About the Site:
Tarlac is a rural site where students go to the local Bueno Elementary School to help with lessons and construction projects. The school consisting of around 80-100 students, kindergarten to 6th grade, has a very tight-knit and welcoming community. The kids were very enthusiastic about spending time with the visiting Bearcats and often wanted to lend a hand for out construction projects.
Activities we did included:
To get to the school everyday, we had to walk across a river, though it was a very low tide. This was interesting as it meant that the school is located in a relatively remote environment, meaning that it would be difficult to reach in the event of an emergency.
The accommodation in Tarlac was at a religious retreat, “A Place Called Peniel”. The staff at this accommodation were very welcoming and hospitable. It was in an elevated location with a nice view and good. It was only a 4 hour drive from Manila, which was very tolerable and relaxing.
Though there was not many activities to do at the accommodation, it meant that we were able to bond and hang out all together. We played a lot of card games!