TRIP #PHP1120:


This trip has been postponed and will be rescheduled for 2021. Please check back for details.

Nov 7, 2020
Nov 21, 2020
Approx. $2,500 (based on a 10 person team)
Cebu City, 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 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.

Learn more about the The Philippines »

The Project:

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.

PHP0514_group painting the house
PHP0514_hand balloons 2

When / Itinerary:

  • Saturday, November 7 to Sunday, November 8 – Team travels to Manila and Cebu City; check in to hotel
  • Monday, November 9 to Friday, November 13 – PROJECT WORK in Cebu City
  • Saturday, November 14 to Sunday, November 15 – Free days for some R and R
  • Monday, November 16 to Friday, November 20 – PROJECT WORK in Cebu City
  • Saturday, November 21 – Return to Manila

View All Trips Schedule »


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 $2,500 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:

TBDVolunteer Trip to Costa Rica Team Leader

Team leaders are essential on our volunteer trips. While they themselves are volunteers, they are also experienced travelers and who are willing to take on more commitment and responsibility.

We choose leaders who are knowledgeable about travelling in developing countries because they must understand the conditions they are leading people through. Additionally, we choose leaders who can be called upon in an emergency (they are required to have first aid training) and who want to make sure their team has the best experience possible.

Find out how to become a team leader with Developing World Connections

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.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Still have some questions? We’re here to help, please feel free to contact us now, or fill out the form.

Tell your friends about us!

Donate Now