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What to expect in Philippines

The Philippines is made up of over 7,000 islands with less than a third being inhabited. The islands are broadly categorized under three main geographical divisions: Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. It is the 7th most populated country in Asia and the 12th most in the world. The country’s diverse ecosystems along with its even more diverse cultural history make it one of the most fascinating destinations in the world. Home to lively festivals, noisy cities and villages, tropical rainforests, and lovely beaches, the Philippines is a unique jewel in Southeast Asia. These treasures are outshined only by the welcoming and irrepressible Filipino people.

 

Where do we operate programs in Philippines

What type of programs can you do in the Philippines

VOLUNTEER ABROAD IN PHILIPPINES

The World Endeavors Volunteer in the Philippines program is located on Palawan.

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Our Philippines Programs

Shown below are all of our program options for this country. If you can’t find a suitable program then please use the main program finder to continue your search.

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Culture Week Volunteer in Palawan, Philippines

Experience Filipino culture first-hand through your exploration of local spots, immersing in the culture, sampling the cuisine, visiting famous sites and more! Our culture week is tailored to introduce you to some of the best things the island of Palawan has to offer.

Culture Week Volunteer in Palawan, Philippines

Experience Filipino culture first-hand through your exploration of local spots, immersing in the culture, sampling the cuisine, visiting famous sites and more! Our culture week is tailored to introduce you to some of the best things the island of Palawan has to offer. This week will get you learning the basics of the language, cooking traditional meals, tasting authentic food, visiting the most famous sites and discovering areas where tourists don’t often venture!

CULTURE WEEK SCHEDULE
– Monday: Orientation, Filipino Tagalog language classes, culture lessons, tour of the local area, broom-making or coconut leaf-weaving workshop, Filipino cooking class
– Tuesday: Visit to a local farm to see

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Kindergarten Volunteer in Palawan, Philippines

During this program, you will partake in the day-to-day operations of a childcare facility. Not only will this give you an insight into authentic Filipino life, but you will also get engaged into the daily operations of the kindergarten.

Kindergarten Volunteer in Palawan, Philippines

During this program, you will partake in the day-to-day operations of a childcare facility. Not only will this give you an insight into authentic Filipino life, but you will also get engaged into the daily operations of the kindergarten. The kindergarten is located in the Tigman area of Palawan and the children who attend are between the ages of 3 and 5. Your primary task will be to communicate with the children using English and teaching them the language in a fun way. Besides teaching, you will also support the local staff with the caretaking of the children. This task can range in activities, from organizing classes, playing games and guiding activities to feeding, cutting nails, combing

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Construction Effort Volunteer in Palawan, Philippines

There are many people living on the Island of Palawan who don't have the funds to upgrade their living conditions. With this project, we are trying to assist these people with their housing and help renovate, upgrade and construct communal places and institutions such as schools, healthcare centres, hospitals, community centres and so on.

Construction Effort Volunteer in Palawan, Philippines

There are many people living on the Island of Palawan who don’t have the funds to upgrade their living conditions. With this project, we are trying to assist these people with their housing and help renovate, upgrade and construct communal places and institutions such as schools, healthcare centres, hospitals, community centres and so on.

In this project, you will work alongside local Palawan people and this will give them a unique insight into the lifestyle and culture of the population of this beautiful island. Moreover, you will join other participants from all over the world to jointly work on these construction efforts.

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Every World Endeavors Program Includes

Our international programs are intentionally curated to be comprehensive, and include all that you need to succeed and stay safe abroad.

YOUR PROGRAM

  • Customized to match your interests and goals
  • Year-round program availability and start dates
  • Flexible durations

ACCOMMODATION

  • Variety of options depending on program type – host family, shared apartment/house, student residence
  • Vetted and hand-selected with quality and safety in mind

TEAM OF EXPERTS

  • Dedicated one-on-one advisor
  • Local on-site coordinator

PEACE OF MIND

  • Comprehensive travel medical insurance
  • Mental Health First Aid-certified staff
  • 24/7 emergency travel assistance

PREPARATION AND SUPPORT

  • Airport pickup
  • Pre-arrival and on-site orientation
  • 24/7 local support

RE-ENTRY AND CAREER INTEGRATION

  • Re-entry handbook and support
  • Assistance with resume updates
  • World Endeavors Alumni Network

HEALTH & SAFETY

When you feel safe and respected abroad, you will flourish. World Endeavors participants are transformed through enriching, rewarding and safe experiences around the world. We meticulously monitor travel recommendations and will only facilitate programs where we can ensure our participants’ safety. 

We take key steps to ensure our participants’ well-being, including providing a pre-trip success guide, 24/7 local support, in-country trained staff, pre and post-arrival orientation, comprehensive travel medical insurance, and Mental Health First Aid-certified staff. Please contact us if you have any specific questions or concerns.

WHAT TO DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME IN PHILIPPINES

In your spare time in the Philippines, there are numerous enjoyable activities and experiences to pursue. Here are some suggestions:

  • Snorkel and Dive: Experience the vibrant marine life by snorkeling or diving in places known for their rich biodiversity.
  • Try Filipino Cuisine: Indulge in delicious Filipino dishes like adobo, sinigang, lechon, and halo-halo, experiencing the country’s unique flavors and culinary delights.
  • Island Hopping: With over 7,000 islands, the Philippines offers a plethora of stunning destinations. Go island hopping to explore pristine beaches, lagoons, and coral reefs.
  • Experience the vibrant culture: Attend traditional festivals, explore historic landmarks, and embrace the warm hospitality of the Filipino people.

Recent Philippines Testimonials

Andria KVolunteer in Philippines

It was the best experience ever!! At the begging it was a little hard but then I met really special people from all over the world, we had so much fun together. The children were also so special for me. They were so cute, funny, friendly, sweet. Since my first day there they tried to talk with me even if our language was not the same. We did many activities together! I really understand how words sometimes are not useful to create good relationships, and for sure that simple things are the most important because of the reality of the kids. They were so happy with little things. I’m gonna miss them so much, I hope one day to see them again. Thanks for allowing me to have this amazing experience!

Elena RVolunteer in Philippines

I’m not being dramatic. It was life changing. At first I was excited but also really scared. Before leaving - my main feeling was being scared. Then it was literally one of the best things that I’ve ever experienced. The fact that I was alone was probably the best thing that happened. I had to make friends and constantly put myself out there. I didn’t know anyone, had to try things and make friends. Meeting people was the best thing. Talking with them, experiencing things with them. Obviously together with the volunteering - those 2 things go together.

Martina GVolunteer in Philippines

I’m very happy about it, because I think I felt not just as a volunteer, but as a person belonging to Portugal. People were very nice with me, always smiling during the project. Love also the balance between volunteering and meeting new people, traveling, visiting other cities. Everything was good! Tried all the tasks at the placement. The part I enjoyed the most, distribution to people. They were very kind, tried to interact with me even if I didn’t speak Portuguese. I think I realized the impact of what I was doing, on the local community.

Marcello MVolunteer in Philippines

Thank you for the organisation of an unforgettable month, full of happiness, experiences, and long-lasting memories.

Philippines FAQs

How Many Islands Are There in the Philippines?

According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, there are 7641 islands in the Philippines. These are divided into the three primary island groups of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

How Many Dialects Are There in the Philippines?

There are over 170 languages spoken in the Philippines, with Tagalog, Cebuano, Ilocano, and others being major. The term “dialect” can be misleading, as many of these languages are distinct and not mutually intelligible. English is also widely spoken as an official language.

Can Unvaccinated Travelers go to the Philippines?

Yes, currently, unvaccinated visitors are accepted in the Philippines. However, following all applicable health protocols while traveling in the Philippines is essential to reduce the risk of contracting illnesses.

Is it Safe to Travel to the Philippines?

The Philippines is generally safe, offering stunning natural beauty and diverse cultural experiences. While most visits are trouble-free, travelers should be cautious about petty theft, especially in crowded areas, and adhere to local laws and customs. Tropical diseases can be a concern, so taking health precautions such as vaccinations and mosquito repellent is essential. Staying updated on travel advisories and respecting local customs contribute to a safe and enjoyable trip to the Philippines.

Where is the Philippines?

The Philippines is an archipelago in Southeast Asia, in the western Pacific Ocean. It is situated to the east of mainland Southeast Asia and consists of more than 7,000 islands. The South China Sea borders the country to the west, the Philippine Sea to the east, and the Celebes Sea to the south. It shares maritime boundaries with countries like Taiwan to the north and Malaysia and Indonesia to the south.

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