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Welcome to Palawan!
My name is Simo and, together with a team of passionate locals, I am part of a mission to show the beauty of the Philippines through its people and culture. Our brand new social venture runs boat expeditions around the natural wonders of Coron, Palawan and works directly with indigenous families whose island home has been voted one of the most beautiful in the country!
We employ locals as part of our crew of guides, boatmen and island staff, and endeavour to create livelihood programs and offer training that involve our island friends in many aspects of our activities. We've been blessed to have young adults who enjoy learning and developing their confidence around travelers and life skills through our initiatives, but we more help is needed. We're so excited to welcome like-minded travelers on board this growing project... and hope you can help us leave a lasting impact on the island and its inhabitants.
The best part is we have an amazing beach campsite right on a remote part of a legendary island with a pristine reef just in front! It is the only place of it kind on the whole island as of now, and we are excited to be welcoming people to this part of the Philippines. We currently have several native-style huts with spectacular sunset views, and require improvements on the bathrooms, kitchen and lounging areas. We’re also excited to design and construct our own bar! We do not live on the beach, but spend about 2-3 nights there weekly along with our guests. For the most adventuresome travellers who absolutely love being at sea and outdoors, this just might be heaven!
So if you think yourself to be FUN, SOCIAL, CREATIVE AND MOTIVATED, then let us hear from you... !!!
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Helping with Tourists
Help with Computers / internet
Chance to travel around and explore hidden places... Experiencing life in the great outdoors... Learning local cultures and cuisine... Becoming friends with like-minded travelers from around the world... And so much more!
Two meals are included for volunteering: breakfast and lunch. Our simple breakfast consists of a fruit, pastries, oatmeal and coffee/tea in the morning, which volunteers are responsible for arranging from the bakeshop. Lunch is typically rice with vegetables and the occasional meat; we are very happy with vegetarians. As for dinner, you may have access to a kitchen for prepping meals and save. A cheap, yet hearty meal in town range from 70-120 pesos (USD1.30-2.30/EUR1.20-2.00) per meal. We also like to eat together and practice 'kitty' system. For a week in town, you shouldn't expect to spend more than USD20 on meals.
We are looking for enthusiastic folks who can:
- Teach art and creativity to young adults on the island.
- Help with construction, painting murals and making graphic art.
- Write travel blogs featuring the town and island experiences.
- Photography for our website, social media and galleries
- Upgrade and add features on our website
- Food enthusiasts to help develop a menu our predominantly vegetarian meals!
We are not a resort or restaurant so volunteers do not serve as wait staff.
Volunteers are housed together between 3 single beds in a shared studio room (13sqm) whenever we are in the town as a team. The accommodation has its own basic bathroom and a small kitchen counter, and is fan-only without air-conditioning. Located in the center, all the necessities are within walking distance.
Meanwhile, while out on a castaway trip to base camp or remote islands, our team will camp between huts and tent arrangement-- either way it's nothing short of paradise! This depends on your personal preference. Either hut or tent will have a 4-inch, single-size foam mattress with pillow, beddings and mosquito nets. On the islands, we assume no fresh water for showers or air-conditioning. Phone data can be surprisingly good.
Two (2) meals are covered while int own: breakfast and lunch. We dine communally as a team, and food is plentiful. If you are on a trip, all meals are covered.
We have motorbikes for guests to use, as well as a SUV to take the team on distant road trips! Just top up your own fuel. There are waterfalls, beaches and river mangroves waiting to be explored! Meanwhile, the more-commercial town of El Nido is just a 4-hour ferry ride away, with trips departing twice daily.
-- How to Get Here --
· From Metro Manila: 2Go Ferry departs on Fridays 7pm and arrives in Coron the following morning. Atienza Ferry departs Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from near Intramuros. Daily flights on SkyJet, Cebu Pacific and PAL.
· From Clark, Manila: Usually the cheapest flights on Philippine Airlines to Busuanga (Coron).
· From Puerto Princesa: 2Go Ferry departs Sundays 7am and arrives later that evening.
· From El Nido: 25-minute Flight via AirSwift or 4 hours by ferry on Montenegro or Phimal.
· From Cebu: Daily flights on CebGo and Philippine Airlines.
· From Boracay via San Jose, Mindoro: Travel from Roxas by 4-hour van and take Montenegro departing San Jose at 7am and arrives around 12nn.
-- Meet our Local Team --
· Lead host: Simo Bo
· Captain: Benjamin Nailon
· Guides: Noeme Balagtas, Bernard Santos
· Office Crew: Lovely Caracar, Rusheen Velasco, Angie Reyes
· Beach Crew: Alvin Dapi, Jela Apuen, Robert Abril, Hilven Aguilar, Rizel Apuen, Ronnie Bering
· Kitchen: Elmo Concovar
-- Things to See and Do Locally --
· Road trip to West Busuanga for waterfalls, beaches, giraffes and dugongs!
· River kayaking around Kingfisher Park and Old Busuanga mangroves
· Motorbike to Cabu Beach and Maquinit Hot Springs near town
· Climb Mt. Tapyas for sunrise or sunset views - great exercise
· Workout at the local weights gym or learn Muay Thai
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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