1 Week Volunteer Trip

 

Arrive in El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

Meet your Filipino host family or check into your beachside bungalow. Relax and explore El Nido town. Welcome lunch and community introductions at beachside restaurant.

 

Time to get dirty!

Get ready for intense volunteering in the community. Projects will reflect the current needs of local communities. Since 23% of the population in Palawan lives in extreme poverty, we’re going to work with these families to empower them to bring themselves out of poverty. 

Building Dry Toilets & Sustainable Agriculture!

Many families live in homemade Tagbanua structures in Palawan without access to improved sanitation. When we asked some of these families where their bathroom was they shrugged their shoulders, lifted their hands and said… anywhere, slightly embarrassed. It is our belief that everyone has the right to a dignified existence and having a safe place to poo is fundamental! So this spring we’ll be working with families who don’t have a place for their kids to poo to teach them how to build dry toilets, compost the waste, and use it as a fertilizer in their gardens!

And if they don’t have a garden yet we’re going to help them start one! And get them on the path to food security and food sovereignty!

Recycling, Making Art & Creating Ways to Generate Income

8.8 million tons of plastic are dumped into the ocean each year and more than half of the plastic waste that flows into the ocean comes from just five countries: China, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, and Sri Lanka. Since we’re in the Philippines, why not do something about it? So we’ll be setting up recycling stations in El Nido and the surrounding communities to prevent that waste from going to sea :-) We’ll also hold workshops for those interested in creating recycled art to learn various techniques. And will assist them with selling their merchandise so that they can generate income!

While these will be the primary projects during this period additional projects may be included as needs arise. Also, if you have a talent/skill/knowledge (e.g. artistic/musical abilities, construction, health, languages, gardening skills, etc.) that you’d like to share, we welcome your ideas and together we can explore ways of incorporating it into your volunteer program.

Building Homes!

Will be partnering with families living in unsafe, makeshift shacks to build them safe, livable homes. We will equip the homes with rainwater collection systems to provide access to clean drinking water and we will install sanitation facilities within the homes to provide access to proper sanitation. We will also equip the homes and familiarize the families with green building designs and renewable energy techniques (e.g. solar power, waste transformation, composting for natural gas generation, rainwater harvesting, natural lighting and ventilation, etc.) to assist families in developing additional technical skills and environmental responsibility. And since no project is complete without a garden, we’ll show each family sustainable agriculture techniques so they can cultivate and raise their own food!

Recycling, Making Art & Creating Ways to Generate Income

8.8 million tons of plastic are dumped into the ocean each year and more than half of the plastic waste that flows into the ocean comes from just five countries: China, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, and Sri Lanka. Since we’re in the Philippines, why not do something about it? So we’ll be setting up recycling stations in El Nido and the surrounding communities to prevent that waste from going to sea :-) We’ll also hold workshops for those interested in creating recycled art to learn various techniques. And will assist them with selling their merchandise so that they can generate income!

While these will be the primary projects during this period additional projects may be included as needs arise. Also, if you have a talent/skill/knowledge (e.g. artistic/musical abilities, construction, health, languages, gardening skills, etc.) that you’d like to share, we welcome your ideas and together we can explore ways of incorporating it into your volunteer program.

 

Previous projects include building a school, building homes, building co-operative restaurant, teaching about renewable energy – building solar hot water heaters, teaching ways to combat malnutrition – sustainable agriculture, healthy meal preparation, training in vocational skills, teaching oral hygiene, running summer camps, etc.

  • Volunteer in El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
  • Volunteer in El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
  • Volunteer in El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

Free time!

You will have plenty of time to relax and explore the surrounding area while volunteering. Bring some extra spending money if you’d like to rent a bicycle, a motorcycle, or a kayak, explore nearby islands, trek or mountain climb with a local guide, etc. We’ll take you on trip once a week where we will cover your costs :-)

 

Volunteer Trip Palawan, Philippines

 


 

Program Dates

We’ll schedule dates that work for you!

(Minimum group size per program: 4 people)

Accommodation Options

Homestay

Beachside Cabin

 Note: Pictures are representative of accommodations and may vary slightly at time of booking given demand.

Pricing

 

1 Week  ($590)

2 Weeks  ($1,080)

3 Weeks  ($1,570)

1 Month  ($1,960)

2 Months  ($3,120)

3 Months  ($4,280)

 

 Price Includes

For Homestay Guests

  • Nightly accommodations with a local Filipino family in a small single room
  • All meals during trip prepared by host family

For Beachside Cabin Guests

  • Nightly accommodations in a beachside cabin
  • Daily breakfast and lunch

For everyone

  • Ground transportation during program
    • Please fly into and depart from El Nido Airport (ENI) in Palawan, Philippines
    • If you choose to fly into Puerto Princessa (PPS) please inform us so we can help you with ground transportation to El Nido
  • Volunteering project fees (e.g. project materials, supervision, and training as needed)
  • Marine reserves/ National Parks’ entrance/user fees
  • Professionally trained project leader
  • Agape Love Foundation/Radical Tourists’ local staff are available for 24 hour support during trip
  • Program research, set-up, and management
  • Administration expenses and recruitment costs
  • Project overview package to prepare you for your volunteer trip

 

 Price Does Not Include

 

For Beachside Cabin Guests

  • Dinner during volunteer program

For everyone

  • Air transportation, air taxes and ticketing fees, and any country departure taxes (where applicable)
  • Additional in-country (domestic) transportation by air in the Philippines
  • All transportation and accommodation costs in your home country to and from the designated departure city
  • Medical and travel/trip cancellation insurance
  • Passports (required), travel visas (where necessary), and any vaccinations (if required by your physician)
  • Academic credit (optional)