About Youth Basketball Coaching in the Philippines
For many underprivileged young people, opportunities to engage in sports are rare. But participating in sports can help children gain confidence, boost teamwork skills, and learn the value of hard work and discipline. World Endeavors Youth Basketball Coaching volunteers in the Philippines help to provide these opportunities to children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Volunteers run drills, teach strategy, and provide encouragement for young players, while promoting healthy habits and serving as positive role models.
A Typical Day in the Life of a Volunteer in the Philippines
World Endeavors volunteers in the Philippines can expect their days to be a combination of meaningful volunteer work, cultural experiences, and free time for relaxation and reflection. The sample schedule below represents a typical day for a volunteer in the Philippines. Keep in mind that when volunteering abroad, a typical day can be anything but typical!
6:30 am: Wake up and eat breakfast with your host family. Breakfast in the Philippines usually consists of a combination of puto (a rice cake), breads, noodles, longganisa (similar to sausage), eggs, and fresh fruit.
7:30 am: Depart for volunteer project.
8:00 am – 12:00 pm: Volunteer work at assigned volunteer project.
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Eat a small lunch of rice, fish and vegetables. Free time to hang out with other volunteers or explore.
3:00pm – 4:00 pm: Crash language course in Waray Waray taught by a World Endeavors Volunteer Coordinator.
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm: After school tutoring with a local child sponsorship program. (Optional for volunteers)
6:30 pm: Dinner with host family. Dinners in the Philippines often consist of rice with meat (fish, pork, chicken, or shrimp), or vegetables (squash, carrots, amapalaya, eggplant, etc.)
7:30 pm – 10:30 pm: Free time spent at the beach, chatting with your host family, checking out the local mall to go shopping or enjoy a movie, hanging out at the community center and interacting with the children, or planning a weekend excursion to explore nearby caves and waterfalls.
Project and class schedules, meals, and free time activities may vary depending on the details of your placement.
Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. Successful volunteers are hardworking, flexible, and open to truly immersing themselves in Filipino culture. Volunteers with enthusiasm and some experience playing basketball are a great fit for this program.
Volunteering in the Philippines through World Endeavors was a life-changing experience. My host family, the staff, and the neighborhood in general were very supportive and made me feel at home. The community seemed to have a very strong bond and I never felt lonely because there were always people around to talk to or children to play with.
-Alexa, Volunteer in the Philippines
Elise is from Utah, where she is in the Deaf Studies program at university and is training to become an ASL Interpreter. She participated in World Endeavors’ Deaf...