PHILIPPINES - Ilagan and Manilla Communities

April 13 -  April 28, 2019


Trip Code:  PH0419
Team Size:  18 (Team status)
Application Due Date by January 15, 2019
Acceptance Notification by January 20, 2019
Team Leadership:  Anne-Marie Summerhays.
Minimum Donation Amount:  $3,655

Note:  Applying for a team does not guarantee acceptance. All applicants will be notified of the status of their application in the estimated date notification. 

Generally the team will leave USA on April 13th and arrive the next day. The team will leave the Philippines on April 28th and most of the team will arrive home the same day.


The team will provide Health Care Clinics at community centers in barangays (villages/communities) around the vicinity of Ilagan.  We attempt to involve local medical providers when possible.  We also organize some type of educational seminar for our volunteers or at a hospital site for regional medical providers.

If possible we will take a break in the middle of the mission to travel to central Luzon to experience the incredible Ifagao ancient rice terraces.

Trip Details

The team will arrive at the Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport in the evening and we stay the night at a local hotel for a quick rest. In the morning we take a local flight on to Tuguegarao or Cauayan, cities within an hour or two of Ilagan. Upon arrival at the local airport we will be met by our hosts and transported by our bus to Ilagan.

The team will be staying at a local hotel in the heart of the old downtown area.  Rooms are very basic and most rooms are for two people though up to 3 with air conditioned but power failures are not uncommon.  There is no hot water for showers.  Breakfast and dinner is at the hotel. Lunches are at our clinic sites and are usually provided by the host community.  Food is plentiful and traditional.  A highlight of the hotel location is the opportunity to take early morning walks in the community and interact with local residents who are delightful and friendly.

Our clinics will be held at a variety of locations including a district hospital and several schools. Expect for our group to see 200- 400 patients each day though we will emphasize that we all take our time with individuals. 

After the days excursion and a traditional Dinner the team will return to Ilagan and complete their final clinics.

Skill Requirements

The primary focus for this team is to provide general health care and health education services. We seek licensed health care professionals including but not limited to the following!

  • Physicians
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Physician Assistants
  • Dentists
  • RN's
  • EMS Personnel
  • Student Nurses
  • Translators 
  • Non-Medical Support Personnel

We welcome both medical and non-medical volunteers with a spirit of adventure and determination to partake in a culturally sensitive growth opportunity while helping others in need of our services.  Above all you must be willing to work as a team for the common goal of our mission!

Trip Rating

This team is rated as a Moderate Team.

  • Amount of in-country travel: Moderate -including a trip from the airport to the hotel (approximately a one to two hour drive) and daily trips of twenty to 50 minutes from the compound to the clinic site.
  • Sleeping arrangements: Team members will stay in shared rooms with private bathrooms in a basic hotel with air conditioning. There is no hot water.
  • Running water/electricity: Running water and electricity is available at the hotel though there are occasional power interruptions. Water and Electricity will be available at the clinics as well and we attempt to have fans to help with the high temperatures.
  • Physical requirements: Team members will be exposed to heat and high humidity during the day. Volunteers are expected to help with carrying of supplies each day from the hotel.

Provided by Project Helping Hands

  • Round trip Domestic Airfare (from a major international airport)
  • Round trip International Airfare (From USA departure point to destination country)
  • All in-country air and ground transportation (All transportation while in our host country)
  • All applicable VISA fees
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Travel Insurance
  • All meals and drinking water while in our host country (does not provide for specialized diets such a vegetarian, vegan, gluten free)
  • Housing while in our host country (Varies depending on specific trip from Hotels to School House floors to camping)
  • Project Helping Hands team deployment package (shirt, name tag, trip of purpose letter)
  • Transportation, meals and any fees associated with the one day sightseeing activity on the teams day off 

Not Provided by Project Helping Hands

  • Airline baggage fees.
  • Meals or lodging in the USA due to a forced layover.
  • Passport Fees.
  • Fees associated with vaccinations.
  • Personal Gear.
  • Personal choice food or snacks either home or abroad.
  • Personal choice food or snacks either home or acquired within destination country
  • Any costs incurred outside of the Philippines.


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