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Welcome to the Philippines Volunteering Centre!

The Philippines welcomes a culture of volunteering that is embedded in its laws and practices.

Before the pandemic, EV Philippines was able to host up to 300 VIESs (Volontaires Internationaux d’Échanges et de Solidarité – International Exchange and Solidarity Volunteers) each year for missions ranging from a few weeks to several years.

Find out all the information for your volunteering in the Philippines!


Volunteering in the Philippines

In 2021, France Volontaires had approximately:

  • 53 International Solidarity Volunteers (VSI – Volontaires de Solidarité Internationale)

In 2019, there were approximately:

  • 131 International Solidarity Volunteers (VSI)
  • 54 Civic Service Volunteers (VSC – Volontaires de Service Civique)
  • 5 International Volunteers in Administration (VIA – Volontaires Internationaux en Administration)
  • 22 International Volunteers in Enterprise (VIE – Volontaires Internationaux en Entreprise)
  • 50 Volunteers in International Solidarity Work Camps (VCSI – Volontaires en Chantier de Solidarité Internationale)
  • 150+ Off-scheme volunteers (not exhaustive)

Founded in 2013, the Philippines Volunteering Centre works with all the solidarity stakeholders: volunteers, dispatching and host organisations, volunteer candidates and Philippine institutions.

Our services

  • Advice/guidance in finding and accomplishing a volunteering mission.
  • Provide a secure framework via the national representative (in-country security advisor)
  • Putting volunteering stakeholders in contact
  • To answer all administrative, cultural and civic questions
  • Supporting volunteers in their volunteering missions through training and workshops
  • Expanding the France Volontaires network in the Philippines
  • Promoting reciprocal volunteering
  • Ensuring the development of quality missions.
  • Putting volunteering stakeholders in contact
  • Coordinating volunteers’ network
  • Tagalog lessons
  • Psychological counselling

Our partners

Volunteer host organisations in the Philippines

There are many volunteer host organisations in the Philippines. Here is a non-exhaustive list of some of the host organisations:

  • Enfants d’Asie
  • Tulay ng Kabataan
  • Virlanie
  • Enfants du Mékong
  • Life Project 4 Youth
  • The PLAF
  • Entrepreneurs du monde
  • ACAY Foundation
  • Water and Life
  • Kaloob
  • Heart points
  • Passerelles Numériques
  • Make Sens
  • Tiberias Community
  • Jefpag
  • Bayan ng Gubat
  • Gawad Kalinga
  • City of Puerto Princessa
  • Fondacio
  • Phil’book
  • Animal rights protector
  • L’Arche Philippines
Dispatching organisations that are members of France Volontaires
  • Fidesco
  • Eurasianet
  • The Guild
  • Enfants du Mekong
  • Entrepreneurs du Monde
  • The SDC
  • The DCC
  • ATD Fourth World
  • L’Arche Internationale
  • Pistes Solidaires
  • Ginko
  • Fondacio

Settling into the Philippines

Identity card

  • Official name: The Philippines
  • Type of regime: Multi-party presidential republic
  • Head of State: Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
  • Capital city: Manila
  • Main cities: the ‘Metro Manila’ agglomeration (12.8 million inhabitants) includes 17 cities, including Manila Caloocan Makati, and Quezon City (3M), Cebu (2.8M) and Davao (2.5M)
  • Official language(s): Filipino (based on Tagalog), English
  • Spoken language (s): Tagalog, Cebuano, Ilocano, Hiligainon
  • Currency: Philippine Peso (PHP) 1 euro = ± 55 PHP
  • Population: 108.1 million inhabitants
  • Literacy rate: 98%
  • Religion(s ): Catholics (84%), Muslims (7%), Evangelical Protestants (4%), Buddhists (1.5%), numerous Christian churches (Iglesia ni Christo, El Shaddai)

(Sources: demographic data: World Bank)

General presentation

Discovered on 16 March 1521 by Ferdinand Magellan, a Portuguese explorer travelling for the Spanish crown, the archipelago was named the Philippines in 1543, in honour of the Spanish infant, the future Philip IV. It remained under Spanish tutelage until 10 December 1896, when Spain ceded it to the United States for $20 million.
The country gained independence in 1946, as promised by the United States during World War II. A well-known Filipino expression describes these colonial periods as follows: ‘400 years in the convent, 50 in Hollywood’.



National Representative Philippines
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Volunteer development support officer
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Merry Grace BERSABE

Administrative and financial manager
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Contact the team

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France Volontaires' partners in Philippines