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El Nido Constructions and Renovation

Program Description

This program takes place in Buddhist monasteries in the Himalayan city called Darjeeling. Darjeeling is popular for its misty mountain views, tea plantations as well as picturesque monasteries.

During this program, you will teach English to the monks in the classroom. You will also get a chance to learn about Buddhism while practicing various features of the lifestyle of a Buddhist Monk. You will be teaching to novice monks of various ages.

The project will involve various monasteries wherein the age of the monks are between 8 to 25. The monastery has classes between Nursery to Grade 5. Each class approximately has 10 to 15 students. You will be mainly teaching English but you will also be able to teach other subjects such as Maths, Science and any other subject of your choice.

Immerse yourself in the teachings of Buddhism, deepen your understanding of meditation, and embrace the simplicity of life at the monasteries. This program offers a unique opportunity to experience the tranquility and wisdom of Indian Buddhism firsthand while also imparting your knowledge to the monks.

Besides that, you may also have the best time throughout your stay as you will engage in fun, relaxing and recreational activities held after a long day of your program alongside other participants.

Finally, you can not miss every single weekend experiencing nearby scenic views and historic places. Thus, we will make sure to assist you in organizing your weekend getaways and enjoy every bit of your time.

Aims & Objectives

To help teach monks English and in return, to get our participants immersed into the lifestyle in a monastery and to help them learn about Buddhism.

Schedule

Monday to Friday

You will teach primarily English and various other subjects to the monks, both young and old, for around 2 to 3 hours of various age groups every day.

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

***January and February are winter vacations in Buddhist Monasteries, thus this project will not function during this part of the year.***

Starting Dates

During 2023

This program starts every week.

During 2024

This program starts every week.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:                18

Maximum age:                –

Minimum English level:        Basic

CRB required:                On Signup

Passport copy required:        On Signup

Resume copy required:        No

Required qualification:        None

Additional Requirements

The following are further necessary in order for both the participants, local staff and everyones involved to have a meaningful, enjoyable and safe community program.

  • Older participants or over 65 years are required to have a medical clearance as proof of their physical fitness as they may perform various activities.
  • Participants below 18 years old need a signed parental consent as proof of involvement of their children for the program. If possible, accompaniment by an adult is highly advised.
  • Genuine interests and passion with teaching children/monks.

  • Excellent time management and self – organizing and strong desire to take on new challenges and learn as much as possible.
  • Recommended a COVID – 19 Vaccination, purchase travel insurance, medical and Covid – 19  insurance prior to your arrival.
  • Have completed or recommended the following vaccines: Polio, Hepatitis A, Diphtheria/Tetanus, Typhoid, Malaria, Hepatitis B, Tuberculosis.

Additional Equipment

Teaching Materials:

  • No specific equipment required for this project. However, you are more welcome to bring with you some educational materials to be used for learning activities such as games cards, coloring books, pencils, ball, musical instruments, worksheet, books/comics,cultural items and many more meaningful learning resources.

Dress Code:

  • Cover up as much as possible in the spirit of the local culture to avoid embarrassment.
  • Your clothes must not be too short, too tight, or too revealing. Kindly make sure your shoulders and legs are covered.
  • Dress professionally since you will be working in a professional environment while teaching the children/monks.
  • It is completely fine to wear western clothes as long as they fit the local standards.
  • Be thoughtful of the graphics, symbols or text printed on your clothing and avoid wearing clothing styles that might be inappropriate particularly inside the monastery.

Others:

  • An environmentally friendly sunscreen or lotion is also advised to protect you from the heat of the sun and please carry with you preventive agents during outdoor activities, such as mosquito repellents for insect bites.
  • Moreover, bring Medicines with you especially if you have to take specific medicines on a regular basis as well as other medicines for headaches and stomach aches.
  • Refillable water bottles and hydration packs to stay hydrated throughout the day particularly during class.

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Description

Program Description

El Nido, is a first-class municipality in the province of Palawan. It served as one of the most visited islands and beaches in the world. This is because of its stunning lagoons, white sand beaches, rocky islet, towering limestone cliff and grass like waters coupled with various marine species. Even though El Nido is said to be a popular tourist destination, there are communities living below subsistence levels and being unnoticed particularly, the Nacpan Village, which is located 17th kilometers north of El Nido town proper.

Nacpan Village is housed mostly by local fishermen where their houses are made of bamboo, nipa, light materials, and woods. Similarly, most of the residents here are living below subsistence level. This means that they do not have sufficient funds to uplift their standard of living as well by upgrading their houses. Similarly,  like many other communal infrastructures in this village is not well maintained and hasn’t had the means to be preserved properly so many common areas or public spaces need reconstruction and even restructuring altogether.

In this, the primary focus and concern of this project varies from assisting the locals for the development, construction and renovation of communal infrastructures and institutions such as schools, healthcare centers, tribal hall, community centers, multi – purpose centers, residence houses and many more. These efforts will help the community to have secured, safe and comfortable spaces wherein most of the activities are being conducted.

Moreover, this project will immerse you and work with people in the community alongside with the local organized teams and other volunteers. These will give you unique experiences and insights into the cultures, folkways, basic language, and way of living of the locals of the community. This will also bring you closer to the kind, friendly and hospitable locals of El Nido, Palawan. Similarly, you will be enjoined by other participants from all corners of the world to jointly work on these construction efforts.

Your Roles – Other Information

On the other hand, you don’t need special qualifications or even to have experience in construction efforts, but do consider this job requires physical strength and endurance in hot weather conditions. Hence, Your main roles can or will include the following:

  • Assist in the construction and renovations of community infrastructures.
  • Help and assist in the construction or renovation of schools, classrooms or playgrounds.
  • Build and renovate communal facilities.
  • Paint school walls and other buildings.
  • Repair and work with wood and furniture.
  • Building and renovating materials.
  • Digging and assembling construction Materials.
  • Painting and renovating cultural sites such as churches, healthcare centers and so on.
  • Help in constructing and renovating local houses of residents.

Finally, during the construction activities, please be careful and mindful when using construction equipment and material, ask assistance from your local coordinators for heavy  tasks  and of course to enjoy and make the most of your stay and make memorable learning experiences.

Aims & Objectives

  • Improve the quality of life for underprivileged residents around the area.
  • Assist the locals on daily construction and renovation tasks as an organized team.
  • Connect and create local multicultural exchange experiences both locals and volunteers can benefit from.
  • Gain practical experience in constructing and renovating works.

Add-on: +Learning

There is no +Learning add-on available for this program.Schedule.

Schedule

Monday

  • Breakfast

  • Introduction meeting, House rules, Setting Expectations, Health and Safety Advice, handling of documents & Signing up of relevant documents.
  • Filipino Do’s and Don’ts, Dress Codes,  Filipino Culture Lessons and Basic Filipino Language Lessons.
  • Tour Around Town’s center and Local Area, and arrange a sim-card if necessary.
  • Lunch
  • Project Meetings, Observation and Preparations with assigned Local Program Coordinators.
  • Welcome Dinner

Tuesday to Friday

  • Breakfast
  • Engage in Construction and renovation efforts.
  • Lunch
  • Engage in Construction and renovation efforts.
  • Dinner

Note: Every Thursday at 7:00 pm until 10:00 pm, we will be having a Karaoke Night. This activity will give you and other participants a time for relaxation, socialization, a welcome party for new comers and at the same time a farewell party for the participants who will end their programs.

Note: Program will have a minimum of four (4) hours a day.

***This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local***

Starting Dates

During 2023

This program starts every week.

During 2024

This program starts every week.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:                18

Maximum age:                –

Minimum English level:        Basic

CRB required:                On Signup

Passport copy required:        On Signup

Resume copy required:        No

Required qualification:        None

Additional Requirements

The following are further necessary in order for both the participants, local staff and everyones involved to have a meaningful, enjoyable and safe community program.

  • Older participants or over 65 years are required to have a medical clearance as proof of their physical fitness as they may perform various activities.
  • Participants below 18 years old need a signed parental consent as proof of involvement of their children for the program. If possible, accompaniment by an adult is highly advised.
  • You don’t need special qualifications or even to have experience in Constructions but do consider this job requires physical strength and endurance in hot weather conditions.
  • High level of efficiency, accuracy and responsibility and can work under pressure and is a team player.
  • Excellent time management and self – organizing and a strong desire to take on new challenges and learn as much as possible.
  • Required a COVID – 19 Vaccination. You are also advised to bring with you a  COVID – 19 antigen rapid test as you need to take one test per week.
  • You are advised to purchase travel, medical and Covid – 19 insurance prior to your arrival.
  • Bring comfortable working clothes (preferably modest clothing covering knees and shoulders for women and tshirts, working pants, gloves and sturdy shoes for men) and must follow the dress code policy.
  • Have completed or recommended the following vaccines: Polio, Hepatitis A, Diphtheria/Tetanus, Typhoid, Malaria, Hepatitis B, Tuberculosis.

Additional Equipment

Dress Code:

  • The Philippines is a Conservative Country, please wear modest clothing covering knees and shoulders. Loose and long clothing is both respectful and tends to keep you cooler in hot climates. Cover up as much as possible in the spirit of the local culture to avoid embarrassment.
  • Your clothes must not be too short, too tight, or too revealing. Kindly make sure your shoulders and legs are covered.
  • It is completely fine to wear western clothes as long as they fit the local standards.
  • Be thoughtful of the graphics, symbols or text printed on your clothing and avoid wearing clothing styles that might be inappropriate

Personal belongings such as:

  • Comfortable working clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty and wet all day.
  • Bring Personal toiletries such as basic soap, shampoo, toothpaste and towels.
  • Bring also hat, sunglasses to protect from the heat of the sun particularly during the construction activities.
  • Please also bring work gloves, sturdy shoes or boots as you may do some heavy construction tasks.
  • An environmentally friendly sunscreen or lotion is also advised to protect you from the heat of the sun and please carry with you preventive agents during outdoor activities, such as mosquito repellents for insect bites or other insects that may irritate your skin.
  • Moreover, bring Medicines with you especially if you have to take specific medicines on a regular basis as well as other medicines for headaches and stomach aches.
  • Refillable water bottles and hydration packs to stay hydrated throughout the day particularly during construction activities.