Music Volunteering in the Philippines

Spend your time helping Filipino youth gain empowerment and self-confidence by teaching them music and giving them a venue for artistic expression.


Share your craft by teaching music to Filipino children in Tacloban City. Volunteers teach music at a community center offering a multitude of programs in order to empower the entire community, or at a youth rehabilitation center.

Your music classes will give children an artistic outlet as well as self-confidence. Volunteers are needed throughout the year, but especially 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 two weeks.

For more specific information about a typical day on this program, please see the “Host Group” tab.


-Age: Participants must be 18 or over the day they begin the program.

-GPA/Student Status: You do not need to be a student to participate in this program, all are welcome to apply.

-Language: There is no language requirement for this program. Volunteers will be given lessons in the local dialect of Waray Waray.

-Experience: At least one year of music experience is preferred.

-Motivation: We are looking for open-minded, flexible applicants who can clearly convey their passion for music and an acute interest in international travel and exposure to new ideas.


-Application Deadline: Two months before anticipated start date (this is flexible, please inquire if you are on a tighter schedule)

-Application Process: to apply, click the blue “Apply Now” button on this page. You will fill out a simple initial application online and pay a $200 deposit that is refundable if you are not accepted, and will apply toward your overall program cost if you are accepted (not an additional fee). At this point, we will ask you to send us the following materials:

-Your resume/CV
-A questionnaire about your goals and interests
-An audition video showing your current musical level (optional)



Cost & Dates

Host Group


Program Photos

Program Photos

-Learn the local dialect Waray Waray in two crash courses

-See the surrounding area during a day trip excursion to a cave or waterfall

-Teach music to low-income children ages 8-16 at a local community center or rehabilitation center