Roots of Health

Roots of Health

Roots of Health empowers women and girls to secure their right to health and freedom from violence, and to support and protect the health and well-being of their families. The organisation seeks to improve the reproductive health of women and girls and to help reduce the incidence of maternal mortality. They also recognize the importance of girls delaying pregnancy and staying in school. Therefore they provide health education and clinical services in communities and in the local university and high school populations.

Roots of Health works by fostering self-reliance, providing scientifically-based, accurate information on health, and improving both health-seeking behavior and access to Reproductive Health services. Programming is community or classroom-based, and utilizes a human rights framework, which includes the core belief that health is a human right.

Roots of Health has been operating in Palawan as the only reproductive health organization for over ten years. Given the lack of government support for these issues, ROH is providing the majority of reproductive health services on the island. These are the realities that have fueled ROH's work and programming and is why they need inspired PACE students to help.

Find out more on the Roots of Health website.

Activity information

Location: Palawan, Philippines

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

Duration: 6 weeks

Number of students: Approx 3

Cultural Highlights: Roots of Health is located on picturesque Palawan Island, in the town of Puerto Princesa. Puerto Princesa was historically used as a Spanish naval base before flourishing into the established town it is today. There are many lovely historic buildings and remnants from the colonial period along with Filipino culture.

Unit info

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

UnitUnit timingOverseas activity timingActivity examples
PACE3060 or equivalentWinter Vacation/
Session 3 (same time as unit)
Winter Vacation/
Session 3
Students will assist with a Youth Mentoring program. Roots of Health recognises the need for youth-centered programming and they have an entire team dedicated to young people and education. Students will work with their local counterparts to help conceptualise and facilitate meaningful youth mentoring sessions based around empowering young people to make good decisions around sexual and reproductive health.
HLTH3050 or equivalentSession 1/
Session 2 (after activity)
Session 3/
Winter Vacation
Create media content for organisation to help achieve its goal of improving reproductive health in Palawan. This includes developing short videos, posters and social media to improve health behaviour.
MMCC3150 or equivalentSession 1/
Session 2 (after activity)
Session 3/
Winter Vacation
Students will create media content for use in a non-profit organization and will be to assist the program staff to develop media that will help the organization achieve its goal of improving reproductive health in Palawan. The students will be tasked with developing content to improve health behavior and increase the organization’s online presence and website improvement.
INTS3050 or equivalentSession 1/
Session 2 (after activity)
Session 3/
Winter Vacation
Develop fundraising strategies and donor proposals and look at improving social media presence and website improvement

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.

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

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