In partnership with Adventure Learning Experiences, student leaders and teachers are able to embark service learning trips to the Philippines, Tanzania, India, Superior North (Ontario) and various other destinations to help change the lives of those less fortunate.

On this journey, students were able to see first hand, the poorest slums of the Philippines, single classroom schools in the Africa, the work of the Loretto sisters in India, and the conditions in rural northern Canada. During these eyeopening experiences, participants are able to help in the construction of a new village, volunteer at an orphanage, do a community clean-up, help plant trees in rural regions, assist in building schools, and have various gift giving parties to needy children.

See how we are helping to be the change. 

Check out the photos of last year’s Philippines Service trip.

Any students, teachers, and volunteers interested in participating in the Philippines Service Trip please email: michael.consul@tcdsb.org

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  1. Hi Mike,

    Wow– glad you’ve arrived and looks like all is under way.
    Hope these days go well and that the learning is amazing!


    1. Hi everyone

      Wishing you all well in your service leadership!
      Congrats to all of you for making this effort and dedicating your Christmas vacation to the less fortunate.


  2. Hi – Great idea. I hope the travelling went well. This will really be a trip of a lifetime! Looking forward to hearing everything the group is up to! Enjoy.

  3. Thanks for the update! What a great experience!! Can’t wait to hear about the group’s adventures-should be a wonderful day at El Dorado.

  4. Thanks for the update, Michael. Glad you are all safe and things are going well. Looking forward to seeing some photos.

  5. Hi Michael,

    Enjoy your stay in the Philippines. Don’t forget to bring the team to SM Super Mega Malls and the beaches!


  6. Get rested up and enjoy your new experiences in helping others there.
    Enjoy the warmth..it’s mighty cold here!

  7. I’m sure you must be having an experience of a lifetime. God Bless you one and all
    for the sacrfices you make on behalf of others. You are all in my thoughts and in
    my prayers.

  8. Here’s a big hello to Alissa C from SJMP –take care + happy new year to all congrats on makinng the world a better place !!! Ms. Bartolini

  9. Day 2 from the Philippines Overview (Journal Entry)

    We made our way to the El Dorado Community where we finally witnessed aridity in real life. We served lunch, toys, and played games with the children of the community, and found them quite gratifying and ecstatic with our presence. We were given the opportunity to interact with the children and it amazed me of how they were very exuberate and aroused when we played games with them.

    The commercials we find on the television regarding poverty is nothing compared to when you finally perceive it in person; the appearance is quite alarming. This experience definitely gave me a reality check; witnessing the conditions of where and how these people lived made me realize not only of how much I wanted to make a difference and give back to the world, but also realizing how fortunate I am. I’ll never forget of the children’s expressions for the rest of my life. Their reactions of our presence made me realize of the optimism and hope that is very attainable in our world if we all make a change.

  10. Day 3 @ the Philippines (Journal Entry)

    We spent the day on a city tour of the capital city, Manilla. We had a very satisfying and refreshing morning, as we started off the day picking up ourselves the much sought-after Starbucks 🙂

    It was observed that there are conclusively NO rules on the streets of the Philippines- as we witnessed little children hiding in front of cars with toy guns, to seeing infants sitting in the front of a motorcycle with no helmet. We passed through the Financial District, where I had myself convinced that I was in California since they both looked relatively similar. This district included all of the embassies. We visited Greenbelt, a place that had 4 malls that surrounded a beautiful garden, pond, and chapel.

    As the day progressed and the heat was hitting us hard, we paid a little visit to the American Cemetery&Memorial in Fort Bonifacio, Taguing City in Metro Manilla. We learned that the cemetery contains 17, 206 graves, which holds war dead Americans, Philippines, and other Allied nations from World War II. We’re visiting the Mall of Asia next and definitely looking forward to it!

  11. I know you must be super busy, but I’m curious how is it going?
    What have you been up to so far?

    I’m guessing you are already in 2012, how was the New Year’s celebration?

    Happy New Year!


  12. Hats off to TCDSB and the leadership of Mike & Greg for believing and creating such meaningful experiences for our students.

    To the students… you’ll leave your mark and remember to make every second count, you may only travel this path once. Embrace the generosity of the spirit where you are and let it drive the passion when you return. Big hugs to Olivia Campbell

  13. I’m so proud of my niece, Niniveth Vergara to be part of this mission such a shame because we never had a chance of seeing her because of tight schedule. Any way God Bless you all on your way back to TORONTO….

    Liberty Marasigan

  14. Boy time does fly by quick, safe trip home everyone!

    You are in our thoughts and in our prayers.


  15. This is fantastic. These little kids are having a ball. Not only them but also their parents, not forgetting leaders and students. Our granddaughter Lindsay Curtis is one of the service leaders, and we are so very proud of her.
    Congratulations to all of you for the love and help you are giving to some of these unfortunate people of the Philippines.. We love the photographs and blogs. Excellent work. Much praise to the TCDSB and service leaders.

    1. Wow, this really is a great group, I didn’t realize how big it was this year!

      I have no doubt that you are making a big difference to all you meet!

      The trip continues to be in my thoughts and in my prayers!

      Peace and Hope, Steve De Quintal Teacher, Bishop Marrocco / Thomas Merton CSS, 1515 Bloor St. W. Toronto, Ontario M6P-1A3. 416-393-5545 ext. 84293 “To think, to pray and to serve.” A lively awareness of our relatedness helps us to look upon and to treat each person as a true sister or brother; without fraternity it is impossible to build a just society and a solid and lasting peace. Pope Francis, 1 January 2014 ****You can always email but a call or a visit will get a quicker response***** ________________________________________

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