The Ibajay Mangrove Forest (Katunggan It Ibajay) is a park run by two local communities. The park straddles these two communities, which is why both communities are involved. The park is home to 28 of the 35 species of mangroves found in the Philippines and is home to the largest specimen of Avecinnia rumphiana in Asia. The mission of the park is to maintain these incredible natural resources through sustainable ecotourism.
Currently, the park has incredible infrastructure, including a visitor’s center with a conference hall, a kitchen, bathrooms, and 800 meters of elevated trail. However, the community has developed all of this infrastructure and has given no thought to investments in advertising. In addition, the park is located roughly 45 minutes from Boracay Island, which is one of the most visited tourist sites in all of the Philippines.
This is where the volunteer can help. The park needs a little help with making itself more visible in almost all respects, locally, nationally, and internationally. The two groups managing the park also need a bit of restructuring. Since the park didn’t immediately start to generate money for the community, some of the community members have become disenchanted. They don’t show up to community meetings, but refuse to step down from the park’s board of directors.
Anyone wanting to volunteer that is well-versed in advertising, community development, and conflict resolution would be greatly appreciated.
There is no real duration requirement, though we’d love to have volunteers stay long enough to help plan and implement their business, advertising, and communications strategies.
The active members of the park’s board of directors are very eager to get the park running smoothly — they will help committed volunteers find affordable housing in or near the park.
For more information about volunteering with Katunggan It Ibajay, visit them online:Support the business associated with this volunteer opportunity.