Construction Volunteer

Work with families who don't possess sanitary washrooms. Help building dry toilets which compost the waste & let families use it as fertilizer.

There are a lot of things that many of us do not worry about and a toilet is definitely one of them. This is different for so many people living in the Philippines as 50% of the population lives in extreme poverty. They worry about how to put food on the table, where to get money to send their kids to school and yes, even a where to poo. Many of these families live in makeshift shacks and their “toilet” is the outside anywhere in the yard. We, at Radical Tourists, want to change that. Our goal is to build dry toilets for these families, so they too do not have to worry about where to poo. The amazing thing about these toilets is that they serve a multi-purpose; they save water, they provide shelter for toilet and they also produce fertilizer. The families will be taught how to use their  as fertilizer for their gardens and if they do not have one, we will help them start it. Therefore, families will not only have a structure to go to “when nature calls”, ensuring their safety but they will also learn about sustainable gardening thus helping them to have their own reliable source of food

Construction Volunteer Island hopping in El NIdo Fertilizing gardens with Compost! Typical House Composting Toilet! Gardening!

Suitable for


Program Requirements

Minimum Age
In order to join the program you need to be at least 15 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 15:00

Any questions? Just ask. We at Radical Tourists are happy to help you.

Free-time activities

You will have plenty of time to relax and explore the surrounding area while volunteering. Bring some extra spending money if you’d like to rent a bicycle, a motorcycle, or a kayak, explore nearby islands, trek or mountain climb with a local guide, etc. We’ll take you on trip once a week where we will cover your costs :-)

Water Sports


What's included?
Ground transportation during program
Volunteering project fees (e.g. project materials, supervision, and training as needed)
Marine reserves/ National Parks’ entrance/user fees
Professionally trained project leader
Agape Love Foundation/Radical Tourists’ local staff are available for 24 hour support during trip
Program research, set-up, and management
Administration expenses and recruitment costs
Project overview package to prepare you for your volunteer trip
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Airport Pickup

There are two airports to choose from when coming to El Nido. One is El Nido airport with flights only from Manila and the other is Puerto Princessa airport. We will arrange transportation from both airports. Puerto Princessa City is a six hour drive from El Nido, we will organize a shuttle bus to pick you up from the airport.


You can choose between doing a homestay with a local Filipino family or you can stay in a beachside cabin. For homestay guests, you will receive a small single room with a twin bed. The homestays are a great way of getting to know a local family and fully immerse yourself in the culture. However, please note that the homes are very basic, with bucket baths, squat toilets and normally plenty of kids. For those wishing for a little more modern conveniences opt for the shared beachside cabins.

Guest Family Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

For Homestay Guests:
All meals during trip prepared by host family

For Beachside Cabin Guests:
Daily breakfast is included

Vegetarian options are available.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
Costs (Prices in USD)
1 week (min. stay)
2 weeks
3 weeks
4 weeks (max. stay)

You can volunteer at the project site in El Nido, Palawan/Philippines between 1 week and 4 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Radical Tourists will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Radical Tourists during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

Get ready to volunteer in Philippines

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Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Philippines. Please check the visa regulations for Philippines.
Travel Seasons
Find out the best time to volunteer in Philippines and receive information on weather and climatic conditions.
Living Costs
Living costs vary with each destination. We give an overview of what you should plan as an estimated budget to volunteer in Philippines.
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Philippines.

What's next?

The nearest airport is Puerto Princesa (PPS) in Puerto Princesa. We assist you to find cheap flights to Philippines.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Philippines provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccine Checker
If you are intending to volunteer in Philippines you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Philippines.
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