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Outstanding 5rating (13)

Community Nutrition Helper

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4 - 50 weeks  ·  Age 18 - 50+

rating  Outstanding 5  · 
  Verified by Volunteer World
  Moderate response rate

Especially suitable

Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

About the program

Help us combat hunger and malnutrition by working closely with VFV staff and local community members in initiating and running tailored nutrition and feeding projects.

Profile

Volunteer for the Visayans (VFV) works in rural communities through its Nutrition Program. This is primarily to tackle malnourishment through the provision of nutritious meals to undernourished preschool kids and educate the community through series of lectures and workshops on nutrition and ...

About the program

Profile

Volunteer for the Visayans (VFV) works in rural communities through its Nutrition Program. This is primarily to tackle malnourishment through the provision of nutritious meals to undernourished preschool kids and educate the community through series of lectures and workshops on nutrition and basic hygiene. All meals provided are researched and nutritionally analyzed to ensure that each week the children receive the adequate nutrients in accordance with government supplementary feeding guidelines.

Nutrition Programs are based in rural villages in Tacloban, Palo, and Tanauan.

This project is handled by one of the VFV community program coordinators or sponsorship program coordinators.

The Nutrition Program has been running for many years, since the founding of the organization. However, each site only runs for 4 months unless there is quite the need to extend the nutrition project to 6 months or even a year. Only those nutrition projects for VFV’s sponsored children run continuously.

The target demographic

The nutrition program is intended for pre-school children and all the kids under the Sponsorship Project. The education side of the project is intended for the community, in particular the children themselves and the parents.

 Purpose of the program

The program is put in place to help certain communities, to feed malnourished children, and in the process educate the people on the importance of proper nutrition. There is the need to educate on the need to reduce on the amount of salt and sugar used in the local diet, and to increase consumption of vegetables. There is limited public education on these issues.

Role of the Volunteer

The volunteer will be supervised by the local coordinator and work alongside one or two other nutrition volunteers.

Depending on the site to which the volunteer is assigned to, he/she may work either in the morning or afternoon but always only half a day from Monday to Friday except during holidays for at least 4 hours daily.

The volunteer is responsible for providing meals to the children on a daily basis. He/she will plan the menu taking into consideration the nutritional deficiencies that need to be addressed. He/she will purchase local ingredients available at the market to supplement the nutritional needs of the children. He/she will monitor the kids’ progress by measuring their height and weight to calculate the BMI.

In addition, the volunteer must teach the kids proper hand-washing and brushing teeth after meals at the beginning of the project and continue to practice this the whole time. It is the aim to instill good practices to them.

With regards to planning menus, volunteers must take into consideration the locally available resources the kids normally eat. Primarily the reason is that the kids would only eat food they are used to eating. Secondly, parents are more likely not able to afford vegetables and other food items not normally available locally. The project aims to educate the parents in such a way that they can replicate at home what the volunteers are making in the project.

Every two weeks there is a nutrition lecture for the parents of the children enrolled in the program. We always encourage volunteers to start with basic hygiene and nutrition. Not all the parents have good grasp of the English language so it is imperative that lectures are easy to understand and filled with illustrations. During lectures/workshops a VFV coordinator will be there to assist and translate.

Dress Code

To conform with the Filipino conservative culture and to look professional, volunteers must dress modestly. The volunteer must report to work wearing the appropriate clothes.

Top must consist of shirt of blouse or t-shirt with sleeves. No singlet or tank top. Top should not have plunging neckline. Bottom wear must be long pants or knee-length skirt. Footwear must be shoes or sandals.

Outside work, a volunteer can wear more comfortable article of clothing such as shorts and tank tops and wear flip flops.

Transportation to the Placement

During placement, volunteer will take any of the following public transportation vehicles, depending on their destination: jeepney, multicab, tricycle, or motorcycle. Patience is required when traveling to and from placement.

More common transport vehicles are jeepneys and multicabs. When visiting far-flung areas that do not have jeepneys, people take tricycle or motorcycle.

The minimum fare for a jeepney between Bliss and downtown is only 0.14 USD, while between Bliss and Robinson is 0.16 USD. The further you are from your destination, the more you pay.

Nutrition placements can be reached in about 40 minutes to one and 30 minutes depending on the distance from Bliss.  



Typical day

The Nutrition Program typical work day starts as early as  08:00 in the morning  and ends at 12 noon when preparing lunch for the kids and from 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm when preparing early dinner, and runs from Monday through Friday. The rest of the day and of the week are free time which the ...

Typical day

The Nutrition Program typical work day starts as early as  08:00 in the morning  and ends at 12 noon when preparing lunch for the kids and from 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm when preparing early dinner, and runs from Monday through Friday. The rest of the day and of the week are free time which the volunteers can use for their personal activities or for any side projects at their placement or the community.

Commuting from homestay going to placement and vice versa means taking the primary modes of public transportation which involves taking both the jeepney/multicab and the "haba-habal" (motorcyle). Getting to the placement could take as long as 45 minutes or as quick as 30 minutes depending on the traffic and the frequency of the vehicles coming by. Same is true with going back from placement.

Food preparation involves planning menus for the week, budgeting, buying local ingredients from the public market, cooking, and washing the dishes. A staff and some of the locals, usually the moms of our sponsored kids, would always assist the volunteer in every aspect of the preparation and the feeding proper.

Apart from the feeding, our volunteers would usually organize fun games or nutrition lectures with the kids. Proper hygiene, healthy eating habits and proper nutrition should always be kept in mind as the end goal in every activity at the nutrition center. Our volunteers should infuse helpful activities to the program ,from the simple proper handwashing and toothbrushing to the more complicated but comprehensible nutrition lectures or workshops, not only for the kids but for the local moms as well.

Monitoring and evaluating the progress of the program is also an important aspect of the volunteer's role. This includes measuring the height and weight of each kid and keeping track of their records to make sure that the are getting the proper nutritional support and care.

To sum everything up, it's always a busy day for our volunteers but rest assured that it's all worth it. The experience has always been satisfying and fulfilling for everyone and certainly no dull moment for anyone who loves working for the welfare of the children.


Free-time activities

Our volunteers can use their free time either for their personal activities or for organizing side projects with the kids or with the moms. The former may include a trip to some of the beautiful white-sand beaches and sandbars, islands, waterfalls, underground river, surf camps, and caves found in ...

Free-time activities

Our volunteers can use their free time either for their personal activities or for organizing side projects with the kids or with the moms. The former may include a trip to some of the beautiful white-sand beaches and sandbars, islands, waterfalls, underground river, surf camps, and caves found in the region while the latter can include baking sessions with the local moms, dance tutorials with the teens, or teaching any other craft or life skills to the locals. Our volunteers would usually organize those activities as a group during long weekends or holidays. We also have our Volunteer's Lounge which has wi-fi and where volunteers can hang around with fellow volunteers. They can also use the lounge for a movie night once a week.


Requirements

Requirements

Minimum Age: 18 years

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.

Language Skills

You need to speak English (basic level)

Education Requirements

Nutrition, Science, English, Math at Highschool level

Criminal Background Check

required

Required Documents

CV with photo, Passport, Police Check and and Character References

Nationality Restrictions

No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.

Other Skills

Relevant knowledge and experience in the field of Nutrition, Dietetics, and Public Health.

Time Commitment

Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 06:00

What's Included

What's Included

Services by Volunteer for the Visayans

The following are expected program expenses: airport pickup and drop off, food and drink, accommodation.

Airport Pickup at Ninoy Aquino International Airport

Upon arrival in Tacloban, a coordinator will meet you at the airport and introduce you to the rest of the VFV staff and your homestay family. After this you will be provided with a full orientation on Volunteer for the Visayans as well as a short comprehensive health and safety briefing. Following this, you will be escorted by one of our coordinators and shown how to use the local transport system. You will be shown how to get back and forth from your volunteer placement as well as being briefed on how to get to a variety of different points of interest.

Accommodation

  • Volunteers assigned to our Tacloban area projects will be placed with homestays in Bliss, where we are located. Bliss is a congested, low-income neighborhood but it has a low crime rate and is safe. There is strong community cohesion and pride, and the neighborhood homes and surroundings are relatively well-maintained. Our community center is located in the middle of Bliss. An adjacent basketball court area serves as a gathering place for the community. Here you’ll see youth playing basketball; tethered cocks staking out their territories on the sidelines; children keeping busy; adults sitting on benches, exchanges stories; slabs of meat being cut on portable tables; and vendors selling their wares.
  • Most of our homestay families have been with us for many years and are experienced in working with international volunteers. They take pride in their role and view the volunteer as a valued member of the family. They want volunteers to experience Filipino culture and participate in the family’s daily activities as well as special celebrations that come up. 
  • All homes have electricity and running water. You will have a private bedroom for you alone or that you share with another volunteer, and you will sleep under a mosquito net. A fan will be provided as none of the homes are air-conditioned. There is just one bathroom in the house that is shared by all family members. Your home will be safe, clean and comfortable, but living conditions will be much lower than in developed country.
  • The bathroom accommodations, in particular, are very basic and volunteers will be taking cold water, bucket baths. Because the weather in the Philippines is tropical, volunteers typically say that the cold water baths have been refreshing. However, each person needs to consider whether these conditions will be acceptable. There will be other things to adjust to, including the neighborhood roosters who will announce the start of a new day with pre-dawn crowing. You will be taken out of your comfort zone, at least initially. Most volunteer report they adjusted fairly quickly to these conditions.

Food & Beverages

You will eat the same local food as the family (though the homestay parents know what foreigners typically enjoy). Homestays can cater to the special dietary requirements of some volunteers, so please include this in your application form. You will also be provided with filtered water to drink, as it would be best for travellers to be cautious and not drink tap water.

You will be provided with two meals a day (breakfast and dinner) by your homestay. All meals will be served with rice and typically include fish, chicken or pork. 

Local café’s and restaurants can also be found all over the city, with most meals costing from around 2 USD to 6 USD. Bottled water is also available in most food establishments and in grocery stores.

Internet Access

Limited access at the project site

What's NOT included?

What's NOT included?

Flight Tickets

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Details on arrival

Volunteers can apply anytime all year round and may arrive at anytime of their convenience. Pre-departure information is sent during application process and an in-depth program orientation is also conducted upon arrival. 

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Program fees

4 weeks (min. stay) 1,154€
5 weeks 1,271€
6 weeks 1,387€
7 weeks 1,504€
11 weeks 1,969€
19 weeks 2,900€
50 weeks (max. stay) 6,509€
Average fees 209€/week

Program fees

209€ per week 4 - 50 weeks Age 18 - 50+

Payment methods

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NO CREDIT CARD FEES


Duration

4 - 50 weeks

Deposit

The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.


Final Payment

Your final payment will be agreed with Volunteer for the Visayans during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.


Meet your organization

Volunteer for the Visayans

Outstanding 5 rating (13 reviews)

Non-profit - founded in 2004

Verified by Volunteer World

  Moderate response rate

Coordinated by

Helena Claire "Wim"

Spoken languages: English

About the project

Volunteer for the Visayans is dedicated to sustainable development projects in the areas of child welfare, community development, education, and public health.

Meet your organization

Who We Are?

Volunteer for the Visayans (VFV), is a registered non-profit, non-government organization located in Tacloban City, Philippines. It is registered with the local Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to distribute planned and professional social welfare services to assist underprivileged and underserved local communities.

Since being founded in 2004, VFV has dedicated itself to contributing towards sustainable developments in the areas of child welfare, community development, education and public health through its broad based social welfare programs. In particular VFV has invested time and resources to develop a number of long term Community Projects as well as a comprehensive Child Sponsorship Program which combined have led to over 150 children from disadvantaged backgrounds to have the means to go to school and pursue mainstream education.

Year after year, VFV has been recruiting international volunteers to help provide energy, skills and support to a number of ongoing Volunteer and Community Projects whilst at the same time educating the volunteers on the unique people and culture of the Philippines.

Over the last decade, VFV has tailored its Volunteer Program to provide not only the best volunteer projects for those looking to volunteer in the Philippines but has also provided a program that includes some of the best methods of cultural immersion, allowing each volunteer to truly experience the one of a kind ‘Pinoy’ culture. Today, VFV still takes pride in providing one of the most unique volunteering and service based learning environments in the world.

Brief History

The origins of  Volunteer for the Visayans (VFV) date back to the early 1990’s when U.S. volunteers from Jacksonville University, Florida led by Troy Peden traveled to Tacloban City in order to volunteer on a project known as Building Hope, which was the original precursor to Volunteer for the Visayans. The volunteers participated in a number of community development and social welfare projects, including the renovation and repair of Sagkahan National High School which had been damaged by a recent typhoon.

During their visits, Peden and his volunteers set foundations for the future by working closely with the Tacloban City Social Welfare and Development Office, building trust and creating a model which would serve as VFV’s underlying structure for years to come.

The volunteers continued to return on their own each year, and in 2004 were instrumental in establishing the Volunteers for the Visayans as a non-profit organisation. With support from the GoAbroad Foundation Peden provided a gateway of financial support which slowly enabled VFV to develop the resources needed to become a successful on-ground NGO. With every year that passed, VFV strived to reach out and improve the lives of communities and individuals in a manner that was responsible and sustainable; this led to a number of projects developing under VFV’s three core programs - the Volunteer Program, Sponsorship Program and Community Program. It is the combination of these three core programs that makes Volunteer for the Visayans a successful, broad-based social welfare organization.

Where We Work

VFV is based in Tacloban City on the island of Leyte in Eastern Visayas. Tacloban is approximately 360 miles south-west of Manila and is well-known as the site of U.S. General Douglas MacArthur’s Leyte Gulf Landing, which marked the start of a fierce campaign to regain the Philippines from Japan during World War II.

Tacloban is also the site of the prestigious San Juanico Bridge, which is the longest bridge in the Philippines. This bridge connects the islands of Leyte and Samar, and is a key link in the Pan-Philippines Highway, which connects the Philippines islands of Luzon, Samar, Leyte, and Mindanao through a network of roadways, bridges and ferries.

Tacloban is the capital of the Province of Leyte and has a population of about 218,00 people. The city offers international volunteers an opportunity to be immersed in a unique Asian culture, which is at least partially left untouched by Western Culture, especially in the rural areas. In November 2013, Tacloban was one of the most devastated areas of the Philippines when Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) ravaged through the Philippines; therefore, the city and surrounding areas now present an even greater range of opportunities for international volunteers.

In addition to servicing Tacloban City, VFV has a community center near the local dumpsite in the Barangay of Sto. Nino and a community center in the rural village of Cangumbang, Palo. 

Why choose us?

There are many organizations that offer volunteer-abroad placements in a multitude of countries. Selecting the right program is an important decision for you to make. Here are the reasons why Volunteer for the Visayans may be your best choice for Volunteering Abroad in the Philippines.

We understand that poverty in our community cannot be alleviated just through hand-outs. We also recognize that there are national issues, including a depressed national economy, low wages, large families, and an unequal distribution of income,  that we are unable to address at our level. What we can and are doing at our grass-roots level, is to identify individual and community needs and to establish programs to address these needs. We actively collaborate with other community organizations and local government agencies. We strive to provide comprehensive, multifaceted services that address all aspects of poverty. Despite the recent affects of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), the landscape surrounding our work has changed very little, other than there being a much greater need from the communities we work in than there ever was before. As a result, our grassroots services continue to strive to bring hope and rehabilitation to more than 200 families in Leyte.

Who are we looking for?

Diversity makes us a stronger program as everyone  has unique life experiences and backgrounds that we can draw on. Volunteers, of course, should have a strong desire to help others and should be healthy enough to perform the required project tasks. Personal traits that are needed include the following:

Adaptability: Living standards in the Philippines are much lower than what you have been accustomed to. (However, Filipinos are known for their hospitality and will provide a guest with the best of everything they have in their home.) Individuals who wish to Volunteer in the Philippines, must be able to adapt to new living environments.

Sensitivity: Your values and expectations may be markedly different (due to cultural and socioeconomic differences) from those you will work with. A lack of awareness and sensitivity to this will offend those you interact with. Volunteers must be sensitive and open minded to Filipino culture. (There is reference material on the internet that will help you understand Filipino culture and traits.)

Perseverance: The volunteer project you are assigned to may lack basic supplies. Our rural schools are poorly funded and classrooms typically lack basic supplies. (While VFV does its best to solicit donations for these schools, funds are limited.) Some of our orphanages are overcrowded and understaffed. Creativity to find a solution and persistence to carry on are needed.

People volunteer because they have a strong desire to help those in need, and generally seek to volunteer in a foreign country for specific reasons, such a desire for a cultural immersion experience, to gain real life experiences during a “gap year,” or to gain experience in their career field. Whatever your reasons are for volunteering, we believe that we can provide you with a placement that will meet your needs."

13 reviews · rating5

Emad Jabrah rating5

2015 at Community Nutrition Helper

I had great experience being part of the friendly, hospitable and smiley people of the Phils. I felt home living with my nanay and being supported by the lovely coordinators of the VFV. Thank you for making this volunteering successful. ..
Sequoyia Farr rating5

2019 at Rural Elementary School Teacher Aide

I spent 5 weeks volunteering in the Philippines. I taught at a local school during the weekdays and I even got a chance to attend some other volunteer programs like the health clinic and nutrition project. I loved everything about the program and how much love was radiating through this community. ..
I spent 5 weeks volunteering in the Philippines. I taught at a local school during the weekdays and I even got a chance to attend some other volunteer programs like the health clinic and nutrition project. I loved everything about the program and how much love was radiating through this community. ..
Wayne Amos rating4.8

2019 at Rural Elementary School Teacher Aide

I took my wife and 3 kids to do volunteer teaching at a rural Elementary School in January, 2019 through VFV. It was such a wonderful experience working with the school children and staff. We have formed some great friendships with them and staff members at VFV. The people of Tacloban are friendly ...
Karlene Amos rating5

2018 at Rural Elementary School Teacher Aide

Absolutely loved this experience. I was able to teach within a rural school, children in grades 4, 5 and 6. I learnt so much about the local culture. I saw the resilience of the people who were living in hard conditions due to natural disasters, yet they were so happy. I enjoyed it so much that I ...
The best thing I have ever done in my life. Extremely worth while and such a valuable experience. Volunteering in the Philippines with VFV was fun, supportive and eye opening. They showed me things that I would never have seen if I had not embarked on this experience. I was welcomed with open arms ...

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Asia > South East Asia > Philippines > Tacloban City

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