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 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:
November in the Philippines is the beginning of the dry season, so expect it to be hot and sunny. Daytime highs usually hit around 32C and evening lows drop down to 24C. That said, 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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Volunteers will be working on construction projects with Rise Above Foundation Cebu. All DWC projects are of great benefit to a part of the population at great risk and struggling just to put food on the table. Opportunities to connect with the local people are numerous and rewarding. You’ll participate in building 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.
When / Itinerary:
- Saturday, November 9 to Sunday, November 10 – Team travels to Manila and Cebu City; check in to hotel
- Monday, November 11 to Friday, November 15 – PROJECT WORK in Cebu City
- Saturday, November 16 to Sunday, November 17 – Free days for some R and R
- Monday, November 18 to Friday, November 22 – PROJECT WORK in Cebu City
- Saturday, November 23 – 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:
Tom is a seasoned traveller and as soon as he heard about DWC, knew he wanted to try travelling in a way that gave back to the people of the country. After a trip to Cambodia with DWC, he decided to become a team leader. For Tom, the difference in the volunteer travel that DWC offers is the personal connection made with the people who live in the host country. In Tom’s words: “Working alongside locals who are watching change take place before their eyes added a very meaningful dimension to the journey. Having a great group to share the camaraderie, curiosity, learning, fatigue and the challenge of new food, only enhanced the experience.”
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, or fill out the form.