Immerse yourself in the big-hearted culture of this mighty island nation of The Philippines. The Philippines are home to more than 100 million people who are divided between 7,000+ islands. The Malay people, who are native to the Philippines, are known for their welcoming sense of camaraderie and kinship. Both Spanish and Chinese influences are strong as well, cultivating an island tradition like none other. You can expect to feel unbound by the constraints of time as the locals relax and celebrate. Join the fun, experience delectable fare and learn a few words of Tagalog while you’re at it!
As a volunteer in the Philippines, you will be hosted by SPARK, ICYE’s partner organization here. SPARK’s founders pool decades of experience in children and youth outreach programs and community development. They connect volunteers to a wide variety of local needs, making your time in this beautiful country both exciting and meaningful.
Volunteers will assist with implementing activities for a children’s library. Possible tasks include storytelling, participating in a reading program, helping out in English classes, or helping with other workshops. These centers provide an accessible venue and and quality learning resources for underprivileged children.
Volunteers work for local organizations that advocate housing security and rights for the urban poor. Activities at the project include housing rights education, research and advocacy work, and assisting with basic projects to provide clean water and sanitation. Volunteers will work on varied administrative tasks and field work activities related to the operation of the organization.
Whether it’s a Masquerade or a festival, the streets will be filled with people dancing in the streets to drum beats.
Like the many islands that make up the Philippines, there are many different dishes for you to sample. You could try the national dish, Adobo, or purple Ube ice cream. There will never be a moment where you find yourself eating the same dish for dinner every night.
See beautiful pieces of artwork by BenCab as well as other Filipino artists. If you find yourself growing tired of being indoors, then go for a walk through the gardens or the eco trail which are right outside the museum.
Walk up the stairs to the statue’s shrine and witness the daily prayer routine performed by other visitors.
United Planet Quests are designed to be immersive, authentic, comprehensive and provide you everything you’ll need to succeed. The program elements allow you to engage fully with a new culture, forge strong relationships, and challenge yourself. Most importantly, we partner with the community to ensure your experience will be important, relevant and helpful to the community you serve.
|Start Date||6-month fee||1 year fee||Early Bird Deposit Deadline||Regular Deposit Deadline||Late Deposit Deadline|
|January 2018||$7,850||$11,325||Monday, July 31, 2017||Monday, September 4, 2017||Monday, September 18, 2017|
|August 2018||$7,950||$11,825||Monday, March 5, 2018||Monday, April 30, 2018||Monday, May 14, 2018|
Enroll by the Early Bird Deadline and take $300 off your Quest fee.
Please note that deposits received after the Regular Deadline (before the Late Deadline) require an additional $150 fee.
We want you to succeed. That means having in place the support our volunteers need. We don't just drop you in country and hope for the best. We provide training before you leave … language exposure … 24/7 in-country support … support for your host family … accommodations, meals and airport transportation … activities and excursions. The whole idea is to make the experience successful and productive for you and the host community, and we have found that these things are crucial. Remember that we are a non-profit, mission-driven organization – we wouldn’t spend money on something that wasn’t important.