Share your craft by teaching music to Filipino children at a local community center in Tacloban City. The center offers classes and opportunities for the people in the city who need them most by providing a multitude of programs that empower the entire community. Your music classes will give children an artistic outlet as well as self-confidence. Volunteers are needed most during the summer months when students are no longer in school and spend most of the day at the community center. The minimum volunteering requirement is 10 hours per week for one week, but PAA strongly recommends more than one week.
Find yourself surrounded by breathtaking ocean and bright green landscape in Tacloban City, the capital of the island of Leyte. Nearby Sohoton National Park is home to amazing caves and intricate rock formations. With over 7000 islands, the Philippines boast white sand beaches, coral reefs, and beautiful mountains. Performing arts flourish throughout the region and help give this island nation its rich culture. Music is an integral part of the lives of most residents, from gong music to the lyrical Harana and Kundiman to Filipino pop songs (called Original Pinoy Music or OPM). Choral music is also very prevalent in the Philippines and traditional ethnic music has become more popular in recent years.
Based right outside Tacloban City, you will live with a Filipino host family in a housing area within a one-minute walk to the community center and other volunteers. Homes are basic yet comfortable, and volunteers are fed breakfast and dinner and have access to free drinking water. You will stay in a single room, or a room shared with another volunteer, and will be provided with a mosquito net and electric fan.
• Airport pickup and drop-off
• Accommodation with host family
• Excursions to caves, waterfalls, and community projects
• Guaranteed volunteer placement
• 24-hour staff support
• Welcome orientation
• Tour of city and center
• Short course in local dialect of Waray Waray
• Professional, friendly onsite staff
• Pre-departure orientation
• Post-program support
Flexible start dates, more opportunities in April and May. Suggested application deadline is twelve weeks before desired volunteering placement, but we can be flexible so please contact us if you need more time. There is no maximum time for participation.
Please note: Performing Arts Abroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner companies.
Volunteer with a local community center that provides programs and support for people of all ages. While you teach a child in a music class, his or her mother could be attending a mothers club, the younger sibling could be in a playtime session, or the entire family could be benefitting from free medical services. In your music classes you will make a difference in the lives of children who live in poverty by giving them a space for creativity and self-expression. While space in the community center is basic, the children are very passionate and you will have access to acoustic guitars and a keyboard. Volunteers must commit to a minimum of one week working ten hours per week, but PAA strongly recommends two weeks or longer.