Looking for GAP year programs somewhere fresh and exciting? What could you possibly do in the Philippines? Most GAP year programs in Southeast Asia only focus on countries such as Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, or even Nepal. However, there is one hidden gem uncovered for your itinerary if you are planning to volunteer abroad any time soon.
The relative obscurity of the Philippines in the GAP year volunteering circuit is primarily due to its location, which raises the issue of easy accessibility – hence, the cost of accessibility to numerous volunteer opportunities in this country. In the volunteer overseas circle, the Philippines is one country that is off-the-beaten track.
That is about to change as there are steady streams of volunteers streaming to the Philippines now, exploring fresh volunteer opportunities and looking for ways to make a difference in the country. One factor that attracts volunteers to this country these days is the dropping costs of air travel. Thus, the country is no longer an expensive volunteer abroaddestination.
Additionally and especially after the Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, many international NGOs are now avidly marketing the country as an attractive volunteer destination. Volunteers not only look for ways to make an impact in Filipino communities, but also for ways to have a good time. With an increase of spending on the country’s greatest attractions, many volun-tourists are now discovering what a gem the Philippines truly is when it comes to volunteering opportunities.
The Philippines also offers plenty of advantages, especially if you are looking for structured volunteering opportunities in Southeast Asia. As such, the country has a very hospitable population, as well as full of English-speaking people. Thus, you are likely to find an easier time volunteering here. Moreover, the Philippines is one of the warmest countries in the world. You will be amazed by the warmth of welcome when you come to this country.
Furthermore, there is the natural beauty of the Philippines – with plenty of marine attractions and activities that you can indulge in. You can also explore rich cultural and historical heritage when you volunteer abroad in the Philippines.
Where can you make a difference in the Philippines?
The country has a serious income inequality. Thus, there are numerous underprivileged communities where you can make a positive impact with your skills and energies. Up to 33% of the Filipino population lives below the poverty line. Many families here are, therefore, unable to access basic education, health care, and social welfare programs.
There are plenty of volunteer Philippines programs related to public health areas, where you can work to improve the lives of people who are in need. Nutrition programs are also areas where you are likely to get lots of volunteer opportunities.
Naturally, these might be cut out by many GAP year volunteers. Hpwever, you will also find many of the general projects that usually attract GAP year volunteers. These include programs such as child welfare, orphanages, conservation, and community development projects.
Volunteer Philippines programs are no longer costly. With structured programs offered by organizations like Involvement Volunteers International, costs now range from $450 for one-week specialty placement programs to $3830 for four-month specialty programs. Standard placements are also available, which are way cheaper.
Learn more at http://www.volunteering.org.au/volunteer-fees.html on the volunteer fees for GAP years in the Philippines.