Create your own, personal volunteering adventure. All options are available to mix and match in blocks of 1 week.
Culture Week An activities and sightseeing week is a great way to commence your stay in a new country. Palawan Culture week is packed full of adventures, cultural excursions and workshops. It includes visits to markets and beautiful beaches, cooking classes, Tagalog language lessons, craft workshops, a trip to Palawan Museum, sightseeing opportunities and of course visits to our project locations.
Teaching Help the local children of Palawan improving their English language skills at a local school. This program will provide you with an insight into the Philippine educational system and specifically that of Palawan. You will be teaching English to children within all age groups at either a primary school, secondary school or high school in a fun and practical way and give something back to this beautiful island community!
Building for Communities With this project, we assist communities with their housing and help renovate, upgrade and construct communal places and institutions such as schools, healthcare centres, hospitals, community centres, etc. The main construction and renovation activities will consist of painting, building walls, renovating furniture, gardening and so on. Construction experience is not required, anybody can join and give a helping hand
Village Healthcare For medical students or professionals only, this program has you assisting in the healthcare of villagers in one of the most rural areas of Palawan. You will be working in a small hospital or local healthcare centre, working alongside a local doctor or nurse. Additionally, you may be part of a healthcare awareness campaign for children at local schools.
Environmental Conservation This project focusses on the rehabilitation of Palawan’s mangroves, a vital habitat for its marine life. This unique ecosystem area serves as a coastal barrier, slowing storm surge, and reducing beach erosion. Other eco-efforts include planting mahogany and moringa tree seeds for the local village.
Kindergarten Assist local staff in the day-to-day operations of a childcare facility. Not only will this give you an insight into authentic Filipino life, but you will also get engaged into the day-to-day operations of the kindergarten. The kindergarten is located in the Tigman area of Palawan and the children who attend are between the ages of 3 and 5. Your main purpose will be to communicate with the children using English and teaching them the language in a fun way. Besides teaching, you will also support the local staff with the caretaking of the children. This task can range in activities, from organising classes, playing games and guiding activities to feeding, cutting nails, combing hair and general care.
Fishing and Agriculture A unique opportunity to work alongside the local villagers of Palawan in their traditional professions of fishing and agriculture. You will assist the local villagers by joining them in their fishing practices and by working alongside them in the fields and plantations, giving you an extraordinary insight into the culture and livelihood of the local people. You will assist local villagers when they go out fishing, repairing their tools and making fish products. You will also help the villagers in the fields with: the planting of rice and vegetables, cutting/harvesting and other related chores.
Day 1 (Sunday) Arrive to Puerto Princesa airport between 10am and 5pm, and after clearing customs you’ll be met by our local team for the transfer to your accommodation, a journey of around 1½ hours. Our accommodation is located in Tigman Village, a small and laid back area just outside of Puerto Princesa City.
Mondays to Fridays Our co-ordinator will accompany you to your placement location on Monday, introducing you to the permanent local staff so you can get involved straight away. Your placement schedule will vary, some projects have half-day work only, others the full day. Please ask if you’d like to know your expected hours in advance – and if, when you’re there you find you have energy to do more, just speak with the coordinators who will be happy to keep you busy.
Weekends Spend your free time as you please, your weekends are yours to enjoy. Public transport is good, with jeepneys, buses and vans departing regularly, enabling you to explore.
Departure day (Saturday) When it’s time to say goodbye, our team will be glad to assist you with arranging a taxi or advice on public transport – expect to pay around $50 for a taxi to the airport, much less if you take the bus.
Accommodation Our large volunteer house in Cape Town will be your home, only a short distance from the shops and beach. The house accommodates up to 20 people in single-sex bunk-rooms with up to 6 sharing. There are lockers for your valuables, a kitchen, lounge area, balcony, a nice garden and barbeque. A $100 security deposit is payable on arrival.
You’ll be self-catering during your stay, and can cook your meals in the communal kitchen complete with stove, fridge/freezer, microwave and toaster – or use the braai (BBQ) outside. We recommend you budget around $70 per week for groceries – markets and shops are nearby. There are also heaps of take-aways, bars and restaurants about 10 mins walk.
Fish Hoek’s main street is only 10 minutes’ walk away where you’ll find a laundry, supermarket, serviced laundry and internet café, as well as banks and other shopping. The beach is just a stone’s throw beyond that! Bars, restaurants, more shopping and more beautiful beaches are only 10 minutes away by taxi. Taxis to Cape Town CBD cost around $30 - Fish Hoek is also on the train line, this is also a great way to get around
Comfort Accommodation Work hard during the day and treat yourself to a bit more comfort for your downtime with our upgrade accommodation option in Kommetjie. Check that sunset - that's you ! This is a separate accommodation in a different suburb to the volunteer house. There are two king-bed rooms each with ensuite, fridge, wifi, TV and kettle and a shared kitchenette and pool. Stunning views and amazing sunsets. The upgrade is available on request for $140 pp (twin) / $200 (single) per week. The beach, shops, restaurant and bars of Kommetjie are all walkable.