Even Filipinos go volunteering abroad

Wow. As if sending over 10% of the population working abroad is not enough, we are also sending Filipinos abroad to do volunteer work. What next?

From BusinessWorld Philippines

May 09, 2012

Outreach organizer keen to tap Filipino workers

VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT organization VSO International wants to tap more local firms for its outreach programs, citing the Filipino work force’s sharp skills and management experience.

“We have spotted opportunities here years back. There are definitely lots of people who can benefit from the Filipinos’ skills, so there’s always room for us to grow,” Marg Mayne, VSO chief executive officer, told reporters in a media roundtable.

VSO, the world’s largest independent volunteer development organization, partners with corporations to recruit individuals worldwide. Volunteers are deployed into developing countries to engage in long-term or short-term assignments such as livelihood development and governance projects, depending on one’s skills.

In the Philippines, the organization’s local arm, VSO Bahaginan Foundation, Inc., was established in 2000 and partners with 40 developing countries in Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific.

At present, VSO Bahaginan sends approximately 100 individual Filipino volunteers to overseas destinations per year, in addition to a partnership with Accenture Philippines, said Rachel N. Quintos, VSO Bahaginan communication adviser.

This is higher than recruits from other VSO units in the region, with China only managing to send around 20 per year, for instance, she said.

“I think we have a high number of Filipino volunteers because we have this really rich pool of professionals and talents in the country.
We have a thriving civil society and development sector, so there are lots of skills here that are needed elsewhere. We are in the best position to provide these,” Ms. Quintos said.

“A bulk of VSO Bahaginan’s volunteers are middle managers motivated to make a difference,” she said.

“The feedback we get is that employees become… more resourceful, and more like leaders,” Ms. Mayne said. — FJGDLF

Article location : http://www.bworldonline.com/content.php?Section=Corporate&title=Outreach organizer keen to tap Filipino workers&id=51434

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