Trip Details

Palawan is a small island province located in the Mimaropa region of the Philippines. Spread across one large main island as well as over several smaller ones, Palawan’s landscape contains areas of heavy forest, white sand beaches, coastal plains, valley deltas and a mountain range that includes Mount Mantalingajan, one of the Philippines’ most challenging peaks.

Unfortunately, Palawan’s local communities are not always able to support their children in their education, and these children rarely get the opportunity to practice their English language skills with experienced or native speakers. Volunteer teachers on this program are therefore in an excellent position to make a valuable contribution to Palawan’s community by offering English classes to students who otherwise might not have had the chance to learn or practise the language.

The Palawan teaching program is arranged to include informal English classes that allow volunteers to run a variety of activities. These activities range across a number of areas and can include: music, games, art, sport, conversation and grammar exercises. This collection of activities helps the children to learn conversational English in a way that is both engaging and fun for them.

Volunteers will work in either a primary, secondary or high school located in Aborlan, a municipality that lies on a plain between the Sulu Sea and the mountains on Palawan Island. The students’ year groups range from grade 1 to grade 12, meaning that ages vary from as young as 7, rising to 18 in the older classes.

A project coordinator is always available on site, and local staff are present to assist volunteers and offer guidance when required.

Cultural exchange

Cultural exchange is both vital and central to the volunteer teaching program in Palawan.

There will be a number of opportunities for volunteers to share their experiences of travel, and stories from their own lives. The children that you work with will, in turn, love having the chance to educate volunteers about their own island, as well as about the wider cultures, traditions and practices unique to the Philippines and the surrounding areas.

Trip Itinerary

Each day during this project will run along the same sort of course. You will start with breakfast at 08:00 before heading to classes at 09:30 where you’ll teach English and arrange other activities, like music, singing lessons, games, arts & crafts, sports, conversations exercises and grammar exercises.

Monday

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on the project  2-3 hours
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer on the project 2 hours
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Tuesday

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on the project  2-3 hours
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer on the project 2 hours
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Wednesday 

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on the project  2-3 hours
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer on the project 2 hours
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Thursday

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on the project  2-3 hours
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer on the project 2 hours
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Friday 

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on the project  2-3 hours
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer on the project 2 hours
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Saturday & Sunday 

Free time to explore Philippines 🙂

Free time

The weekends provide the perfect time to see the sights and taxis are available to take you to see the landmarks like Honda Bay and Coron Island. The locals and support staff will be available and can give advice and guidance on the best experiences for you.
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
  • Departures/ drop offs
  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Meals and drinks not listed in the trip itinerary
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa