Volunteering & internship
The ecosystem put in place by Gawad Kalinga HQ has become a special place for internship and volunteering for numerous European students. Every year, more than 500 French students participate in humanitarian projects in Gawad Kalinga villages, as well as in social enterprise missions in the GK Enchanted Farm.
If you are a student and you would like to discover Gawad Kalinga or social entrepreneurship in the Philippines, various internship offers are available on our website. As an intern, you will be working directly with a social entrepreneur or with managers of non-profit organizations (NGOs). Internship missions vary greatly so do not hesitate to consult our online platform for available internship opportunities in Gawad Kalinga!
There are also volunteer posts available for people who wish to invest themselves in volunteer missions lasting from 6 months to a few years. In partnership with the Délégation Catholique pour la Cooperation (DCC), Volontariat de Solidarité Internationale (VSI) contracts with “Service Civique” status can be granted.
A good knowledge of English is required to communicate with the local team.
Internship and volunteer opportunities are regularly updated. If there is no current offer that fits your profile, you could also send a spontaneous application.
Gawad Kalinga offers two different types of internship missions: short term development missions in a single GK village, and long term community coordination missions in up to 5 GK villages following various projects.
You will also find on this website the contacts of social enterprises in the Philippines, working with Gawad Kalinga, which are interested in recruiting interns. For more infos click here [mettre un lien ici vers une page présentant les job descriptions des entreprises].
Development mission (from 5 weeks to 4 months)
The development projects are for those who wish to work on a mission with the non-profit organization Gawad Kalinga for a period of 5 weeks to 4 months. These missions represent the most important part of GK’s work since 2003, which responds to the problem of extreme poverty through community development.
These missions involve the construction, renovation and planning of Gawad Kalinga villages. Every year, dozens of volunteer groups take action in the Philippines. Projects are largely managed by the group, including fundraising and implementation.
More details available in our page on development missions.
You could send your application for development missions with GK through this website.
Community Coordination (at least 6 months)
Gawad Kalinga was able to build with its beneficiaries about 3000 “intentional communities” all over the country since the end of the 1990’s. Many of these villages are today located in the province where there are too few opportunities to provide decent jobs for everyone. This is why those villages are encouraged to launch micro-enterprise initiatives to provide livelihood for the community.
Every year nearly 200 “Short Term Volunteers” spend up to 3 months in GK villages to support these micro-enterprise initiatives through funding and project development. The mission of a is to integrate the Movement Building team of full-time Filipino GK volunteers for at least and support them in of these micro-enterprise initiatives. The will immerse in up to 5 villages from the same province, where he will rotate regularly in order to follow-up advancement of the projects.