About Philippines

The Global Volunteer Network Philippines volunteer program allows volunteers to become involved in children's aid and education projects in the Philippines. This program has something to suit all skills and experience levels.

You have the opportunity to work in teaching, childcare, reading promotion, school building and maintenance projects, and cultural exchange, centred in Romblon province.

While sharing your knowledge and compassion you will gain an in-depth experience of the country and its culture that will stay with you the rest of your life.

For more information about the program please visit the Philippines volunteer program on the Global Volunteer Network website.

Recent Philippines Journals:

Happy Birthday To Me!!!!!

 Posted by Anna Eldred at 1:49 pm  Philippines  Comments Off on Happy Birthday To Me!!!!!
Jan 102014

In Banaue, just had breakfast, scrambled egg, bacon & toast. A card, small cadburys bar of chocolate & a lucky bamboo sun for my morning present. Today we hit the markets, museums in Banaue, followed by an afternoon manicure, pedicure & maybe a massage before catching the overnight bus to Manila- the last stretch of our journey. The rice terraces were magnificent on Thursday we took a tricycle the first 12km up to the saddle at times both Andrew & the Guide needed to get out & push it over the rocks- I rode like a Queen. From the saddle we walked down steep steps & rocks to the village of Batad very basic accommodation, but views over miles of terraces climbing up the mountain side slopes. At the moment they are preparing the terraces for planting, water buffalo churning the mud (there are only 3 for the whole area, they hire them out) clearing weed & laying the grain in lines to produce the first seedlings which need to be transplanted in 6 weeks time. Here in the mountains they can only produce one crop annually, while in the lowlands it is possible for 2 or even 3 harvests. The older women are permanently bent double like hairpins due to the constant bending of work in the terraces. From our lodgings our guide Regina (female) took us on a 5 hour trek trough the terraces (which requires good balance or you are likely to drop into a metre of mud) meandering downhill to Tappiya waterfall 70m drop with a swirling current, we both swam the current was to strong for me to get under the waterfall, but Andrew managed to get quite close. It was refreshing, much needed as it was a very long trek back to our lodgings. [click here to read more]

Anna who survived caving!!!!

 Posted by Anna Eldred at 6:57 pm  Philippines  Comments Off on Anna who survived caving!!!!
Jan 072014

One of the highlights was the caving at Sagada Andrew assured me they always hyped up the dangerous situation & it would be fine. He lied!!! Must add that he had been up most of the night with the runs & was very poorly, but one must never give up. A gentle walk in to view the hanging coffins- then a hole the size of a hoola hoop  with jagged edges holding a knotted rope through which we dropped with one oil lamp and a feeble head torch. For 3 hours we slid on our bottoms, waded trough rivers, bats screeching around, sometimes with sandals at other times bare feet. The worst section was climbing up an overhang using a knotted rope stretching left then right foot across to footholds- unfortunately the old metal hip just wouldn`t bend that far (I don`t know left from right). After 3 attempts & standing on the guides shoulder I made it- felt quite drained. I thought to myself I should be at home in front of a coal fire sipping a sherry.  Wonderful stallic tights/mights & column formations. A great experience & I got a thumbs up from Andrew, so must have done OK.  He mentioned our ~take away chicken~ the invite by the guide, purchased chicken from the coop, feet strapped together, head stuck through a plastic bag, carried home but beaten with a stick first, believed to improve tenderness, then killed, feathers burnt off & scraped with a knife. I will not want to eat chicken, pork or rice for at least a month. Temperature much cooler up here particularly at night. Looking forward to seeing you all & coming home- but living & enjoying every new experience, never knowing what is coming next. Thanks for your e-mail Anne.     [click here to read more]

Wednesday 8th January 2014

 Posted by Anna Eldred at 6:32 pm  Philippines  Comments Off on Wednesday 8th January 2014
Jan 072014

We feel we are heading home now. We have just arrived in Banaue up in the mountains which has many famous rice-terraces all around. We have booked our (overnight) bus back to Manila for Saturday and have booked a guide for a two day trip amongst the terraces for the next two days. Two jeepneys to get here and the views were superb (it is like Hardknott – just as steep and winding but on a concrete road 3 times as wide, most of the time). Sagada was fascinating. Day 1 was a local walk which took in the local church then to Echo valley to see the “hanging coffins” – literally suspended on the side of vertical cliffs, some very high up) then on to a waterfall with a lovely deep natural pool to swim in under the waterfall. Having had a guide for that (it would be very difficult to do it on your own, the maps are mere sketches and the footpaths indistinct with no signpost at all) we agreed to use him again for a cave trip the next day. In the evening we went to a restaurant which took Philippino laid-backness to extremes. We joined a Canadian who was eating his dessert because he had already waited one hour for his main course to arrive! You cannot rush things here. The cave trip was exciting – limestone caves with some large formations in the lower levels. The start was not auspicious – we passed bones and a skull but these were from the contents of a hanging coffin displaced in a severe earthquake several years ago (we were told). The description said there were ropes in place but it was still a bit more basic than even I expected. We had two guides for the [click here to read more]


 Posted by Anna Eldred at 9:37 pm  Philippines  Comments Off on Photographs
Jan 042014

Anna in Sagada

 Posted by Anna Eldred at 8:46 pm  Philippines  Comments Off on Anna in Sagada
Jan 042014

Andrew just dashed up to our room it is an x convent we are in St. Thomas` room, so must say our prayers tonight. He has gone to get his credit card as the Hotel we hope to spend our last 2 nights in Manila is almost fully booked, so must do it now- especially being my birthday treat, sadly only the deluxe rooms left the standard have gone. On the actual 11th we will be all night on a bus travelling 10hours from the rice terraces to Manila. It is Alpine temperature here in Sagada jumper wearing in the evenings, beautiful views of the mountains but a pretty scary bus ride to get here in places. Thank you for the texts and e-mails we have received- we can`t get to our e-mails at the moment due to the terrible storms you are having in the UK. Must fly credit card has arrived & I am looking forward to 2 nights in The White Knight Manila. Love Anna

Sunday 5th January 2014

 Posted by Anna Eldred at 8:32 pm  Philippines  Comments Off on Sunday 5th January 2014
Jan 042014

Well we hope you all had a good New Year. We were a bit disappointed initially – the afternoon had been frantic in town, the market heaving, fireworks being sold in large quantities from open buckets (with a notice: No Smoking; No Testing (!)) and everyone gearing up for the evening. However they all were celebrating at home (they are a very family-oriented population) – so by 8.30 all the restaurants were closing and the streets were deserted. We retired to our room thinking that was that. However at 11.30 there was a knock on the door – the owners asked us to go down to the courtyard and join them in (another) celebration meal! Wine, a whole piglet, fresh fruit (pineapple was especially good) and many more dishes. At midnight there was the usual good wishes all round and then the fireworks came out. All handheld and freely waved about. Some of the staff carried out a large parcel (like a small uninflated liferaft) and set it off. There were apparently 40,000 bangers in this device. The sound was horrendous, it went on for about 20 minutes and scattered flames all over the place (this in the middle of a UN Heritage site consisting mainly of frail wooden buildings). We were told that you were not allowed to set fireworks off in the street but the authorities fail to stop people doing that and put firemen on duty throughout the town instead! Next morning was especially fine for me – the previous evening I had mentioned to Anna that I had foind Vigan City Tennis Club and the welcomed visitors. The owner said he was a member and played every morning so a 6.30 am I was playing tennis in lovely warm conditions. Two sets, first to 8 games, [click here to read more]


 Posted by June Clewett at 12:45 am  Philippines  Comments Off on THE ARRIVAL – MANILLA & QUEZON CITY – 4th Jan 2014
Jan 042014

Welcome to the Philippines to me!  After 8 hours flying time to Singapore from Brisbane followed by a  3 hour transit stop then another 3 hours fly to Manilla! my adventure began! So firstly,  the heat! OMG! Then immigration!  Apparently you’re only meant to bring in 10000 pesos where I brought in three times that!  No one told me that before I left NZ but got off with a warning!  Then through customs to buy a sim card.  650 Pesos loaded with 500 pesos worth of texting then 150 pesos for sim card which I found out today was a rip off.  Should have been only 20 pesos!  And I bought it for thewrong network, Global when itshould have been a SMART sim!  Oh well, all part of the experience. Outside the terminal I hunted down a yellow cab which needed to be a metered one, and headed out of Manila to Quezon City where the CERV office and dormitory is. What a way to get a first hand view of a third world country seething with people, cars, motorbikes, jeepneys, all impatiently jostling to move along poorly marked contested roads.  Horns tooting all around alerting drivers that someone wants to pass!  City buildings  look very run down, apart from some of the hotels and govt buildings.  And in the narrow spaces make shift dwellings stand  tightly alongside each other, some no more than a sheet if corrugated iron on wooden poles, or as I saw along the roadside, people living in shelters made from stacks of wooden pallets.  The best description that immediately comes to mind is that the make up of Manilla and Quezon cities is like large and sooty smudge! After getting quite lost my cab finally pulled up outside the Cerv buildingaround 3.30pm where I was [click here to read more]


 Posted by June Clewett at 12:33 am  Philippines  Comments Off on ONE MORE SLEEP
Jan 012014

Well here it is!  Eve of departure to Philippines.  Tomorrow I fly to Manila via Singapore to begin volunteering.  I’m excited and a little nervous, but all will be fine.  The final purchase for this adventure a mosquito net.  Good old K Mart, although I need to adapt it to fit into my backpack.  Have to take everything out and repack so that there is enough room for all the pencils, crayons and paper my grandsons spent their $5 pocket money on.  I think it’s fantastic that they are so interested in what Im going to be doing.  Humanitarians already.  Well done boys!


 Posted by Anna Eldred at 3:54 pm  Philippines  Comments Off on Photos
Dec 302013

We’ll try again.

Tuesday 31st December 2013

 Posted by Anna Eldred at 3:42 pm  Philippines  Comments Off on Tuesday 31st December 2013
Dec 302013

As Anna said, we are now back on the same island as Manila – but to the North in a (World Heritage) city called Vigan. Our last working day was spent finishing the painting (both the hut and a union jack on a bench top!). Next day we were invited to a teachers house in the next settlement along the coast where they were having a festival. The spread was very colourful and there was a lot to eat. We saw some local teams playing basketball – they take it seriously. We said our goodbyes to the family as we had an early start next day. Sunday was a day of travel. 5.30 get up with a very wet dawn. 20 minute tricycle ride to St Agustin to catch the jeepney (start of the journey so we had seats at the front and didn’t have to change around much. 2.5 hours South to the port  of Odiongan in a pretty rattly vehicle but maily on a concrete road. Rain stopped and it soon got warm. The 11am ferry left at 1.30 (we did say that Philippine time is flexible – they are never on time, in fact it is rude to turn up at the time you were invited to something). There is certainly a level of patience needed for the travel.  7 hours on the ferry (with a bunk to lie on – but not much to see as the cloud was quite low. Lovely temperature, though, for sitting on the open ceck in the breeze. Once we landed we were into the unknown. We knew we wanted a but to Cubao (a part of Manila) – we were not sure where to find it but it was very straight forward. There was a whole line of buses with [click here to read more]

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