A project in the Philippines sends Filipinos abroad as volunteers. The benefit: They come back and want to fight poverty at home.
Helping alleviate poverty while having an adventure in a developing country?
Often, life-changing and highly educational experiences like these are luxuries for the wealthy. But they don’t have to be.
In the United States and Europe, it’s increasingly common for students and even families to spend a semester or a summer vacation volunteering in the villages, orphanages, or clinics of a developing country.
However, the associated expenses drastically narrow the volunteer pool. At a cost of about $3,000, plus airfare for a single month, volunteerism is usually regarded as a luxury for people in developed countries.
According to an article from inquirer.net, VSO has sent more than 600 Filipino volunteers to other developing countries such as Nepal and Thailand.