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Philippines October 2023 Poverty Eradication. Social Justice. Global Engagement.

$2,350Flight cost additional
Oct 21, 2023 Nov 4, 2023 Cebu City, Philippines Adult & Family Trip Community Building
School children in Philippines waving small Canada flags

About the ProjectWorking together to bring people together

Build homes in Cebu, Philippines. A lack of shelter is a manifestation of widespread poverty and millions of families in the developing world face a severe housing problem. People live in homes that are built of flimsy materials, lack adequate sanitation, and have irregular or non-existent electricity supply.

To help mitigate housing issues, DWC’s Raise the Roof program provides adequate shelter and improves the conditions in which families live. A livable home can have a tremendous impact on a family’s well-being and their ability to break the cycle of poverty.

In Philippines
  • As of 2021 almost a quarter of the 111 million Philippine population live in poverty.
  • 1 in 5 of the Filipino population still live below the poverty line.

What to ExpectA Typical Workday in Philippines

Our teams in Cebu have built homes for families and made improvements to schools (and played with the kids while they were at it) while working with our in-country partner, Rise Above Foundation. They have made an impact in the lives of people struggling just to put food on the table and children who need the education to lead better lives.

You’ll work alongside like-minded volunteers who are also passionate about travel and giving others a hand up, not a hand out.

You’ll leave behind a legacy like the new home one of our teams built for Peregrina, a single mother with seven children. You can see her story on our video page here.

Read day-to-day experiences of our volunteers in the Philippines on the Philippines Blog »

It's Not All WorkVisit the beautiful Island of Boracay

The Philippines is a remarkable country made up of more than 7,000 islands. The island of Boracay in the Philippines is famous around the world for its beautiful white beaches. The island is only 7km in length and at its narrowest just 500m wide but people flock here for the outstanding beauty that the island offers. The main attraction is White Beach that has a 4km stretch of white sand that is surrounded by restaurants, hotels and diving shops.

Banaue Rice Terraces to be the “Eighth Wonder of the World” and it is easy to see why when you begin to look at their shear magnificence. The terraces are 2,000 years old and they were carved into the mountains of Lfugao with the use of very few tools. The terraces are still used today by the locals who plant their vegetables and rice there, as they are naturally irrigated by the surrounding rainforests.

Trip Details

  • Saturday, October 21 to Sunday, October 22 – Team travels to Cebu City; check in to hotel
  • Monday, October 23 to Friday, October 27 – PROJECT WORK in Cebu City
  • Saturday, October 28 to Sunday, October 29 – Free days for some R and R
  • Monday, October 30 to Friday, November 3 – PROJECT WORK in Cebu City
  • Saturday, November 4– Fly home of continue enjoying the beauty of Philippines
Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need construction experience and how much will we work?
You don’t need any special skills or training. We hire local skilled labourers who will give training onsite for construction and team leaders. You will work at your own pace five days a week from about 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Your evenings and weekends are free for cultural activities and relaxing.

What are meals and accommodations like?
The team will stay at a local hotel that is comfortable and clean. The food is prepared hygienically and dishes range from local to standard Western fare.

How much does it cost?
The cost of each trip varies for each country, and the approximate cost of this trip is displayed at the top of the page. All costs will be finalized closer to the departure date. This cost is the in-country cost, including accommodations, meals, in-country transport, program costs and a donation to our Host Partner in their respective country. It does not include airfare. The entire program and flight costs are 100% tax deductible when paid through DWC.

Why should I volunteer?
Volunteer trips take you to places you otherwise might never go, to do things you otherwise might never do and to meet people you might never otherwise meet. You’ll make a difference in others’ lives and they will make a difference in yours. Simply put, there is joy and self-discovery that comes with giving to others. And you’ll have fun doing it, too.

Meet the Trip Leader
Andy Clark Team Leader Headshot

Andy Clark

I am a retired Construction Project manager, I spent my working career running construction sites or multiple construction sites in the UK.

I managed to retire “early” in July 2021, since then I have wondered how I had time to work…

I have 3 grown up children and one beautiful (yes I am of course biased) granddaughter who was born in August 2021. We moved into a brand new house and new area in 2021 to be near our granddaughter and my time is now taken up with her ( my wife and I look after her two days a week), walking, weekends away, golf and making changes to our new house to make it just right for us.

I have been volunteering since 2007 and to date, if I have the numbers right, been involved with 10 different trips, and helped in the construction of 22 houses and helped 86 people.

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