Kindergarten Volunteer in Palawan Philippines
Kindergarten Volunteer in Palawan Philippines
Palawan children don’t get the same opportunities as other children – that’s why our Kindergarten Volunteer programme is so important! Here, you’ll be able to practice your skills as you help these little ones get a better start in life. And, of course, you will be working in one of the most beautiful parts of the world! Crystal blue waters await you, as well as lush rainforests and much more to explore. This programme is perfect for if you’re looking for a rewarding way to spend your gap year holiday – and you love working with children, of course!
Give the Gift of your time with Fun Songs, Rhymes and Games!
The children here are happy cherubs, eager to learn about their volunteers and the stories, games and songs they bring! You’ll have free reign to use your own techniques to engages these little ones, so you can even bring your own resources! Further, if you’re new to this, staff are on-hand to support you – and learn English from you too! Mostly, however, you will engage in fun learning activities, assisting staff where needed as you care for these lovely kids. Accordingly, we ask that you bring with you, a can-do attitude and lots of smiles!
Step into Paradise and Explore a Vibrant and Fascinating Culture!
You’ll be amazed by the wealth of ancient history and religious structures here, partly due to Spanish, American and Vietnamese influences. However, it’s also a place of incredible natural beauty. In fact, Palawan is known as ‘paradise from end to end’, offering treks through rainforests, hills and waterfalls! Through the week, however, we think you’ll be just as content to explore your local surroundings and get to know the local people. And at the weekends, head out to the best scuba sites, stunning cities and adventure parks with friends!
Why be a Kindergarten Volunteer in Palawan Philippines?
- Work with happy children, eager to learn in a paradise location
- Improve your childcare and teaching skills, working with a great team of staff
- Explore lush forests, majestic mountains and golden beaches in your free time
- Get a taste of Palawano traditions as you immerse yourself in their way of life
- Stay at our beach-front accommodation with meals and beverages* included
*tea, coffee and drinking water
You’ll arrive on Sunday, and have plenty of time to settle into your accommodation ahead of your week as a Kindergarten Volunteer, here in Palawan, Philippines.
Mandatory Orientation Day
On the Monday of your first week at this location, you will join our orientation day, to get accustomed to your surroundings as well as local culture. Thereafter, your Kindergarten Volunteer Programme will continue as usual from Tuesday onward throughout the rest of the week.
- Introduction meeting, House rules, Setting Expectations, Health and Safety Advice and handling of documents.
- Philippino Do’s and Don’ts, Philippino Culture Lessons and Philippino Language Lessons.
- Tour around the compound and local area; where to find local shops, and arrange a sim-card if necessary.
- Workshop: Weaving Coconut leaves or broom making
- Philippine Cooking Classes
Tuesday to Friday
Your day will begin with breakfast at the accommodation, followed by a short journey to the Kindergarten. Activities at the Kindergarten will be varied depending on what needs done. Typically, however, you’ll deliver experiential learning activities in the morning, helping them to learn English, and continue this after lunchtime. How you deliver the lessons is up to you, but you will be encouraged to use games, songs and roleplay. Additionally, you will also be given time to prepare for the next day’s activities before heading back and enjoying the rest of your day.
- Kindergarten Volunteer Project 2-3 hours
- Kindergarten Volunteer Project 2 hours
- Free Time
Evenings and Weekends
After a day of volunteering, you can choose to explore the area or head further afield on the weekends. Many of our volunteers enjoy mixing with their new volunteer friends during the week and plan their weekend adventures as they go!
Please note: This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.
Places to Visit
Fancy a dive? 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. Don’t miss this beautiful park – public transport is available to take you there, and the journey itself is worth the visit!
During your Kindergarten Volunteer programme in Palawan, Philippines, you will be staying in Tigman Village in the Aborlan District, which is a small and laid back area just outside of Puerto Princesa City. Palawan is a special island dotted with fishing villages and plenty of beautiful places for you to explore.
About the Accommodation
Our accommodation is in keeping with the area, built with many natural elements and with a tropical beach at your feet! Here, you’ll have a single-gender dorm-style room with bunk beds, although private rooms are available, subject to availability.
You’ll be doing your own washing, so get practising now if this is something that is normally done for you:) However, there is a laundry service here, too, which you can use for a small fee, if prefered. You will be living like a local with basic facilities including “bucket showers.” – not really a hardship in this good weather! Due to our tropical setting, WiFi service may not be what you are used to at home, but it is available. However, we recommend purchasing your own local SIM card if you want to stay connected throughout the day.
Importantly, 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 a cool dip more safely.
Filipino cuisine is utterly delish, and you’ll have the chance to try cooking some authentic food of your own whilst you’re here. The food will consist mainly of local cuisine (lots of vegetables, meat, egg and rice) and you will have three meals per day served to you through the week, with two meals at the weekends (brunch and dinner).
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.
Further, you’ll find 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
Join us for a fun night under the stars, with a Bonfire and plenty of great banter!
You don’t have to have a great singing voice to take part in a musical trip down memory lane. In fact, it’s the ones who can’t sing who make our evenings the most fun:)
Trip Country Info
Currency: Peso (PHP)
Time zone: PST (UTC +8)
The Philippines is made up of a total of 7,107 islands, only 2000 of which are inhabited. The islands are broadly categorised 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 industrialised country, the Philippine economy which was once founded upon its agriculture is now moving towards an economy based on services and manufacturing.
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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
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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..
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