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The Philippines

April 22nd - May 5th 2018

14 Days

Dates: April 22nd to May 5th

Price: $1699 + $300 Project Fee

Highlights

  • Refurbish and modernise our partner school’s classrooms, and help us install the school’s first ever playground for the 100 impoverished kids in a beach side community in Western Luzon, Subic.
  • Get involved in the final touches of opening a new classroom and playground for our partner school in Subic.
  • Boat through the world’s largest underwater cave, often referred to as the ‘8th Wonder of the World!’
  • Drink fresh coconuts amidst dips in the electric blue ocean at Nacpan Beach, Palawan.
  • An epic island hopping boat trip throughout the Philippine’s most beautiful area, El Nido. Snorkelling, ice cold beers, untouched beaches and crystal clear waters.
  • Hike epic Mount Tapas, and then soak those weary limbs in the natural hot springs in Coron.

Itinerary

Arrive in Manila any time, an evening at Manila’s most famous street food centre, the Legazpi night market, for some traditional Filipino snacks and drinks.

Today we’ll rise early to make our way to our GiveBack project 3 hours north of Manilla in Subic.  In the afternoon we’ll visit the school and meet with the teachers and students and learn about the great work the school is doing.

Time to get your hands dirty! Early start in Subic, where we begin the hard work of cleaning up the area, refurbishing the school, painting the walls and helping with the playground construction.

Another day of work as we add the final touches to our project, then we’ll have a super fun sports day and opening ceremony with the local kids, seeing the smiles on their faces as they sprint to their new playground makes all that hard work and sweat worthwhile. Our last night at the project will be dinner on the beach and a few celebratory drinks!

Time to say goodbye to our partner project and head back to Manila for our flight to the ‘World’s Best Island’ of Palawan, we’ll be flying into Puerta Princesa, then transferring up to Sabang Beach for a sunset like no other.

A morning at the UNESCO listed Puerto Princesa subterranean river national park, the world’s largest underwater cave, accessible only by boat. Then a free afternoon and evening to go ziplining, chill on the beach or at the pool, and soak up the relaxing atmosphere of untouched Philippines.

A morning at Sabang Beach, then a private transfer to the north of Palawan, prepare yourself for probably the most beautiful place you’ve ever seen, El Nido. Sunset dinner and drinks in paradise.

A day to explore El Nido. Whether you want to work on that tan or have yourself an adventure on a scooter around the beaches, today is your day to recharge.

Island hopping in El Nido. Karst cliff faces, electric blue water, snorkeling, boat trips, you get the picture. This is what Palawan is all about.

Half day trip to the breathtaking Nacpan beach, spend the rest of the day kicking back or a bike tour/kayaking trip. Soak it up, it’s our last day in El Nido!

We’re on a boat! Today we transfer to the Philippine’s (the world’s?) most beautiful island escape, Coron. Most of the day we’ll be on the boat transferring, so bring a book, buy a beer and enjoy the ride.

Coron. Just wow. Make sure you have a battery pack for your phone because you’ll be taking a lot of pics! Today we’re off to explore Mount Tapyas, amidst the perfection of Coron. It’s an easy hike, and the views are spectacular.

A trip to the Maquinit Hot Spring is on the cards, rest those weary limbs (and heads!) in the natural hot water, before we head back to Coron and soak up our last paradise sunset.

Wake up after our last night, and it’s time to transfer outta here! Flight back to Manila then a teary goodbye to your new friends, then transfer outta here!

About The Project

St. Francis Learning Center Foundation, Inc. (SFLC) is a non-government, non-profit institution established by the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception (SFIC), Philippine North Province for the development of the Aetas, the Indigenous People of Zambales.

The Aeta children come from mountain villages that are located far from the Center. Because of the distance, it is very difficult for the children studying at the Center to commute every day from their villages. So that the SFLC has built three houses to serve as dormitories for the children while at school, one for the girls, two for the boys. Two full-time and one part-time house mothers supervise the children’s daily routine.

The Center is located at the foot of a mountain near a river. The Aeta children come from different mountain villages like Alibang, Cabangaan, San Martin, Agusuhin, Cawag Resettlement, Cabitaugan, Wea and Gala in Subic; Kanaynayan, Balaybay, Bagoni Silang in Castillejos; Baliwet, Itangliw, San Rafael, Palayan, Kakilingan, Pili and Sta. Fe in San Marcelino; Iram in Olngapo City; Loob-Bunga, Baytan in Botolan; Dampay in Palauig.

GiveBack GiveAway will be supplying the school with another classroom so this community can continue their way of life and also learn in a conducive environment.

What's Included

Accomodation

All Accommodations in comfortable hotels with wifi, air-con and hot water as a minimum.

Breakfast

All breakfast included on tour.

Day Trips & Excursions

All group group day trips, group group excursions and group entrance fees into temples and forts.

Transportation

All group in country transportation.

Project Donation

Your Project Donation (100% of which goes directly to our project partner in Subic, Philippines)

Experienced Guides

Two experienced guides that will be there for you 24/7.