At a glance
- Work in a team alongside healthcare professionals, and learn directly from them.
- Conduct health checks during outreaches and pass this data on to doctors who will diagnose and treat the patients.
- Through awareness work, you’ll focus on encouraging people to make healthy lifestyle choices, and prevent diseases like diabetes.
Fixed dates throughout the yearSee Dates
Anyone aged 18 or over can join
What will I be doing?
You’ll do health checks under the supervision of medical and public health professionals, and raise awareness of the importance of healthy living. Here are some of the tasks you can expect to do during your placement:
- Conduct health screenings on patients so that doctors can diagnose and treat them
- Raise awareness of the importance of healthy living in local communities
- Experience life in the Philippines with a group of people from around the world
Your work will focus on the following main tasks:
Participate in medical outreaches
A big part of your internship is centered around doing health checks in local communities. You’ll assist with measuring blood pressure, blood sugar, and the weight of patients. You may also get the chance to assist with dental work and/or the distribution of medication. Doctors and nurses will use the information you gather to diagnose and treat patients, or refer them for further treatment.
Your group will have a big impact at these outreaches. The more interns we have on board, the more patients we can see and help at each outreach.
Work on health awareness promotion
During home visits in local communities, you’ll talk to families about making healthy lifestyle choices. We do this in homes, because being in a familiar setting helps them feel more comfortable with receiving basic medical advice.
Your team will also get the opportunity to run workshops on health-related topics in various communities. Topics you could cover include:
- Dangers of smoking and alcohol abuse
- Dental care
- Nutrition and healthy lifestyle
- Hypertension and diabetes
- First aid
Explore and experience the Philippines
When your public health work is done for the day, we have various social and cultural activities for your group to enjoy in the evenings. You’ll also learn a lot about the culture and traditions by staying with a local host family. Over the weekend, we’ll take you on a trip to Bantayan Island. Throughout it all, Projects Abroad staff members will accompany you for guidance and support.
Where will I be working?
Our Public Health placements in the Philippines for groups are at a rural health unit in San Remigio. You’ll also work in hospitals and within rural villages and communities.
Located in Cebu in the Philippines, San Remigio is a great place for diving, and is also home to several beach resorts and gorgeous public beaches. In the evenings and over the weekend, we have plenty for your group to see and do, accompanied by our staff as always.
You will stay with a host family in Bogo City, which is only 12 km from San Remigio.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring our impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Leisure activities and free time
The Philippines is made up of over 7,000 islands, so naturally there are some beautiful beaches where you can relax during your free time. However, there are plenty of other activities to keep you busy during your trip.
With white-sand beaches come all the exciting activities associated with living close to the sea. You can go snorkelling through the pristine waters, play volleyball, or relax on the sand as the sun sets.
In Cebu City itself, you can explore the traditional Carbon Market. For an insight into the country’s history, you can visit Fort San Pedro and Magellan's Cross. Here, you’ll learn more about the Spanish conquest.
The Spanish influence is also felt in the regular fiestas and street parades held in the Philippines. If you volunteer around the end of January, you’ll even get to experience the Sinulog Festival, a nine day Mardi Gras-style party.
With so many volunteers joining us throughout the year, there will likely be other volunteers in the Philippines during your trip. You can connect with them and explore as a group or travel independently if you prefer.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
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