What to expect in the Philippines (experience, accommodation, food and culture)


MAD Travel will be Swinburne’s choice Third-Party Provider. MAD have organised an information booklet and a list of what to bring:

Information Booklet: mad-travel-welcome-info-v2

What to Bring: what-to-pack

Snoring: If you intend to share in the dormitory-style accommodation during your stay at the Enchanted Farm consider bringing high-quality ear plugs and eye masks as this will help you manage your time and sleep if you’re sharing with a snorer for example. Look at this resource to help you manage and prepare to share sleeping quarters with other students.

Electricity: See this website for more information about what adapters you will need and/or converters. Power boards are also handy for when there aren’t enough power plugs in a building. This can be the case when living and working in remote, rural areas.

Phone data and calls: You can research prior to leaving to find a pre-paid plan that works best based on your data usage. This might also depend on whether your accommodation has Wifi. Even before you pass immigration at the airport on arrival and get to the main hall, there will also be many mobile phone stands. Look out for them – they are not hard to miss. Remember, you can not rely on internet access as being the same as you have had in Australia. This is especially the case when living and working in remote, rural areas such as the Enchanted Farm.


Life at the Enchanted Farm: Typically, students will stay (gender separated) in dormitory style arrangements (6 beds) both at the Enchanted Farm and other destinations. Twin share or individual villas are available for students at an additional surcharge. This can only be arranged prior to departure and will incur additional costs that are not covered by the program fees. For instance: Optional accommodation upgrades range from 2,400 AUSD for a private room (2 sharing for 2.5 weeks) to  2,730 AUSD for private room (for one person for 2.5 weeks).


About the Philippines: More than 7,000 islands make up the Philippines, but the bulk of its fast-growing population lives on just 11 of them. Much of the country is mountainous and prone to earthquakes and eruptions from around 20 active volcanoes. It is often buffeted by typhoons and other storms. The Philippines – a Spanish colony for more than three centuries and named after a 16th century Spanish king – was taken over by the US in the early 20th century after a protracted rebellion against rule from Madrid. Spanish and US influences remain strong, especially in terms of language, religion and government. Self-rule in 1935 was followed by full independence in 1946 under a US-style constitution.

Mayon Volcano – Source: https://thejoysofjourneying.wordpress.com/category/albay/kurangon-islet-albay/

Philippines country profile. 2015. Asia. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-15521300 [Accessed 09 November 15].

Capital Manila
Government Type Republic
Currency Philippine peso (PHP)
Population 105,720,644
Total Area 115,830 Square Miles
300,000 Square Kilometres
Location Southeastern Asia, archipelago between the Philippine Sea and the South China Sea, east of Vietnam
Language Two official languages – Filipino (based on Tagalog) and English. There are eight major dialects – Tagalog, Cebuano, Ilocano, Hiligaynon or Ilonggo, Bicol, Waray, Pampango, and Pangasinense

Country Reports. 2015. China Facts and Culture. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.countryreports.org/country/Philippines.htm. [Accessed 08 October 15].

For more travel information, employment overview and outlook (including international job openings) click on the Going Global link on the bottom right of the SwinEmploy Homepage.

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