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Assisting In Public Health & Nutrition Initiatives

Health Services Nutrition and Food

Join hands with on ground team of volunteers and nutritionists in breaking awareness about nutrition balance and feeding programs for malnourished children in villages.

The project

As the name suggests, this project is based on the lines of public awareness and includes a feeding program for malnourished children. This is a very unique and a one-of-its-kind program where in volunteers can contribute for the welfare and development of an entire community as a whole. 

Philippines has had a history of encountering natural disasters on a trot; such as typhoons, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, etc. This has increased the risk of malnutrition; especially, among infants. The project mainly focus on the areas of food habits, hygiene, nutritional intake, baby feeding, and matters related to healthy diet. The main aim is to rectify and improve the malnourished condition of infants, especially, those born in low-income communities. 

Volunteer work

Under this project, volunteers have to organize seminars and workshops for the local and the rural communities and enlighten them about the benefits of a balanced diet and maintaining nutritional plans. Through these information rich workshops, volunteers have to convince the parents to create a food habit that is rich in vital nutrients and nourishing for the kids. These learning have to be imparted keeping in view that the locals do not compromise on their personal savings. The goals of the project are two-fold.

  • The first is to provide a stable supplementary feeding program for malnourished infants for pre-school children aged 3 to 6 years old. 
  • The second is to disseminate information to parents about the importance of healthy nutrition through a series of workshops and seminars.
Whilst no specialist skills are required to participate on this project; those with backgrounds in Nutrition Public Health are strongly encouraged to apply for the volunteering in Public Health program. Below is a list of tasks to be done by volunteers under this project; 

  • Preparing supplementary feeding
  • Recording and analysing the status of children on the project
  • Enlighten the people in the community about the benefits of a balanced diet and maintaining nutritional plans.
  • Organize seminars and workshops for the local and the rural communities.
  • Convince the parents to create a food habit that is rich in vital nutrients and nourishing for the kids.
The project is available all year round and is available for a minimum program duration of 2 weeks. Participants who have a basic knowledge of public health nutrition are preferred. Those participants who are studying Public health nutrition courses are also encouraged to apply.

Suitable for

Singles
Groups
50+

Typical day

A typical volunteer schedule under this program is as follows; 
  • Saturday - Arrival
  • Sunday - Orientation. Orientation session will be conducted by the local coordinator, covering topic areas; such as safety, culture, language, places to visit, behaviour, food, another suggestion over things to do in Philippines.
  • Monday to Friday - Volunteer Work
        • Breakfast - 6:00 am
        • Volunteer work - 08:00 am to 12:00 pm and 01:30 pm to 04:00 pm
        • Lunch - 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm (volunteers need to arrange lunch at own cost. They can choose to go home and cook for lunch or can buy a meal at any of the nearest food joints.)
        • Dinner - 06:00 pm onward
  • Weekends - Free to explore the city
The same volunteer work schedule continues from the second week onward.

Details on Arrival

Below are the available start dates for this program:

2017
September 02, 09, 16, 23, 30
October         07, 14, 21, 28
November 04, 11, 18, 25
December 02, 09, 16

2018
January 06, 13, 20, 27
February 03, 10, 17, 24
March 03, 10, 17, 24
April 07, 14, 21, 28
May 05, 12, 19, 26
June 02, 09, 16, 23, 30
July          07, 14, 21, 28
August 04, 11, 18, 25
September 01, 08, 15, 22, 29
October 06, 13, 20, 27
November 03, 10, 17, 24
December 01, 08, 15

The start date which you choose will also be your arrival date in Tacloban. 

Program Requirements

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).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Health Declaration
required
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
Nutrition Science & Public Health at University level
Required Documents
CV, Insurance, Passport, Letter of Recommendation and Statement of Motivation
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 - 16:00

Any questions? Just ask. We at Volunteering Solutions are happy to help you.

Contact Project Coordinator

Free-time activities

Volunteers do get weekends free for doing sightseeing and socializing with other volunteers in the program. Tacloban City has amenities for almost every kind of traveler, from the Robinsons Shopping Mall to beautiful sun-swept beaches on the outskirts of the City. What you get up to during your time off is completely up to you, however, our staff can provide you with help in planning your trip.

Volunteers also enjoy relaxing at the many beach resorts, predominantly the Tadjaw beach resort near the municipality of Tolosa. For those of you that are looking further afield for more exciting opportunities, you can plan a weekend getaway to Cebu, or to visit the Chocolate Hills on Bohol or the Sohoton Caves on Samar.

Swimming
Climbing
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Sports
Contact & Reservation
$294
/week
$294
/week
2 - 24
weeks
2 - 24
weeks
18+
age
18+
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Airport Pickup
Housing
Food
Internet
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The total cost covers;


  • Airport Pickup and Drop Off
  • Welcome Orientation – Program Orientation
  • City Tour & Placement Orientation
  • Accommodation in a Filipino Host Family
  • 2 Meals a Day
  • Detailed Pre Departure Info Pack
  • Project Placement
  • 24 hrs Assistance and support from in country staff

Airport Pickup at D. Z. Romualdez Airport
Volunteers are picked up from, and dropped off at, Tacloban Airport by a local representative staff member. Volunteers need to arrive one day prior to the program start date. 
Accommodation
Volunteers will live with homestay families residing in Tacloban area. The homestays have been thoroughly evaluated before they were accepted into our homestay program and are experienced in accommodating international volunteers. Prior to your arrival, you will receive a profile outlining the specifics of your homestay family.
 
Your homestay will welcome you into their home and treat you as member of the family. By living with them, you will be able to experience the Filipino culture and participate in their daily activities. You will eat the same food they are eating, though your homestay family knows what foreigners like to eat. If you have special dietary requirements, it is best to inform us beforehand so we can meet your needs. You will be served only two meals per day, breakfast and dinner. Your homestay will also provide you with filtered drinking water, as it is best not to drink tap water. All the homestays have electricity and running water. You will have a private room by yourself or shared with a fellow volunteer. You also be provided a mosquito net and electric fan. The bathroom or toilet, commonly called “comfort room or CR” will be shared will all the family members.
 
Bathroom accommodation is basic and the volunteer will take cold, bucket baths because hot running showers are uncommon in Filipino homes – don't worry too much about this as cold bucket baths are often refreshing after being in the tropical heat all day. 
Guest Family
Food & Beverages

During your time as a volunteer, you will be provided with two meals a day (breakfast and dinner) by your homestay. Aside from this, access to safe drinking water will also be provided by your homestay. All meals will be served with rice and typically include fish, chicken or pork. Homestays can cater for special dietary restrictions, however we require that you include this in the application form.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

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Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$900.00
3 weeks
$1,010.00
4 weeks
$1,120.00
5 weeks
$1,230.00
6 weeks
$1,340.00
7 weeks
$1,450.00
8 weeks
$1,560.00
24 weeks (max. stay)
$3,320.00
Average fees
$294.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Tacloban/Philippines between 2 weeks and 24 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Volunteering Solutions 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 Volunteering Solutions during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Airport
The nearest airport is D. Z. Romualdez Airport (TAC) in Tacloban. We assist you to find cheap flights to Philippines.
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