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September 2014


These last two months in the Philippines have been amazing. I’m so grateful for everything that I got to experience here in Eastern Samar, during my internship at GDFI and also during the wonderful trips in my free time. When I came to Guiuan,

by Clara Kopiez - German student, GDFI volunteer.


March 2014

Guiuan through the years.

How We Got There

Coming from Metro Manila, we traveled down south all the way to Guiuan via the Bicol Region by bus, several buses in fact, plus a one-hour Ro-ro ferry boat ride between the islands of Luzon and the Visayas. I had four major objectives in mind for this trip:

by Gina Lim, RN, - Practicing nurse and educator for 30 years.


June 2014

More than a Letter

I would like to share my personal experience with Ms. Margarita dela Cruz first as a:


I met Ma'am Marge after I graduated from UPV-Cebu College. I worked for six months in GDFI (Guiuan Development Foundation Inc.), her NGO based in Guiuan, E. Samar as a Research Assistant in 1996. GDFI back then was a small office in Ma'am Marge's house. But there were many volunteers working there. And a building was being finished. She had great plans for this NGO.
She kept working on it, inspiring people to help out, getting funds from various sources, and then today, I say, about 90% has materialized. A learning center is now there, a dormitory, they have a patrol boat, a marine reserve, hatchery... I can go on and on. One striking trait I liked about her as a boss is her insight on the interests/hobbies/talents of her employees.

by Leni Yap-Dejeto,Phd - UP Visayas - College Professor .


July 2014

Caving for me..

In order to visit the caves on Calicoan Island, you need to walk quite a bit on rough grounds. But it is definitely worth it and the way there is beautiful as well. To the right side, steep stone walls are raising up towards the sky and to the left side, there is the foaming Pacific Ocean and a few abandoned fisher boats dancing on the waves from the winds.

by Clara Kopiez - German student, GDFI volunteer.