Volunteer & Intern in Nutrition and Public Health Abroad

Location: Philippines: Tacloban City

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

Dates: Year Round

http://www.visayans.org

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

Call Us

Phone: (6353) 325-2462

Fax: (6353) 325-2462

Description

Volunteer in a nutrition project in the Philippines and help Volunteer for the Visayans address a critical public health issue. Volunteers will work closely with VFV staff and local communities to tailor projects to combat hunger and improve food security through heightened nutritional awareness.

Nutrition tends to be an issue that is overlooked by many Filipino communities. As a result, issues such as chronic heart disease, diabetes, vitamin A deficiency, PEM, and malnourishment are rampant in a society that cannot comprehend the importance of a healthy diet.

A critical objective is to educate Filipinos on the need to cut back on the amount of sugar and salt they use in their diet, and to increase consumption of vegetables. There is little public education on these needs.

The Nutrition Public Health Project aims to alter Filipino attitudes towards food while addressing the issues of undernourishment among local community preschool children.

Volunteers will work with VFV's Community Feeding Project, planning, budgeting, and providing supplementary feeding menus for the daily feeding of up to 35 preschool children. At the same time, volunteers will work closely with local mothers to educate them on the importance of nutrition and to investigate and implement long-term solutions to combat hunger and food security. Such methods include investigating the possibility and effectiveness of organizing community feeding kitchens.

Qualifications

- Volunteers must be independent and open-minded.
- Volunteers must be willing to experience a different culture.
- Volunteers should have some knowledge and experience about nutrition.

Intern Types
  • Health Sciences
  • Health Administration
  • Food Science & Nutrition
Languages
  • English

Cost in US$:

$100-300

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

no

Volunteer Types
  • Nutrition
  • Health Education
  • Health
  • Culture
  • Childcare & Children
  • Community Development
  • Public Health
  • Cooking
  • Education
Typical Volunteer
Volunteers will help implement supplementary feeding projects for between 30 and 70 children whilst also working closely with local communities in order to organise workshops and seminars to promote nutrition education.
Age Range
18 years old and above
This Program is open to

Worldwide Participant. This Program is also open to Families, Couples and Individuals.

Typical Living Arrangements
  • Home-stays

Participants Travel to Philippines

Independently or in Groups

Application Process Involves
  • Resume
  • Online Application
Post Services Include
  • Alumni Network
Year Founded

2004

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