Projects in Philippines
Education Volunteers co-teach with Filipino teachers in elementary schools, high schools, Alternative Learning System (ALS), colleges, and universities. Volunteers work to improve English language proficiency, raise academic performance of students, and increase school community participation. They assist in curriculum development, enhance libraries, and improve reading abilities of students. Volunteers also organize teacher-training programs to provide alternative teaching methodologies for Filipino teachers focusing on communicative language teaching skills. They serve in both classrooms with more formal educational settings as well as community learning centers employing alternative learning systems.
Coastal Resource Management (CRM) Volunteers assist the coastal communities’ efforts to implement restoration and protection of marine habitats and to enhance food security through participative community action on fisheries management. They work with local government units to implement integrated CRM plans, assist communities with environmental education and training, and establish the basis for legal protection of fish stocks and marine habitats. Although environmental education is a core function of the CRM sector, its approach to conservation and sustainable use of coastal and marine resources is people-centered and participatory. Volunteer projects include restoration of degraded coastal and marine habitats, planning and hosting environmental camps and clubs, development of educational materials, and assisting in the formulation of conservation policies and reforms.
Youth in Development
Children, Youth and Family (CYF) Volunteers work with the poorest and most disadvantaged segment of Philippines society. Volunteers serve as youth development facilitators, youth coaches/mentors and college counselors. The CYF project works closely with our government partner, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), in implementing the National Government’s flagship project on poverty alleviation - the Conditional Cash Transfer program (CCT), popularly known as Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) and the Expanded Students Grant-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGP-PA). Volunteers also work in DSWD accredited Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) serving vulnerable children and youth.
Community Economic Development
Peace Corps Response Volunteers (PCRVs) are short-term and generally more technically advanced Volunteers. Peace Corps Philippines integrate the Response program into the three regular program projects – Coastal Resource Management (CRM), Children, Youth, and Family (CYF), and Education. Response addressed project needs that are suitable for two year assignments of Peace Corps. Other priority areas of the program also include Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM), Environment, and HIV/AIDS.