The Philippines is a beautiful country. There are many things to see and do. You can access some of our staff tips, thoughts, and resources by clicking on this link.
We are not currently accepting visitors to the shelter, unless you are a former resident, adoptive parent or a supporter of the organization. If you fall into one of the above categories, read more below. If you do not fall into these categories, but have a special circumstance, you can contact us here and we will get back to you.
Visiting as a Former CSC Resident/Adoptee
If you are a former resident and spent a portion of your life at CSC, we would love to have you come back to visit! These are exciting moments when we get to reunite with people we have cared for deeply.
If you are interested in arranging a visit, can contact us here and we'll get you going on the necesary steps. We will help arrange your visit, making sure the timing will fit with the events at the shelter. We can also help suggest hotels and can arrange for some of your transportation. Then we will connect you with someone in Cebu who you will be your main contact for your time in the Philippines. We are excited to have you!
Volunteering with CSC in Cebu
We are currently not accepting short-term volunteers. If you are looking to volunteer long-term or if you are looking for employment opportunities, please complete the contact form or check out our employment section.
Why We Limit Visitors and Volunteers
The children that come to our shelter have typically experienced abuse, neglect, malnourishment, and trauma prior to coming to the shelter. One of the most important things we can provide to them is stability and consistency of routine schedules and caregivers. This stability is a necessary ingredient for our children to feel secure and it is something they often lacked before coming to CSC. Visitors and even month long-volunteers may have a lot to offer CSC, but it works against the stability and consistency our children need. Research shows that short-term visits can cause harm to a child's development and well being. These children are at the heart of our mission so their needs come first.
The children at our shelter have a right to privacy. We strive to private a safe and private setting. To have strangers walking through the grounds lessens that privacy. Another reason is that children living in shelter are often filled with hope of being adopted. For many kids this means they may see visitors or volunteers as someone who might want to adopt them. This desire often expresses itself by prompting children to become extra social, or push themselves to perform; hoping the visitor or volunteer will be impressed. Since CSC is responsible for managing the expectations of our children and promoting healthy boundaries, we have to limit and monitor volunteer or visitor interactions with children.
In order for CSC to operate successfully 365 days a year for the past 30 years, we have had to build a system, develop a budget, and hire the regular staff who can provide for our kids. This means that:
CSC does not have opportunities for volunteers to come and serve meals to our kids.
Is not available for visitors to celebrate their own birthdays with the kids.
We generally do not need toy or clothing donations, though if you inquire, we may have a specific occasional need. (Exceptions to this include items on our Amazon wishlist.)
The best way that you can be a part of all that goes on at CSC is to financially support the work. There are many ways you can do this. Please check out our donation page to see the available options. We would love to partner with you to change lives in the Philippines.
Volunteering with CSC in the US
Although most of the employees at CSC are based in the Philippines, we have a small base of employees in the US office, located in Shoreview, MN. We have some opportunities for volunteering for the US office. Most of these are for social media or other digital work (design, updating the website, and other clerical work) that can be done remotely, but come with expectations of some computer knowledge. We also have a few seasonal opportunities for hands-on work without special knowledge or experience, mainly for our annual fundraising event or a few mailings.
If you are interested in potentially being available to volunteer with CSC in the US, please click here to contact us and let us know what kind of skills, interests, and availability you are willing to offer CSC. A staff member from our office will be in touch.