Volunteering in Philippines

Sprawling metropolises and incredible World Heritage sites, the Philippines is a diverse melange of 7,641 lush tropical islands.

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Marie-Carine Cesar (right) is an Australian volunteer Enterprise Officer with the local government of Lamut in the Ifuago province.
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View of Barangay Hapid and Tupaya in Lamut, Ifugao, Philippines.
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Australian volunteer Lachlan James (left) with a builder at a housing site being cleared for a new development in Quezon City, Manila.
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A farmer in Ifugao province, Philippines.
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Australian Volunteer Hazel Maglantay sharing stories about her work in Gelacio I. Yason Foundation Family Farm School in Roxas,.
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Australian volunteer Melizza Yao (far left) at a local eatery while on assignment in the Philippines.

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.