Volunteer in the Philippines

Organizing a festival and promoting the cultural heritage of Argao
Argao, Cebu       September 20 - September 30, 2019

Volunteer project: This is a unique project that would involve different intercultural learning activities with the local community. Our partner - the local government of Argao - will be having a festival which aims to promote the heritage of their town and showcase the rich culture of its people. The volunteers will develop better understanding of the culture through participation in this cultural event, centered around preserving the culture and nature as well as interaction with the local youth.

The international volunteers will have the chance to engage in the following activities:
- Assisting in the preparation of the festival;
- Participation in the festival activities;
- Coordinating activities that promote the culture of Argao;
- Interacting with local children and youth through art, sports and team building activities;
- Cultural exchange through music, games, food, language, etc.

Language: English

Leisure time: Like any coastal town of Cebu, Argao is known for its scenic natural white sandy beaches, nature parks and is famously called “The Heritage Town” of Cebu due to its well preserved heritage sites and the rich culture of the happy and hospitable local people. During leisure time, volunteers can choose to experience various eco-tourism adventure activities around the town of Argao and climb mountains or explore its rivers, waterfalls and caves or head to nearby towns that are famous for whale shark watching. Rich heritage sites like churches and museums, nature parks and the world famous crystal clear sea waters are among the many other places that volunteers can visit, experience and explore.

Accommodation: The international participants will be accommodated at a local training center of the Argao Local Government with basic conditions, in a shared room. Please, bring your own sleeping bag. Filipino food will be served.

Location: The municipality of Argao is located in the southeast of the province of Cebu which is 68 kilometers (42 mi) from Cebu City. Argao is exactly mid-way between Cebu City and the southern tip of Cebu island Santander. It has a population of around 70,000 people.

Terminal: Cebu City

Nearest airport: Mactan Cebu International Airport, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Improving environmental and human health in Gilutungan Island
Cordova, Cebu       December 11 - December 20, 2019

Volunteer project: The Local Government of Barangay Gilutungan, Cordova will host this volunteer project in order to support the existing program of the community that focuses on solid waste management and educating the locals about proper waste disposal and other related activities that may help the improvement of the current environmental situation of the community. In this project volunteers will help raise environmental awareness and will be an inspiration to locals. Health and nutrition activities will likewise be undertaken during this project to improve the health and hygiene of the local community.

The international volunteers will take part in activities such as:
- Environmental activities like coastal/marine clean-up, making garbage disposal area and advocacy
- Assisting in the provision of nutrition, health care and wellness to local children and youth
- Interacting with local children and youth through art, sports and team building activities
- Cultural exchange through music, games, food, language, etc.

Language: English

Leisure time: Gilutungan Island is surrounded with white sandy beach with crystal clear blue waters where volunteers can swim anytime of the day. There's also several rich natural marine sanctuaries. Volunteers could opt to go for island hopping and enjoy snorkeling or diving, etc. Volunteers can also choose to visit various cultural heritage sites in Mactan Island and Cebu City or experience other eco-tourism adventures like canyoneering, caving, trekking, etc. activities around the island of Cebu.

Accommodation: The international participants will be accommodated in a bungalow house made of bamboo. Supply of electricity is only available from 7 pm to 10 pm powered by a generator. Water supply is also very limited in the island. No shower, pale and water dipper is available in the bathroom. Personal sleeping bag is needed. Filipino food will be served.

Location: Gilutungan Island is one of the poor island barangay of Cordova. Cordova is located in Mactan Island, near the centre east coast of the Province of Cebu and compromises the Island of Mactan. Gilutungan Island is a tiny but populous island and among the most disadvantaged islands in the town of Cordova, Cebu. The island is rich in marine and natural resources but suffers from overpopulation, very limited electricity and water supply and lack of proper garbage and waste disposal system.

Terminal: Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu City or Mandaue City

Nearest airport: Mactan Cebu International Airport, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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