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Philippines Culture Week

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Philippines Culture Week

Experience life in the Philippines as you learn about local customs, cook traditional foods and explore this beautiful area.

Prices from US$695

Palawan is considered one of the Philippines top destinations with emerald green jungled mountains, clear blue waters and stunning white sandy beaches. The long, narrow island is dotted with fishing villages and surrounded by numerous smaller islands. On land prehistoric caves and waterfalls lay waiting to be explored whilst the clear waters play host to an array of marine life. If you can tempt yourself away from relaxing on the soft sands there is so much to discover on this island.

Experience Philippines culture first-hand by exploring a little known region, immersing yourself in the cuisine and visiting cultural and naturally beautiful sights. The Philippines Culture Week is tailored to introduce you to (just some) of the things that the island of Palawan has to offer. During the week you will learn some language basics, take a cooking class, taste plenty of authentic food, visit local sights of significance and trying to get an understand of the 'real' Philippines!

Project Highlights

  •  Explore the stunning island of Palawan
  •  Immerse yourself in Filipino culture
  • Learn some basic language skills
  • Swim in a waterfall


Location Palawan, Philippines

Swim in a waterfall
Filipino language class
Traditional cooking class


Airport pickup included

Accommodation Shared volunteer guesthouse


Before you go Pre-departure support
Kit advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier T-shirt

Airport pickup
Project orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup


A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

What does the project do?

This program offers a great opportunity for you to learn and understand more about Philippines culture and to become more familiar with your surroundings in and around Palawan. It is an enriching and important experience to get to know the local culture and customes before embarking on a bigger adventure.  The week acts as an introduction to Palawan and the Filipino culture, but is also a great platform for meeting locals and new friends as well.

What will I be doing?

You will experience, Philippine culture, Philippine language and have a taste of some authentic Philippine food through some cooking classes. During this week you will visit all the famous sites around our centre that shouldn’t be missed. You will also have time to engage with local people, taste the food and learn about Philippine customs and culture first hand with locals.

What happens when I arrive?

You will fly into Puerto Princesa International airport on the Sunday where you will be met by a friendly in-country representative and transfer to the project site.

Where will I be staying?

You will be staying in shared accommodation in the volunteer guesthouse. There are shared bathrooms with cool showers and western-style toilets. There is WIFI on site and the rooms are fan-cooled with locks on the doors and linen provided. There are also various public transport options nearby and other optional activities to take part in.

What will I be eating?

Throughout your stay you will be provided with three meals a day. The meals will mainly consist of local Philippine cuisine so expect to be eating lots of vegetables, rice, egg and meat. Did we mention rice? Philippine cuisine has developed from an exciting variety of influences including Malay, Spanish, Chinese and American, thanks to its trade and seafaring history. Other Asian and Latin dishes have also been adapted to incorporate local ingredients, providing you with a vast range of dishes to sample and enjoy. Popular dishes include a whole roasted pig, traditional Philippine sausage, omelettes, braised chicken and pork and a variety of seafood to name just a few.

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There’s plenty to explore on Palawan in your free time or before/ after your project. The island is fringed with beautiful beaches so why not relax on the beach, go diving or snorkelling, go kayaking or try out other water based activities. Coron Bay is found at the northwest of Palawan (between Busuanga and Culion islands) and is known for being one of the best wreck diving locations in the world. On land there is also much to explore from pretty coastal villages to inland waterfalls.  The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is located 50km north of the city of Puerto Princesa and has recently been voted one of the new 7 wonders of nature. In-country staff will be able to help you arrange any additional activities.


1 week US$695


This project runs weekly; pickup will be arranged if you are arriving on Sunday from 10am to 5pm. Project begins on Monday. 

There might be a change in activities during the following days:

Jan 1- New Year

March 15- Araw ng Davao

March 24- Holy Thursday

Mar 25- Good Friday

Aug 16- Kadayawan (Festival in Davao)

Aug 29- National Heroes Day

Nov 1- Catholic Celebration.

Nov 30- Bonifacio Day

Dec 30- Rizal Day


1 week


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel advice
  • Documentation
  • Kit advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier T-shirt


  • Airport pick up
  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Local orientation
  • Comprehensive project training
  • 24 hour in-country support
  • International HQ emergency support & back-up


Nearest airport(s): Puerto Princesa (PPS)


  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


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To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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