Volunteer in the Philippines

As a volunteer in the Philippines, you will have the opportunity to make a lasting impact on the community of Cavite! Currently, FIMRC is in the process of establishing long-term, sustainable programming in partnership with the University of Philippines. This translates into community initiatives, school based programming, dedicated time in each of the rural clinics that are frequented by medical students and residents from the University, field work with local doctors, nurses and trained health workers, as well as specialized programming created by the Field Operations Manager.

Our program is open to volunteers of all ages and educational or professional backgrounds. As our sites are open year-round, volunteers are welcome to travel at any time and for any length of time. We accept volunteers traveling individually as well as groups of various sizes.

Over the course of your trip you'll receive an unfiltered experience in health care field work abroad, and learn about the tremendous impact that even one person can have. At our end, so as to maximize your contribution, we will tailor your experience based on current needs, your interests, training, and amount of time that you spend with us on-site in Cavite. All volunteers will find a wealth of opportunities to make a difference!

What You Can Do

You will have the opportunity to participate in both the clinical and health education aspects of operations on-site, and activities can range from working alongside medical staff in local clinics to leading interactive health education sessions with our Community Organizers on diabetes campaigns. 

Progress is occurring at a rapid rate, and volunteers maintain important roles in the project's future. Activities include house visits in rural communities to assess current standards of living and what services will be provided, observing in rural clinics or a Rural Health Unit, conducting house visits to assist the Barangay Health Workers or working along medical students and residents to promote preventative health within the communities of Cavite. There are many opportunities for shaping an itinerary to skills or interests, as FIMRC's goal is to provide every volunteer a memorable, worthwhile experience that will leave lasting impressions about healthcare in developing communities.

The nature of a volunteer mission to Cavite will vary depending on the number of volunteers in each group, the length of the volunteer trip, respective proficiencies in Tagalog, medical expertise, and the current needs of the community upon arrival. Please note that a volunteer’s level of training will determine the extent of involvement in medical activities. Your experience varies depending on these factors, but what we can guarantee is that every volunteer mission will be culturally and socially enlightening. Each volunteer will have opportunities to examine the Philippines' system of medical provision in numerous ways and learn about health care disparities between multiple countries. 

Check out our testimonials page to hear more about the FIMRC experience!

Sample Itinerary

The following is a sample itinerary of a one-week volunteer mission with Project Cavite. This itinerary has been made to provide a clear, general impression of the way volunteer time is spent. Please note, however, that in order to ensure that a volunteer's work has the greatest, most relevant impact on clinic and community, volunteer schedules are established upon arrival and are dependent upon the needs of the community.








Depart Manila housing

Depart guesthouse

Depart guesthouse

Depart guesthouse

Depart guesthouse

8:00 - 12:00

Volunteer at Philippines General Hospital, Cancer Institute

Community activities in A Dalusag

Diabetes screenings in Poblacion 3

Non-communicable disease screenings in Narvaez

Community activities in Poblacion 2

12:00 – 1:00






1:00 - 5:00

Cancer Institute activities

Community based health education

Deliver school based health club

Community outreach with Barangay Health Worker

Deliver school based health club




Volunteers are housed through in FIMRC's guesthouse, allowing for safe group accommodations. You'll have the chance to live within the community and experience the true Filipino lifestyle! The guesthouse has been chosen to be as comfortable as possible in a rural community - you can expect modern amenities with some rural flare! 



All transportation is provided by comfortable and reputable hired drivers with outstanding safety records. Upon arrival at the Manila airport, volunteers are met by a staff member or representative of FIMRC. Based on flight schedules, volunteers may spend a night in FIMRC approved accommodations on arrival or prior to your departure. FIMRC arranges all transportation from Manila to Cavite, as well as transportation back to the airport at the conclusion of the volunteer mission. Once in Cavite, we provide necessary transportation between the guesthouse and volunteering locations when necessary.




Three meals are provided each day. The meals tend to be traditional Filipino food and often include a mix of rice and protein. A vegetable or salad is also often served on the side. As a volunteer, you are responsible for the purchase of meals during any time spent away from Cavite or when conducting activities outside of the volunteer schedule.


Trip Cost

The cost of your program includes the program donation that supports our project sites as well as housing, food, & transportation. Transportation includes airport pick up/drop off and transportation to/from project site during volunteer days, and three meals prepared by our hired staff for the duration of the volunteer’s stay. Excursions and trips for non-volunteer related activity as well as the associated costs are the responsibility of the volunteer.

By arranging lodging, food, and transport for you, we enable you to safely experience the local culture and focus your energy on the work you will be doing in the community! 

The following cost structure reflects individual participation in the Global Health Volunteer Program at Project Cavite:

  • $1,499 for trips of two weeks, $695 per week thereafter

For long-term volunteer experiences, contact missions@fimrc.org to discuss a discounted cost structure.

Additional approximate costs include:

  • Roundtrip airfare generally ranging between $600-$1300

  • Recommended spending money of $150 per week, at the discretion of the volunteer


All volunteers are responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights and must fly in and out of Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport (airport code MNL). It is the volunteer’s responsibility to arrange all flights in accordance with the dates for which you have registered. If you are traveling with a group, please coordinate with your fellow group members to ensure that you arrive and depart together. Travel time between the airport and project site is approximately 2 hours.

While not required, volunteers are welcome to take advantage of the airfare resources found here on our website. 


Passport - US citizens can enter the Philippines with a valid passport with at least 6 months of validity from the date of travel prior to the expiration date listed. Volunteers who do not hold a US passport must check with their respective embassies for information on travel eligibility. You are responsible for obtaining or renewing your passport and ensuring that all travel documents are in order.

Visa - US passport holders are not required to obtain a visa prior to travel. A tourist visa can be purchased at the Manila airport upon arrival in-country. Non-US passport holders should check with their respective embassies for current visa requirements and regulations. You are responsible for ensuring that you are legally eligible to travel abroad to the country of service.

Vaccinations - We refer all volunteers to the information provided by the Centers for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov/travel for the most up to date vaccination recommendations. Please note the different recommendations not only for the country you are visiting, but also for the region in which you will be staying.

Travel Insurance

FIMRC has partnered with Worldwide Risk Management (WRM) to assist in providing you with adequate international travel and medical insurance. WRM specializes in providing international health insurance to mission groups, volunteer organizations, and individuals traveling overseas for missions and humanitarian relief. FIMRC and WRM would like to suggest the Outreach Travel Medical Insurance product as the most appropriate insurance plan for your traveling needs. It is designed for the individual short term volunteer traveling for five days and up to 12 months. Outreach Travel provides medical benefits, emergency evacuation, terrorism coverage, natural disaster benefits, trip interruption, and lost luggage benefits. These are just a few highlights and coverage depends upon the plan that you choose. If you would like to get a quote or are ready to purchase, click here.

If you should have any questions about insurance coverage or would like a no obligation quote, please do not hesitate to contact FIMRC’s insurance agent at WRM at info@worldwiderisk.com. Please provide your age, date of birth, country of citizenship, destination country, dates of trip, and trip cost when requesting a quote.


There's no better way to truly learn about a different country than by immersing yourself fully in the culture and a community. 


We're dedicated to programs that are sustainable and locally driven. Volunteering with us means that you'll be able to contribute in meaningful ways that will last well beyond your time on-site.


Whether you're filling out a medical school application, applying for a job, or just looking to give back, we're here to help you gain experience in responsible international healthcare and development. 



ready to get involved?

The enrollment process begins once you work with our team to confirm your volunteering site and trip dates. Upon confirmation, you will be sent a welcome email which will contain instructions for enrollment, as well as deadlines for the submission of materials. If you have questions about how this process works, do not hesitate to contact missions@fimrc.org or 1-888-211-8575. Click below to receive more information or to begin the enrollment process!