The culture of the Philippines is a combination of Asian and Spanish influence. The people are an ethnic mix of Malay, Chinese, Spanish, American, and Indian. Since the Spaniards dominated the Philippines for over 300 years, many of their traditions, and holidays originate from the Spaniards. Over 90% of the country is Christian and 80% of these are Catholics. Local feasts for patron saints are some of the popular catholic celebrations. Religion plays an important role in the lives of the Filipinos.

Filipino, also known as Tagalong, is the official national language in the Philippines with English considered as the country's unofficial one. Both English and Tagalong are taught in school starting in grade one. In addition, there are over 111 dialects spoken throughout the different regions of the country.  Waray-Waray is the local dialect in northern Leyte, where are projects are located.

Hospitality is one of the Filipino characters that truly distinguish them from other Southeast Asian people. A visitor is treated as the most important person they have ever met and will be introduced to the best the family can offer - the best food, the best place in the table, the best things, and, if they have to stay overnight, the best room and beddings!

Our projects are located in the Visayans, on the Leyte Island, supporting the education of orphan and rural children from the surrounding areas. The poverty experienced in this area is not just a lack of money but also the inability to access basic needs, such as health care and health facilities, as well as basic quality education for all of its children.

Overview

  • Project length: From 1 week to 8 weeks
  • Project dates: Year round. Choose any date to arrive.
  • Arrival airport: Tacloban City (TAC)
  • Accommodation:  Host Family
  • Meals: Breakfast and dinner daily
  • Airlines: Philippines Air
  • Vaccinations: Typhoid and Hep A wwwnc.cdc.gov

Program Schedule

  • Program starts and ends in Tacloban City.
  • Airport meet and greet in Tacloban City. City tour and orientation
  • Monday to Friday volunteering. 40 hours per week
  • Weekends free to sightseeing
  • Typical shift work hours are  8am-12pm and 2pm-6pm
  • Support: Local ABV Director support 24/7 during placement
  • Departure: ABV Staff Escorted Airport Transfer

Not included:

  • Flights to Philippines Entry Visa. Departure taxes. Vaccinations. Local Transportation. Travel & Health Insurance. Laundry and Internet

Ready to get started?

Got a question for the team?

Call our toll free number 866-423-3258
Chat with an ABV Coordinator
Email our office:  [email protected]

WHAT DO MY FEES PAY FOR?

When you join an A Broader View program your financial contribution supports the hundreds of needy communities where our volunteer programs are based.  Donations are helping to stimulate the local economies with coordinator and hosting jobs, with new constructions at local school and orphanage, with much needed medical supplies to under served hospitals and clinics. 

ABV works tirelessly year round to support our volunteers, and also to serve the local communities where we are based.  As a tax exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit charity organization we receive 100% of our funding from our volunteers' program fee donations. Your program fee is used for airport pick up & transfer, departure transfer, placement logistics, orientation, food & accommodations, in-country assistance as well as programmatic administrative support and continuity of our volunteer programs.   If you have questions about our program fees email to [email protected] or call us toll free at 866-423-3258.

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