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Discover the Magic of the GK Enchanted Farm

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Social enterprise I Volunteering I Community immersion

Learn about Social Entrepreneurship
Find out what good business means and how it can actually change people’s lives. The Enchanted Farm is home to many social enterprises. Get to know them through the actual people behind these businesses — know their story, why the business exists, and who the business helps.

Hear Stories of Hope in an Immersive Rural Experience
Discover how inclusive business practices have changed the lives of countryside Filipinos as they welcome you into their homes and take you along their daily routines.

The Community
Poverty will not be eliminated through charity alone, but by doing business in fairer and more sustainable and inclusive ways. In just six years, the Enchanted Farm has been transformed from an empty wasteland into a thriving hub for local and international entrepreneurs who build high-quality businesses which provide jobs and opportunities to the local community. Already, the Farm has incubated more than 20 social enterprises which have created products ranging from cheese and peanut butter to stuffed toys and tours. The Farm has also built its own university for the rising poor, SEED, the School for Experiential and Entrepreneurial Development.

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Itinerary
08:00 AM
Day 1: EXPLORING THE FIRST FARM-VILLAGE-UNIVERSITY IN THE WORLD

One full day at the GK Enchanted Farm, a 43-hectare Farm-Village-University bringing together people from across the world. In the morning, you will take a tour of the Farm and learn more about the GK approach to ending poverty by changing the way we approach business, education and tourism. In the afternoon, you will also spend time with some of the resident (local and international) entrepreneurs at the Farm, learning about their novel approach to business.  

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Day 2: IMMERSION IN THE GK ENCHANTED FARM

The Enchanted Farm has incubated over 40 social enterprises in recent years. Spend your morning assisting one of them in their production and experience life as a social entrepreneur, then spend time getting to know their dreams and their mission in more detail. In the afternoon, you can enjoy some lazy time at the infinity pool.

For dinner, you will be invited to have dinner in the community with one of the 50 families living in the Enchanted Farm.

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Day 3 to 5: PARTICIPATION IN THE LIFE AT THE ENCHANTED FARM

Mornings will be spent volunteering (farming and cooking) and helping social entrepreneurs (tasks vary depending on the present need). As you do so, you will be able to share some time and some inspiring stories with people from various backgrounds: students, members of the community, entrepreneurs and volunteers from all over the world.

Later in the day, you can visit the Herbs Haven and learn more about the healthy properties of different plants. Then go for a relaxing walk and admire the beautiful sunset over the surrounding rice fields.


Inclusions

Package A - Day Tour:

  • Meals
    • 1x Buffet Lunch at the Berjaya Restaurant
  • Activities
    • GKEF Tour + 2 Social Enterprise Demos.
Package B - 2 Days:
  • Meals
    • 2x Breakfast with Social Enterprise ‘Make Peace Bakery’
    • 2x Lunch at Berjaya Restaurant 
    • 2x Dinner in the GKEF Community 
  • Activities: GKEF Tour + 2 Social Enterprise Demos 
  • Full day social enterprise immersion 
  • Accommodation: 2 nights GKEF Dorm
Package C - 5 days:
  • Meals
    • 1x GK Silver Heights snacks & dinner
    • 4x Breakfast at ‘Make Peace Bakery’ 
    • 3x Lunch at Berjaya restaurant 
    • 3x GKEF community dinner
  • Accommodation: 4 nights in a dormitory (Bunk Bed)
  • Activities: GK Silver Heights: Tour and Story of the community + Make you own peanut butter


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Guests of all ages can attend. If you bring guests who are under 18 years of age, it’ll be the responsibility of the guardian to make sure the activities they participate in are age-appropriate.


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Is this Destination For Me?

If you’re curious about the inner workings of local social enterprises (how they start and how they operate) or if you’re looking to put one up yourself, this tour is definitely for you. At the GK Enchanted Farm, you are guaranteed to discover a different look into business and why it exists.

What is GK?

Gawad Kalinga (“to give care”) is a global movement that started in the Philippines that aims to end poverty by first restoring the dignity of the poor. Since it was formally established in 2003, GK has expanded its work to over 2,000 organized communities throughout the country. Today it has emerged as a multi-faith, multicultural platform for nation building, peace-building work in conflict areas in Mindanao, and reconstruction work in post-disaster communities. The GK model has also been adopted in other developing nations like Cambodia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. As of today, it has changed over 1 million lives.

Can I donate to the community?

Donations are often unused, expensive and have harmful effects on the local population. Why?

  • Unfair competition with the local market (better to buy locally then)
  • Dependency to international aid (it’s only a punctual help that won’t change their lives)
  • Maladjustment (every donation should target a specific need)
  • Strengthening of corruption (the way donations are given without the involvement of the beneficiaries)
  • Cultural Identity endangered (donations coming from developed countries reinforce the idea that Western goods are “better” and the youth will develop inferiority complex)
  • You can help without harming by putting extra efforts in understanding the culture and meeting the community
At the end of your stay at the Enchanted Farm, MAD Travel will present different ways of supporting the GK programs or making donations, should you wish.


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