Construction program in the Philippines

Help the community by sharing techniques and culture while rehabilitating or building new facilities.

  • Get to know the culture and customs working hand in hand with the local population.
  • Contribute to the improvement of the community.
  • Learn local construction techniques.
  • Create new places and safe spaces for children and the local population.
  • Live a unique experience feeling proactive and fulfilled.

What is this program about?

There are many people living on the island of Palawan who do not have the funds to improve their living conditions. With this project, we are trying to help these people with their housing and to help renovate, improve and build community places and institutions such as schools, health centers, hospitals, community centers, etc.

In this project, you will work with the local people of Palawan and this will give you a unique insight into the lifestyle and culture of the people of this beautiful island. Plus, you’ll join other participants from around the world to work together on these building efforts.

The main construction and renovation activities will consist of painting, wall construction, furniture renovation, gardening, etc. No construction experience required, anyone can join and help the local people of Palawan!

How is the day to day and what will I do as a volunteer?

The day to day of the volunteer consists of a collaboration from Monday to Friday, approximately 4 or 5 hours, distributed during the morning or afternoon according to needs.

A typical volunteer day begins with breakfast at the accommodation with all the volunteers. At the end, the volunteers go to the project, where they meet with the local coordinator to organize the activities planned for the day.

Throughout the morning each volunteer contributes to the assigned tasks. A stop is made for lunch and, depending on the needs, they continue with the tasks or have free time.

The volunteer can visit nearby areas in his free time. In the evening, the group has dinner and prepares for the next day.

The activities that you will carry out during your volunteering are:

  • Reconstruction of spaces.
  • Community maintenance.
  • Furniture renovation.
  • Paint.

Requirements to participate

  • Be over 18 years old (except if you are traveling with your parents).
  • Cover the cost of the program according to weeks.
  • Have a mandatory travel insurance.
  • Respect cultures and religions.
  • Not have a criminal record.
  • Be proactive.
  • Follow the rules of local accommodation and projects.
  • Have an entry and exit ticket to the country in allowed tourist time.
  • Have a valid passport with more than 6 months.
  • Fluent English.

Where will I be and when do I have to arrive?

Where will the accommodation be?

The airport you need to arrive at is the Puerto Princesa International Airport (PPS) in the Philippines. If you arrive on Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., you will be picked up at the airport. If you arrive at another time, the local coordinator will tell you how to get there. 

Once you arrive you will stay in the volunteer’s house, located in Palawan, it is a special island dotted with fishing villages and surrounded by a beautiful blue sea. 

The volunteer’s house has rooms that you will share with other volunteers, you will also share the bathrooms and common areas. The house does not have Wi-Fi, but it does have bedding for each volunteer and air conditioning.

Dates and method of arrival

The project is open throughout the year, except the following days, since the program will be closed for festivities:

  • January 1 and 22
  • February 25 April
  • 6, 7, 8 and 9
  • May and July consult
  • June 12 August
  • 21 and 28 November
  • 1, 2 and 30
  • From December 19 to January 6

It is advisable to arrive during the weekend, since the project starts every Monday where your presentation will take place. To be picked up at the airport you must arrive on Sundays between 10:00 am and 17:00 pm. If you arrive at another time, the local coordinator will tell you how to get there on your own.

How long can I go?

You can be in the project from 2 weeks to up to 12 weeks.  

How do I sign up?

To sign up is very simple, you only have to follow 5 very important steps, the first thing is once you have read everything that is included and not included and the costs that you have in the country tab.

  1. Fill out this form with the dates you want.
  2. You receive an official confirmation of place.
  3. Make a 1st contribution to register for the program.
  4. You make a video call with the coordinator to better prepare your arrival.
  5. Sign the international volunteer agreement and complete the rest of the contribution as indicated by your coordinator.

YOU COME?

What can I see during the weekend?

During your stay you can enjoy your free time in this wonderful country. You can do water activities, hiking in nature, temple tourism, and much more. Several popular destinations you can reach are:

  • Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park
  • The island of “El Nido”
  • Puerto Galera in Mindoro
  • Sanctuary of Divine Mercy
  • Chocolate Hills
  • Cebu

Don’t forget to bring your camera and capture all your adventures!

Experiences of our volunteers

Alessia’s Story

“I had an amazing time here in Tigman Village, Aborlan, Palawan, Philippines, joining the Construction and Renovation Program for five (5) weeks. Everyone has been so welcoming since my arrival until the day I had to leave the program and said goodbye to them.

The place is quite peaceful and paradise-like where you can meditate, relax, chill, and have a great time along with other participants. Similarly, the camp is located near the shorelines and experienced the beach every single day, where we go swimming, jogging, dancing with the winds, and watching the sun rise and sunset. I had also a great time as I was able to experience most of the activities held and celebrated during the village festival celebration that includes Basketball leagues, Zumba dance competitions, Philippines folk dances competition, and many more.

The local staff here are very helpful and friendly. In fact, they are always there for me when I have left alone at the camp because my fellow participants get some weekend getaways and let us celebrate New Year’s Day as if we are family members. They also welcomed my parents during their visits to the camp. For that, I am very much grateful and thankful to them.

The current activity in my program is the construction of a new painted and landscaped flower box at Tigman Elementary School located at Tigman Village, Aborlan, Palawan. This project aims to provide a conducive and positive learning atmosphere, greener surroundings, and a scenic physical environment that will contribute to the children’s social, physical, and mental development while learning at school. Moreso, beautiful physical surrounding has a huge impact on how well the children learn and give outstanding performances in various learning areas. Luckily, through the collaborative efforts of the various sets of participants I’ve worked with, Jordi and Tanika, and of course Rodel, the local coordinator, another milestone was unveiled as we completed the constructed, landscaped, and painted flower box. We were also able to paint the school canteen which gave me an amazing learning experience and fulfillment.

All in all, the program gave me a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with other participants from all corners of the world as well as the local residents, the team, and most especially with children at school. I really enjoyed the program and learned a lot from it and I am very proud and delighted to be part of this meaningful community construction endeavor. Similarly, it gives me a fulfilling and meaningful travel experience that I will not forget even when I came back home.

Thanks team!”