Learning to Give Back

Instead of becoming bitter after going through a difficult period in her life, Yehlen dela Luna or “Yee” to her friends was inspired to reach out to people who need help.

Finding Purpose Through Volunteering 

Rhea Doligon is in her early 30s but she doesn’t look like it. The secret to her youthful looks could be because of positive outlook in life. “I find joy in the little things,” she says. On weekends, you could find her sitting contentedly on the warm grounds of Quezon City Memorial Circle, admiring the…

Tough Questions: My Volunteer Story

Hi! Im JB Tan, one of the co-founders and currently a volunteer & the Executive Director of iVolunteer Philippines. I am a graduate of Computer Science and have full time day job as a Project Management Professional in a multinational company. When asked what I do during my spare time.. I answer  “I volunteer!”.. I…

iVolunteer-ed for #ChangePH

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” –Margaret Mead This year’s Social Media Day #ChangePH made us believe that anything is possible, that #ChangePH is not a far-off reality for as long as we unite—as a community, united by one…

Bayani Challenge: Love for One Another

Gawad Kalinga (GK) is well-known for building houses and creating sustainable communities, all toward transforming the lives of our less privileged countrymen. This kind of transformation is contagious and is GK’s best kept secret–the volunteer’s self transformation.

Building a Stronger Team

UP Diliman, Quezon City – Last June 6, the staff and officers of iVolunteer Philippines held its annual summer team building activity at Balay Kalinaw in UP Diliman. The event focused on getting to know each of the members (particularly the newer ones) with sessions on understanding one’s MBTI profile and how each individual can…

Students with Huge Hearts

On my third day at the Batangas Bayani Challenge, I found myself grouped with six new faces. They told me that they were students from Batangas State University (and in my head, I immediately dubbed them the “BSU Crew” because that sounds so badass). I remember them telling me that they were actually in the middle of…

Do Good and Do More

“This is not a feel-good experience. This is a reminder and commitment to DO better.” ― Marc Sebastian, Gawad Kalinga Five days later and I’m home. I’m sunburnt, I have an early day tomorrow since it’s back to work, and my dog seems to have decided to punish me for abandoning him (he keeps cuddling…

Tales from the iVolunteer Team: The Rebirth of iVolunteer Philippines

“Tales from the iVolunteer Team” is an ongoing series of personal stories from the team that runs the Philippines’ first volunteerism portal. Today’s post comes from Bel Padlan, the current Executive Director of iVolunteer Philippines. Of Theories and Dreams: My iVolunteer Story by Bel Padlan I have a theory to which I will probably dedicate…

Tales from the iVolunteer Team: Social Media Volunteer Guy at Your Service!

“Tales from the iVolunteer Team” is an ongoing series of personal stories from the team that runs the Philippines’ first volunteerism portal. Today’s post comes from Carlo Angelo Gonzales, our social media guru in the iVolunteer Marketing team. A laptop, a smartphone and an Internet connection. These are things that I think are essential for…

Tales from the iVolunteer Team: Our Mother Hen Shares Her Thoughts

“Tales from the iVolunteer Team” is an ongoing series of personal stories from the team that runs the Philippines’ first volunteerism portal. Today’s post comes from Mana Domingo, our Director for Internals and Organization Development. Nowadays, I eat, drink, sleep, and have fantastical dreams about iVolunteer Philippines. I am, what you can say, a fanatic….