Location: Palawan, Philippines
Duration: Minimum 2 weeks, maximum 6 months
Start Dates: Project is on-going, and you can join at any time, depending upon availability. Placements start each Monday
Cost: €225 Euros per week – see Costs section for more details
Includes: all food, accommodation, airport pickup, orientation and all project related activities
Does not include: flights, travel insurance, visas and vaccinations
- Get to know the amazing country of the Philippines, its people, culture, food and environment
- Flexible placement, tailored according to your interests and abilities.
- Help with local construction projects on the amazing island of Palawan.
The Philippines is an incredible destination to discover and experience with bountiful flora and fauna across more than 7,000 islands of which only 2000 are inhabited. The Philippines attract tourists from all corners of the world with it’s breath-taking mountains, rainforests, diving spots and cultural sights. It is a country which bears the influence of the East and the West interwoven in all cultural aspects but mostly visible in the architecture and religion. Though it is a secular state, due to its Spanish influence the Philippines is one of the two Roman Catholic countries in Asia with a Christian population of about 90%. The country is the twelfth most populous country in the world and is divided in three main parts – Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
This project takes place on the beautiful island province of Palawan whose vivid green mountains contrasts with the surrounding clear blue sea. The majority of people on Palawan lack any form of higher education which means many support themselves by working traditional professions such as fishing and agriculture. This program is a unique opportunity to gain a first-hand insight into the livelihood, culture and customs of the people of Palawan. You will have a chance to join the fishing practices and work in the fields/plantations which includes planting rice and vegetables, cutting rice and other chores. Your participation will be of great help to the poorer communities of Palawan and promotes a cultural exchange between yourself and the local people.
A truly enriching and life-changing experience awaits you in the fishing villages and fields of Palawan!
Your daily schedule will depend on the weather and the season and it will include breakfast, lunch and dinner and various activities related to fishing and working in the fields. You will spend time outdoors engaging in physical activities and learning local traditional skills, including assisting local villagers when they go out fishing, repairing their fishing tools and making fish products such as salted fish. You will also help the villagers in the fields with: the planting of rice and vegetables, cutting of rice and vegetables and other chores related to working in the fields. You will live and work amongst the community and experience life as they see it.
***The schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.***
Travel & Accommodation
At either location you will be sharing a basic but comfortable room with 4-8 other volunteers. The rooms are single-gender and lockable and are equipped with fans, linens and mosquito nets; however, you need to bring your own towel. The toilets are Western-style and the showers run only with cold water which is very refreshing in the heat! Laundry facilities are limited, so you should expect to wash your clothes by hand. At all times, you’ll be expected to clean up after yourself and play your role in keeping the accommodation neat and organised as well as use all resources sparingly (including water and paper). Wifi is available in public areas.
There are three meals served at the accommodation mainly of Philippine cuisine which consists of vegetables, meat, eggs and rice.
In Palawan, you can find ATMs and Western Union transfers in the town of Nara which is about 30 minutes by car. Other forms of transportation are also available – jeepneys, buses, vans – which depart every hour to the neighboring towns of Narra or Aborlan. In Davao, you can find shops and ATMs within 20 minutes walking distance from the accommodation or 5 minutes by bike.
- Minimum age 18.
- No previous skills are necessary, however you must not be afraid to get stuck in and work hard.
- Minimum 1 week commitment – 30+ hours a week
- Necessary vaccinations.
- Necessary flight & visas.
- Full travel & medical insurance. Please see our info pages for more information and to get a quote.
€225 Euros per week
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** All payments incur a 5% bank transfer fee
*** Placements are confirmed with a 1 week deposit
Project Fee includes food, accommodation, airport pickup, orientation, in-country support and project activities.
Private rooms are available for an additional €100 per week.
What’s not included:
Flights, insurance, visas (if applicable) and vaccinations. Full assistance will be provided in getting all these arranged if you choose our Premium Support.
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