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  • Making the most of your host country: Soaking up the culture.

    Travel Journal from Peru Cusco, Peru | Mon Jul 29, 2013

    Kaya staff all have a passion for travelling and experiencing the countries we send volunteers to, so that we have the best first hand advice to offer you. My name is Sarah Brown, marketing coordinator, and I’m keen to share my recent experiences to those prospective Peru volunteers! Many volunteers doing a project in Cusco, will fly into Lima and then connect. Although there are safety considerations, I found Lima to …

    SarahBrown
    Peru, Machu Picchu and beyond

  • June

    Travel Journal from England Surrey, England | Fri Jun 07, 2013

    So its June and time has just been passing me like a flash! I booked the placement in november and already it has been 6 months since then! It feels like yesterday haha. So i booked my flights last month and my travel insurance, so they are all payed for :) I still need to raise 2000 though to actually finance the placement, should be alright though, i dont work …

    BethanyMatthews
    Preparing for My First Trip

  • One day to go!

    Travel Journal from United Kingdom United Kingdom | Tue May 28, 2013

    This time tomorrow I will be on my way to the Philippines! I am feeling slightly nervous of course but at the same time I am getting excited. I can not wait to get away from the rubbish weather here in the UK! At the moment, It is around 31 degrees C in Tacloban City. I love the sun! I have almost finished packing, which has been a nightmare, my suitcase …

    EmmaLeek
    Trip to the Philippines

  • Its been a long and busy time! Finally slowed down to write my first post :)

    Travel Journal from Philippines Tacloban City, Philippines | Mon May 13, 2013

    So here we go! First entry and about 3 months late as I am already half way through my trip! Time has gone unbelievably quickly, it’s hard for me to think that i have been here for 3 months already!!! Now where to begin… Thinking back to my arrival it was just after midday when i arrived as my flight from Manila was delayed by 4 hours so i had a …

    SebastianPearey
    Phillipines 2013

  • My Thai Adventure No. 4

    Travel Journal from Singapore Singapore City, Singapore | Wed Apr 24, 2013

    "Same, same, but different" is a slogan printed on t-shirts sold in tourist shops all over Thailand' and it perfectly sums up the cultural differences between east and west. Whilst Tesco Lotus, Starbucks and McDonalds abound, the plastic life-size Ronald McDonald standing outside the fast-food joint in Krabi has his hands in a traditional Wai - like he's praying. On my arrival at the Surin Project (surinproject.org), Osha, one of the volunteer …

    SuzyPowell
    My Thai Adventures

Travel Articles

  • Check Out These Great Blogs and Websites Before you Travel!

    Tue May 24, 2011

    If you’re looking for some inspiring travel sites to browse through on the net before you head off for your volunteer project, why not check out some of our favourites below and get lost in the cacophony of news sites, travel updates, blogs and much more! Wanderlust http://www.wanderlust.co.u…  Read More

  • Travel Tips for the Philippines: Part 2

    Thu May 19, 2011

    For the second part of my travel tips for the Philippines I just want to let you know about some of the trips you can take if have a long weekend or a little longer to spare. I firstly want to start by talking about my favourite place in the Philippines.  It’s not that close to Tacloban …  Read More

  • Travel Tips for the Philippines: Part 1

    Thu May 19, 2011

    During the passed three years of my life I have spent one and a half of these living in the Philippines.  I started by doing a six month stint as a volunteer, then, after a year travelling around Australia, a few months travelling Asia and a little bit of time back in the UK, I returned to the…  Read More

  • 10 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Volunteered

    Mon May 16, 2011

    Do your research into the country that you’re travelling to... For many this will be the first thing on your To Do list, but make sure you know the area that you are going too. It is all well and good looking at the country as a whole and the big tourist attractions or amazing places to visit…  Read More


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    Advice and Tips for the Philippines

    This is to provide inside tips about travelling around the Philippines.

    Topic Money in the Philippines

    Started by kayaadvisor, 0 Reply

    To all those travelling to the Philippines let me just tell you that as soon as possible change one of your P500 or P1000 notes and get some 20, 50 and 100 Peso notes. Try and do this before you get a taxi for example because many taxi drivers will say they do not have change and you will end up paying far too much for your taxi ride. Also, when travelling by taxi always use a metre taxi and make sure that they switch it on so you don't get ripped off!

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