The Philippines, located in South Eastern Asia, is made up of 7,000 islands and marked by a bustling population, diverse culture, stunning landscapes and a people rooted in hospitality and generosity.
From the booming metropolis of the capital city, Manila, where Casa Bayanihan is located, to the rural fishing villages of the coast, amazing mountains, and crater lakes, the Philippines is a land full of life and beauty to be explored. As the second largest immigrant group in the United States and millions of Filipinos working abroad, the Filipino culture has a myriad of influences that add to its complexity.
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Casa Bayanihan offers you an opportunity to immerse yourself in the reality of the Philippines. The program is rooted in four components, or pillars: accompaniment, academics, community and spirituality. Beginning with sustained accompaniment of the poor, the Casa Bayanihan integrates a praxis/service experience into rigorous academic reflection, and then supports this reflection through a carefully structured web of spiritual and communal support. This then facilitates the transformation needed to develop a “well-educated solidarity.”
A significant aspect of your Casa experience will include field placement or what is referred to as praxis site. In the praxis site, you will be placed within a small community where you will accompany and develop unique relationships with the local Filipino people. Learning amidst the gritty reality of these poor communities will be one of the most important aspects of your immersion experience.
Casa staff members provide a week-long orientation for students before the first week of classes. During orientation, students will learn about current events and visit a variety of historical sites. To become more familiar with the communities where other students will be, the group will visit each praxis site.
The curriculum is designed for most undergraduate majors, enabling you to meet your graduation requirements with academic credit granted as transfer credit. Your classes will be taught by some of the best professors at Ateneo de Manila University - experts in their fields and on topics related to Asia.
Throughout the semester, students in pairs or groups of three will spend two days a week in “praxis communities” learning about the reality of poverty and life in the Philippines from the Filipinos that live it every day. This experience will allow students to develop genuine and lasting relationships in Filipino communities and take part in a kind of experiential learning that many Casa alumni have deemed transformational or life-altering.
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As part of the living and learning community, you will live together with fellow students from different universities around the U.S. in student houses near Ateneo de Manila University. This neighborhood is in a 5-minute walk from Ateneo and is home to many Ateneo employees and their families. Each house also has a Community Coordinator (CC), or a recent college graduate and alumnus of Casa Bayanihan, who lives with the students and helps facilitate community life. You will be provided with most things you will need such as a fan, bed linens, and pillow. Please note that there is no air conditioning in the house. We do ask that you bring your own towel. We will assign your rooms before arrival in Manila. You may extend your stay in Manila or the Philippines if you so desire. However, Casa students will not be allowed to stay in Casa housing once the semester has ended.
The program aims to create a supportive and loving environment in which students can explore ideas like vocation, justice and the reality and culture of the Philippines. Some aspects of community life include simple living, developing relationships within the community through community nights and outings, and co-creating a space in which all members are able to be authentic.
Meals will be simple and healthy. Breakfast, lunch, and dinners will be served at the Casa. Please let USF know if you have special dietary needs before your arrival. Remember, all meals during the week are included in the price of the program, however you will want to budget money for weekend meals and snacks, as they are not provided at the Casa. Bottled water is available at all times at the Casa.
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VISA AND TRAVEL
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Visa and Travel - Philippines