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Kaya Responsible Travel

Street Address: The Arches, North Campus Incubator, Sackville Street

Locality: Manchester

Region: United Kingdom


Social Welfare & Education for Deaf Children in the Philippines

Tacloban and Leyte
Duration of Program
2 to 26 Weeks
Dates of Program
Every Monday
Both (group and independent)
Age Restrictions
18 Years+
Project Review

This is a perfect opportunity for those with specialised knowledge of working with the deaf. This project works with deaf children in many capacities. Volunteers will be assigned to one of two locations; depending on their experience in working with the deaf. Volunteers with basic experience will be placed at a Special Education centre, where they will help teach and mentor the deaf. More advanced volunteers will work at the High School and will interpret ordinary lessons into sign language for deaf students. Furthermore volunteers may also help conduct deaf awareness and training lessons. For some of the more specialised roles needed by the social and welfare department, volunteer help is essential as foreign volunteers often have better training and skills, and more up-to-date knowledge of the subject area - assets that are not readily available in this part of the world. As a specialised volunteer you are a rare and much-needed resource to improve the organisation, teach the department staff, and help shape and modernise current projects.

Major Responsibilities

    Job Responsibilities: 

    Volunteers assigned to the High School will use their specialised skills in working with the deaf to assist teaching staff and to help interpret ordinary lessons into sign language for deaf students. In addition volunteers may also be required to help train existing teaching staff and provide death awareness lessons. The volunteers who are assigned at the Special Education centre will assist in teaching and mentoring the deaf as well as additionally helping to provide training for existing staff at the centre. Additionally volunteers may also chose to organize activities based on their specialities at the community
    centre at the location of their homestay and may also offer after school tutorials to some of the local children in the community.

Cost/Program Fee
Euro 625 for 2 weeks, Euro 175 for each week thereafter

What program fee Includes

    What is included:

    • Accommodation: Single or shared room in a home-stay
    • Food: 2 meals per day - Breakfast and Dinner
    • Airport pick up and drop off
    • Training: Pre-departure pack, On-site Orientation and project induction provided
    • Support: 24 hour support from on-site coordinators, access to office in Tacloban City (including free WiFi)
    • Excursions: 2 field excursions are included in your visit. You will have a beach trip with your host family or sponsor kids and you will have a project excursion visiting various many of our projects. Staff can also help plan weekend excursions.

    What is not included:

    • Flights
    • Insurance
    • Visas

Skills/ Qualifications

Volunteers must be studying or have completed study within the subject area, and have some prior experience. Work in this field will not be easy, and the confidence and resolve to work at times without supervision is required. The work a challenge but is exceptionally rewarding. Volunteers make a huge difference in empowering disadvantaged people, and gain valuable personal and professional experience.

Arrangements for Room/Food

In most cases volunteers are placed in local home-stays where they either have their own room or share with another volunteer. Usually two meals a day are provided by the home-stay family, all included in the placement fees. This way a portion of your volunteer fee goes back into the local economy, and you gain first-hand experience of true local family life.

Application Process

For detailed information on the application process feel free to contact us at:

Any Missing Important Information

    Since you are about to volunteer in another country, we ask you to make the necessary preparations before departing. We prefer volunteers to take some small gifts to the local people. Some communities might have a high prevalence of viral diseases like malaria or yellow fever, so volunteers need to get vaccinated accordingly. Each member of Kaya staff have worked, travelled, studied or volunteered abroad, and many staff have visited and volunteered in our projects knowing firsthand the country and nature of the programme placements. Their knowledge of international travel and volunteering is invaluable, and they can give you good advice and tips to make the most of your international placement. For detailed information on this program contact us at: