With more than 7,000 islands, hundreds of miles of white-sand beaches, and incredible people and culture, the Philippines is a remarkable place to travel to. However, in 2013 the Philippines suffered the devastating Typhoon Haiyan, known locally as Typhoon Yolanda. The typhoon caused catastrophic destruction in the Visayas, particularly on the islands of Samar and Leyte. According to UN officials around 11 million people were affected by the typhoon.
Kaya Responsible Travel offer a number of volunteer projects in and around Tacloban, the capital of Leyte. Volunteers will experience adventure, nature, and culture as they volunteer on projects that support community development, combat malnutrition, rehabilitate young offenders, teach children at rural schools, and more. If you want to travel to South East Asia, and experience the glorious vistas, wildlife, and weather the Philippines has to offer, volunteering whilst you travel means that you can travel responsibly and sustainably.
- Medical students or professionals can volunteer in a rural health clinic , and gain real experience working in an impoverished community clinic, as well experience treatment of tropical diseases
- Teach English in rural schools, where English is the second language but is incredibly important to Filipinos in obtaining a job in the professional sectors
- Volunteer on a building project, and help with the ongoing enormous relief effort needed following Typhoon Yolanda
- Work on the NGO Media and Photography project and have a unique opportunity to view from the inside how an NGO operates, and help them raise awareness for their cause
- Empower, educate, and help improve the futures of abused women who have suffered domestic abuse, sexual crime, or abandonment by their family