Palawan Culture Week

Aborlan (Palawan) - Philippines

Only $520 per week!

Experience Philippine culture first-hand through your exploration of local spots, immersing in the cuisine, visiting famous sights and more!

Our culture week is tailored to introduce you to (just some!) of the best things the island of Palawan has to offer. This week will get you learning the basics of the language, cooking at a class, tasting authentic food, visiting the most famous sites and discovering areas where tourists don’t often go to!

Culture
Learning
Leisure
Community Engagement
Physical Demand






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Program Description

This program offers a great opportunity for you to learn and understand more about Philippine culture and to become more familiar with your surroundings in and around Palawan. It is an enriching experience to get to know the local culture and customs and adapt yourself to the local environment.

Throughout this week, you will partake in Philippine language classes, a cooking class and visit a local market amongst many other things!

The week acts as a recommended introduction to Palawan and Philippine culture but also as the perfect platform for meeting and bonding with fellow participants.

Aims & Objectives

  • Help you get familiar with your local surroundings
  • Teach you helpful phrases in the local language
  • Broaden your knowledge of the local customs, history and culture
  • Provide a full induction, preparing you for a longer stay!

Schedule

Monday

  • Breakfast
  • Introduction meeting
  • Philippine language classes, Philippine do’s and don’ts and Philippine culture lessons
  • Tour around the compound and local area
  • Lunch
  • Workshop: Weaving coconut leaves or broom making
  • Philippine cooking Classes
  • Welcome dinner

Tuesday

  • Breakfast
  • Visit at a local farm (vegetables, coconut or rice)
  • Lunch
  • Visit to a Waterfall (where you can swim)
  • Dinner

Wednesday

  • Breakfast
  • Visit the capital of Puerto Princesa and its downtown area. Explore the famous church and the memorial park.
  • Lunch in Puerto Princesa.
  • Visit to the Palawan Museum and have time to shop in Robinsons Mall Palawan
  • Back to our center
  • Dinner

Thursday

  • Breakfast
  • Sightseeing around Nara, including its local market
  • Lunch in Nara
  • Trip to the beautiful and swimmable Secret Beach
  • Dinner

Friday

  • Breakfast
  • Visit the nearby island where they can swim and relax
  • Lunch
  • Orientation to the project location and observation, discussion and meeting about the projects.
  • Evaluation
  • Dinner

   Note:   This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:

Maximum age:

Minimum English level: Basic

CRB required: On Signup

Passport copy required: No

Resume copy required: No

Required qualification: None

Additional Requirements

There are no further requirements for this program.

Additional Equipment

No specific equipment required for this program.

Location

Palawan is a special island dotted with fishing villages and surrounded by beautiful blue sea. The scenes contrasts perfectly with the emerald green jungled mountains which form its landscape. Our accommodation is located in Tigman Village in Aborlan District, a small and laid back area just outside of Puerto Princesa City.

About the Accommodation

This center houses all participants in their programs around Palawan. It is built with many natural elements and have a tropical beach look to them! You’ll be sleeping on bunk beds and we have limited laundry facilities, so expect to wash your clothes by hand, unless you’d like to use the laundry service here for a small fee. Due to our tropical setting, WiFi  service may not be what you are used to at home. It is limited and sometimes inaccessible due to weather, so having your own local SIM card and purchasing data through the GLOBE network may be your best option for staying connected consistently while you are in our local village. Please be advised that due to jellyfish in the water, it is unlikely that you will be able to swim at the beach close by the accommodation. There is an area near the river or on the other side of the village, which is about a 15 minute walk away, where you will be able to enjoy some time in the water.

Food Arrangements

The food will consist mainly of local Philippine cuisine (lots of vegetables, meat, egg and rice)  and will be served on site at this accommodation.

Facilities

There are many forms of local transportation such as jeepneys, buses and vans which depart every hour to the town of Aborlan or to the next town Narra.

There are ATM’s & Western Union transfers available in the town of Nara which is about 30 minutes away by car. Here, you can also find all necessary amenities.

Activities & Events

Tuesday Night

Join us for a Bonfire activity where we can get to know each other and enjoy the great outdoors under the stars. Who doesn’t love a bonfire?

Thursday Night

Come on and join in with us as we sing your favorite tunes and have a musical trip down memory lane. It’s not about having the best voice, it is however, about having the most fun!

Sights & Surroundings

Coron Bay

Found at the northwest of Palawan (between Busuanga and Culion islands) is known for being one of the best wreck diving locations in the world.

Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park

Located 50 km north of the city of Puerto Princesa and has recently been voted one of the new 7 wonders of nature.

Transportation

From this location we provide free transport to your next program at the following location(s):

  • El Nido (Palawan)

Quick Facts

Name: Republic of the Philippines

Population: 100 milion

Capital: Manila

Language: Filipino

Currency: Peso (PHP)

Time zone: PST (UTC +8)

Country Information

The Philippines is made up of a total of 7,107 islands, only 2000 of which are inhabited. The islands are broadly categorized under 3 main geographical divisions: Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. It is the 7th most populated country in Asia and the 12th most in the world.

As a newly industrialized country, the Philippine economy which was once founded upon its agriculture is now moving towards an economy based on services and manufacturing.

It is unsurprising that the Philippines attracts tourists due to its incredibly rich biodiversity found across its islands. The mountains, rainforests and diving spots as well as its impressive cultural heritage all add to the reasons why the Philippines is such an incredible place to experience.

Climate

The Philippines experiences a tropical maritime climate meaning that it is normally hot and humid and there are 3 distinct seasons:

  • Hot, dry season from March to May
  • Rainy season from June to November
  • Cool, dry season from December to February

The southwest monsoon lasts from May to October and the dry monsoon in the northeast from November to April.

Temperatures in the Philippines normally range from 21°C to 32°C with the coolest month being January and the hottest, May. The yearly average is 26.6°C..

The Philippines sits on the typhoon belt and so most islands experience torrential rains and storms from July to October.

Culture

The Philippines is a secular state and stemming from its Spanish cultural influence and it is one of only two Roman Catholic countries in Asia. Its Christian population is at about 90%. The country displays a mixture of Eastern and Western culture. Whilst it undeniably preserves cultural aspects found elsewhere in Asia, its hispanic influence is perhaps most noticeable especially in the architecture and names of streets, towns and provinces.

Gastronomy

True to its mixed culture, Philippine cuisine also reflects numerous different influences especially Hispanic, Chinese and American. Dishes vary from the simple to the elaborate and tend to be defined by strong flavours although they are generally less spicy compared to other Asian countries.

Moreover, unlike most Asian countries, Filipinos don’t eat with chopsticks and instead use western cutlery. The most common pairing, maybe due to the common consumption of rice is a fork and a spoon.

Transportation

Pedicabs

These are a sort of push tricycle and are particularly useful for short journeys.

Habal-Habal

These are motorbike taxis and normally slightly cheaper than the pedicabs.

Jeepney

These are essentially modified army jeeps that were left by the Americans after the second world war. They are frequently painted with images of the Virgin Mary and/or scenes from comic books.They are the main form of urban transport in most cities and are an alternative to bus transport between regions for the longer journeys. They are a popular mode of transport but not ideal for sightseeing along the way due to the narrow window space.

Bus

These come in all different shapes and sizes and bus stops are frequent throughout towns and more rural areas, although bus services in more remote areas may only run during the morning.

Minivans

These often shadow bus routes and despite being quicker than buses, you often have to wait until the van is full before it will set off and they can be fairly cramped as well as more expensive than the bus.

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