Young Explorers’ Program- Coron, Palawan, Philippines
Our Young Explorers Program allows you to travel and
explore responsibly. Vacation with a purpose and help bring the beauty of the
world into the classroom! The Young
Explorers Program connects school, institution and families around the world
with educators, scientists, artists and explorers on expeditions to help teach
targeted curriculum in a fun and meaningful way.
As a crew or team member, you will get to actively participate in producing the content for the classrooms, by partaking in our explorations at sea or on land.
The first leg of your expedition-voyage will be to
the remote Calamianes Island Group in Northern Palawan where you will help set
up our classroom-basecamp. The Calamianes Islands were made famous by the many
sunken WWII wrecks and the pirates who stashed their booty in its plentiful
sea-level caves. Each day starts with physical fitness training before
breakfast, followed by morning lectures. Then you will perform field work,
hands on task covering your daily agendas. During the expedition, you will
visit places like Black Island, Coron Island, Lusong Gun Boat and many pristine
islands and their beautiful coral reefs.
From start to finish, crew/team members will learn to provision, develop the itinerary, plan the route and safely lead expeditions while developing skills to collect and communicate important information.
Skills to be taught and covered: every skill will be augmented and emphasized with safety and environmental education
Swimming and Snorkeling - Swimming and snorkeling, while making breath-hold dives to observe aquatic life, up close and personal, are great ways to explore the underwater world when you’re not able to scuba dive or if scuba diving just isn’t your thing. This course teaches you how to enjoy watching life below the surface and comfortably venture underwater for short visits. This course covers how to choose, adjust and use skin diving equipment and learn basic safety and guidelines for being in and around the water. Snorkeling and skin diving techniques include: checking buoyancy, surface swimming, clearing water from your snorkel and performing effortless surface dives.
Map work and navigation – This course involves maps, charts and other navigational tools. This also teaches how to use the different navigational tools, cover positions, plotting, piloting, tides, currents, navigation aids, lights and shapes, running fixes and Math - Distance of horizon.
Wilderness first aid and rescue-
first aid and rescue course is designed to provide you with the tools
to make critical medical and evacuation decisions in remote locations.
Classroom lectures and demonstrations are combined with realistic scenarios
where mock patients will challenge you to integrate your learning. Learning
takes place both in the classroom and in outdoor settings regardless of weather
conditions. Come prepared for wet, muddy, cold or hot environments. No previous
first aid training is required.
Rock climbing and abseiling- This course will cover and include: Types of Rock climbing, climbing route ratings, basic climbing gear, belaying, top-roping, top-rope anchors, climbing knots and basic climbing techniques.
This course will involve teaching Charts and publications, safety, engine
checks, buoyage, tidal awareness, visual and electronic navigation, pilotage,
rules of the road, anchoring, weather forecasts and passage planning.
The course program will be concluded with an adventure course race involving multi discipline activities using; navigation, running, climbing, abseiling, pulling tires, river crossing banca padding and a very special team challenge!
Contact for your group pricing
Explorers need to provide:
We recommend you pack very light. Daypack (approximate capacity 35 liters to 50 liter max) NOT hard suitcases as there will be not enough room to store them on board. Your storage space will be in a box next to your bunk, dimensions – 50cm x 40cm x 26cm.
- Trekking/hiking boots that support your ankles with spare laces
Light socks (2 pairs), cotton or thin woolen
- Camp shoes (sandals)
- Sun hat
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Headlamp with spare bulbs and batteries (if not torch / flash light)
- Lite rain jacket with hood
- Hiking shorts
- Lightweight cotton long pants
- Trousers (preferably with breathable fabric)
- skin suits for protection and insulation from rain and swimming activities
- Insect repellant
- Daypack (approximate capacity 35 liters)
Dry bags (20L)
- Water bottle with wide neck (2 pieces with 1 liter capacity) or camel bag.
- Toiletries (soap, toothbrush, paste, shaving machine, nail clippers, lip balm etc.) & personal necessities.
- Small quick drying towel
- Sun screen lotion 30 SPF or higher
- Basic First Aid Kit
Ear Plug (would be useful; who knows some people in group snores)
- Digital camera or handy cam
- Binoculars (optional)
- Music set with headphone (optional)
- Pocket sized notebook and pen (optional)
- Reading book (optional)
Travel games (such as scrabble, playing cards, chess etc.)
Roles and Expectations:
You are joining a working expedition as a full member of the team/crew. As such, you will be involved in virtually all aspects of the expedition and operations. On board our vessels you will be part of a team compose of up to 14 crew including yourself.
Our expectations of you are fairly straightforward. Your team will depend on you to fully participate in everything on the boat or over land. You will be expected to work hard to the best of your ability, to be conscientious, alert, to look after the boat and to care for each other. You will not be asked to do anything you are not comfortable doing.
It is normal practice for the first day of the expedition to be a coastal day sail, to let everyone become acclimatized. It is also an important opportunity for training and you will be shown how to do any task patiently, and for as long as it takes for you to learn the right way. This is not a graded, competitive sport but a team of partners pulling together!
Adult Chaperone (minimum 1 Chaperone per 8 students/ team members).
Chaperoning is an important responsibility and needs to be taken seriously. The safety of all is compromised when chaperones do not follow the established procedures. We like our chaperones to behave in a positive manner that our team members can use as a model. Cell phones need to be used at appropriate times. Inappropriate language is unacceptable for all team members. We need chaperones that are interested in helping all team members. Although your main responsibility is to take care of your own group, please be aware of what all team members are doing and discuss any inappropriate behavior with any team member not acting appropriately. On the boat, help your captain by making sure the team members in your area are behaving in a proper manner. Please think very carefully about chaperoning before you sign up for this responsibility.
Combining an expedition with a program of specialized workshops designed to stimulate and focus your passions and areas of expertise into an effective future path, join our Young Explorers Program through the Islands of Northern Palawan. We’re offering a special opportunity to experience an environment that provides a true escape from society and the daily distractions of land, allowing freedom to think and develop new ideas with a like-minded crew at the same time as having a unique adventure.
Apply: We custom design each program to your preferred timeline and educational needs.(Minimum 5 day to 21 days programs)
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