Top Five Things to Do In: Quezon City, Philippines

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Quezon Memorial Circle

Quezon City is just one of the 17 cities that make up the Manila metro area, but it is certainly not one to miss! One of the largest and most populous cities in the county, Quezon City is teeming with things to do. The city (ironically located outside the Quezon province) has made it its mission to provide quality service, making it an ideal place for people to live, work, and visit. Visitors to Quezon City can choose from a variety of things to do and see such as museums, gardens, parks, shows, shopping and dining.

Quezon Memorial Circle
The Quezon Memorial Circle is a national shrine containing the remains of former President of the Philippines, Manuel L. Quezon. President Manuel L. Quezon helped the country take many large steps towards where it is today. He was a proponent of government reorganization, foreign trade and military reorganization while opposing government corruption. For these and many other reasons, this memorial was erected and dedicated in his honor. As one of the few oases for greenery, open space, and peace and quiet, the Memorial Circle is a great place to picnic, exercise, or relax in the shade on a hot day. Be sure to visit the park during the evening as well and watch as it becomes spectacularly illuminated!

Smart Araneta Coliseum
It would certainly be worth your time to check what’s going on at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. It’s famous for hosting PBA (Philippines Basketball Association) games, concerts, and other sporting events. The coliseum also played host to Thrilla in Manila (the famous boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier) and the World Basketball Championship in 1978. Conveniently located, you can pop in for a quick look or buy tickets to one of the many events. You may even be lucky enough to catch a performance from famous artists like Kelly Clarkson, Bruno Mars, or Michael Bublé.

Sip and Gogh
Sip and Gogh is a great place to enjoy choice wines while expressing your creativity through painting. You don’t need to be Vincent Van Gogh to enjoy the experience. Sip and Gogh is open to people of all abilities, promoting creativity and artistic development. Not only do you get to enjoy fine wine, snacks, and art at a reasonable price, you also get to take your paintings home with you!

Tiago/ Via Fashion Eggplant

Tiago/ Via Fashion Eggplant

Tiago
Filipino cuisine is strongly influenced by both Chinese and Spanish food. In addition to the inclusion of new and unique ingredients, the Filipino culinary world continues to evolve with innovative cooking styles and techniques. Tiago features progressive Filipino cuisine accompanied by great service and a comfortable atmosphere. If you’re looking for a true Filipino culinary experience, look no further than Tiago.

70’s Bistro
This music bar prides itself on being the alternative place to party. You won’t find any Rhianna or Pharrell covers here. They exclusively showcase unadulterated Filipino talent, making it the ideal place to immerse yourself in the local culture. 70s Bistro provides an intimate and personal atmosphere, giving visitors a truly authentic experience.

The list of things to do in Quezon City could go on and on. Whether you want to check out a basketball game or sip on wine while you create your own masterpiece, you’re bound to find something new and exciting to do. Be sure to do some of your own research before embarking on your own adventures in Quezon City because you will most certainly find something that suits your interests.

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Why You Should Stay With a Host Family

When most people travel abroad, they stay in hotels or resorts and don’t get the chance to immerse themselves in the culture of the country they are visiting. If you choose to do a World Endeavors intern, study or volunteer program that offers a home stay with a native family, you will have the opportunity of a life time. Here are some reasons a home stay is such a great experience.

1. The family will most likely cook local and delicious food for you daily.

2. In some cases they might even do your laundry for you!

3. You can ask them about their culture and gain an understanding of your surroundings and why people have certain customs or how they came about.

4. You can see how people live day-to-day.

5. They can make suggestions for local places to eat. This will give you a chance to go to these places and mingle with the locals.

6. If there are any interesting places to visit in the area, such as caves, beaches or castles that not many people know about, they will probably give you tips on where it is and how to get there.

7. If you have doubts about how to do daily tasks in a foreign country, especially one that speaks a different language, such as catching the bus or setting up your cell phone, they will also be able to help.

8. It’s nice to have a home away from home in a foreign country. Often, you will be able to do activities with them or go on trips with them.

9. You can stay in contact with the family after you leave. This may increase your chances of going back to visit!

10. You can greatly improve your language skills if the family doesn’t speak English.

Summer 2008 World Endeavors Photo Contest Winners! Category: Food

Thanks to everyone who sent in photos for the summer 2008 photo contest. We got some great shots, and it was hard to choose the winners (so we cheated and picked two for each category!). These photos will be featured on our website, www.worldendeavors.com. To see more World Endeavors photos, check out our new World Endeavors Flickr account.

Here are the winners – drumroll…

For the Food category:

Caprese con bufala pizza - Lola Ogunyele, World Endeavors Italy Sports Training Intern, March - June 2008

Caprese con bufala pizza - Lola Ogunyele, World Endeavors Italy Sports Training Intern, March - June 2008

Fish for dinner - Julie Bell, World Endeavors Philippines Study Abroad, June - October 2008

Fish for dinner - Julie Bell, World Endeavors Philippines Study Abroad, June - October 2008

Summer 2008 World Endeavors Photo Contest Winners! Category: People

Thanks to everyone who sent in photos for the summer 2008 photo contest. We got some great shots, and it was hard to choose the winners (so we cheated and picked two for each category!).  These photos will be featured on our website, www.worldendeavors.com.  To see more World Endeavors photos, check out our new World Endeavors Flickr account.

Here are the winners – drumroll…

For the People category:

Kim Reeves, World Endeavors Ghana volunteer, July - August 2008

Kim Reeves, World Endeavors Ghana Health Volunteer, July - August 2008

Vanessa Bezy, World Endeavors Costa Rica, May-July 2008

Vanessa Bezy, World Endeavors Costa Rica Sea Turtle Project, May-July 2008

World Endeavors Summer Photo Contest

Hello to all of our World Endeavors volunteers, interns, and students going abroad in spring/summer 2008!

We are excited to have participants in 16 countries this summer – Costa Rica, Ecuador, Brazil, Spain, Italy, England, Ghana, Thailand, China, Nepal, India, Guatemala, New Zealand, the Philippines, France, and Jamaica! With so many incredible people abroad doing so many incredible things, it would be a shame to not have a way for you to share all of your experiences with each other. And so…

I am excited to announce the first ever World Endeavors Summer Photo Contest! This contest will be a way for all of you to share what you’re up to, as well as to show off your photography skills. We will be collecting photos in 3 categories:
People – Photos of you, new friends, host families, people you work/volunteer/study with, etc.

Landscapes – These can be urban or natural – scenes from the cities, towns, and rural areas where you’re living and traveling.

Food – Who doesn’t love food pictures? I want to see typical meals from your countries, scenes from produce markets, and all of the crazy new things you’ve been brave enough to try (or at least brave enough to photograph!)

Email your pictures to us by July 10 (so you’ve got a few weeks to get out there and take some photos!). You don’t need to submit one for each category – just send in what you’ve got.

I will post all of the submissions right here on this blog, and then you will have a chance to vote for your favorites. The winning photos in each category will be featured on our website!

So if you’ve got some great pictures already, send them in, and if you’ve been shy with the camera so far, get out there and get some great shots! We can’t wait to see what you’ve got.

Volunteering in Special Education

We are proud to offer our volunteers many unique programs- and some of the most meaningful ones, to us, are our Special Education volunteer opportunities. Children and adults with disabilities in developing countries often are considered ‘second class citizens,’ not receiving the same access to education, economic opportunities, or transportation as people without disabilities. By teaching English, providing skills training and special tutoring, or just by being a friend, international volunteers can help. While these programs present special challenges to participants, the volunteers who do participate have a deeply meaningful experience.

In Ecuador, volunteers can work with children who have Down’s Syndrome, as well as blind and Deaf children.

In the Philippines, World Endeavors offers a program providing skills and computer training to young Deaf adults.

In Thailand, volunteers can work at an orphanage that focuses specifically on providing care to children with developmental and physical disabilities.

In Jamaica, volunteers can provide extra tutoring to Jamaican adults hoping to get into college during the July “Fast Track” program.

Opportunities may exist in other countries, too! Let us know if you have a specific interest. The best thing about Special Ed programs is that our volunteers consistently find that they have more fun, more connections, more meaningful experiences, and more friendships than they had ever thought possible. The biggest beneficiary of the program might not be the Deaf teenager you tutor in keyboarding or the blind child in Thailand – it may very well be you.

Our programs in Special Education always need another volunteer, so don’t hesitate to apply!