You’ll work with Rise Above Foundation in Cebu City on Cebu Island, Philippines. This major shipping port is the country’s oldest city and first Spanish settlement. Danish expats Flemming and Elisabet Hansen established Rise Above in Cebu City in 2000 and they’ve been running life-changing programs for education, food, dental health, medical and housing ever since.
About The Trip:
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 an education to lead better lives.
You’ll do construction that builds a future for people who have little. 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 Work:
August in the Philippines will be warm, with daytime highs usually around 28C and evening lows drop down to 24C. This is the tropics, so it’s good to be prepared for some rainfall.
Cebu City offers such sights as the historic church Basilica del Santo Nino, the Taoist Temple with landmark dragons, the Tops Lookout, Fort San Pedro, Magellan’s Cross and the Cebu Heritage Monument.
Take a side trip to Bohol Island for the beaches, diving, resorts, Chocolate Hills and the indigenous, big-eyed Philippine tarsier.
Learn more about the The Philippines »
Volunteers will be building houses with Rise Above Foundation Cebu for a family in need. It could be a single mother with several children, a household scraping to get by for any of a number of reasons or someone living with a disability who can’t afford a decent place to live.
When / Itinerary:
- Saturday, August 5 to Sunday, August 6 – Team travels to Manila and Cebu City; check in to hotel
- Monday, August 7 to Friday, August 11 – PROJECT WORK in Cebu City
- Saturday, August 12 to Sunday, August 13 – Free days for some R and R
- Monday, August 14 to Friday, August 18 – PROJECT WORK in Cebu City
- Saturday, August 19 – Return to Manila
The entire program and flight costs are 100% tax deductible when paid through DWC. You can also fundraise and we will issue charitable receipts for donations $20 CDN or greater.
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.
DWC Team Leader:
Alexandria is a second year student studying commerce at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario. During her summers she returns to her home in Toronto where she lives with her parents and her two younger brothers. Alex has a passion for travelling and been through various places in North America, Europe and Africa.
Alex’s love for travelling is fuelled by her interest in history and her enjoyment in experiencing different cultures around the world. Alex finally realized her dream to take a service trip when she went with DWC to Peru in July of 2016.
Alex’s memorable experiences in Peru further contributed toward her love for seeing the world. She now aims to make a difference everywhere she goes. She is excited to travel to the Philippines and can’t wait to share this experience with you.
Are You Ready To Go?
Ready to apply? Fill out our online application. You can secure your place on this trip with a $500, non-refundable deposit that will go toward your total trip cost. After you’ve submitted your forms and deposit, our office will contact you and send you a welcome package.
We’re glad to have you join us.
Still have some questions? We’re here to help, please feel free to contact us now.