The Philippines

Discover how great it feels to help on this Youth and University trip to the Philippines

Aug 5, 2017
Aug 19, 2017
Approx. $2,300
Cebu City, Philippines

The Philippines

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.

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The Project:

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.

PHP0514_Heather and Schaana shoveling sand and rocks to be ready for the concrete
PHP0514_peaking under the door

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

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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 hotel in Cebu City 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 program cost is about $2,300 and will be finalized closer to the departure date. This includes accommodations, meals, in-country transport, program costs and a donation to Rise Above Foundation Cebu. It does not include airfare.

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.

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.

DWC Team Leader:

Alexandria Nawrot

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?

Got questions? Email us at [javascript protected email address] or apply now using our online application.

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.

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