Public Health Assistant Internship

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Coordinator | Bethany
Coordinator | Bethany
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Work with doctors and nurses to do basic health checks during home visits and outreaches
Run workshops to help promote healthy lifestyle choices and hygiene practices whilst learning skills like measuring blood pressure
This project takes place outside of a hospital environment, focusing on vulnerable communities in the Cebu province
Use this experience in the Philippines to add some practical work experience to your CV
The Philippines is made up of over 7,000 islands, so naturally there are some beautiful beaches where you can relax during your free time
Gain practical experience conducting basic medical checks and raising awareness to prevent diseases This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 16+

Joining our Public Health Internship in the Philippines is a great way to gain practical experience in basic healthcare outside of a hospital environment. Here are some of the tasks you’ll help out with

  • Conduct health checks for families in their homes
  • Raise awareness about healthcare, nutrition, and hygiene
  • Give cooking classes, focusing on healthy and affordable meals for families
  • Record, analyse, and report clinical data

Your work will focus on the following areas:

Conduct screening outreaches

As a Public Health intern in the Philippines, you will help us do house-to-house surveys and screenings. You will conduct basic medical checks for families, such as temperature, pulse rate, blood pressure, and weight. Blood sugar or cholesterol level tests may also be included.

Raise awareness about healthcare, nutrition and hygiene

During these home visits, you’ll also talk to the family about making healthy lifestyle choices. Being in a familiar setting helps them feel more comfortable with receiving basic medical advice.

You will also get the opportunity to run workshops on health-related topics in various communities. Topics you could cover include:

  • Dangers of smoking and alcohol abuse
  • Dental care
  • Nutrition and healthy lifestyle
  • Hypertension and diabetes
  • First aid

Present cooking classes making healthy, affordable meals

While conducting house visits, you will also educate families about the benefits of eating locally-produced, natural food instead of processed food.

Along with this, you will also be able to show them how to prepare a few basic dishes that are wholesome and can feed the entire family.

Record, analyse, and report data

Recording, analysing, and reporting on your findings with your programme coordinators is an important part of your internship.

You will use a database to record all patient details, which can then be used to refer back to information collected at previous consultations. Follow up and evaluation of intervention is completed after each visit. This helps us track and monitor long-term outcomes through our Global Impact Database. 

Typical day

A typical day will run from about 8am to 5pm, with an hour and a half set aside for lunch.

You will normally start your day by meeting your fellow interns, supervisor, and coordinators at the office. From there, you will set out for your morning house visits.

If you’re working close to your host family’s home, you can head home for lunch and a bit of a rest. On days you’re working in communities further away, you will get a packed lunch.

Afternoon shifts are normally dedicated to community workshops and cooking classes.

You will also get one day a week to record, analyse and report on findings along with coordinators and inputting this information into our Global Impact Database. Some time can also be set aside to create educational presentations or attend skill improvement workshops.

Free-time activities

The Philippines is made up of over 7,000 islands, so naturally there are some beautiful beaches where you can relax during your free time. However, there are plenty of other activities to keep you busy during your trip.

With white-sand beaches come all the exciting activities associated with living close to the sea. You can go snorkelling through the pristine waters, play volleyball, or relax on the sand as the sun sets.

In Cebu City itself, you can explore the traditional Carbon Market. For an insight into the country’s history, you can visit Fort San Pedro and Magellan's Cross. Here, you’ll learn more about the Spanish conquest.

The Spanish influence is also felt in the regular fiestas and street parades held in the Philippines. If you volunteer around the end of January, you’ll even get to experience the Sinulog Festival, a nine day Mardi Gras-style party.

With so many volunteers joining us throughout the year, there will likely be other volunteers in the Philippines during your trip. You can connect with them and explore as a group or travel independently if you prefer. 

Water Sports


In order to join the program you need to be at least 16 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 17:00

What's Included

Services by Projects Abroad
  • Accommodation

  • Food (three meals a day)

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off

  • Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival

  • Transport to and from your work placement

  • In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff

  • Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team

  • Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources

  • Training and workshops from our experienced local staff

  • Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns

  • Access to our local office with internet connection

  • Certification of project completion

  • A cultural awareness course

  • Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch

  • A supervisor/mentor at your work placement

Airport Pickup at Mactan-Cebu International Airport

One of our friendly Projects Abroad staff members will be there to meet you upon arrival at Mactan-Cebu International Airport (CEB). It’s about a two-and-a-half to three hour journey from the airport in Lapu-Lapu City in Cebu to Bogo City, where our offices are based.

If you arrive late at night, you’ll stay overnight at a hotel close to their airport and travel through to Bogo the next day. Your airport transfers are included in the cost of your overall project fee.


You'll stay with a host family in Bogo City. They will welcome you into their home, eager to share their customs and have you teach them about your own culture. We believe that this is the best way to immerse yourself in the culture of the Philippines and have a truly unique experience.

We will always try to let you live alongside at least one other Projects Abroad volunteer or intern at the same host family. Your room will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe.

Guest Family
Food & Beverages
Your programme fee includes three meals a day.
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Mactan-Cebu International Airport (CEB) in Cebu City. We assist you to find cheap flights to Philippines.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Philippines provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Philippines you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Philippines.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

Our Public Health internships in the Philippines run year-round and require you to participate for a minimum of one week. We encourage you to stay longer, so you can see and learn as much as possible.

This program is paused due to COVID-19

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
2 weeks
3 weeks
4 weeks
8 weeks
16 weeks
50 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$1,196 /week

The organization charges its fees in GBP. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. Projects Abroad will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
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 (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Projects Abroad during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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