Centre Migrant Advocacy

Center for Migrant Advocacy (CMA)

The Center for Migrant Advocacy is an advocacy group that promotes the rights of overseas Filipinos both land or sea-based migrant workers and Filipino immigrants – and their families.

The Center works to help improve the economic, social and political conditions of migrant Filipino families everywhere through policy advocacy, information dissemination, networking, capability-building, and direct assistance. CMA gathers information, conducts studies, and analyzes urgent issues on overseas migration and related concerns and disseminates these to its partners, networks, and constituents.

Find out more on the CMA website.

Activity Information

Country and Location: Quezon, Philippines

Timing: Winter Vacation (June - July), Session 3 (December - February)

Duration: 4 - 6 weeks

General number of students: Approximately 3

Cultural Highlights: CMA is located in Quezon City, a suburb of Manila. Manila is the capital of the Philippines and one of the most densely populated cities on earth. The Philippines was colonised by the Spanish for over 300 years with Spanish Manila marking the first time in world history where all hemispheres and continents were interconnected in a worldwide trade network.

Available Units

*Please note that the unit availability, timing and activities are always subject to change

UnitUnit timingOverseas activity timingActivity examples
LAWS4052/LAWS8099 or equivalentSession 1/
Session 2 (after activity)
Session 3/
Winter Vacation
Research and dissemminate information regarding the ASEAN protection instrument for migrant workers and reviewing/editing a magna carta for migrant workers to ensure it accurately reflects and cites the constitution and also international conventions ratified by the Philippines.
INTS3050 or equivalentSession 1/
Session 2 (after activity)
Session 3/
Winter Vacation
Provide support in developing CMA's online communications work including audio-visual projects.
MMCC3150 or equivalentSession 1/
Session 2 (after activity)
Session 3/
Winter Vacation
Assist with the development of creative content for client orientation sessions and trainings based on interviews and existing materials. This includes media content (mainly online videos, editing, filming etc.) for the center’s online resources relating to migrant rights, governance, women's rights, and the international & national legal frameworks supporting migrant labour force. Students can also assist with the center’s draft communications plan and research needs including data capturing, drafting reports, attending round table events, preparing briefs, policy papers and presentations.
PACE3060 or equivalentSession 3 (same time as activity)Session 3 / Winter VacationAssist with the development of creative content for client orientation sessions and trainings based on interviews and existing materials. This includes media content (mainly online videos, editing, filming etc.) for the center’s online resources relating to migrant rights, governance, women's rights, and the international & national legal frameworks supporting migrant labour force. Students can also assist with the center’s draft communications plan and research needs including data capturing, drafting reports, attending round table events, preparing briefs, policy papers and presentations.
SSCI3010 or equivalentSession 1 (before activity)Winter VacationConduct research into the implementation of new legislation and policies such as deployment plans and evaluate how effective they have been in improving legal and social conditions of migrants

Costs and funding options

Activity Cost

Each activity incurs an Activity Cost to cover in-country costs. The Activity Cost is dependant on the location, work requirements, timeframe and duration of your activity. Additional costs, not included in your activity cost, are paid for directly by you. Financial support is available through grant funding.

Covered in Activity Costs
  • Accomodation
  • Pre-departure training
  • In-country orientation
  • Airport transfers
  • travel insurance for activity duration
  • Field trips
Not included in activity costs
  • International airfares
  • Visa (where applicable)
  • National Police Checks
  • Unit tuition
  • Vaccinations (where applicable)
  • New/renewed passport (where applicable)Personal travel insurance and all related expenses for personal travel and leisure activities
  • Incidental living and travel costs (e.g laundry, transport, souvenirs)

Funding options

There are a range of funding options available to assist you with the associated costs of a PACE International activity. For more information on eligibility and application requirements see the Funding tab on the PACE International website.

Meet our alumni

Ethan Hughes, Center for Migrant Advocacy (CMA), Winter Vacation 2018

What do you study and where did you go on your PACE International activity?
My Name is Ethan Hughes, I studied a Bachelor of Media, Majoring in Screen Practice and Production. For my PACE International activity, I was placed in Quezon City in the Philippines at the Center for Migrant Advocacy (CMA)

What was your role or project at your host organisation?
Myself and three other Macquarie University Students were responsible for interviewing overseas Filipino workers (OFW’s), Government migration agencies, Filipino political activists, as well as representing Macquarie and CMA. We were tasked to create videos addressing the social costs of being a migrant worker, as well as the consequences of being victim to illegal recruitment. These videos are now being used by CMA for promotional use online, publicly and in Seminar’s around the Philippines.

What attracted you to the PACE International program?
After hearing about the PACE International experience through word of mouth and hearing first-hand accounts from ex-PACE students, my interest in the opportunity was fascinated. The idea of being able to experience a different culture for my degree sounded like a privilege and an opportunity to apply my skills acquired at Macquarie to a workplace environment overseas. It was also a peace of mind knowing that many of the logistics of the trip were organised by PACE.

What advice would you give a student who is thinking of applying for a PACE International activity?
Seize the day. You’ll never know what opportunities will arise or experiences will happen if you don’t take seize the day. Like myself and my fellow PACE students. You’ll make new friends, you’ll make new experiences and you’ll learn.

What was the best part of your PACE International experience?
Simple, travel and culture. My most treasured experiences were the most eye-opening. Our host organisation took us around the Philippines to islands and regional areas to visit and hear the stories of migrant Filipino workers. Some of their experiences concluded with happy endings, some sad endings, others a mixture of the two. Upon returning to Australia, my awareness and outlook surrounding many socio-political had changed. Moreover, I thoroughly enjoyed experiencing the Filipino, foods, people and culture.

Before I apply

  1. Receive academic advice to see how a PACE International activity will fit into your degree
  2. Check you meet the eligibility requirements
  3. View the PACE International information session online or visit one of our drop-in sessions
  4. Refer to the PACE International essential resources for application tips, example application form and information on ethical volunteering

Contact Us

Email: paceinternational@mq.edu.au
Phone: +61 2 9850 4473
Instagram: @mqpace

Make an appointment or attend a drop-in session: If you would like to speak to a PACE International staff member, please email us at paceinternational@mq.edu.au.

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