Trip Details

Open to English learners of all levels of proficiency, this exciting project invites you to develop your skills in a paradisaical setting! In this fun, cultural exchange program you’ll be immersed in the culture of the Philippines, in beautiful Palawan. Using both classroom based and outdoor activities, the program guarantees you a practical and fun way to improve your English. As you’re taught by professional University lecturers, you’ll have high quality instruction and also benefit from cultural exchanges as you form new friendships with the staff and students at the University.

Learning a new language can be difficult but learning in this way will make it more fun and interesting for you! With English being an official language of the Philippines, you’ll be surrounded by road signs, TV, radio media and printed media which communicates through the language. The majority of the people living in the Philippines have a good level of fluency in English making it easy for you to hold natural conversations. Although your studies will be mainly based at the University, you will also enjoy activities in the beautiful outdoor, rural locations and will have the chance to visit projects in the Palawan area.

Available all year around, the project has you staying with participants on other local programs so there’ll be plenty of opportunities for interaction. Additionally, you’ll be working with local University students. There’ll also be time to explore the local area and absorb the culture of the Philippines.

Aims & Objectives

  • Improve your English Language
  • Enjoy a Filipino University experience

Trip Itinerary

Monday to Friday

Schedules are arranged to address the levels of competency of English for the group. As a result, if the group has a lower competency level there will be more active, outdoor sessions and game-related activities. If the competency level is higher, the classes will be more academic. The lessons will total 5 hours each day and could involve one-to-one tuition, group lessons, practical activities and role plays. After your day of learning, there will be free time to relax, reflect on your learning and visit local attractions.

Your daily schedule can often look like this:

  • Breakfast
  • Private 1:1 lessons
  • Lunch
  • Group lessons
  • Practicums
  • Activities in the English language.
  • Role play games

Late afternoons and evenings will be free for review and for any visits to local spots.

This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Trip Accommodation

Palawan is a special island dotted with fishing villages and surrounded by beautiful blue sea. The scenes contrasts perfectly with the emerald green jungled mountains which form its landscape. Our accommodation is located in Tigman Village in Aborlan District, a small and laid back area just outside of Puerto Princesa City.

Accommodation & Food

This centre houses all volunteers in their programs around Palawan. It is built with many natural elements and has a tropical beach at your feet. You’ll be sleeping on bunk beds and we have limited laundry facilities, so expect to wash your clothes by hand, unless you’d like to use the laundry service here for a small fee. There are also private rooms available subject to availability.  Due to our tropical setting, WiFi service may not be what you are used to at home. It is limited and sometimes inaccessible due to weather, so having your own local SIM card and purchasing data through the GLOBE network may be your best option for staying connected consistently while you are in our local village. Please be advised that due to jellyfish in the water, it is unlikely that you will be able to swim at the beach close by the accommodation. There is an area near the river or on the other side of the village, which is about a 15 minute walk away, where you will be able to enjoy some time in the water.

Food Arrangements
The food will consist mainly of local Philippine cuisine (lots of vegetables, meat, egg and rice) and will be served on site at this accommodation.

Facilities
There are many forms of local transportation such as jeepneys, buses and vans which depart every hour to the town of Aborlan or to the next town Narra.

There are ATM’s & Western Union transfers available in the town of Nara which is about 30 minutes away by car. Here, you can also find all necessary amenities.

Activities & Events
Tuesday Night
Join us for a Bonfire activity where we can get to know each other and enjoy the great outdoors under the stars. Who doesn’t love a bonfire?

Thursday Night
Come on and join in with us as we sing your favourite tunes and have a musical trip down memory lane. It’s not about having the best voice, it is however, about having the most fun!

Sights & Surroundings
Coron Bay
Found at the northwest of Palawan (between Busuanga and Culion islands) is known for being one of the best wreck diving locations in the world.

Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park
Located 50 km north of the city of Puerto Princesa and has recently been voted one of the new 7 wonders of nature.

Trip Country Info

Philippines

Capital: Manila
Language: Filipino
Currency: Peso (PHP)
Time zone: PST (UTC +8)

The Philippines is made up of a total of 7,107 islands, only 2000 of which are inhabited. The islands are broadly categorised under 3 main geographical divisions: Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. It is the 7th most populated country in Asia and the 12th most in the world.

As a newly industrialised country, the Philippine economy which was once founded upon its agriculture is now moving towards an economy based on services and manufacturing.

It is unsurprising that the Philippines attracts tourists due to its incredibly rich biodiversity found across its islands. The mountains, rainforests and diving spots as well as its impressive cultural heritage all add to the reasons why the Philippines is such an incredible place to experience.

Climate
The Philippines experiences a tropical maritime climate meaning that it is normally hot and humid and there are 3 distinct seasons:

Hot, dry season from March to May
Rainy season from June to November
Cool, dry season from December to February
The southwest monsoon lasts from May to October and the dry monsoon in the northeast from November to April.

Temperatures in the Philippines normally range from 21°C to 32°C with the coolest month being January and the hottest, May. The yearly average is 26.6°C..

The Philippines sits on the typhoon belt and so most islands experience torrential rains and storms from July to October.

Culture
The Philippines is a secular state and stemming from its Spanish cultural influence and it is one of only two Roman Catholic countries in Asia. Its Christian population is at about 90%. The country displays a mixture of Eastern and Western culture. Whilst it undeniably preserves cultural aspects found elsewhere in Asia, its Hispanic influence is perhaps most noticeable especially in the architecture and names of streets, towns and provinces.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa