Man-made forest
Photo Credit: coolnumber9
 
It was our 3rd day in Bohol and still, no Tarsier in sight. If you haven't read why, start with Part 1 here. Day 3 was the actual trek going up the Sierra Bullones, a mountain range in Southern part of Bohol. I wasn't sure what to expect but it was more of a hike than a climb.

This trek was part of the medical mission that K.I.D.S. Foundation organized in Bohol to reach out to the Eskaya tribe in Sierra Bullones. K.I.D.S. Foundation is a group of committed volunteers who share a common passion for the great outdoors and for helping Filipino children from all walks of life.

The Road to Sierra Bullones

Why I Didn't See a Single Tarsier in Bohol






Ms. June and her shemagh. She's one of the main organizers for the foundation. Along with Ms. Rox, she made sure everything went smoothly and that everyone had a role to play. They were both very fun people and we all had an enjoyable time volunteering for this cause.


Why I Didn't See a Single Tarsier in Bohol

Volunteers, members and the medical team behind this mission.


Why I Didn't See a Single Tarsier in Bohol

Anthony is a mountaineer and volunteer who constantly played paparazzi.


Why I Didn't See a Single Tarsier in Bohol


Why I Didn't See a Single Tarsier in Bohol


Why I Didn't See a Single Tarsier in Bohol


Why I Didn't See a Single Tarsier in Bohol







Okay so we cheated. We were supposed to
do the entire 2 hour trek to reach the Eskaya
tribe. We had hiked for about an hour before
we flagged down a passing dump truck and rode
the rest of the way. Shame on us, but the top
view made some nice photos. Mike and Bea were
our accomplices.
Why I Didn't See a Single Tarsier in Bohol


Sierra Bullones was a big farming community and they had their own rice terraces.


Why I Didn't See a Single Tarsier in Bohol


                      Why I Didn't See a Single Tarsier in Bohol

The Tribe and Our Mission

The President and Founder of K.I.D.S. being welcome by the tribe's chieftain.

Why I Didn't See a Single Tarsier in Bohol

Why I Didn't See a Single Tarsier in Bohol
Photo Credit: Djoanna Tiambeng




Ms. Rox doing what she does best. This is how
she shows her love for the foundation and for kids.
She really has a big heart.
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Photo Credit:Tin Enrico Mantuano
I was assigned with the Pharma Team. We handed out medicine and vitamins for the kiddies.

Why I Didn't See a Single Tarsier in Bohol

Abbie took this role very seriously.  

Why I Didn't See a Single Tarsier in Bohol

And Hutch? Guess which team he was in?

Why I Didn't See a Single Tarsier in Bohol

The kids made this experience truly worthwhile. It takes so little to make them happy.

Why I Didn't See a Single Tarsier in Bohol

Why I Didn't See a Single Tarsier in Bohol

Why I Didn't See a Single Tarsier in Bohol
Photo Credit:Djoanna Tiambeng
The Ride Home

After the medical mission, back to the dump truck we went. Classy all the way!

Why I Didn't See a Single Tarsier in Bohol


Why I Didn't See a Single Tarsier in Bohol

We even had time to see the Chocolate Hills. They weren't too chocolatey this time of the year.

Why I Didn't See a Single Tarsier in Bohol

Why I Didn't See a Single Tarsier in Bohol


And that sums up my travoluteering experience with the K.I.D.S. foundation members in Bohol. We made time to see these kids and share whatever resources we had with them. But they had given us much much more. We were able to set aside our problems, our egos, the mundaneness of our lives.They gave us the chance to be part of something greater than ourselves.

The next day, we headed back to Tagbilaran and then took a tricycle ride to Alona Beach in Panglao. But I'm saving that story for Part 3.

Have you ever considered Travolunteering? I'm writing a guide on how you can take part in some volunteer organizations in the Philippines soon. Stay tuned for that.

Until the next trip,
Sole Sister Lois

This is Part 2 of a 4 part series about Travolunteering in Bohol. Part 3 is about our mini vacation on the white sand beaches of Alona Beach in Panglao. And Part 4 is about the prospects of Travolunteering in the Philippines. Follow the whole trail and share the experience with us.

3 Responses so far.

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    Thanks for dropping by Lydia! I will check out your link. Happy travels!

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