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Volunteer for the Visayans  Welcome! We are a Filipino NGO. Together with our international volunteers we #makeadifference to the lives of those in need in Tacloban.

Donating medical supplies and sending in volunteers to the rural health clinics are some of VFV's humble initiatives as it strives to improve public health services to the people in the rural villages. Yesterday, with our our Polish medical volunteer Patrycja, we visited the Pastrana and Sta. Fe Rural Health Clinics.❤

Today's lunch at the Bliss Day Care Center Nutrition Project @unitedaidprojects . Salamat!😊❤💪

Squash patties for our lovely kids earlier today at the Bliss Day Care Center. In behalf of these kids, we say thank you @unitedaidprojects for the invaluable support you have been extending. ❤😊💪

Here's to more happy years of making a difference. Happy 14th, VFV. Thank you so much everyone for your unwavering faith and support! 🍾🥂❤🤗😊💪

Meet The Volunteers: Kemin Fena. Kemin Fena was a nutrition volunteer from Minnesota and a recent graduate from Michigan Technological University. “Playing with the kids and seeing them smile is so rewarding,” she said. “Also, spending time with my host family and getting to know the other volunteers has been a highlight.”
Kemin will be starting medical school in the fall and she said she hopes to get a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree. She also said she hopes to be able to do more international volunteering in the future. Thank you for being a great last volunteer for the now closed San Joaquin Center. Good luck with your future plans!

Meet the Volunteers: Milcah Williams

Milcah is from Charlotte, North Carolina and had a dance volunteer placement. She volunteered for two months and taught at multiple locations. “My favorite experience would be tied between dancing with the kids at the Cangumbang Center and my last day teaching at Mohon Elementary,” she said. “I loved teaching the Cangumbang kids because they were so fun to be around and they enjoyed dancing and learning new things. Then, my last day at Mohon was great because I had to opportunity to teach grades 5 and 6 together. It was so much fun getting to dance and play with them, they really grew on me.” Milcah flew back to the United States to spend time with family before preparing for her 3rd year of college at the University of North Carolina - Charlotte.

Meet The Volunteers: Milena Luteijn. Milena is from the Netherlands and her placement was at the women’s shelter as well as the orphanage. “I graduated with a degree as a social worker so this was great experience for me, especially abroad,” she said.
Milena’s favorite experience was living at her Filipino homestay. “I loved my time there. I’m really gratefull that I could experience the Filipino culture this way and learn about the culture.” Milena said the volunteer program showed her how important is to get involved, instead of just sponsoring financially. “Being in contact, helping hand-in-hand, just brings the good feeling to another level. I’m eager to take action in other volunteering programs as well as sponsoring a child,” she said. “I totally recommend this experience, without hesitating one single second.” Thank you for your time, Milena! Your three months of being here was a joy to us, as well! Mabuhay and good luck with your future endeavors!

Meet The Volunteers: Sabrina Sznák
Sabrina was a nutrition/food volunteer from Argentina. Sabrina’s placement helped make food for a week for sponsored students at Northern Tacloban National Highschool. “It’s amazing how grateful people are. They are always smiling and offering anything to make you feel comfortable,” she said. “I personally enjoyed interacting with the locals, especially the children. They stared at me with bright eyes and turned shy when I spoke to them. They are simply sweet and innocent and I loved them.” Unfortunately Sabrina was only able to volunteer for a week due to her work schedule. After her personal experience with the children, she plans to take action in other programs and even sponsoring a child. “I totally recommend this experience without hesitation.” Thanks for all of your help Sabrina, it was a pleasure to work with you!

Meet The Volunteers: Natalie Lima
Natalie is from San Diego, California and currently attends Chapman University. She was a medical volunteer at the Santa Fe Clinic. “Getting to do pre-natal and pediatric checkups and assisting with child birth was my favorite part of the experience.” After her experience, Natalie plans to finish his undergraduate studies and continue to graduate school. Thanks for your time Natalie and good luck with your studies!

Meet the Volunteers: Manel Gálvez Casasús
Manel was a volunteer for the orphanage from Barcelona, Spain. “Honestly, the whole three weeks experience has been amazing. Being able to make the kids happy with our help is so fulfilling. Moreover, I’ve had the opportunity to meet some volunteers from all over the world.” Thanks for all your help Manel! Have a great time home and graduation in the near future!

Meet the volunteers: Chris Mark
Chris was a medical volunteer as a pre-medical student from Ohio State University. “Learning to do consultations alongside the doctors was my favorite because it was the first time I was able to experience practicing medicine.” After his experience, Chris plans to travel around Southeast Asia with his friends.

Thanks for all your help, Chris! Good luck with your future as a doctor!

Meet the volunteers: Sachin Sharma
Sachin is a doctor from London and had a medical placement. His favorite experience was the annual health check-ups with children. “It was where we had the biggest opportunity to make a real difference.” Sachin’s placement ended earlier this morning. He is on his way to Siargao to surf then continue his Southeast Asia trip through Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.
Thanks for all your help Sachin!

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