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Posted on Wed Dec 01, 2010

1. Is the Philippines safe?

The Philippines is one of the most beautiful and friendliest countries you will ever visit. There have been isolated incidents in some parts of the country but it is generally safe for travelers. And as with any other country, tourists and visitors must always take precautions when traveling abroad.

2. What are the living arrangements like in the Philippines?

Volunteers will be placed with ordinary Filipino families that we have carefully selected to host our international volunteers. Living arrangements will be simple. Volunteers will have their own room but most houses only have one “C.R.” (bathroom) for the family. Most placements will have electricity but in the rural villages their will be no running water.

3. Can I extend my stay if I decide I want to stay longer?

Yes! If you decide to lengthen your stay, you can easily extend your visa for up to 59 days. After the 59 days you can extend again for a smaller fee.

4. What vaccinations do I need for the Philippines?

We advise that all our volunteers have a travel consultation a few months prior to traveling to the Philippines, to assess what vaccinations you are up to date with and which ones you will need for the Philippines. Malaria is not a concern in Leyte, but if you plan on traveling to other areas of the Philippines, you may want to bring some anti-malarial tablets for your travels. We recommend that our volunteers be up to date with Typhoid, Tuberculosis, Hepatitis A, and Hepatitis B.

5. Can I come with a friend?

We can accommodate friends or partners that want to volunteer together. We can’t guarantee that we’ll place you in the same homestay but you will live in close vicinity from one another.

6. Is it ok if I am a vegetarian?

Filipinos eat a lot of meat and fish in their diet. It may be more challenging for vegetarians to live in the Philippines but it’s easy to find fruits, vegetables, rice, and eggs.

7. Are all nationalities welcome?

Yes. We have had volunteers from all over the world and welcome anyone who is interested in experiencing life in the Philippines.

8. Will I be met at the airport?

Our local staff will greet you at the airport when you arrive. Make sure you send us your flight itinerary before you leave so we know when you will arrive.

9. How long can I volunteer for?

We can accommodate volunteers from 2 weeks to 6 months. For longer placements, it will be necessary to extend your visa once you are here.

10. Will I be able to communicate with the locals in my placement?

Waray-Waray is the local dialect of northern Leyte. English is taught in the schools starting in grade one, so most people can understand and speak English very well.