Aside from the global pandemic that every country is facing today, the Philippines is also battling natural calamities like typhoons every year. The Philippines is prone to tropical cyclones due to its geographical location which generally produce heavy rains and flooding of large areas and strong winds which result in heavy casualties to human life and destructions to crops and properties.
As this is an Emergency Call for Volunteers for a Disaster Response, no fixed programme can be provided. Hence, great flexibility is expected from the volunteers. The volunteers are expected to help on the following:
- Disaster Response
- Disaster Mapping
- Disaster Recovery
- Disaster Mitigation
- Disaster Preparedness
Another Erasmus+ Capacity Building Project will be merged in the EVAP Project: DISARTY – Restoring Disaster Area through Community Based Tourism Youth-Led. DisArTY (Restoring Disaster Area through Community Based Tourism Youth-Led) aims to facilitate countries affected by natural disasters to develop strategies that guarantee the recovery of their human activity. These strategies will be based on community-based youth-led activities because they involve the communities that control, manage and develop their own tourism industry and represent a sector in which especially young people have an important role to play as the most dynamic and innovative part of this field.
The volunteers should expect activities and tasks related to DisArTY which may involve research, FGDs (Focus Group Discussions), seminar/training facilitation, among others.
Qualification & prerequisites
- a strong motivation to work in team as a teamplayer or leader.
- Be able to communicate in English (listening, reading,speaking and writing)
- Believe in volunteering work changes people lives
- Self-motivated and ability to managed their own time
Accomodation & Food
Due to the recent super typhoon RAI that hit Bohol, volunteers should be very flexible in terms of accommodation. We will, however, try our best to provide a comfortable setup and environment to the volunteers.
The volunteers will be placed in different sites in Bohol islands and will be staying in different accommodation during the 3 months volunteering period as each site are not close from each other. Thus, we will be providing a motorcycle that the volunteers can use as the public transportation in the island is quite limited. The volunteers may expect to be hosted in a Single/Shared bedroom. We cannot guarantee that electricity, mobile signal or internet connection will be available at all times, but we will, however, try our best to provide, if possible.
The volunteers will be staying in a hotel in Tagbilaran City upon their arrival in Bohol for their on-arrival orientation. During the orientation, they will be required to do a courtesy call to the governor of Bohol, and they will be visiting all the volunteer placement sites and will meet their mentors.
The volunteers will receive a monthly allowance that they will use to buy food, pay for local transportation (if volunteer can’t/won’t drive a motorcycle and prefers to take the local transportation instead), buy mobile phone prepaid cards for communication. Otherwise, a motorcycle will be provided to volunteer.
Visa & travel arrangements
Due to the current situation all of volunteers are required to be fully vaccinated with one of European medicine agency recognized vaccine. Information on Covid-19 restrictions can be found here. More information on green countries for Philippines (no Covid-19 restrictions) can be found here. Otherwise, 3-day long quarantine is required.
Visa procedure takes up to 1 month. The visa has to be arranged prior to the departure. More information can be found here.
Bridging The Gaps Organization – BTG, Inc. (BTG Philippines) is a non-governmental, non-profit, youth-serving organization based in Quezon City, Philippines that highlights the chief role the youth plays in mobilizing disadvantaged communities, while enabling itself in the process to grow as a more responsible and engaging component of local and international societies by using its skills, knowledge, and advocacies in the organization’s four thematic pillars namely (1) Education, (2) Environmental sustainability, (3) Microfinance and Entrepreneurship, and (4) Culture and Heritage.
more information: https://btgphilsorg.wordpress.com/
How to apply
Send us a CV and motivational letter at [email protected]