Bohol is one of the Philippines’ most beautiful, eco-tourism island destinations. You’ll be amazed by the beautiful beaches and natural, lush landscape of the countryside as you explore the sites such as the famous Chocolate Hills, ancient churches, ancestral houses, and cultural landmarks.
But that’s not all…on this Lifetree Adventure you’ll also have the opportunity to be part of a life-changing ministry to the deaf in the Philippines. Our partner in Bohol has dedicated over 30 years to deaf education in the Philippines, fighting to eradicate illiteracy through vocational training, education, communication skills training, and economic development opportunities. Whatever your expertise, you can help this ministry partner increase their impact on an outcast community.
Our ministry partner is so diverse in its reach, people of any age and any skill set can be utilized, including: medical, dental, children’s ministry, tying flies, construction, crafts, painting, sewing, and signing for the deaf. Regardless of your skills, your heart to serve is enough to bring help and hope to the deaf students in the Philippines.
|Sep 29 2018 to Oct 06 2018||All Ages||Open|
|Nov 10 2018 to Nov 17 2018||All Ages||Open|
For the past 30 years our ministry partner in the Philippines has been dedicated to eradicating illiteracy among the deaf (a widespread condition), specifically on the Islands of Bohol and Leyte. They envision a society in which the deaf enjoy social and economic equality, exchanging servitude for self-reliance. Their mission is to foster thriving, self-sufficient lives for the deaf by providing opportunities for academic, vocational, physical, spiritual, and economic opportunities for deaf children, adults, and families.
There are many projects this local ministry offers, and we go with open hands willing to help where needed. Sign language interpreters are always available, and you will enjoy building lifelong relationships as you engage one-one with the local people as you work alongside them. Some of the projects you might do include:
Day 1: Welcome to the Philippines
You’ll fly into the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) in Manila, Philippines, where you’ll meet up with your English-speaking travel guide and the rest of the group and take a short flight to the Island of Bohol. (Manila-Bohol roundtrip flight arranged by Lifetree Adventures, see pricing for details.) Once in Bohol you’ll get settled into the lodge (one of the economic development projects run by the deaf) and relieve jet lag by relaxing on the beautiful beach.
Day 2: Explore the Island of Bohol
After breakfast together, you’ll attend a local church for the deaf. After church, you’ll tour the lush countryside of Bohol, including a visit to Tarsier (monkey) sanctuary as well as the famous Chocolate Hills of Bohol – a UNESCO World Heritage site. You’ll also enjoy a hearty buffet-style lunch at the Floating restaurant as part of the Loboc River Cruise, where you’ll be entertained by local Filipino musicians as you cruise the river through the picturesque green jungle.
Days 3-7 Service Projects: Make a difference in the lives of deaf Filipinos
Every day offers something unique and special as you grow genuine relationships serving alongside the local deaf people with our ministry partner. Although your investment of time and service will certainly impact their lives for better, you’ll discover that their impact on your heart will be life-changing as well. Every evening we’ll gather together for dinner as a group and share “God Sightings”—stories of how you’ve seen God moving in and through your life and the lives of others.
Day 8: Depart for home
After a last breakfast together as a group, you’ll fly together from Bohol to Manila, where you’ll depart on your individual flight home via the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) in Manila.
|Price:||$1999 per person|
|Deposit:||$200 per person|
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You can book your Lifetree Adventure online under the Dates tab for each location. Or, please call Robin Alm, our expert Lifetree Adventure Trip Advisor at 800-747-9118.
Almost everyone! Solo/single travelers, couples, families, students, seniors, and groups! Certain destinations may be more geared toward a particular traveler type, but our international trips accommodate all generations and are family-friendly. In most cases kids as young as 8 can serve along with adults. We’ve also had senior travelers age 80+! Student groups age 13-18 are welcome, but must have one adult (21 or older) for every five students. Contact Robin at 800-747-9118 for more location-specific age requirements.
We believe in authentic relationships, and our Lifetree Adventure trips are designed with small group size in mind. Depending on the location, the size of the group can be as small as 6, or as large as 30. The typical size of a group is usually around 10 people, plus a highly experienced multi lingual trip leader who will be with your group for the entire trip.
Prices include: Lodging, most meals, all activities as shown on itinerary (with the exception of optional excursion choices), planned arrival and departure airport transfers, transportation to all itinerary destinations, and an English-speaking trip leader who will accompany your group from the time of arrival through departure. Prices do not include airfare from North America.
Please see the Pricing tab for full details on what your trip includes, as certain trips require an additional fee for project materials and/or flights within the destination country.
Many of our Lifetree Adventure trips offer optional excursions that we’ve pre-arranged in order to provide an array of cultural experiences that meet the unique needs of our travelers’ desires and budgets. Some of these options will be offered within the trip itinerary, and some might be “add-on” days at the end of the trip. Please see the details of your destination location for more information.
To reserve space on a trip, a nonrefundable $200 per person is due when you register. Final payment is due 60 days before departure. Please [click here] for complete details of our cancellation policy.
Breakfasts, most lunches, and some dinners are covered as part of your registration. Please see the detailed itinerary of your international trip for more details.
You will get a taste of local food on all of our trips, and some locations will include American food as well. Most meals are provided by our ministry partners, who have been carefully trained to prepare safe and nutritious meals for our teams. Other meals will be enjoyed at our favorite local restaurants.
Lifetree Adventures is designed to be a balanced combination of enjoyable cultural excursions plus meaningful volunteer service on local projects. We select hotels that are comfortable, clean, and safe—with rooms that offer much more privacy and amenities for our travelers than the typical mission trip accommodations. For most trips rooms are based on double occupancy, with private bathrooms for each room. If you are traveling solo you will likely be paired with another solo traveler of the same gender, although you can upgrade your trip with a request for single room arrangements. If you have any specific accommodation needs, contact Robin at 800-747-9118. Please inform us of any accommodation requests before or when you book your trip.
Your international mission trip covers gratuities for meals in restaurants that are included for the week. Gratuities for porters or housekeeping staff are at your discretion. Airport porters who help with your bags will expect to be tipped $1-$2, and if you participate in a guided tour or fun activity on your free day, you may want to consider tipping your hired guide.
Airfare from the US to the destination country is not included in the cost. Trips requiring charter flights to or within the destination country will be reflected in the price break-out details. Please review the pricing section of the specific trips for more details.
Your safety is a top priority for us, as we’re sure it is for you. In all the areas we explore and serve, we take extra precautions to make sure you’re as safe as possible. Guided by our local, experienced ministry staff partners, we avoid situations that are inherently dangerous. We’re also proactive by choosing lodging facilities and transportation that is safe and reliable. Robin is glad to answer any further safety questions.
While some adventures are more physically strenuous than others, most trips will accommodate a broad range of physical ability. Please contact Robin to discuss any questions about limitations, etc.
All U.S. citizens need a valid passport to enter a foreign country and return to the United States. It must be valid six months beyond your intended stay and have 1-2 blank pages remaining. A passport is not required for trips to Alaska. Tourist visas are not required for most trips, with the exception of Cuba, which we will arrange for you. For full information, please ask at time of booking.
We strongly recommend that you visit the CDC Travel Health site for the most up-to-date details on what specific vaccines are advised per your destination as well as other important information to stay healthy while you travel internationally.
Four to six weeks before you travel, make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccinations and schedule an appointment with your health care provider or your local health department’s travel clinic to get the recommended vaccines for the countries you plan to visit. This gives the vaccines enough time to start working and time for any vaccines that might require more than one dose.
All participants need to have sufficient personal medical insurance, but as part of the registration fee for your trip, Lifetree Adventures purchases a group travel insurance policy through ACE’s Europ Assistance USA that acts secondary to your personal insurance policy. It will cover up to $25,000 toward medical assistance as a result of accident or sickness while traveling with Lifetree Adventures, and will provide up to a $10,000 hospital admission deposit advance. For a complete list of benefits, please refer to the Travel Insurance document.
If you do not have an existing personal health insurance policy, we HIGHLY recommend that you purchase Travel Medical Insurance for your trip, since Ace's Travel Insurance does not cover medical treatment costs, only costs that ensure you get to a facility where care can be provided.
Please consider the following in your travel and insurance planning:
All of your Lifetree Adventures’ trip fees are non-refundable once you are within 60 days of the trip, unless Lifetree Adventures cancels the trip. It is highly recommended that you purchase your own trip cancellation insurance. Your personal trip cancellation insurance would cover your expenses if you needed to cancel your trip at any time due to your own emergency or a family member’s emergency or any other unforeseen circumstance. If you do not purchase your own trip cancellation insurance, please note that Lifetree Adventures will not reimburse any of your trip fees.
There are many options for trip cancellation insurance. You may want to start with the website www.insuremytrip.com to compare several different plans at once. Remember, you do have international medical insurance with Lifetree Adventures, so you do not need to purchase additional coverage there.
If you’re looking for a trip specially designed for your group, we can probably accommodate you. We have several trips a year that we custom design for groups, at a date and location that fits their needs. Pricing and availability vary, but if you’re interested in a custom week, contact Robin at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 800-747-9118 for more information.
Yes! Lifetree Adventures is just one arm of Group Mission Trips! Group Mission Trips offers a variety of international and domestic service trip options that focus more time on the service project and more rustic accommodations, as well as week-long service projects for junior high and high school students! Check out other trip types here.