Thursday, November 14, 2013

Volunteers Needed in School Rebuilding Project: Philippines

We just received notice that the respected volunteer organization, Projects Abroad, is setting up Disaster Relief projects to help survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. We know this will be of interest to the many families looking for volunteer vacations for the fall and winter breaks.

Projects Abroad, with operations in over 25 destinations, more than 500 trained staff and volunteer experience since 1992, is using their staff already working on teaching and medical care projects in the Philippines to direct resources, efforts and volunteers to help in typhoon relief work through a special Disaster Relief project.

According to the press statement, Projects Abroad's Disaster Relief project will focus on areas in the northern part of Cebu Island close to the typhoon's path, including Bogo City, Tabogan, and San Remigio, all of which have been affected by the typhoon.

The main objectives of the Disaster Relief project are to bring educational facilities that have been affected by the typhoon back to working order as soon as possible. Projects Abroad's volunteers will look after local children while their parents help with the clean-up efforts.

Their staff notes that it may take several weeks for schools and other care centers for children to receive government help while infrastructure is being repaired. Projects Abroad volunteers will help to bridge this through repair and renovation work at schools and childcare centers and by helping to care for children.

Volunteers can join the Disaster Relief project in the Philippines anytime and stay as long as they can, for a minimum of at least two weeks. Work will start as soon as possible and be ongoing for at least several months. It is preferable to plan to arrive on a weekend so volunteers can start working in teams Monday mornings.

All volunteers will be accommodated with secure and undamaged host families and be supported by full-time local Projects Abroad staff.

For more information on how you can get involved, contact Projects Abroad or visit

About Projects Abroad

Projects Abroad was founded in 1992 by Dr. Peter Slowe, a geography professor, as a program for students to travel and work while on break from full-time study. The program had its genesis in post-USSR Romania, where students were given the chance to teach conversational English. After a few years just sending volunteers to Eastern Europe for teaching, the company expanded to sending volunteers of all ages around the world on a wide range of projects.

Projects Abroad is a global leader in short-term international volunteer programs with projects in 28 countries and recruitment offices in the UK, Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Holland, Hong Kong, Norway, Poland, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden and the United States.

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