Mabuhay! A paradise beyond compare! Undoubtedly, a visit to the Philippines will catch any traveler in bewilderment. The picturesque beauty of traditional and contemporary culture, a concoction of prosaic and amazing traits, as well as the unique fusion of the oriental and occidental makes the Philippines a paradise in the southeast. The enormous sights all over the archipelago are distinct. The islands are like pearls of utmost brilliance, irresistible food and incredible experience of the tradition, milieu and its people. Manila the capital city is a vivacious heart of fantastic shopping and the most incredible nightlife than the rest of the neighboring countries. Baywalk in Roxas Boulevard and Eastwood Libis, are sights worth seeing. Bookworms and the introverts mingle with celebrities and flashy gays creating a genial outdoor shindig like no other. Music, dance and live performances make it even more exciting toting up the warmth and thrill of the evening. For beach aficionados, Philippines is a fun getaway, the pristine white sand beaches of Boracay, the invigorating scene at El Nido as well as the first rate scuba diving paradise of Palawan and the world-class Amanpulo are some few of the rest of the 7000 zany islands you ought to see, explore and discover. Aquamarine life is of no comparison, a dwelling to a variety of fishes like manta ray and the rarest marine mammal, the sea cow locally known as â€œdugongâ€�. An abode to some exotic animals like tarsier the smallest primates in the world, the world's smallest hoofed mammal – Philippine mouse deer, and the Philippine Eagle. The archipelago has much more to show than its scenic view â€“ its PEOPLE. Hospitality is the greatest trait that makes Filipino people eminent in this part of the world. Their captivating smiles resemble an enviably positive outlook in life. Filipinos are passionate, romantic and are vulnerable to the insanities of love. However, they are tough resilient to the peak and troughs of life. The locals are extraordinarily helpful. Fervor and benevolence are naturally deep-rooted in their bloodline. Having a strong inclination to culture and tradition Filipinos celebrate Fiestas (feasts) vibrantly all year round through festivals. Discover the brilliance of the pearl of the orient, relish the dramatic scenery, savor the panoramic sights and experience the warmth of the Filipinos. There are 7100 reasons that makes the Philippines a charming and an ideal destination. Biyahe na!
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Volunteer for the Visayans Overview…
Volunteer for the Visayans (VFV), is a registered non-profit, non-government organization located in Tacloban City, Philippines. It is registered with the local Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to distribute planned and professional social welfare services to assist underprivileged and undeserved local communities.
Since being founded in 2004, VFV has dedicated itself to contributing towards sustainable developments in the areas of child welfare, community development, education and public health through its broad based social welfare programs. In particular VFV has invested time and resources to develop a number of long term Community Projects as well as a comprehensive Child Sponsorship Program which combined have led to over 150 children from disadvantaged backgrounds to have the means to go to school and pursue mainstream education.
Year after year, VFV has been recruiting international volunteers to help provide energy, skills and support to a number of ongoing Volunteer Projects whilst at the same time educating the volunteers on the unique people and culture of the Philippines.
Over the last decade, VFV has tailored its Volunteer Program to provide not only the best volunteer projects for those looking to Volunteer in the Philippines but has also provided a program that includes some of the best methods of cultural immersion, allowing each volunteer to truly experience the one of a kind ‘Pinoy’ culture. Today, VFV still takes pride in providing one of the most unique volunteering and service based learning environments in the world.
Security Exchange Commission No: CN200427692 Department of Social Welfare and Development Registration No: 08-2006-R008
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Troy Peden is the Editor of GoAbroad.com and one of the directors of thecharitable GoAbroad Foundation. Troy is one of the original founders of GoAbroad.com, the largest alternative travel directory on the internet. Troy helped found this project bringing volunteers and relief to this community for the first time in 1992. Troy has worked with all facets of the projects since the organization’s original inception over a decade ago. Troy continues to support the ongoing work of Volunteer for the Visayans through the GoAbroad Foundation. He lives in Evergreen Colorado with his wife and five children.