Day 2 was when we really began the purpose of the trip. First everyone refueled with a traditional Filipino breakfast of fruit, rice and corn beef. Next we loaded up on our buses and travelled to the coast. Here we met a community that we were partnered with. We rotated in groups to learn about their lives and were taught various skills, which included fish gutting, macramé and soap making.
We played and connected with the children, giving them balloon and pipe cleaner animals. Towards the end of our time in this community we gave out food parcels which we were able to do from our fund raising. We also gave out thank you presents for the Tabao Church volunteers.
Gauging by their warm smiles, it really felt like we had made an impact and a difference, and it was only day 2.
After lunch we hopped on board the buses again and made our way to VMA. This is a naval school where we met and connected with the students. We were taught fire fighting and water skills. The experienced instructors guided and encouraged us to jump from a 3-meter platform into a salt-water pool. While group one was doing this, group two was learning how to extinguishing a fire.
We ended the evening at VMA eating dinner, chatting with our buddies and singing good old-fashioned karaoke.
Everyone is really enjoying themselves, the singing on the bus is bringing us together.
Alissa David and Jack Oldfield