Many business travelers to the Philippines have found volunteering to be a meaningful way to immerse themselves in Filipino culture and gain lasting friendships and memories. By choosing to care and change the lives of others, being involved in a community development or an environmental conservation project even for a few short days, you will surely meet civic-minded, influential people in the Philippines.
By participating in a volunteer tour, you get to “see the beauty of the Philippines, be part of a Filipino family, build houses with them, tend their farms, listen to their stories of courage and hope, feel the inherent warmth and generosity of the residents, learn the country’s history and transformation…learn the local culture and discover nearby tourist spots that only locals know” according to the Philippines’ premier volunteer organization – Gawad Kalinga.
In Romblon Province, Global Volunteer Network provides the opportunity to teach, become involved in school building and maintenance projects and cultural exchange.
Meaningful Volunteer offers a mangrove reforestation volunteer program.
Some five-star nature resorts offer a volunteer experience to those who are so inclined.
Mandala Spa in Boracay Island, offers an “unforgettable vacation" by putting together a tree-planting excursion. Their Treetment Project is part of their Green initiative where they plant a tree for every spa treatment taken.
Guests at El Nido Resorts are encouraged to participate in eco-events to share best practices on environmental conservation
Various ocean conservation volunteer programs are aimed at sustaining ocean life, furthering coral reef studies and increasing awareness about protecting the ocean. Volunteers do not have to have any scientific background, although most programs require a minimum PADI certification (or equivalent).
Here are notable marine conservation volunteer programs: