Travel to Philippines to backpack, study, intern, volunteer, work or live as a digital nomad, expat or emigrant?


Life and experiences in Philippines

Backpacking in the Philippines

  • The Philippines consists of 7,107 islands, of which only a part is inhabited. You will find many bounty beaches and an amazing underwater world where you can snorkel with whale sharks or sea cows, for example. Visit one of the small uninhabited islands and imagine yourself in paradise or climb one of the many volcanoes. The Philippines has great differences between rich and poor and has a great cultural heritage. For example, visit the wonderful hand-crafted rice terraces in the North.
  • Take ample time to backpack through the Philippines. Traveling is a time-consuming affair. It is still easy to find places that are not crowded.
  • Features: lots of good-looking smiling people, islands, waterfalls, volcanoes and palm trees.

Traveling in the Philippines

  • A trip through the Philippines is a journey from island to island, with lots of nature and friendly people.
  • City spotting: Metro Manila, Cebu and Davao.
  • Animal spotting: the list is endless ... tip of the hat ... whale sharks, thresher sharks, mantas, manatees, tarsiers, eagles, crocodiles, unusual birds.

Studying in the Philippines

  • If your English is good enough, you can study at most universities and colleges in the Philippines.
  • Studies: from music, economics to architecture.
  • Characteristics: education is less organized compared to the Netherlands. There are relatively many days when education is cancelled, due to holidays and weather conditions.

Internships in the Philippines

  • Internships: internships can be found in all kinds of sectors.
  • Characteristics: If you are in Luzon or Mindanao in more rural areas, you can often still get by very well in English.

Working in the Philippines

  • Jobs: temporary work can be found mainly in the sectors: ict, help desks and call centers.
  • Characteristics: being a team player is important. Joint outings and get-togethers are highly valued.

Volunteering in the Philippines

  • Volunteer projects: especially in wildlife management and activity supervision sectors.
  • Animal projects: protection of tamawan, monkeys, crocodiles, cats and dogs.
  • Characteristics: short volunteer work of 1 or 2 weeks is also possible.

Working as a digital nomad in the Philippines

  • Favorite cities: Dumaguete, Bagiou, Puerto Princesa.
  • Characteristics: the somewhat smaller cities where the internet connection is good, and in the area plenty to do.

Living in the Philippines

  • Language: learning Tagalog is not easy, even though it has some similarities to the Spanish language. In different places in the Philippines, they speak different dialects. Many people speak a reasonable amount of English, especially in the larger cities and throughout the province of Cebu.
  • Characteristics: Catholic values and norms play a big role in daily life especially in the provinces of Luzon and Cebu. In the cities where the expats are located and tourism plays a bigger role, you still notice something of this. All holidays are celebrated with family.

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