After 8 months on the road (!!!), I’ll be honest: constantly being in a new place was getting a bit tiring. I am ready to unpack the suitcase for a little while, but not ready to join the real world or anything like that…so I decided to volunteer for a while in the Philippines. After seeing so many amazing things on this trip, it’s time to do something good. I’m excited. My home for the next month or two is Tacloban City on the island of Leyte, which is in the central part of the country.
I’m volunteering as a media intern for Volunteer for the Visayans, which is an organization with a whole bunch of projects around Leyte. Every day I shadow a volunteer at one of the different project sites, help out, take lots of pictures and write about it for the website and newsletter. So far I’ve seen a rural nutrition project, a construction site, an orphanage, a play put on by some sponsored kids, and a youth camp. Pretty cool stuff.
I live in a homestay with a Filipino family in the cutest area, a ‘cluster’ called Bliss – a little maze of a neighborhood where tons of kids are running around and everyone says hello when you walk by. My host mother (nanay) and host father (tatay) have a couple of kids themselves, but they’re grown up and out of the house.
My host house, as seen from across the neighborhood basketball court.
So that’s the update. For the next month or two I’ll be writing about living and volunteering in the Philippines – a place I’m really growing to love!
A couple of kids at one of the project sites I’ve visited.
Cooking fire at the construction site.