Trip Details

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.

Please Note: Projects start on a Monday, however you should arrive over the weekend on either Saturday or Sunday.

Trip Itinerary

Sunday

Arrival day, Relax and catch up with the time change.

Monday

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.

Tuesday

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.

Wednesday

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.

Thursday

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.

Friday

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.

Saturday

Departure day if you are leaving us, or Free time to explore relax and hang out with other participants.

** Please note: 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