunteer in a Hospital in Kenya

Further your medical experience by working alongside doctors, nurses, and lab staff as they provide 24-hour care to the Kenyan community in this beautiful region of Africa.

Canada Kayak with Orcas

Journey through one of the most amazing kayak routes in North America, explore ancient ruins and enchanting islands while keeping an eye out for the majestic and awe- inspiring Orca!

Rescued Animal Conservation, Zimbabwe

Join a team of dedicated vets and conservationists at this incredibly rewarding, family-run animal rescue and rehabilitation sanctuary. 

Borneo + Philippines: Jungle + Tropical Islands + Mt Kinabalu

Spend 10 weeks in Borneo and the Philippines to explore rainforests, spot orangutans, climb volcanoes, go rafting and live alongside some of the world’s most remote indigenous communities.

Camp Castaway Philippines!

We turn your Castaway dream into an exciting reality by not only offering incredible experiences, but moments that last a lifetime and friends that will be with you forever.

Volunteer with Infants in Kenya

Make a difference in the lives of children and help to offer them the start they deserve. Have the time of your life as you embrace this country and discover its delights.

Volunteer with Pandas in China

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for you to work with these adorable animals, helping with the feeding of adults and caring for the cubs at a beautiful breeding and rehabilitation centre.

Volunteer in a Children's Hospital in Nepal

Work at a health centre that offers a complete medical and healthcare service to a local community who would ordinarily find access to healthcare services both challenging and expensive.

Road Trip Adventure in India

Visit the epic Taj Mahal, immense deserts of Rajasthan, and beautiful beaches of Goa on this once in a lifetime road trip of India!

Childcare Work in Ghana from US$250

The Ghanaian orphanage program seeks to address the numerous problems that many children without proper education, health care, food, love and attention face as a result of their parents not being there for them.

Teach in the Paradise of the Cook Islands

Immerse yourself in the staggering natural beauty of this astonishing location and make a difference to the lives of youngsters that live amongst the communities of these far flung islands.

Free English teaching placement in Thailand

Experience the cultural wonders of Thailand while teaching English to local Thai children on a 6-month supported teaching placement.

Volunteer Teaching Palawan

Palawan is an island province in the Mimaropa region of the Philippines. Spread across several islands of various sizes, Palawan’s landscape hosts various landscapes that offer travelers a huge range of hiking, trekking and adventure experiences.

Road Trip Adventure in Sri Lanka

Immerse yourself in the cultural wonders of this unique country whilst discovering idyllic landscapes and sampling the culinary delights of the ever smiling Sri Lankan people.

Sloth and Wild Animal Rescue in Costa Rica

Work at a centre dedicated to the care and conservation of injured and abandoned wild animals including sloths and howler monkeys.





About  |  Disclaimer  |  Privacy Policy  |  Company A-Z  |  Advertise  |  Press  |  Contact

One World 365 © 2007 - 2017