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Volunteer in the Philippines with International Volunteer HQ

Volunteer in Philippines

Volunteer in Philippines with International Volunteer HQ, the world's most affordable and trusted volunteer organization. Volunteers are based on Palawan, an archipelagic province of the Philippines. You can choose from 4 volunteer project options in the Philippines, including Teaching, Kindergarten and Environmental. With volunteer program fees starting from $260, you will not find a more affordable and trustworthy volunteer travel organization in 2020.
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At a glance…

  • Available year-round
  • 4 meaningful project options
  • Projects based on the beautiful island of Palawan
  • Accommodation in dormitory-style accommodation
  • Between 10 and 40 volunteers start in the Philippines each month
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Program fees from $260 for 1 week
  • Explore the Filipino culture with an optional Introduction Week add-on
I will definitely miss taking bucket showers, eating traditional food, playing find the word, exploring the place, talking Bisaya or Tagalog, seeing smiling places every day and having conversation with Kim-one of the local coordinators. This experience really opened my eyes and my heart, made me appreciate and tolerate different people, culture and way of living. I will definitely come back to the Philippines one day!
IVHQ Volunteer - Greta Puodziunaite
Greta Puodziunaite
Nationality: Lithuanian
Age: 22
Destination: Philippines

Volunteer opportunities in the Philippines

Construction and Renovation in Palawan
Volunteer on the Construction and Renovation project in the Philippines with IVHQ
Supports community development
4-6 hours per day
Hands on volunteer work
Help to beautify and maintain community services such as medical centers, daycares and schools around Palawan. Volunteer under the supervision of local staff, across a number of building projects that need assistance.
Suited to:
Active volunteers Solo travelers Qualified volunteers Spring break College students

Construction and Renovation in

Medical centers, daycares and schools all perform important community services, but many in the Philippines find it hard to keep up with building maintenance. Volunteers are considered important for the value they create in helping to beautify and maintain these spaces so they’re attractive and functional for members of the community.

As a Construction and Renovation volunteer, you’ll help with light building tasks around Palawan, assisting on projects including renovations, painting, restoration, carpentry and landscaping.

Construction and Renovation volunteer in the Philippines with IVHQ

The project is set up so you spend time contributing to tasks that are in the most urgent need for assistance at the time. That means you’re likely to help on a number of different sites during your time volunteering, as they work through jobs that need more assistance. A flexible approach to working wherever your help is required will help you to add the most value as a volunteer.

This project is suitable for all volunteers who are interested in physical work and who are not afraid to get stuck in and get their hands dirty. You’ll be assisting local staff, so don’t need prior construction or renovation experience, though skilled volunteers are also welcome.

The Construction and Renovation project has an extra cost of $50 per week for extra supervision, materials and logistics. This amount will be included in your Program Fee quoted to you by IVHQ when you apply.

Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Affordable fees from $260 for 1 week
  • Help with building and renovation projects in medical {% tt terms.centers %}, daycares and schools
  • Assist with building, renovations, painting, restoration, carpentry and landscaping
  • Suited to volunteers who enjoy physical work and using their hands
  • Additional {% usd_approx 50 %} per week surcharge for extra supervision, materials and logistics
  • Volunteer for up to 6 hours per day
Destination Highlights
Philippines at a glance
  • Based on the island of Palawan in the Philippines
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation in a volunteer dormitory
  • Between 10 and 40 volunteers start in the Philippines each month
Also available in Philippines
Our project options
Construction And Renovation In Palawan Environmental In Palawan Kindergarten In Palawan Teaching In Palawan
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Environmental in Palawan
Environmental volunteers in the Philippines with IVHQ
Conserves the environment
4-5 hours volunteering per day
Active volunteer experience
Help to preserve and conserve the stunning natural environment around Palawan, with a focus on replanting important mangroves. Run education classes in the local community and also assist with clean up work around beaches.
Suited to:
Independent travelers Gap year Active volunteers Solo travelers Spring Break

Environmental in

The island of Palawan is world famous for its stunning natural environment, with pristine beaches, green bushland and crystal clear water. However, like many places around the world, it still requires work to maintain, restore and conserve its natural beauty.

As an Environmental volunteer, you’ll be based in the mangrove area to help rehabilitate this vital habitat for local marine and bird life. The mangroves have declined in recent years, and play a huge role in both cleaning the sea water and protecting the shore line from storm surges and erosion.

Environmental volunteer in the Philippines with IVHQ

You’ll be a volunteer conservationist, helping primarily to replant and rehabilitate mangroves. You can also volunteer on litter and mangrove education programs in local schools and communities, gather seeds that slow erosion and deforestation and help to clean up local beaches.

If you’re someone who loves the outdoors and cares about protecting the environment, this is a great project for you! You don’t need any conservation experience as you’ll be volunteering under the direction of experienced local staff.

Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Affordable fees from $260 for 1 week
  • Help to preserve and conserve the natural environment around Palawan
  • Focus on rehabilitating and replanting important mangrove forests
  • Educate locals about conservation efforts including in mangroves, litter and on beach clean ups
  • Suitable for those who care about the environment and want to help to tackle the challenges of climate change
  • Volunteer up to 5 hours per day
Destination Highlights
Philippines at a glance
  • Based on the island of Palawan in the Philippines
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation in a volunteer dormitory
  • Between 10 and 40 volunteers start in the Philippines each month
Also available in Philippines
Our project options
Construction And Renovation In Palawan Environmental In Palawan Kindergarten In Palawan Teaching In Palawan
Other programs you might like
Our programs in Asia
Bali Cambodia China India Laos Nepal Philippines Sri Lanka Thailand Vietnam All Asia
Kindergarten in Palawan
Volunteer on the Kindergarten project with IVHQ in Philippines
Increases access to education
4-5 hours
Awesome variety of volunteer tasks
Volunteer in kindergartens, with a focus on teaching 3-5 year olds English, math, science and arts and crafts lessons.
Suited to:
Students Early childhood teachers Gap year Solo travelers

Kindergarten in

This is a kindergarten project with a difference. While many other childcare volunteer projects involve general care and playing games, as a Kindergarten volunteer in the Philippines you’ll be more focused on working in the classroom.

Volunteers help to teach English, math, science and arts and crafts to children aged between 3-5 years old. While you’ll follow the government curriculum, lessons are conducted in an exciting and practical way through basic drawing, painting and playing – with an essential focus on having a lot of fun!

Kindergarten volunteer in the Philippines with IVHQ

This project is a great option for aspiring teachers or volunteers with no experience in curriculum planning or teaching, as you’ll have the assistance of local teachers in your lessons and during your planning.

During the holiday periods, volunteers can conduct special classes in the community. These classes allow volunteers to be more creative and flexible and host lessons that are outside the usual curriculum.

Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Affordable fees from $260 for 1 week
  • Volunteer in kindergartens around Tigman village
  • Help with pre-school lessons in English, math, science and arts and crafts
  • Suited to enthusiastic, lively volunteers who work well with children
  • Volunteer for up to 5 hours per day
Destination Highlights
Philippines at a glance
  • Based on the island of Palawan in the Philippines
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation in a volunteer dormitory
  • Between 10 and 40 volunteers start in the Philippines each month
Also available in Philippines
Our project options
Construction And Renovation In Palawan Environmental In Palawan Kindergarten In Palawan Teaching In Palawan
Other programs you might like
Our programs in Asia
Bali Cambodia China India Laos Nepal Philippines Sri Lanka Thailand Vietnam All Asia
Teaching in Palawan
Volunteer on the Teaching project with IVHQ in the Philippines
Increases access to education
3-5 hours volunteering per day
Supported volunteer experience
Teach lessons in English and other subjects in primary and secondary schools. Get the experience of leading a classroom, with the comfort of supervision from a local teacher.
Suited to:
Teachers Solo travelers Qualified volunteers Mature volunteers Gap year

Teaching in

Filipino children learn English from a young age, and benefit greatly from communicating with fluent English speakers to develop their language skills. Having a steady stream of volunteers in primary and secondary schools means students get regular exposure to English expertise that can rapidly accelerate their learning.

Volunteer English teachers are based in local schools, mostly teaching English, but also lessons in math, science and arts and crafts. You’ll be leading the class under the supervision of the local teacher, with lessons that follow the government curriculum. It’s expected you’ll spend time each day preparing your lessons, and the local staff are available to help you with this.

Teaching volunteer in the Philippines with IVHQ

During school holiday periods, you’ll help to conduct classes in the community, where you’ll be free to use your creativity in delivering lessons that are outside the usual curriculum.

As you will work with the support of IVHQ’s local team and placement staff, you don’t need to be a qualified teacher to participate. However, we encourage volunteers to come prepared by completing some relevant training, like a teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) course. Visit our Online TEFL Course page to learn how to gain an internationally-recognized TEFL certification at a discounted rate.

Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Affordable fees from $260 for 1 week
  • Help to teach English in local primary and secondary schools
  • Lead lessons under the supervision of the local teacher
  • Suited to volunteers interested in education and teaching English
  • Volunteer for up to 5 hours per day
Destination Highlights
Philippines at a glance
  • Based on the island of Palawan in the Philippines
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation in a volunteer dormitory
  • Between 10 and 40 volunteers start in the Philippines each month
Also available in Philippines
Our project options
Construction And Renovation In Palawan Environmental In Palawan Kindergarten In Palawan Teaching In Palawan
Other programs you might like
Our programs in Asia
Bali Cambodia China India Laos Nepal Philippines Sri Lanka Thailand Vietnam All Asia
  • Most affordable fees - as the world leader in affordable volunteer travel, we’re able to keep our fees low by partnering with a local organization in Philippines to support meaningful community projects and local employment.
  • Superior support - your experienced IVHQ Program Manager, teamed with our local team in Philippines will ensure you feel supported every step of the way - from planning to volunteering.
  • Responsible projects - we’re dedicated to ensuring that our projects are responsibly run and have sustainable positive impacts that are supporting local needs.
  • Online training - as soon as you register on an IVHQ program, you will gain access to our interactive volunteer training to ensure you’re well prepared for your program.
  • Safety-first - volunteer safety is a top priority for IVHQ and we have clear standards for risk management on each program. You can feel confident that you are placed with trustworthy institutions, organizations and families that have been screened by our local teams.
  • New friendships - as an IVHQer, you’ll always be in the company of friendly locals and like-minded volunteer travelers who will quickly become your life-long friends.
  • Epic weekend adventures - you’ll have your weekends free to explore Philippines with your new-found friends.

How to get started

Pick a destination + project and apply for free
Meet your personal volunteer travel expert
Pay the registration fee to secure your place and upgrade your MyIVHQ account
Get ready to volunteer abroad, we’ll support you every step of the way!