Be Hands On!

Welcome to the Hands On Volunteer Vacations (HOVV) blog site, where we will post stories and updates on the project.

HOVV is a program of Hands On Manila Foundation, Inc., which is an international affiliate of HandsOn Network of Points of Light Institute.

Pilot HOVV projects are categorized in three main areas: environment, heritage, and livelihood. Initial project sites include Mt. Halcon Forest Museum in Oriental Mindoro; Baclayon and Pamalican in Bohol; Boracay and the mangrove plantation in Aklan; as well as heritage and environment sites in Laguna and Batangas.

Hands On Manila works closely with the Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT) for this project and is partnering with the Philippine Tour Operators Association (PHILTOA), and the National Association of Independent Travel Agencies (NAITAS), both of whom will provide logistical support for the vacation aspect of the program.

HOVV offers flexible volunteering wherein activities may be customized based on the availability and preference of the volunteer. There are also scheduled activities that may need a specific number of volunteers on a particular duration of time. Those interested to volunteer under the HOVV program may email accomplished HOVV Application form_email with a copy of passport and other information to Please confirm your volunteer participation at least two weeks before your scheduled trip or months earlier.

Do a good cause while you travel. Volunteer in the Philippines with Hands On Manila. Be the change. Get Hands On!


March 18, 2010 at 3:40 am 1 comment

HOVV volunteer brings joy to children

Justin Martinez is from Guam. He was scheduled for a trip to the Philippines and thought to take the opportunity to also volunteer while in the country. He never expected his experience would bring so much joy, not just to him, but also to the children of Childhouse, a half-way home for families from the provinces who are in the capital for treatment.

”I enjoyed it very much and really appreciate it for getting me in contact with such a great organization,” Martinez shared. “I’m not sure how useful I was during my time at Child house, but the children really seemed to enjoy having me around and spending time with me.  It just made me happy to see them excited to play with me, and I was glad to be able to bring them so much joy, however brief my stay,” he added.

Children staying in Childhouse come to Manila for treatment. Some of them suffer from serious illnesses. Without any resources or relatives in Manila, the Childhouse become their temporary home.

August 27, 2010 at 1:54 am Leave a comment

No More Divisions video by Julien Drolon

A Hands On Manila volunteer, Julien Drolon, made this music video that shows his passion towards community service. Well done, Julien!

In Julien’s description of the video he posted in YouTube, he wrote:

No More Divisions is a song I wrote on my way to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.
The video was shot in the Philippines and it is the first chapter of our musical adventure.

Creation of the song:
Arranged, Produced & Mixed by Jimmy Antiporda
Electric by Noel Mendez
Words, Composition and Acoustic Guitar by Julien
Mix and Mastered at Music Master Studio

Making of the video:
Director and Editor: Jimmy Antiporda
Assistant Direction & Cinematography: Regie “Tekgik “Fernando
Electric Guitar: Noel Mendez
Bass: Joselito Planes
Drums: Paolo Noel Lapresca
Dancers: Children of Childhope Asia Philippines
Random Pinoys
Concept and Script: Julien
Production House: Jam Creations


April 15, 2010 at 7:55 am Leave a comment

HOVV Boracay Summer (April-June) 2010 Tutorials

April 13, 2010 at 8:12 am

HOVV Bohol Kinnara 2010

Hands On Manila Foundation

Hands On Volunteer Vacations

Bohol project

Call for Volunteers!!!

Do a volunteer vacations in Bohol that will contribute to community development and ecological protection. This volunteer work is highly technical in nature but volunteers will be briefed and trained within the 12-day duration.

Volunteers needed: 8 to 10 persons only

Volunteer schedule:     Every 1st to 12th of the month

Every 16th to 27th of the month

*Confirmation of participation should be two weeks before the volunteer schedule.

Location: Baclayon town, Bohol province, Philippines

HOVV joining fee: $40

Project fee: $1,000, which includes:

°         Rationed food;

°         Stay on the boat, fuel;

°         Project materials;

°         Volunteer packets;

Volunteers will:

°         Pledge to the project for 12 days. Volunteers will stay for most of the duration of the project on boat with a few days of briefing, training and compilation on land;

°         Assist scientists in identifying the biology of whales and dolphins;

°         Gather data for dolphin stranding response and rescue;

°         Work with local partners for community development and ecological protection.

Volunteers should bring:

°         Camera

°         Binoculars

°         Sleeping bags

The following will be provided but volunteers may bring their own:

°         Biscuits, extra food (as long as they are within the weight limit per person on the boat);

°         Life vest;

°         Drinking water (bring chlorine tabs as a preventative measure)

Imagine 12 days of fun, adventure, and good cause as you interact with the local community, the scientists, and the marine life!

For more details, contact Claire Algarme at and or call (632) 386-6521 or (632) 473-7458.

For stories and announcements on HOVV, visit our blog site  Visit for more details.

March 23, 2010 at 2:27 am 3 comments

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