Volunteering in the Philippines
Sprawling metropolises and incredible World Heritage sites, the Philippines is a diverse melange of 7,641 lush tropical islands.
More than 108 million people live throughout the volcanic archipelago of the Philippines, with a total land area just larger than the state of Victoria.
The current economic outlook in the Philippines is positive — the World Bank recorded a healthy GDP growth rate in 2018, and a decrease in overall poverty has been steady. However the country’s GDP per capita ranks the Philippines at just 129th worldwide. Socio-economic conditions for many Filipinos are difficult, and there continues to be a growing disparity between rich and poor. Additionally, much of the country’s economic development and infrastructure projects are disproportionally focused in urban centres such as Manila.
The Australian Volunteers Program is guided by the Australian Government’s Aid Investment Plan for the Philippines, and in consultation with the Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA).
Volunteer assignments in the Philippines focus on a range of development issues, including:
- economic growth
- good governance
- social inclusion and protection
- disaster risk reduction
- gender equality and women’s empowerment
The program places volunteers in a range of locations including Manila, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Camarines Sur, Negros Occidental and Cebu.
'I’d always had itchy feet and intentions to travel and work. I liked the idea of experiencing different places and cultures; to see what else is out there' - Australian Volunteer Construction Managem
How Lachlan had a career building experience in the Philippines