Jude supports all participants on our Philippines programs, acting as the main point of contact throughout their stay in the country. He coordinates airport pickup, arranges housing by vetting homestay families and building relationships, leads cultural excursions, and manages the 24-hour onsite emergency phone.
Jude is 39 years old, married, and a father to four lovely kids. He graduated from the University of the Philippines with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. He had his previous employment in a government-owned corporation where he worked for almost 15 years under its several departments. Having witnessed and experienced the devastation brought by supertyphoon Yolanda to the lives of the people in Tacloban, he never hesitated to lend a hand to the community when the opportunity came. He joined Performing Arts Abroad’s onsite partner, Volunteer for the Visayans (VFV) in February of 2016, and started as an Assistant Volunteer Program Coordinator looking after international and local volunteers alike, doing program orientation, city tour, placement orientation and basic waray-waray lessons for them. Presently, he is the Lead Volunteer Program Coordinator, and he basically performs the same tasks while at the same time making collaborations and communicating with international volunteer organizations and partners and processing applications from volunteers. To him, his work has been a rewarding and fun experience and he’s looking forward to more years of making a difference with VFV and PAA. On a more personal note, he would describe himself as a silent, shy-type of person but nevertheless loves to hang around with his family and close friends.