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Working and volunteering


Coral Cay Conservation (www.coralcay.org) Works to protect coral reefs in Southern Leyte.

Gawad Kalinga GK’s mission is building not just homes but entire communities for the poor and homeless. Volunteers can build houses or get involved in a host of other activities. Contact the volunteer coordinator, Fatima Amamo (maamano@gawadkalinga.com).

Habitat for Humanity Builds houses for the poor all over the country, concentrating on disaster-affected areas.

Hands On Manila Always looking for volunteers to help with disaster assistance and other projects throughout the Philippines.

Haribon Foundation A longstanding conservation organisation focused on scientific research and community empowerment programs.

Rise Above Foundation Housing, education and vocational training projects in Cebu. We've had positive feedback from recent volunteers.

Save Palawan Seas NGO owned by one of largest pearl producers in Philippines and supported by Flower Island Beach Resort, dedicated to educating local fishermen in Palawan about the dangers of destructive fishing and agricultural practices.

Springboard Foundation Not a volunteer organisation, per se, but has ties to many charity organisations doing volunteer work in the Philippines.

Stairway Foundation (www.stairwayfoundation.org) Qualified volunteers can apply for long-term assignments (at least six months) to work with formerly homeless children out of a base in Puerto Galera, Mindoro. Most kids were rescued from the streets of Manila. In Puerto Galera they learn life skills, with the long-term goal of being reunited with their families. One program involves teaching the kids about marine conservation through PG-based NGO EACY Dive.

Volunteer for the Visayas Runs various volunteer programs around Tacloban, Leyte.

World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms There are several WWOOF sites in the Philippines, including the Julia Campbell Agroforest Memorial Park and the ENCA Farm, both in North Luzon.

WWF Philippines Contact the organisation to get involved with biodiversity and species-conservation projects.


There are scores of expats in the Philippines, but the vast majority work for multinational organisations and are sent by their jobs. It's not really the place to show up without a job and expect that you'll find something. There's a fair amount of labour-protection legislation in place and obtaining a work visa can be difficult.

On the other hand, the Philippines is fertile ground for retirees, with an accommodating climate and several methods for obtaining a retiree's visa.

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