- Official Language(s)
- Filipino, English
- 102.2 million
- % of Population Below Poverty
- 25% (25.6 million people)
- GDP per CAPITA (PPP US$) (?)
- $7,412 (Canada = $43,100)
- UN's Human Development Index (?)
Why volunteer in the Philippines?
An ever-popular tourist destination, the Philippines has progressed in achieving gender equality in education and made major improvements in health such as water, sanitation and reduced tuberculosis rates. But social and economic inequality and regional disparity remain. In late 2013, the country was devastated by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). More than 6,300 people died and almost 1.5 million were hurt or left homeless. Rebuilding and recovery continues.
Developing World Connections volunteers work in Cebu City on Cebu Island. Cebu City has a population of almost one million and is considered the second city of the Philippines after the capital of Manila. Cebu has a young population, with a median age of 20. About one-quarter of the people there have completed high school.
Volunteers work with our in-country partner Rise Above Foundation Cebu, a non-government organization with a long history in the Philippines. You will pitch in on a project that could involve building a home for people with an incurable disease, help fix up a school or do other work related to Rise Above’s efforts with education, food, oral hygiene and medical care programs.
Choose your trip
ADULT AND FAMILY, CUSTOM OR CORPORATE TRIPS: These are typically two weeks in length and include in-country food, ground transportation, accommodation, program costs and a substantial direct donation to Rise Above Foundation Cebu. It does not include airfare, but you can get a tax receipt for airfare if you book through DWC’s travel affiliate.
YOUTH AND UNIVERSITY TRIPS: A two- to four-week Youth and University trip varies in price and is often based on number of participants and location. You can fundraise for your trip and DWC will give charitable receipts to your donors.
Trips may be cancelled if not enough people register, so please sign up early to avoid disappointment. A $500 deposit is required to hold your spot on the trip; the balance is due 60 days before your trip.
Read about our volunteers’ experiences
Find our what it’s really like on a DWC volunteer trip. Check out our Philippines blog with entries from DWC team leaders and participants.
When can I go?
How much does it cost?
We invite people who cannot give the gift of time to donate to Philippine projects and programs through Developing World Connections.
After you’re done volunteering, we encourage you to spend time exploring some of the cultural highlights of Cebu City, including the historic church Basilica del Santo Nino, the Taoist Temple with its landmark dragons, Tops Lookout, Fort San Pedro with its turrets and cannons and Magellan’s Cross and the Cebu Heritage Monument. A side trip to Bohol Island is popular because of its beaches and resorts, but it also offers the Chocolate Hills, which are limestone mound formations covered in greenery, fantastic diving locations and the indigenous, big-eyed Philippine tarsier.