Social Welfare Internship


Support vulnerable populations, empower individuals, and foster community growth through hands-on involvement in social welfare initiatives in the Philippines.

Embark on a fulfilling social welfare internship, contributing to a wide range of projects supporting vulnerable populations, including childcare, street children, boys’ rehabilitation, and women’s shelters. These programs address their diverse needs, encompassing education, personal development, and business skills training.

As an intern, you’ll provide essential counseling and support to children grappling with behavioral and mental health issues, as well as challenges related to school attendance. You’ll empower young women affected by abuse through counseling, therapy activities, and personalized growth initiatives. Engage in community development by helping to lead lectures and workshops on critical topics such as teenage pregnancy, health, and nutrition, leveraging your research skills to create impactful educational materials.

With opportunities to lead sports, media, or arts activities, you’ll foster community engagement and facilitate growth. This internship is ideal for students studying criminology, law, social work, psychology, or education, offering hands-on experience and meaningful interaction with community members. Additionally, you may collaborate with coordinators to support sponsored children, further enriching your learning journey and contributing to positive change in the Philippines.


VFV is a dedicated organization offering a wide range of placements across diverse fields and environments. Through the cultivation of vibrant partnerships with local entities and governmental agencies, they not only embrace but champion a holistic approach to alleviating poverty in Tacloban, Philippines. Their mission goes beyond mere service provision; encompassing a commitment to delivering a comprehensive array of services. From vital hunger relief initiatives to the promotion of children’s healthcare and the facilitation of education opportunities, this organization strives to address the multifaceted challenges faced by communities.

Whether it’s providing educational resources to underserved schools or spearheading initiatives to enhance healthcare accessibility in remote regions, VFV remains steadfast in its goal: to uplift and empower members of various communities facing adversity. By nurturing a culture of collaboration and empathy, they foster meaningful connections between volunteers and the communities they serve, creating pathways for positive change that extend far beyond.


In this position, you’ll be responsible for offering guidance and assistance to individuals facing challenges and leading educational sessions on important subjects. Interns should demonstrate flexibility, cultural awareness, and initiative, actively contributing to efforts that promote empowerment and positive community impact.


  • Offer counseling and support to children facing behavioral and mental health issues
  • Help conduct lectures and workshops on various topics
  • Provide counseling and therapy to empower individuals
  • Work closely with coordinators to support sponsored children


  • Background or experience in criminology, law, social work, psychology, or education
  • Fluent in English
  • Open-mindedness and readiness to embrace diverse cultures
  • Shows initiative and proactive behavior in all tasks
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Respect for the confidentiality and privacy of individuals
  • Understanding of social welfare principles and practices
  • Ability to handle emotionally challenging situations with professionalism and sensitivity


You will reside with an experienced host family who has graciously opened their home to international volunteers for many years. These families embrace volunteers as cherished members, eager to share Filipino culture and include them in daily routines and special festivities. Shared meals provide an opportunity to enjoy authentic local cuisine while respecting dietary preferences. The accommodation provides access to electricity and running water with private bedrooms or shared quarters, each furnished with a mosquito net for comfort. While air conditioning is not available, fans are provided to cope with the tropical weather. Bathroom facilities are shared among family members, offering basic amenities and cold-water bucket baths. Although these adjustments may initially challenge your comfort zone, you can expect a safe, clean, and comfortable environment throughout your stay.

Safety & Support

Safety & Support

Prior to starting your internship, it’s essential to schedule a check-up with both your doctor and dentist. During these appointments, ensure you receive all recommended vaccines and medications to maintain your health throughout your stay. During your internship, you’ll receive a warm welcome into the neighborhood of Bliss, the heart of the community. With its lively atmosphere and low-income status, Bliss boasts a commendable low crime rate and a vibrant sense of communal spirit. The homes and surroundings are meticulously maintained, reflecting the neighborhood’s pride and cohesion. The Bliss community center and staff, along with your host family will provide any support necessary to make you feel comfortable and at home.



The VFV main center has Wifi for interns to use, however most homestays do not have Wifi available. It is recommended that you purchase a SMART SIM card upon arrival in the Philippines to be able to access the Internet and mobile network during your internship and stay connected with family and friends while abroad. Before traveling, ensure your phone has been unlocked for international SIM cards.



Your host accommodation will offer two daily meals (breakfast & dinner), consisting of traditional Filipino cuisine. We are happy to accommodate individuals with special dietary restrictions; however, we kindly request prior notification to ensure we can meet your needs accordingly.

Location details

Location details

Nestled in the Eastern Visayas region of the Philippines, Tacloban is a vibrant hub of resilience and vitality. Renowned as the commercial epicenter of the area, Tacloban boasts rich history and culture. Spare time in this city offers a wealth of attractions and activities to explore, from the Santo Niño Shrine and Heritage Museum for history buffs to Leyte Landing Memorial Park and the serene vistas of San Juanico Bridge for nature lovers. Dive into local life at the bustling markets, catch stunning sunsets at Cancabato Baywalk, or venture to Kalanggaman Island or hike Tacloban’s lush hillsides. There’s also plenty of opportunities to spend your weekends visiting nearby islands.



Start and end dates for the internship with this organization are flexible and will be discussed during the application process.

What you’ll pay (2024 rates)

4 WEEKS USD 1,871

8 WEEKS USD 2,372

12 WEEKS USD 2,874

16 WEEKS USD 3,375

20 WEEKS USD 3,877

26 WEEKS USD 4,629


  • Careful matchmaking. It takes time to find the right internship for each person, and we take this process very seriously.
  • Initial interview with one of our team to gauge your skills, interests, and desired learning outcomes.
  • An academic internship eligible for university credit. Check with your university to confirm if this internship qualifies for credit or alternatively we can assist you with purchasing transfer credits.
  • Accommodation with a host family in a single or shared room (2 pax).
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure
  • Daily breakfast and dinner (traditional Filipino meals)
  • Waray-Waray Basic Language Lesson
  • Project Tour (to explore the different projects)
  • City Tour
  • Excursion to f.e. beach/resort
  • Assistance with your visa arrangement and other preparations
  • An orientation program with your supervisor
  • Supervision and support during your stay
  • Regular check-ins during your internship with your supervisor
  • Troubleshooting if needed
  • A reference letter at the end of your internship


  • Flights to Tacloban DZR Airport
  • Visa and medical/travel insurance costs for the duration of your placement – must include cover for repatriation
  • Transport to the office
  • Lunch, drinks, snacks, and items of personal nature (f.e. curios, gifts, clothing)
  • Costs for additional excursions or activities


Some of our most commonly asked questions for programs in Philippines.

What can I expect from an internship in the Philippines?

During your internship, you can expect to get a glimpse into what it’s like to live and work in the Philippines. You’ll step out of your comfort zone, gain practical work experience, explore a new culture and environment, contribute to the UN SDGs, and learn valuable skills to apply in your personal life and professional career. All this, while getting to explore some of the 7,000+ islands found in the Philippines. Take walks on sandy white beaches, wander through rice terraces, dip into crystal clear waters, try tasty new foods, immerse yourself in history and culture, and enjoy every second of it! For more reasons to intern in the Philippines, check out this blog post.

Will I be able to travel around the country during my internship?

We believe an internship is more than just about your office work – it’s also about discovering and experiencing a new culture. So you’ll absolutely be able to travel during your internship in the Philippines! Each island in the archipelago is unique, so hop on a boat or quick flight to get exploring. Be sure to ask your host organization for recommendations and must-sees.

Does my internship in the Philippines qualify for university credits?

It sure does! However, you’ll want to double check with your supervisor that your university approves the program. We can also assist you in purchasing transfer credits to add onto your internship experience.

Will I receive compensation during my internship abroad?

Unfortunately, no. When interning for a nonprofit organization, the placement will be unpaid, but there are different ways to fund your internship. Don’t forget, the wealth of knowledge and opportunities for both your professional and personal growth will be invaluable!


LOCATION: Tacloban, Philippines
PROGRAM FOCUS: Community Development NGO
TASK FOCUS: Counseling, Workshops, Mentorship, Empowerment
LENGTH: Min. 4 Weeks
COST: From USD 1,871


  • Self-discovery and personal growth through immersion in meaningful and impactful work
  • Enhancing problem-solving abilities and developing a deeper understanding of community needs and dynamics
  • Networking opportunities and building connections with professionals in the field of social welfare
  • Engaging in counseling sessions, therapy activities, and personalized growth initiatives to empower individuals
  • Discovering the unique culture and environments that the Philippines has to offer


If you’re ready to apply for this internship, here’s what to do:


Fill in the application form (it will show in a new screen) which includes sharing your CV to us.



We’ll set up a call with you to go through your application.


If we feel it’s a good match, we’ll set up a call between you and the supervisor for this internship.


If everyone’s happy, we’ll provisionally confirm your placement! We’ll then send you the invoice for the deposit, getting started with the booking process and all the info you need.


Only once we receive payment of the deposit your placement will be confirmed.


Or if you’d just like to ask us some questions about this internship first, just fill in the contact form below. We’ll be happy to assist!



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