About the local hosting organizationThe Office of Congressman Arthur C. Yap in partnership with the Local Government of Loboc, Bohol will host the Youth Camp to promote local youth empowerment . Organization of youth camp will be the highlights of activities. A social service project would also be simultaneously undertaken to support the Local Government’s Rebuild Bohol project. In 2013 Bohol experienced the worst natural catastrophe with almost 7 magnitude of earthquake that resulted to thousands of lives, properties and livelihood lost. The Rebuild Bohol project is an on-going mitigation program of the local government to communities that were greatly affected by the said calamity. These diverse activities await our incoming international volunteers to experience, learn and appreciate our local community’s way of life and social service efforts.
About the volunteer workWith the support and assistance of the Bohol local government, community and international volunteers will have the chance to engage on the following activities: 1. Organization of youth camp for Bohol youth 2. Provide assistance to the on-going rebuild activities 3. Possibly undertake environmental related activities like coastal clean-up, tree planting, etc. 4. Interact with the local children and youth through art, sports and team building activities 5. Exchange of culture through music, games, food, language, etc.
Local accommodationThe volunteers will be accommodated at a local community facility in the project site with basic facilities. Personal sleeping bag is needed. Filipino food will be prepared by a local cook and International volunteers are encouraged to assist in the preparations to know about Filipino way of preparing and cooking food.
About the project locationThe Municipality of Loboc is one of the towns of the Third District of Bohol Province. Bohol Province is part of Central Visayas Region of the Philippines. Bohol is known for the scenic and winding Loboc River, chocolate hills, natural white sandy beaches, tarsier-a small nocturnal animal with large red eyes and the world's smallest primate and happy hospitable local people. During leisure time, volunteers can choose to experience various eco-tourism adventure activities around the island of Bohol like mountain trekking, caving, etc.. The island is also rich with heritage sites like churches and museums as well as nature parks where they could easily visit. White beaches are all over the island and volunteers can swim anytime, snorkel or dive to rich and exotic natural marine sanctuaries nearby or go for island hopping for dolphin watching, etc..
Requirements15-30 years old is the youth age definition of the Filipino youth. We will adopt this age requirement to be consistent with the theme of the project. 15 to below 18 years old participants are required to submit together with the other requirements a parental consent in order to guarantee participation.
Extra info about the projectParticipants may bring their local food (Snacks/drink), educational supplies and art materials and used educational books if possible to be used and distributed to local children/youth during camp.