Find Your Life-Changing Experience With ER

NAPACOR Village GirlsBy Tim Fausch, ER Communications

So you’ve heard about short-term volunteering overseas and you’re intrigued. But, you wonder, where in the world should you go and how can you make a real impact?

Fortunately for you, we have the solution to your dilemma –  connect with Extreme Response in the Philippines, Ecuador or South Africa. Our ER Asia team is stationed in Manila and we’re looking for short-term volunteers who seek a life-changing experience.

Amanda MoxleyWhy Volunteer in the Philippines?

Heavily “Westernized” following World War II, the Philippines is a beautiful country filled with pockets of wealth and luxury surrounded by communities of poverty and struggle. ER Asia and our partners in the region are helping the people in those communities escape poverty, homelessness and lack of education. The work we do is rewarding. We provide hope to people who desperately need it.

Who Would I Help?

Generational poverty is a huge problem in the Philippines. Parents who struggle to provide food and shelter for their families often cannot afford to properly care for their kids. We’re trying to meet two huge needs – caring for street kids and providing access to education for impoverished families.

What Is ER Doing In Manila Today?

ER operates two programs – the Manila Children’s Home (MCH) and Golden Hands Livelihood Educational Program. The MCH currently serves 10 boys who were abused, abandoned, neglected or orphaned. Following a recent purchase of the home, we’re now positioned to expand our care to up to 20 boys in the next few years. Learn more about the MCH here.

Golden Hands is a skills-based educational and training program for impoverished women. The program teaches them to sew so they can make money to support their families. Every year, we graduate a new group of women. Check out our Golden Hands blog here.

ER also recently launched a new community-based program called Pathway For Hope. The program is just being launched and you can read more here.

What Do ER’s Partners Do in Asia?

ER partners with 10 organizations in Asia that serve people living in extreme conditions. These partners are operated by nationals that need help in serving their communities. They care for families with kids fighting cancer, squatter communities, orphans and vulnerable children, victims of human trafficking and more. For many of our partners, educational support is a priority. Seven of our partners operate in the Philippines, three in Nepal and one in India. Learn more about our Asia partners here.

What Could I Do Personally To Serve?

We accept applications from people who want to serve for one month to one year through our short-term volunteer program. In Manila, you could work with the boys at the Children’s Home, with the women in our Golden Hands training program or with several of our partners that serve kids, women and families. We attempt to match your gifts and talents with the many needs we are trying to meet.

What If I’m Part Of A Team?

At ER, we love short-term teams and have hosted them for 20 years. Most teams come for one to two weeks. Teams make a huge impact by providing educational support, kids clubs, sports and recreation, building and maintenance, healthcare, nutrition and more. If you are part of a church, college or a caring group of individuals who want to help others, visit our teams page.

Would I Get To Experience The Culture?

Yes. ER intentionally creates opportunities to see the area and experience the local culture. Whenever possible, we include R&R days that allows you to sightsee, shop at markets and eat at local restaurants.

Is There An Opportunity To Join A Team This Year?

Yes. ER is hosting a Christmas Outreach teams in the Philippines, Ecuador and South Africa. No experience is needed other than a desire to serve others. These teams are great fun because we bring the joy of Christmas to people who often would not be able to celebrate it. Imagine throwing parties for street kids, kids with cancer and families living in squatter communities. Be part of this compassion! Learn more here.

Where Do I Sign Up?

Click here to learn more about how ER mobilizes people to serve as short-term volunteers. Feel free to email questions about short-term teams to mobilization@extremeresponse.org.

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