Hi, my name is Isla Stenhouse and I’m 19 years old and am only days away from setting off on an adventure of a life time. I decided to take a gap year because I wanted to experience the world outside of education that has made up the majority of my life for 18 years… Read More


Melvin and his sister Madalyn – members of our new host family – stood to greet us as our boat slid up to shore on Ticao Island.  He then took those of us staying with him – Florence, Mikaela, and myself – down the beach a little way to his village.  Along the way we… Read More


I read in the Lonely Planet guide to The Philippines that Filipinos are shockingly friendly.  This was proved entirely true during our stay with the Bartilet Family – Philip, Angel, and their five sons – in Bulusan. We spent mornings and early afternoons contributing to community projects: ground improvements at the lake, planting trees to… Read More


Coming out of the tree-enclosed path from the village to the beach I was taken aback by the view: a palm-tree lined empty, white beach with glistening turquoise waters.  We looked at each other, exchanging glances of astonishment as if to say ‘we get to spend five days here?!’ before charging onto the beach to dip… Read More


 After an exciting few days exploring Mulu National Park we were back to work.  Though we’d recently finished a week of hard labor, many of us articulated that we were actually more nervous for the upcoming project: teaching English. The school we helped is run by Borneo Child Aid, an organization that provides education to… Read More


We touched down in the Philippines excited to see a new country and were immediately greeted with smiles and enthusiasm. From Legazpi we drove to Bulusan to the house where we’d be staying with our lovely hosts who would be our family for the next two weeks! They gave us a little run down of… Read More


After making so many friends in the jungle camp we were sad to leave. However as soon as we got to the seaside we got over this as we saw how beautiful the new place we’d be staying was! Our longhouse was on the beach and we were just a stone’s throw away from sand,… Read More