SEA offers students a unique experiential and transformative learning experience abroad by connecting career objectives with social justice. Our initiative is to explore social justice through solidarity, culture and spirituality. Furthermore, SEA aims to promote and support youth-run solidarity projects by providing logistical services, leadership training and project development. SEA is organized in partnership with the Faith & Life Centre at Brock University.
SEA projects abroad vary from country to country but will often fall into three main areas: health campaigns, educational campaigns and construction/renovations projects. Our priority is to respond to the needs of each community we encounter based on continual relationships with local foundations.
SEA Hurricane Haiyan Relief – Cebu Island, Philippines
On this expedition the intention is to provide emergency relief following the devastating effects of Typhoon Haiyan, which killed thousands of people and left more than 4 million displaced without food, shelter and water. The typhoon also wrecked livelihoods on a massive scale, destroying crops, livestock, coconut plantations and fishing boats. Since the situation in the Philippines is still rather sensitive, the projects that we will be volunteering on have not yet been fully defined.
Our group will be staying together on the same property at a retreat center in Cebu City. Local staff will cook and prepare our meals daily. Beds and bedding are provided. The house is fully equipped with bathrooms and showers with hot water. The building is surrounded by a security gate and is very safe. There is a good possibility that we will have to travel to a few of the remote islands in the region. If this is the case, our local partners will find and arrange appropriate accommodations for our group. Please inform us in advance if you have any special dietary requirements so our staff can ensure you will be accommodated for.
TIC Travel Insurance provides travel insurance to all participants who book their flights through SEA or SOL Travel. Please ask for more detailed information about what your insurance plan will cover.
Everything will be included in the price (meals, transportation, flights, accommodations, insurance, cultural outings), however you’ll want extra spending money for souvenirs, gifts or some unplanned food and drinks while we’re out. Airport taxes, vaccinations and potential tourist visas are not covered by SEA.
Canadians do not require a visa for stays up to 30 days, but must present a passport that needs to be valid for at least six months beyond the date of departure. There is a Consulate of Canada in Cebu City, and an Embassy of Canada in Manila.
For more information, travel advice, and advisories for the Philippines, please visit: http://travel.gc.ca/destinations/philippines
SEA’s partner organization in the Philippines is the Task Force for Family and Life Visayas Inc. We will also partner with a group of Catholic nuns from a religious community called Siervas del Plan de Dios, who have developed a project which seeks to help children and elderly who live and work in the streets and in the poorest areas of Cebu.
Matthew St Louis
Manager, Solidarity Experiences Abroad
Br. Raoul Masseur
Catholic Chaplain, Brock University Faith & Life Centre
President & Founder, Solidarity Experiences Abroad
T: 905-688-5550 ext. 4764