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02 May 2011
Asia-Pacific volunteering groups gathering in Manila 
Zalave ‘Larry’ Dinas is a national UNV volunteer Water and Sanitation Officer assigned to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Cotabato, Mindanao. (UNV)
Manila, the Philippines: “Build hope, change lives: volunteer!” The spirit of a major gathering of volunteering organizations in Manila from 3-4 May, which will look at making the world a better place through citizen action.  Read article
More about: Advocacy
21 March 2011
2011 declared 10th Int’l Year of Volunteers in the PHL by Minerva BC Newman
Manila, the Philippines: Presidential proclamation # 92 has declared 2011 as the 10th anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers (IYV+10) in the Philippines.

This is in support of the global theme, 'Volunteering for the MDGs' that the National Volunteer Month (NVM) Steering Committee earlier endorsed to President Benigno S. Aquino III.

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21 August 2008
Volunteering in the Jungle by Liu Hai
Hai Liu collects seeds while volunteering for for Hands On Manila, an NGO in the Philippines. (H. Liu)
Manila, The Philippines: "Volunteers should never stop trying to understand what they see and have a capacity of empathy. That's why we often find ourselves become more open-minded and get a wider picture of the world through volunteering." A volunteer from China describes her experiences preserving the environment.  Read article
More about: China  Environment  MDG 7
13 August 2008
"I love you and I love me": Volunteering with the Stairway boys by Meghann Aurea Villanueva
Manila, The Philippines: The volunteers at Stairway are what we call 'ate(s)' and 'kuya(s)' (big brothers and big sisters), who devote their time as teachers, as well as friends. I was very impressed with how the volunteers have become really close to the boys. They believed that these children need love. They believed that their presence would not only make a difference to the foundation, but make a difference in their lives as well.  Read article
More about: Children  Young volunteers
24 July 2008
The paradox of volunteerism by Liu Hai
Volunteers at work in Manila - what kind of experience are they really getting?. (H. Liu)
Manila, The Philippines: "We not only witness, but also experience, the extremes of poor and rich, hardship and comfort, within one day." A Chinese student in Manila describes the ironies that the volunteer life sometimes involves.  Read article
More about: China


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Filipinos sow seeds of hope, opportunity on foreign soil 

Their reasons for leaving tend to surprise Philippine immigration officers.

In a country where practically every other household has a relative trying to earn bigger bucks abroad, they chose to go overseas not to seek greener pastures—but instead sow seeds of hope and opportunity where nothing much ever grows. But then, compassion thrives on stony ground.

Denis Vanguardia, for example, helped a poor community in Indonesia start livelihood programs. Liza Lopez worked with refugees at the border between Thailand and Burma (Myanmar), while Lea Acallar attended to HIV/AIDS patients in Nepal.

They are the overseas Filipino volunteers—“OFVs,” if you will—a largely unheralded but growing tribe of mission workers and global adventurers who devote a part of their lives helping other nations, and in the process develop a deeper appreciation of their own.

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Philippines government announces volunteering for MDGs campaign 
As the Philippines Government beefs up its efforts towards the 2015 Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets, President Benigno S. Aquino III promoted 2011 as the 10th Anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers in the Philippines.   Visit site
Gawad Kalinga 
Gawad Kalinga, which literally means “give care”, is a non-profit organization that builds houses for poor communities and helps rehabilitate the lives of people in need. The organization is dedicated to eradicating poverty and rehabilitating the lives of people from slum areas in the Philippines and other developing countries.  Visit site

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Tree planting at the Lagud Village Learning Inn in Barangay Uhaj, Banaue. Eloisa Romero from JICA (wearing black, on the left) and Jephonie Himiwat (right) attend. (JICA)
16 July 2008, 05:45
A diploma for a rice cooker 
In the Philippines, two Japanese volunteers help send young Ifugao people to school and, in the process, learn to cook rice without a rice cooker...

Jephonie Himmiwat is an Ifugao, one of the indigenous people in the northern Philippines. Her people and their land are inseparable, thus both are called by the same name, Ifugao. 

In Japan, two women enjoyed a very different upbringing. Twenty-three-year-old Kiyoko Okamoto spent four years as staff at the Mister Donut chain while she was studying international economics in the city of Fukuoka. Thirty-year-old Kozue Kamijo worked part-time in a restaurant while attending a business school in the Japanese capital.

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