Program & Schedule
This program offers a great opportunity for you to learn and understand more about Philippine culture and to become more familiar with your surroundings in and around Palawan. It is an enriching experience to get to know the local culture and customs and adapt yourself to the local environment.
Throughout this week, you will partake in Philippine language classes, a cooking class and visit a local market amongst many other things!
The week acts as a recommended introduction to Palawan and Philippine culture but also as the perfect platform for meeting and bonding with fellow participants.
Aims & Objectives
- Help you get familiar with your local surroundings
- Teach you helpful phrases in the local language
- Broaden your knowledge of the local customs, history and culture
- Provide a full induction, preparing you for a longer stay!
- Cultural introduction and handling of all required documents
- Workshop: Weaving coconut leaves or broom making
- Walk through the local village
- Welcome dinner
- Visit at a local farm (vegetables, coconut or rice)
- Philippine language class (tagalog)
- Clean-up drive around the village plaza
- Making souvenir bracelets
- Cooking class
- Visit the capital of Puerto Princesa and its downtown area. Explore the famous church and the memorial park.
- Lunch in Puerto Princesa.
- Visit to the Palawan Museum and have time to shop in Robinsons Mall Palawan
- Back to our center
- Sightseeing around Nara, including its local market
- Lunch in Nara
- Free time at a waterfall to swim and get refreshed
- Meeting about the projects in Palawan
- Visit the nearby island where they can swim and relax
- Orientation to the project location and observation, discussion and meeting about the projects.
Participant Criteria & Requirements
Minimum age: -
Maximum age: -
Minimum English level: Basic
CRB required: On Signup
Passport copy required: No
Resume copy required: No
Required qualification: None
There are no further requirements for this program.
Living & Location
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.
This center houses all participants in their programs around Palawan. It is built with many natural elements and have a tropical beach look to them! 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. 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.
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.
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
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?
Come on and join in with us as we sing your favorite 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
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.
From this location we provide free transport to your next program at the following location(s):
- El Nido (Palawan)
Name: Republic of the Philippines
Population: 100 milion
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 categorized 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 industrialized 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.
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.
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.
True to its mixed culture, Philippine cuisine also reflects numerous different influences especially Hispanic, Chinese and American. Dishes vary from the simple to the elaborate and tend to be defined by strong flavours although they are generally less spicy compared to other Asian countries.
Moreover, unlike most Asian countries, Filipinos don’t eat with chopsticks and instead use western cutlery. The most common pairing, maybe due to the common consumption of rice is a fork and a spoon.