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FOUR GERMAN VOLUNTEERS AT PREDA 2015-16

 

Interns and volunteers, and world travelers are welcome at the Preda Foundation, a Fair Trade, Social Development and Human Rights organization in Olongapo City, Philippines, 139 kilometers North West of Manila on Subic Bay There is no application fee just e-mail your request for the application form and agreement and the cost list to predainfo@preda.org and copy to shaycullen@gmail.com or What Sapp to +639228768621

INTERNSHIP, Practicum. The Preda Foundation welcomes internship students and social work, researchers of psychology, law, penology, child psychology, social science, tourism, ecology and agriculture and Organic certification. Also students of business management (with an interest in Fair Trade) and students of other disciplines to apply for placement from two weeks to six months or more. 

Preda offers a comprehensive orientation and study program complete with field trips to the Preda projects, involvement in the program and therapies and interaction with the children  and provides workshops and guidance to students. Each receives a certificate of Internship participation upon completion. 

Students can fulfill their practicum studies and gain valuable experience working and learning in a developing country in a secure environment with instructors and guides. They earn a certificate and a letter of recommendation based on their experiences and achievements while with us.

VOLUNTEERS: Those willing to spend time as volunteers are also very welcome and who want to help the needy children. They can join the activities of the social workers in the children’s homes; visit the jails in Metro Manila and elsewhere. They   can help rescue children and bring them to the comfort and happy family at the Preda Children’s homes and all are very welcome. They can join the visits to the villages of the Indigenous people, the Aeta and meet them and learn of their culture, the value and dignity of their community life. Volunteers can feel the happiness of helping and doing well for others and receive a Certificate of accomplishment. 

International Travelers, groups of students are also welcome to visit and stay and join in the work of Preda for few days or a week to ten days or for a longer period as a volunteer.  They can go on hikes and exposure trips from Preda to children homes the rain forests, beaches and to visit the indigenous people, the Pinatubo Volcano and other natural wonders.  

The Preda guest house is located on the hillside overlooking the magnificent view spread of Subic Bay is secluded and safe.

It provides various low cost accommodation and delicious plentiful meals, a mixture of local Filipino and Western dishes and Chinese are served. Individual rooms, shared room or small dorms are available, with Air Conditioning if requested, or lower cost rooms with fans. Each room has shower, Hot/cold, toilet en suite, or low cost rooms have detached community bathroom. Every combination is available at a reasonable cost to suite everybody’s budget.

Delicious meals are available and vegetarians are welcome. A Preda van can be hired for Airport pick-up and delivery or touring.  Free Wi-Fi is available in the Guest house and 3G cell phone connection.  

All the costs on a price list and the application form and agreement will be sent to you when requested, just email to predainfo@preda.org, copy to shaycullen@gmail.com, you will be answered right away.  

International Guests of Preda, journalists, or researchers visiting the Subic Bay area for a weekend or longer can avail of the low cost, comfortable and secure accommodation at the Preda Guest house with 3 healthy meals provided.  For rates and details for single or shared rooms e-mail to pretrade@predafairtrade.net

RECOGNITION: The Award winning Preda Foundation (see Awards) and its services defending children and women exploited in the sex tourist industry and rescuing children form abusers and campaigns for human rights.  It is recognized as an International organization with a ‘best practice’ rating and is an approved agency for social research and learning by Calibri’s Netherlands, the centre of expertise for practical learning in Care, Welfare and Sport.  It is also recognized by the Urea University in Sweden, Misereor and Missio in Germany and The University of Applied Sciences eh-Darmstadt as a placement location for field research and social science studies.   

The Preda Foundation issues a certificate of accomplishment and recommendation to students completing their chosen course. Mature self-supporting professional or skilled volunteers who are willing to freely contribute to the work of any of the Preda projects from two weeks to 6 months are also welcome to apply.

 Preda Internship Programme: At Preda we have placements for interns. The study and practicum is for future social workers, psychologists, therapists, lawyers, youth workers, environmentalists, agriculturists, business professionals, IT and web specialists, and multi-media practitioners. Interns can be assigned to a variety of different areas of study in which they are interested in for their studies.  They will share the experience with other interns and self-supporting volunteers from different countries. Internship and volunteering is open to people of all nationalities, ethnic backgrounds and religions. There are no restrictions provided the applicant meets the requirements in the application form which will be sent on request by e-mail.  Most interns/volunteers are from Austria, Germany, Sweden Canada, Korea, Japan, the USA, Ireland, the UK and the Philippines.

New Life Experience: The interns and volunteers get to experience Filipino life and culture.  They will meet the Preda staff and children and they will share experiences and ideas about the various programs of Preda and beyond. They will be mixed in duties and assignments interspersed with research and study periods. Also they join fieldwork in visiting jails, the slums and court hearings. They experience the child center family days and join seminars on human rights issues as well as law and community activities in schools and colleges where our team conducts training seminars for adults and students. Interns and volunteers will join visits to the villages for the indigenous people with the Preda development workers, agriculturists and organic trainers and will be exposed to the Fair Trade activities, which include tree planting, hiking and office and business methods. 

What you can do at Preda. The Volunteers and Interns can share their gifts and talents with the children, staff and people and join the dancing, karate, arts and crafts, singing and outings to the beach and resorts that the children enjoy.  They can join the youth activities like the theatre training and performances. They will be assigned to help in the boy’s center and female interns will be assigned at the girl’s home.

The interns and volunteers will join activities with the children; teaching, sports, games, group dynamics, go to the beach with the children and join other outings and activities on weekends with the children from the boys or the girl’s center. Male interns do not get assigned to the girl’s home.

The interns are coming primarily to advance their knowledge, and have practical experience in the serious day-to-day work of the Preda social workers, psychologists/therapists and facilitators. They will be researching, reading case folders of the children, learning the legal cases and case studies.

Supervision and guides for Interns and volunteers. We have experienced Preda staff who will act as a guide and advisor for the interns. The senior social worker and therapists will be a guide and advisor and mentor them. Senior staffs are also always available to answer questions. The daily morning meetings also give schedules, advice and sharing of experiences and problems.

The internship and volunteering project heads and the coordinator works with them in preparing the schedule and involvement in the various programs of Preda so they get a wide experience of life. Not only in boys home, have girls homed, therapy, counseling and interrelations with the youth and children.

Team work at Preda: We at Preda implement the rule that interns and volunteers work on the same level and equal status as Preda staff. No deference or privileges for anyone is appropriate.

All adhere to the same on time schedule and duty hours. Cultural differences values and practices are opened and discussed and integration is essential.   Interns will also get cultural orientation and if they want to learn the basics of language that can be arranged. 

The fees for internship other than poor Filipino students are the same for all, to be fair and equal. It is compensation to cover the many hours of attention, tutoring seminars, and accompaniment that we provide. Internship will be a big benefit for the future of the intern. It has a high value.  We hope this will inspire and encourage the students in their careers and have high motivation as social workers and other professional jobs. The low fees give value to their here coming to Preda and they will value more what they experience and learn.

This internship is for the intern’s future careers and employment opportunities and to enhance their CV. They will be assessed on their ability to cross cultural barriers and experience racial integration, community living and harmony which are so essential for their future life and work in their own countries. 

Preda gives certificate of participation and competition and letters of recommendation based on the accomplishments and dedication of the interns. They will write a week accomplishment report also for us to know and monitor and for the record to validate their internship. University professors and Deans call us about an intern from time to time or a prospective employer.

Also the volunteers and interns will be trained to respond with compassion and care for the children’s suffering they are learning about.   They will enjoy the many national official holidays like the Preda staff. There are many entertainment and travel opportunities during holidays and official leave.

Preda is not a strict disciplinary organization but we encourage all to enjoy life, pursue happiness and friendship and be responsible and practical in the cultural setting of the Philippines. Security and well-being, health and safety are high priorities for us and the interns and volunteers. 

The internship is approved after the applicant submits the application form and it is assessed.

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