Orphanage Childcare and Education Helper

opgericht in 2004
Volunteer for the Visayans
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Coördinator | Helena Claire "Wim"
Coördinator | Helena Claire "Wim"
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By volunteering in a childcare facility, you will be able to augment emotional and educational support for some of the Philippines most disadvantaged children. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Leeftijd 18+

Background Information

Volunteer for the Visayans currently works with a number of child care facilities both in Tacloban City and surrounding towns, with children aging from as young as one month to eleven or twelve years. These children that volunteers work with are often undernourished and have previously suffered from great deals of neglect. Many of them thrive on the attention that can be provided by volunteers and react well to enrichment activities that can help boost their social, motor functional and cognitive skills.

As in other developing countries, the Philippines lacks a strong safety net to support families at risk of breakdown. This has contributed to a deterioration of the family unit and an increase in the incidence of child abuse, neglect and abandonment. Many of the children in our facilities have been abandoned by an impoverished parent who could no longer care for them. 

This has put increased pressure on government and non government child welfare services to find permanent or temporary homes for such children. In most cases child care facilities are often underfunded and have limited resources. If you want to volunteer with orphans should not only have a strong passion for working with children, but must also be resourceful and able to show initiative.

 About the Program

One of the Childcare facilities we support is the Missionaries of Charity orphanage which is based in Tacloban City. It is an orphanage run by the religious group with the same name. Missionaries of Charity was founded by Mother Teresa of Calcutta and the facility is run by nuns together with local house parents. The centre aims to provide safe temporary haven to children between 0-15 years old.

 These children are provided with all the basic services such as safe home, food, health, and education. All the children admitted to this facility are in need of help, with different cases. The children are abandoned, neglected, sickly, or malnourished. A few of them are placed there by a parent who needs help looking after the child while he/she is working.

Any volunteer, regardless of religious affiliations, can work at this child care facility. During prayer days however (Thursdays), volunteers especially those with different religious beliefs, are requested not to go to the orphanage to give way to a solemn observance of the day and to avoid distracting the attention of the kids as well.  

Why We Need You

Typically, the child to caregiver ratio in child care facilities is high, resulting in caregivers not having time to attend to much beyond the physical care of each child. Without emotional nurturing, children are at high risk of developing severe developmental and emotional disorders. As a volunteer, you will provide vital interaction with the children, assist house parents with daily chores and child supervision as well as running different activities to liven up the children’s day. 

Over the years, Volunteer for the Visayans (VFV) has augmented support to child care facilities through the distribution of resources such as clothing and vitamins. We have also supported projects to train local staff on relevant topics. Sadly, VFV does not have the capacity to provide support to these facilities on a daily basis and as a result need international volunteers to provide support. In addition, we value the skills and expertise that international volunteers bring to the orphanage. 

Whilst no official care-giving experience is required, VFV requires you to have a love of children and be able to work both independently and in small groups. This is a meaningful way you can learn first-hand the hardship that some children in the world face and give back to underprivileged children in the developing world.

Dress Code

To conform to 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 or blouse or tshirt with sleeves. No singlet or tank top. Top should not have plunging neckline. Bottom wear must be knee-length/long pants or knee-length skirt for women and knee-length shorts or long pants for men. 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

 Patience is required when traveling to and from placement though it is quite easy to reach this placement than the others and some volunteers would even choose to walk. The volunteer’s daily commute takes at most 10 minutes and requires him/her to travel from Bliss to Kalipayan on a jeepney that goes to downtown. This ride cost 0.14 USD only. Any jeepney that passes along “Sariling Sikap” road by the VFV arch with a sign that says “Diretso Downtown” will take you to your placement. 

Get off at the corner of Kalipayan road leading to Missionaries of Charity orphanage. On the way back, you have to catch a jeepney that goes back to Bliss, with a sign saying Diretso Bliss with the same fare. Volunteer will be briefed on getting to placement and back to Bliss during the placement orientation at the beginning of the program.

Dagelijkse activiteiten

A typical day for a volunteer at the orphanage starts as early as 5:30 rising up from bed to have breakfast and prepare to leave for work.

At 7:30 am, the volunteer should be already on the road either taking a walk or riding a jeepney going to the placement. The volunteer will be working alongside nuns and house parents who also rise up early to prepare for the kids' breakfast. 

The volunteer is required to work four times a week, from Monday to Friday except Thursday which is prayer time. Usually the required number of work time is only 4 hours a day but volunteers commonly render more than 4 hours. 

As a child care facility, the volunteer’s role is basically that of a support staff. Aside from helping the houseparent and nuns look after the children, especially the babies, the volunteer can also assist the nuns in the other activities. 

A day is usually spent playing with the kids, helping the house parents with the household chores, babysitting and giving some of the kids reading, writing, or drawing lessons. The kids will have their lunch at around 11:00 am and the volunteer will helps in feeding some of the younger kids. Naptime follows after lunch and the volunteer can now leave for lunch and may choose to come back at 3:00 pm.


Our volunteers can use their free time either for their personal activities or for organizing side projects with our sponsored kids, with the Boys and Girls Club or with the moms under our Laura's Craft and Mother's Club. 

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.



Om deel te nemen aan het programma dien je tenminste 18 jaar oud te zijn op de startdatum van het programma. Er kunnen uitzonderingen gemaakt worden indien je een bewijs van toestemming kan aantonen van uw wettelijke voogd(en) of samen met je ouders deelneemt.
Je dient over volgende taalkennis te beschikken Engels (basis niveau)
Bewijs van goed gedrag en zeden
Vereiste documenten
CV with photo, Passport, Police Check en and Character References
Geen beperkingen. Helpende handen van over de hele wereld zijn welkom.
Andere vaardigheden
You need to have experience in childcare. No formal training is required though it is important that volunteers be compassionate, non-judgmental, and adaptable. Prospective volunteers who have experienced similar childhood trauma should have received counseling for themselves as working in this type of setting may result in the surfacing of painful, unresolved personal issues.
Uw helpende hand wordt verwacht op maandag, dinsdag, woensdag en vrijdag van 08:00 - 17:00

Diensten ingesloten

Diensten door Volunteer for the Visayans

Included in the Program Fee are the following:

  • Airport Reception and Drop-off
  • Accommodation with Local Host Family with 2 meals a day (breakfast and dinner)
  • Comprehensive Program Orientation
  • Basic Waray-Waray Language Lesson
  • Volunteers Excursion
  • Project Tour
  • 24-hour Local Staff Support

Afhaal aan de luchthaven op 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.


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.

Eten & Drank

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 toegang
Beperkte toegang op de project site
Wat is er NIET inbegrepen?
Visum, vluchten, reisverzekering en vaccinaties zijn NIET inbegrepen in de programmakosten.
Vlucht tickets
De dichtste luchthaven is Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) in Manila. We assisteren u met het vinden van goedkope vluchten naar Filipijnen.
Naar het buitenland reizen is een avontuur en het is best om goed voorbereid te zijn. Plots ziek worden of gewond raken, annulaties of diefstal - een reisverzekering voor Filipijnen biedt zekerheid en is een meerwaarde.
Als je de intentie hebt om als vrijwilliger aan de slag te gaan in Filipijnen dien je eerst medisch advies in te winnen alvorens je eropuit trekt. Kijk de benodigde vaccinaties na voor Filipijnen.

Data & Kosten


Gegevens over jouw aankomst

Volunteers can apply anytime throughout the year. They may choose to arrive at anytime of their convenience and a volunteer coordinator is always available to pick them up at the airport. 

Pre-departure information is sent during application process and an in-depth program orientation is also conducted upon arrival. The program may start at once the following day after arrival and with working hours of 08:00am – 12 noon for the morning shift and 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm for the afternoon shift, Mondays to Fridays except for Thursdays which is prayer day (minimum).

jan. feb. mrt. apr. mei jun. jul. aug. sep. okt. nov. dec.
4 - 24 weken


Kosten: Prijs in USD
4 weken (min. verblijf)
5 weken
6 weken
7 weken
9 weken
11 weken
24 weken (max. verblijf)
Gemiddelde kosten
$224 /week

Houd er rekening mee dat de hierboven getoonde kosten worden geschat. Volunteer for the Visayans zal je op de hoogte houden over de finale kostprijs gedurende uw aanmeldprocedure.
Waarborg (15%)
De waarborg dient om je plek als vrijwilliger te verzekeren. Betalingen worden door PayPal behandeld, onze betrouwbare betalingsprovider. Indien je niet over een PayPal account beschikt, kan je ook met een credit kaart betalen.
Finale betaling (85%)
Uw finale betaling zal worden goedgekeurd door Volunteer for the Visayans gedurende de aanmeld procedure. Veel voorkomende oplossingen zijn een banktransfer of contante betaling op de projectsite.

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Ondersteuning & tussenkomst
Wij steunen je, wat er ook gebeurt, je kan altijd contact opnemen met ons
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