Environmental Conservation in Philippines

Palawan Province is located in the Mimaropa region and is the largest province in the country, abundant with wildlife sanctuaries, marine reserves, and world heritage sites. Being the location of the island of Palawan, one of the most biodiverse islands in the Philippines, the area has one of the most beautiful seascapes in the world and receives much local interest for conservation. Come as a volunteer to collaborate in the environmental conservation of the community.

  • Participate in the country’s environmental conservation.
  • Contributes to the improvement of the environment.
  • Get to know the diversity of fauna and flora that surrounds you.
  • Learn about the techniques they use and bring new knowledge to the community.
  • Get to know the culture and customs working hand in hand with the local population.

What is this program about?

Our hope through this volunteer project in the Philippines is to conserve mangrove plantations and reverse the deteriorating trend of mangrove sites, which have experienced a rapid decline in recent years.

Realistically, this can only be achieved through the education of the younger generations, combined with the continuous physical labor of planting new mangroves.

That’s why we’re asking you to serve as a fortifier for our natural coastal barrier, which is slowing down storm surges, reducing beach erosion, cleaning up beaches. We also need your help to promote environmental conservation through training sessions with children.

For our tree planting portion of our program, we have chosen moringa and mahogany seeds for their multitude of benefits, availability in the local area, and because they will grow easily here.

Mahogany is one of the most popular trees in the world. Its wood is known for its beauty, strength and durability. But few know that its seeds can be used for medicinal purposes, since they contain saponins and flavonoids. The benefits can include fever treatment, lowering bad cholesterol, and even improving blood circulation.

Moringa is a “superfood” that also has many health benefits. It is also known as the “miracle tree” or horseradish tree. The pods, leaves, seeds, and roots are edible. It is a favorite with local villagers, as its home remedies may include seeds or leaves for the prevention and treatment of various diseases. The pods and leaves can also be used in local cuisine, as it pairs very well with fish or meat dishes.

This program is perfect for you if you have a good level of fitness, enthusiasm and a passion for making a change that benefits the environment as well as the local community!

Keep in mind that changes in the tide affect water levels and therefore your ability to complete certain tasks in the mangroves. In that case, you will be guided to other activities during that time. Your coordinator will inform you if your schedule will be affected.

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 spare 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:

  • Conservation of mangroves.
  • Mangrove plantation.
  • Environmental education activities for the youngest.
  • Beach cleaning.
  • Plantation of trees and vegetation.
  • You can propose workshops or activities with your local coordinator.

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.
  • You need to have a fluent level of 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 for the following days, since the program will be closed for holidays:

  • 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 your place
  3. Make a 1st contribution to register for the program
  4. 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. Several popular destinations that you can reach are:

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

Don’t forget to take your camera and immortalize all your adventures!