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Philippines Island Community Volunteer

Philippines Island Community Volunteer

Work alongside local villagers to assist in traditional fishing and agricultural practises.

Prices from $795

Palawan is considered one of the Philippines top destinations with emerald green jungled mountains, clear blue waters and stunning white sandy beaches. The long, narrow island is dotted with fishing villages and surrounded by numerous smaller islands. On land prehistoric caves and waterfalls lay waiting to be explored whilst the clear waters play host to an array of marine life. If you can tempt yourself away from relaxing on the soft sands there is so much to discover on this island.

Project Highlights

  • Gain an insight into traditional Filipino life

  • Work with the local community in fishing and agricultural duties

FAST FACTS

Location Palawan, Philippines
Activities

Explore the island of Palawan
Learn about traditional ways of life
Assist with fishing and agricultural duties

Transport

Airport pickup available

Accommodation Shared volunteer guesthouse

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support
Kit advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier T-shirt
In-country

Accommodation
Meal
Project orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

What does the project do?

This program offers the unique opportunity to work alongside the local villagers of Palawan in their authentic professions: fishing and agriculture. You will assist the local villagers by joining them in their fishing practices and by working in the fields/plantations, which will give you an extraordinary insight into the livelihood of the people of Palawan and their culture and customs.

What will I be doing?

Fishing and farming are the main professions in Palawan. On this project you will gain an insight into this traditional way of life through assisting local villagers with their jobs. You may go out fishing, repair fishing tools or make fish products such as salted fish. On land you may help to plant rice and vegetables, cut rice and assist with other farming chores. The particular activities carried out will depend a lot on the weather and the season at that point in time.

What happens when I arrive?

You will fly into Puerto Princesa International airport on the Sunday where you will be met by a friendly in-country representative and transfer to the project site.

Where will I be staying?

You will be staying in shared accommodation in the volunteer guesthouse. There are shared bathrooms with cool showers and western-style toilets. There is WIFI on site and the rooms are fan-cooled with locks on the doors and linen provided. There are also various public transport options nearby and other optional activities to take part in.

What will I be eating?

Throughout your stay you will be provided with three meals a day. The meals will mainly consist of local Philippine cuisine so expect to be eating lots of vegetables, rice, egg and meat. Did we mention rice? Philippine cuisine has developed from an exciting variety of influences including Malay, Spanish, Chinese and American, thanks to its trade and seafaring history. Other Asian and Latin dishes have also been adapted to incorporate local ingredients, providing you with a vast range of dishes to sample and enjoy. Popular dishes include a whole roasted pig, traditional Philippine sausage, omelettes, braised chicken and pork and a variety of seafood to name just a few.

Additional Opportunities

There’s plenty to explore on Palawan in your free time or before/ after your project. The island is fringed with beautiful beaches so why not relax on the beach, go diving or snorkelling, go kayaking or try out other water based activities. Coron Bay is found at the northwest of Palawan (between Busuanga and Culion islands) and is known for being one of the best wreck diving locations in the world. On land there is also much to explore from pretty coastal villages to inland waterfalls.  The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is located 50km north of the city of Puerto Princesa and has recently been voted one of the new 7 wonders of nature. Your in-country coordinators will be able to help you arrange any additional activities.

COSTS

1 week $795

2 weeks $945

3 weeks $1,195

4 weeks $1,445

DEPARTURE DATES

This project runs weekly; pickup will be arranged if you are arriving on Sunday from 10am to 5pm. Project begins on Monday. 

There might be a change in activities during the following days:

Jan 1- New Year

March 15- Araw ng Davao

March 24- Holy Thursday

Mar 25- Good Friday

Aug 16- Kadayawan (Festival in Davao)

Aug 29- National Heroes Day

Nov 1- Catholic Celebration.

Nov 30- Bonifacio Day

Dec 30- Rizal Day

DURATION

1 week +

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel advice
  • Documentation
  • Kit advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier T-shirt

In-country

  • Airport pick up
  • Meals
  • Accommodation
  • Local orientation
  • Comprehensive project training
  • 24 hour in-country support
  • International HQ emergency support & back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Puerto Princesa (PPS)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

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