Absorb the sensational culture of the Philippines in this superbly organised culture week at Palawan! If you’re taking part in a project at Palawan, this is essential to help you get acclimatised to the new location and lifestyle! Tailored to introduce you to some of the best things on offer at the island, the week will see you visiting famous sights, even those where tourists don’t normally go! You’ll taste authentic cuisine and even try your skills at cooking traditional Filipino dishes. To really help you settle into the area, you’ll be introduced to some useful Filipino words and phrases. The Palawan Culture Week really is a fantastic opportunity for you learn about the Filipino culture and lifestyle, enriching your experiences in the country. Additionally, you’ll have opportunities for multicultural exchanges with other participants, and build friendships through your shared experiences.
The week begins with an introduction session which will give you all the basic information you need to keep you safe during your stay and prevent any mishaps. Coordinators will share their knowledge and experience with you to make sure you understand what to do and what not to do during your stay. At this meeting, all necessary paperwork will also be completed. After lunch, there’ll be an organised walk through the local village, introducing you to the area and the lifestyle. Once you’ve had a good look around, you’ll return to the accommodation centre to enjoy a welcome dinner – an opportunity to settle in and get to know other participants.
A delicious breakfast at the accommodation centre kick starts this day packed with activities. During the morning session, you’ll be given a Filipino Language Lesson where you’ll learn some useful words and phrases to help you to interact with the locals while you’re staying at Palawan. Just before lunch you’ll take part in a clean-up drive around the village plaza. The afternoon session is split between a craft session where you will make your own souvenir bracelet, and a cooking class. Teaching you the techniques and ingredients of traditional Filipino dishes, this class will extend into dinner giving you an excellent experience of the delicious cuisine.
Today is made up of excursions to fascinating places. Beginning after breakfast with a visit to the Puerto Princesa, a beautiful city with picturesque settings. Home to the Puerto Princesa Underground River, a Butterfly Garden and the Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral, there’ll be plenty of sights and sounds to capture your interests as you explore the city. Taking lunch at Puerto Princesa, your afternoon will then move on with a visit to the Palawan Museum, a perfect place to learn about the history of the area. There’ll be time to shop at Robinson’s Mall in Palawan before returning to the accommodation centre for dinner and a relaxing evening.
You’ll need your swimming bather today as your tour of the area takes you sightseeing around Nara, including free time at a stunning waterfall location to swim and refresh yourself after lunch. Back at the accommodation centre, you’ll be introduced to the numerous projects taking place in Palawan before dinner.
A morning of relaxation at a nearby island location gives you an opportunity to swim and to reflect on the wonderful experiences of the past week. After lunch, an orientation session will give you an insight into your chosen project, its location and the active role you’ll be expected to play whilst there. Prior to taking dinner, an evaluation session will give you the chance to share your views on the week’s activities, asking questions and sharing any suggestions for improvements.