Click here to download the Philippines Country Guide which contains comprehensive information about money, local customs, expectations for the trip, and travel tips and tricks.
Click here to download the packing list for the trip: Packing list
**Important Reminder: All travelers are encouraged to notify their bank of their travel plans so that the bank does not see charges as illicit activity and put a block on the card.
Daily temperatures range between the mid-70s F in the morning to the mid-90s F during the middle of the day. Manila is located on the coast and is humid year-round, so temperatures may feel warmer than usual due to this factor. There will be occasional showers, so be prepared with a rain poncho and umbrella when out and about.
The local currency in the Philippines is the The Philippine Peso (PHP). Click here to see the current exchange rate. Notes are issued in denominations of ₱20, ₱50, ₱100, ₱500, ₱1000. Coins are issued in denominations of ₱1, ₱5, ₱10. In some cases, you can also use US currency in the Philippines and expect that shopkeepers will give you change in PHP.
We recommend traveling with 2 or 3 crisp $100 bills stored safely in your carry-on luggage to be exchanged in the case that ATMs are not working for you.
- Airport transfers
- Accommodations from November 3 – 8
- Transportation from November 3 – 8
- Meals starting with dinner on from November 3 through breakfast on November 8
- English speaking guide
- Tours and activities as listed in the itinerary
- Gratuities for guide and driver
- Carbon offset for in country transportation
- International airfare
- Meeting space
- Activities or meals that are not mentioned
- Items of a personal nature (shopping, phone calls, laundry, etc)
Upon arrival at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL), a representative will be waiting for you at Baggage Claim with a sign that says “Smile Train.” They will escort you to your driver for your transfer to the hotel.
If you do not see our representative waiting for you in the arrivals hall please contact the 24/7 local support, Zyrah Anne Pabrualinan at +63 (0) 977 841 9237 or the Andrea Abenir at +63 (0) 917 803 7913.