Volunteer with Children Rescued from the Dumpsite

Location: Philippines: Tacloban City

Program Duration: 1-2 Weeks, 2-4 Weeks, 5-8 Weeks, 9-12 Weeks, 3-6 Months, Alternative Spring Break, 1-2 Years, 7-12 Months, Multiple Year, Summer

Dates: Year Round


Brgy. 64, Lot 63, Cluster II Bliss, Sagkahan Tacloban City, Leyte 6500 Philippines

Call Us

Phone: (6353) 325-2462

Fax: (6353) 325-2462


Volunteer with children being rehabilitated from a local dump in the Philippines and have the opportunity to not only participate in a rewarding outreach project but also help contribute to making long-term actions to remove more children from working at the Tacloban City dumpsite.

Scavenging for plastics and other recyclable items at the city dump is a grim reality of life for many children in the community. Most of these children are malnourished. A few attend school off-and-on, while the rest do not attend school at all. The children, some as young as five, work at the city dump to supplement their parents' meager earnings. On a good day, a child typically earns about 75 cents, enough perhaps to enable the family to have a second meal that day. The work is hard and dangerous, and the stench of decaying material permeates the area. Still the children play gleefully on the mounds of compacted garbage while awaiting the arrival of the next dump truck. Like other children in the Philippines, they are playful. This is the only life they know. But should the children remain at the dump, they face a grim future.


1. Volunteer at a city dump in the Philippines with the goal of stopping children from working at the dump.

2. Augment support to an understaffed project by providing activities for children enrolled in the dumpsite program.

3. Assist staff in monitoring the activity of children going to and from the dumpsite.

4. Help provide a long-term sustainable approach to removing children from the dump.

5. Spend at least two weeks living and volunteering in Tacloban City.


No formal training required; however volunteers with a history in social welfare are highly valued. All volunteers must have energy, enthusiasm and an open heart.

Cost in US$:

USD 800: 2 weeks, USD 80 for each week thereafter

Cost Includes:

Cost Include Description:

What's Included: Airport Reception, Accommodation with local host family, 2 meals a day (breakfast and dinner), 24 hour local staff support, orientation, Crash courses in the local dialect Waray Waray.

What's Not Included: International or Domestic Airfares, Insurance or Visas.

Credit Available


Volunteer Types
  • Youth
  • Street Children
  • Social Work
  • Grassroots Organization
  • Economic Development
  • Community Development
  • Childcare & Children
  • Human Rights
  • Community Centers
Age Range
Minimum age 18 (or with written parental consent)
This Program is open to

Worldwide Participant.

Typical Living Arrangements
  • Home-stays

Participants Travel to Philippines

Independently or in Groups

Application Process Involves
  • Online Application
  • Resume
Year Founded