Domestic abuse, sexual crime and abandonment are unfortunately common in the Philippines and can often leave many women feeling alone and vulnerable. As a result a safe haven for women filing cases against their former partners or who have been left without financial or emotional support was created to protect and care for them. In this centre, women live a communal lifestyle (sometimes with their children) whilst social workers assess them and process their cases, and at the same time the centre teaches them techniques to help empower their lives. Volunteers placed at this womens centre can help the empowerment of the women by creating livelihood projects, engaging them in social activities such as team building and womens rights.
Additionally volunteers can also create fun activities, teach music, dance and games to help break up the mundane daily routines of the women. The centre is generally underfunded and social workers and house parents do not always have enough time to offer support to all of the women.
Volunteers assist the staff by presenting themselves as strong independent women and offer numerous methods of empowering the lives of the women. At the same time, social workers working on the cases could benefit from international points of view and assessments of volunteers on the development of women on their respective programs. Some of these women are victims of terrible crimes such as rape and assault, as a result volunteers must also at all times be able to provide emotional support for the women.
What to Expect?
Volunteers will pass on any specialist skills to the women, teaching them a wide variety of topics to help enrich their lives and empower them for when they would finally leave the centre. They will also offer recreational activities in order to break up their repetitive and mundane daily routines. Throughout their duration at the centre, the volunteer will act as a mentor and through their actions and activities encourage the women to be strong and independent. Volunteers may also have to act as an emotional confidant, offering advice to women on their given situations.
The role of the volunteer will have a long lasting impact on the women. Previous livelihood programs and skills taught in the past by volunteers still continue to be practised today. Volunteers may also assist livelihood projects such as baking and craft making and may also bring their own energy to help think up new programs.
- Program ID: # 1766
- duration: 2 Weeks to 1 Month1 to 3 Months
- location: Tacloban CityPhilippines11° 14' 37.4496" N, 124° 59' 56.4288" EPH
- Fitness level: Light Impact
- Closest Airport: Manila (MNL)
- Costs From: $1000 to $1500$1500 to $3000
- Program Type: Women's & Youth Programs
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