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Palawan Environmental Conservation

Dedicate your time to rehabilitating the mangrove areas of Tigman Village, Aborlan, Palawan, which have been in severe decline for more than ten (10) years.

Spend your time on conserving Palawan’s mangrove plantations, a vital habitat for its marine life. This unique ecosystem area serves as a coastal barrier, slowing storm surge, and reducing beach erosion. Other Eco-efforts include coastal clean-ups, planting moringa tree seeds, making Eco-bricks and making signage about the environment for the local village.

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Description

Program Description

The province of Palawan is in the MIMAROPA region and is the largest province in the country, abundant with wildlife sanctuaries, marine reserves, and world heritages. Being the location of Palawan Island, one of the most biodiverse islands in the Philippines, the area has one of the most beautiful seascapes in the world receiving much local interest for conservation.

Our hope through this project is to conserve mangrove plantations and reverse the trend of deteriorating mangrove sites, which has seen a rapid decrease during recent years. This can realistically only be achieved through the education of younger generations, combined with the continual physical work of planting new mangroves.

That’s why we’ll be asking you to serve as a fortifier of our natural coastal barrier, which is slowing storm surges, reducing beach erosion, and cleaning the beaches. We also need your help with encouraging environmental conservation through training sessions with children.

Another thing is the plastic and environmental system, unfortunately Filipino people have become used to throwing their garbage anywhere. That’s why we came up with collecting Eco-bricks from the villagers and making it as well.

For our Tree planting portion of our program, we have chosen the Moringa seeds for their multitude of benefits, availability in the local area, and because they will grow easily here.

Moringa is a “superfood” that has a lot of health benefits as well. It is also known as “miracle tree” or horseradish tree. The pods, leaves, seeds and roots are all edible. It is a favorite of local villagers as their home remedies may include seeds or leaves for prevention and treatment of various diseases. The pods or leaves may also be used in local cuisine, as it pairs well with dishes of fish or meat.

This program is perfect for you if you have a good level of physical fitness, enthusiasm, and a passion for making a change that benefits the environment, as well as the local community!

Your Roles – General Information

Do consider this job requires physical strength and endurance in hot weather conditions. In addition, your work will vary from day to day. Meanwhile, your main roles will be, but are not limited to:

  • Participate in Coastal Clean Up drive;
  • Collect mangrove seedlings;
  • Plant mangroves;
  • Prepare Lessons and Instructional Materials for Environmental Conservation  Educational Campaign to Local Public Schools and to the Community.
  • Teach children and the community about Environmental Conservation particularly in Mangrove Rehabilitation;
  • Make Signage about Environmental Conservation;
  • Make Eco – Bricks.
  • Help the community in its Clean and Green Programs.

Moreover, throughout your stay you are expected to adhere and follow all the stated rules and regulations set, thus, failure to comply may lead to your termination from the program. Notably, you are expected to always be on time, be respectful with the local staff, the local people, fellow participants and to the community in general at all times, respect the culture, way of living and traditions of the  village through wearing modest clothing, use appropriate words and politeness.

Finally, during the mangrove plantations and other activities, be careful and mindful, do not harm marine life and mangroves, under the influence of alcohol is strictly prohibited and ask assistance from your local coordinators for tasks that you are not sure with  and of course to enjoy and make the most of your stay and make memorable learning experiences.

Add-on: +Learning

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

Aims & Objectives

Specifically, this project aims to:

  • To reverse the deforestation of mangroves by planting new ones.
  • To plant and moringa trees for the benefit and use of the local community.
  • To educate younger generations on the importance of environmental conservation.
  • To conserve coastal areas from plastic pollutants and produce a new product out of trash like Eco-bricks.

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 the Local Area, and arrange a sim-card if necessary.
  • Lunch
  • Project Meetings, Observation and Preparations with assigned Local Program Coordinator
  • Dinner
  • Cultural Night

Tuesday

  • Breakfast
  • Tigman Village Mangrove Planting.
  • Headed back to the Accommodation Center
  • Lunch
  • Prepare Moringa Seeds and Making Eco – Bricks.
  • Dinner

Wednesday

  • Breakfast
  • Tigman Village Mangrove Planting.
  • Lunch
  • Preparing Lessons about Environmental Conservation.
  • Dinner

Thursday

  • Breakfast
  • Tigman Village Mangrove Planting
  • Headed back to the Accommodation Center
  • Lunch
  • Lecture and Educational Campaign about the Environmental Conservation at Local Public School.
  • Dinner
  • Karaoke Night

Friday

  • Breakfast
  • Tigman Village Mangrove Planting.
  • Headed back to the Accommodation Center.
  • Lunch
  • Making Signages about Environmental Conservation.
  • Dinner

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 conditions and unforeseen circumstances.***

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:        No

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.

  • Have a genuine interest and passion for making change in the benefits of environmental conservation.
  • Due to the length and active nature of this program and as there are lots of planting and coastal cleaning activities under the heat of the sun, a decent level of fitness is required.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Have completed or recommended the following vaccines: Polio, Hepatitis A, Diphtheria/Tetanus, Typhoid, Malaria, Hepatitis B, Tuberculosis.

Additional Equipment

Personal belongings such as:

  • Comfortable clothes that you do not mind getting wet or dirty.
  • Comfortable and sturdy shoes as there are lots of activities taken by foot such as planting activities.
  • 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 mangrove plantation.
  • 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 mangrove planting activities.

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.
  • Dress professionally since you will be working in a professional environment while teaching the children.
  • 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 school premises.