Minimum fundraising commitment is $2,500.
Location: Sulangan, Philippines
Project: Construction of a Pre-School/Day Care/Evacuation Center
In November, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) made landfall in Eastern Samar of the Philippines as the largest storm in recorded history. Despite being accustomed to weathering multiple typhoons a year, local communities were ravaged by the storm. Typhoon Haiyan destroyed homes, infrastructure, economic assets and claimed over 6,000 lives in the region.
Surf For Life worked with the Sulangan Surf Club in February to build two temporary classrooms at the primary school. After working with the local government, community leaders, education professionals, and active NGOs in the area, the community has identified the reconstruction of a pre-school / day care center as their most pressing community infrastructure project. Adequate space for their children to attend the government funded classes frees up parents to work and rebuild their homes.
Sulangan lies at the very tip of a spit of land that juts out into the Pacific Ocean. A rather dense community of 5,000 residents, the economy relied primarily on fishing and coconut farming prior to the storm. Although the entire community was affected by the storm, our team has been struck by the width of the smiles and the depth of humor shared amongst the local people. Surrounded by crystal clear tropical water, limestone caves, and coral reef teeming with life, Sulangan is as far from the 'beaten path' as one can get.
Room & Board:
Volunteers will stay at the recently refurbished La Luna Beach Resort. Can't say it better than they do on their website - "A hidden gem embedded between the Calicoan Island jungle's hills and the aquamarine pristine water of the Leyte Gulf sea. A relaxing, laid-back spot that heals from the full stressing working life. A getaway from the hustle and bustle of cities and factories. This is La Luna, a little world where colorful flowers blooms all the year and people wake up with a smile, where a gentle breeze ruffles your hair while you are sipping a coconut swinging on an hammock,and when the sun goes down on the sea exploding in colors you'll find yourself with a frozen margarita in your hand whispering "this is life..."
Surfing, snorkeling, fishing, and a hike to hidden freshwater caves will keep volunteers busy while not working on the construction site.
Travel to Sulangan, Philippines:
To get to Sulangan, you will need to fly to Manila, where you will take a regional jet to Tacloban City. Most ticket booking sites online will allow you to book a single itinerary all the way to Tacloban City.
From Tacloban City, there will be a pre-arranged shuttle to take volunteers to Sulangan (about a 3 hour drive).
After registration, our Volunteer Coordinator will be in touch with more detailed suggestions on booking your flight.
Register now to secure your spot.