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Philippines Community Development

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Philippines Community Development

Volunteer at this amazing island community project and experience life in the Philippines.

Prices from US$895

Comprising of more than 7,000 individual islands, the Philippines has been shaped continuously over the centuries to become what it is today: an exciting fusion of Spanish, Asian and American influences. Its rich culture and impressive, varied scenery make it a fascinating destination for all travellers, from the towering, smouldering volcanic hearts of each island, through the dense, tropical jungles emerging in glorious sunlight on pristine, white sand beaches – the islands certainly have something to entice everyone! 

This project will help you make a real difference in poor communities within Davao City as you support local community development initiatives supporting local children in the most underprivileged areas.  


Location Davao City, Philippines
Activities Help teach English to local villagers
Village rennovation and development projects
Building maintenance and refurbishment
Raising environmental awareness
Transport Airport pick-up
Accommodation Volunteer house


Before you go Pre-departure support 
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas and equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Food
Airport pick-up
Local orientation
Project training
24-hour international HQ back-up
In-country emergency support


A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


Davao City is the largest and fourth most populous city in the Philippines and has recently undergone dramatic development. Poverty is widespread and has been exacerbated by this rapid expansion. The number of Filipinos reduced to poverty has increased, and the growing number of migrants to the area in search of work aggravates the situation further. These communities are in dire need of development projects to assist in alleviating this poverty. You will become part of a team dedicated to making a valuable contribution to this effort.    


Your day to day activities will vary throughout your stay on this enchanting island. You can expect to be helping out in areas such as improving community infrastructure, providing crucial teaching support, whilst additionally renovating community buildings and developing regular village clean-up and recycling projects. There will undoubtedly be lots of additional community activities for you to lend a helping hand to!

You will be working in the heart of the community, getting involved in important tasks. The people you are helping will be very hard working and appreciative of your contribution to their community, and will be incredibly responsive to your presence on the project. Although the work may occasionally be arduous, it will be incredibly rewarding and fulfilling, creating memories that will stay with you for the rest of your life!


You will be met upon arrival at Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City by a friendly local Frontier representative and taken to your accommodation where you will have the opportunity to recover from your long journey. 

Your local coordinator will be more than happy to help you settle in and acclimatise so that you'll feel at home in no time in this friendly and laid back community.


Throughout the project you will be staying in shared, mixed accommodation with your fellow volunteers. The volunteer house will be basic, but of course clean and comfortable with all the facilities that you will require during your stay. Take some time to relax in the communal living space and really get to know the other volunteers that you’ll be working with.  


For the duration of your project you will receive 3 filling meals per day Monday to Friday, and 2 meals per day on the weekend. Philippine cuisine has developed from an exciting variety of influences including Malay, Spanish, Chinese and American, thanks to its trade and seafaring history. Other Asian and Latin dishes have also been adapted to incorporate local ingredients, providing you with a vast range of dishes to sample and enjoy. Popular dishes include a whole roasted pig, traditional Philippine sausage, omelettes, braised chicken and pork and a variety of seafood to name just a few. If you are feeling particularly adventurous, why not try some of the weird and wonderful exotic fruits Davao City has to offer! Dont leave the city without trying the durian fruit, known for its strong pungent odour and nutty custard like flavour. 

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During your free time be sure to explore the hustle and bustle of Davao City as you wander through its lively streets. Visit the Philippine Eagle Center and see one of the world's rarest, most elusive eagle species and the largest in terms of wing span! Go the extra mile and take on some of the adventure trips the city has to offer. Go wakeboarding, river tubing, wild water rafting and trek the countries' tallest mountain, Mt. Apo!  

Once you have completed your project why not travel around Davao and visit the beaches around the island to get some much deserved relaxation and recuperation? The pure white beaches are perfect to pass away your days and the turquoise ocean is teeming with beautiful and fascinating marine wildlife. Your Volunteer Coordinator in Davao will be more than happy to help you organise diving excursions with local tour companies so you can make the most of this exciting opportunity. 


2 weeks US$895

Extra week US$395




2 weeks +


before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt


  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up
  • Ground transfers
  • Local orientation
  • Project training


Nearest airport(s): Davao (DVO)


  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


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To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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