Since I went there to work, I'll focus on the building aspect of the trip for right now:
The work we did was grueling. The intense sunshine and heat made it even more so. All 20 of us on the team sweated profusely!
Liz and I with new friends on our first day of building. Behind us are some houses in the village, exactly like the three houses that our team worked on.
One of the hardest jobs was mixing cement by hand. Err...I mean shovel. ;) Here are Anson and Phil getting the job done...
We were supposed to finish the house, but we didn't get to because of the extremely heavy rain that decided to present itself immediately after we had poured the cement floor. Boo. (You can tell in the above picture that rain was coming.) So the professionals had to do some damage control on our last day of building.
This was our dinner of fish, rice and bananas.
My host mom told me (in English! I was lucky to have a host mom who spoke English well) at dinner that they are very poor, but they are very happy for what they do have. After dinner, we visited some of the other people in the village. I had an awesome time dancing with my friends Amanda and Kristen at their homestay house!
This is the outside/kitchen area where my host mother made dinner and breakfast...
That's all for now. Stay tuned for more Philippines' info, stories, pitctures, videos etc. :)