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Jongger

  • 35 years old
  • From United Kingdom
  • Currently in Tacloban City, Philippines

Volunteering and a whole lot more in the Philippines!

This entry will be about my volunteering experience with my project and the general experience.

More than I ever expected!

Philippines Tacloban City, Philippines  |  Aug 05, 2009
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 how many lifelong memories will be created for anyone going there and how truly blessed the world is to have a place like this—offering an opportunity for positive people to create opportunities for others and truly make a difference. 

The four weeks I spent in the Philippines, working as a volunteer was a life changing experience. I had the opportunity to get involved with a community radically different from any I had previously experienced and to do so with a sense of purpose. The purpose was the goal of ‘making a difference’ - getting involved with an institution that makes improving a community it’s only goal. Becoming immersed in another culture, living amongst the families and children we were trying to help created an environment of friendship and togetherness that is uniquely Filipino.

During my first week I visited all the Barangays that are looked after by the nutrition office and saw first hand the amount work and people they care for with just 20 staff. During this time I began to learn common foods consumed and not consumed and the reasons behind that, whether it cultural or economical, like eating chicken feet or pig skin and fats are always eaten. 

During my second week I carried out educational classes with children in an elementary school teaching basic principles of nutrition and linking it to their everyday food. I also conducted some cook and eat sessions with the mothers club to try and show them how to fit in the nutritional requirements of a healthy person’s diet into their cooking. The cook and eat classes with the mothers was excellent, as they were really keen and wanted to learn new cooking techniques.

I also managed to get involved in a nutrition drive which involved carrying out nutritional assessments on children under five years of age. Nutritional questionnaires and anthropometry were used to assess the children. It was great carrying out this kind of work in the field and understanding the difficulties of carry out assessments when you don’t have perfect working conditions.

Throughout this process, I got to share my experience with a unique and fantastic blend of like-minded and fascinating people from around the world. Despite all of our relatively different backgrounds, we were all there for a single purpose and that united us and helped to form bonds that now span the globe. I cannot stress enough how positive an experience it is, how many lifelong memories will be created for anyone going there and how truly blessed the world is to have a place like this—offering an opportunity for positive people to create opportunities for others and truly make a difference.

 

4 weeks was not long enough and I can't to go back and volunteer, visit friends and explore more of this beautiful country!

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