Program Title:
Community-based feeding and education program for malnourished children and their mothers in the Philippines.

Program Location:
Volunteer for Visayans, Tacloban City, Philippines

Program Overview:
Students work with the Volunteer for Visayans (VFV) Community Feeding Project in Tacloban City, Philippines for three-weeks. The placement involves assessing children’s nutritional status; providing nutrition education to children and/or mothers; planning menus; purchasing food from local markets; preparing cooked lunches for pre-schoolers in disadvantaged barangays (local council areas) and completing a project co-designed with VFV. Prior to departure, students will undertake cultural safety training and develop a personal learning plan that they will implement while in-country. Students live with local host families, enabling them to be immersed in traditional Filipino life, learn about local issues and make a sustainable contribution to the community. It provides you with a unique experience and knowledge related to public health nutrition in a developing region.

Program Dates:
February 2019, or April 2019 (over the mid-semester break plus one week)

Places Available:
Up to 7 funded places available with the New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant and up to 4 places with Asia Postgraduate Mobility Grant

Open To:
Admission into:

  • Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics Year 4, eligible to enrol in NUTD4106 Independent Studies in Nutrition and Dietetics (4.5 units)
  • Bachelor of Human Nutrition Year 3, eligible to enrol in NUTD3110 Independent Studies in Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Masters of Nutrition and Dietetics, Year 1 eligible to enrol in NUTD9145 Independent Studies in Nutrition and Dietetics.

Application Deadline:
19 November 2019. See how to apply for more details.

On successful completion of the project, students will be eligible to receive 4.5 units of credit.

$3000 covers Volunteer for Visayans program fee and the costs of flights, accommodation and two meals per day. Scholarships to cover costs of up to $3000 are available. Students may be eligible for OS-HELP to subsidise additional costs

How to Apply:
Students should submit an online enquiry via Ask Flinders (click “Request Support”) and have their study plan checked by the College for program eligibility before applying.

Please ask the following question in your enquiry:

  • Do I have 4.5 units of elective space to participate in the NCP program
  • Am I able to enrol into Independent Studies in Nutrition and Dietetics (4.5 units) NUTD4106 OR NUTD3110 OR NUTD9145

Once you confirm that you have elective space in your program, submit an Expression of Interest to by COB 19 November 2019.

Your expression of interest should include the following:

  • Your full name, Flinders student number
  • Unofficial transcript (download one from the Student Systems)
  • Project preference (if any): Indonesia or Philippines and when (Feb or April or any)
  • A short (no more than 500 word) statement in response to the following three questions:
  1. Why do you want to be involved in this overseas project?
  2. What are some of the learning outcomes you expect from this experience?
  3. What might be some of the likely challenges for you in undertaking the overseas placement?
  4. How will the experience develop your knowledge and skills as a health professional?

Further Information:
Ms Louisa Matwiejczyk
Lecturer, College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Phone: 7221 8848

Read more on the ‘Nutrition and Dietetics general Information’ page on FLO. Scroll down to find information, videos by previous students and more.

Read more about the students who completed the exchange in 2016 on the Learning Without Borders website.

Watch this video as it provides a day to day perspective of this program. Available for viewing on Dropbox.

This video was created following three weeks of volunteering in the Philippines on a community feeding project in a rural barangay called Cangumbang. It was constructed with the objective of developing communication skills using digital technology. This was achieved by documenting implementation of the feeding program and other volunteer-related experiences during the three weeks. The end-product is a 9-minute video which outlines the feeding program (including transport, at the markets, preparing meals etc.), extra activities with the children (including nutrition education), and weekend excursions and tours with the volunteer organisation.

This video was presented on Wednesday 13th of June to 15 undergraduate and postgraduate nutrition and dietetics students at Flinders University. Peer feedback was obtained from 10 of the audience members on criteria outlined in the personal learning plan. This peer feedback is also submitted as a PDF alongside the video.

Overall, the video depicts the volunteering experience as a whole and can be used as a resource for future students and for Volunteer for the Visayans to promote the volunteer program.