Welcome to the urban jungle

It has been a somewhat overwhelming week of cultural induction, signing forms, videoke and sweets so sweet you can see through time. Not to mention the tanduay rum; a country with bottles of spirits for less than 2 dollars and endless opportunities to sing makes for a killer combo.

Once again I have been struck by how the program thinks about pretty much everything. Jonas, our in country manager (ICO) and his team are clearly dedicated and also entertained by the highly eclectic groups of Aussies that turn up three times a year.

The week at the resort in Antipolo City gave us the chance to form important networks of support with other volunteers. After living in comparative luxury, going down to the streets of Manila seeing children playing in filthy water in the slums was a reality check. This isn’t a holiday, no matter how rewarding the experience, there are going to be numerous challenges ahead. Reaffirming why I signed up in the first place.

Children swimming in Manila

Children swimming in Manila

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