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Palawan is a province of the Philippines, comprised of a main island and a number of smaller islands surrounding it. The main island of Palawan is long and narrow and dotted with fishing villages and is encompassed by the South China Sea and the Sulu Sea. As the most sparsely populated region in the Philippines, with an exquisite array of terrestrial and aquatic wildlife, Palawan is considered by many as the last frontier of the Philippines.
As a volunteer on this project, you will directly partake in the day-to-day operations of the kindergarten. Your primary task is to communicate in English with the children and try to teach them English in a fun and practical way. Additional tasks will include:
A typical day: After breakfast at 7:00 am, you’ll head to the kindergarten at 8:00 am to arrange activities for the children, such as singing songs, coloring, playing games, etc. After a lunch break at 12:00 pm, you’ll continue preparing activities for the next day together with the local coordinator from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Dinner is served at 6:00 pm, followed by free time to relax and rest. Saturdays and Sundays are free to spend as you wish.
Holidays: During school term breaks, volunteering will still be available, but in the form of a holiday program. The school holidays are as follows:
Volunteer work does not take place during national holidays, but you are always welcome to join in the local celebration.
Please note these consecutive holidays, which may impact short-term placements, before registering:
Internet: Free WiFi is available at the volunteer house, but coverage can be inconsistent.
Laundry: There are limited laundry facilities so expect to hand wash your clothes.
Accommodations: You’ll be staying at the volunteer house with 4-8 volunteers per room for the duration of your placement. The accommodations include cold-water showers and Western style toilets. There is a beach by the river nearby that is ideal for swimming, as sometimes there are jellyfish present in the beach by the ocean close to the accommodations.
Food: Three meals are provided every weekday and will consist mainly of local Filipino cuisine (lots of vegetables, meat, eggs, and rice). On the weekends, two meals per day will be provided (brunch, and dinner), consisting of the same local cuisines.
Please take note of this project’s minimum requirements:
Travel Extras (Not Included)
You can extend your stay with one or more great program add-ons for an additional fee. Choose from one or more of the following and sign up upon registration:
Culture Week (highly recommended): Join an incredible week of Filipino cooking lessons, language classes and tours to learn more about the people, culture and customs of this magnificent country. Visit some of Palawan’s highlights get to know the other volunteers on your project.
Beach Week: Spend a week before or after your volunteer placement exploring the El Nido beaches of Northern Palawan. For an additional fee, you can head to this untouched paradise to relax, go kayaking, get a massage or discover the underwater world.