Archive for Category: "Philippines"
Nipa hut, magnificent beaches, tan lines, and the bright and steaming sun—these are just a few things that probably enter your mind when you envision a tropical country like the Philippines. The Philippine Islands are renowned for their wonderful tourist spots, as well as cheaply priced food and other commodities
From the cold winter days of England, to the tropics of South East Asia, my last year has been packed with adventures, funny anecdotes and above all, incredible memories. Travelling abroad has always appealed to me, but I have never wanted to travel as a backpacker, without a home for months on end
It is an age old debate: “should you have to pay to volunteer?” and the recent media frenzy surrounding unethical and underhanded volunteering projects has throw this subject back in to question once again. With experts from left, right and centre offering up their own opinions on how local communities are being exploited by “voluntourists” who are seemingly happy to throw money into volunteering as a means to improve their CV, genuine volunteer projects, like the one I have been involved with in the Philippines, are under threat
What makes us interested in international travel? For some it might be the lure of an exotic country, a recommendation from a friend or the need to flee the rain in the summer (as is often the case in the UK). For me, it was disillusionment with my degree and the need to get out of London, so I looked to travel and in particular to volunteering as a form of escapism