In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in 2013, many Filipinos still live in transitional housing, suffer from the trauma of disaster or losing a loved one, and are forced to cope with a new way of being in the midst of great destruction. SLAM participants have the opportunity to bring the light of God into these environments through relief projects, children’s programs, and medical missions. We are excited to work with you to meet these very real needs!
Dates: by request (10-21 days in duration)
Trip Cost: $3,850
Age Requirement: 16+
*Price may increase outside this range pending time of trip and size of team.
About the Philippines
Ministry History: G.O.D. Int’l has been working in the Philippines since 2006. In 2013, the South East Asia Regional Team of G.O.D. Int’l determined its hub location for ministry operation to be Tacloban City, Leyte. In the days following, the island of Leyte was hit with Super Typhoon Haiyan nearly devastating the entire landscape and population of the island. Since then, the SEA Regional Team has focused its efforts on the necessary relief work and rehabilitation of those recovering and still living in vulnerable environments in light of the typhoon’s aftermath. Learn more about our team’s efforts and causes here.
Location: Leyte, Philippines
Language: The native language of the people of Leyte is Waray Waray. However, Filipinos on this island will also know Tagalog, the national language of the Philippines. In most regions on the Philippines, including Leyte, the people can speak and understand basic English as well.
Food, Travel, and Lodging: SLAM participants will interact with the people, language, and culture of the Philippines on a daily basis. Team meals will consist of the local diet of rice, fish, vegetables, and other dishes. All participants will lodge at "Tahanan", the Community Center of G.O.D. Int'l., and utilize local transportation using the jeepney, trike (motorized bicycle) or petty cab.
All SLAM participants to the Philippines will receive a travel handbook with historical, political, and cultural information prior to travel.
Types of Ministry: SLAM participants will have the opportunity to teach in the neighborhood elementary school, minister to men and women at the local jail, and conduct activities for children. Depending on the skill set of each team, opportunities for work projects such as home construction and repair, medical clinics, gardening, and other relief projects will be arranged.