Manila Project - July 2020

29th June - 3rd July 2020
Ready to sign up? Complete the project sign up form!


Congratulations on taking the step to find out more information about joining the Hair Aid Inc. Manila Project in July 2020! Hair Aid has worked in Manila for ten years and we have wonderful friends there now~! We are expecting to have 20 on the team, 12 have already signed up! 

Here's the low down on the project

Dates: Project runs from  29th June - 3rd July 2020. You will need to be in Manila by Sunday 28th June 2020, for team training and cultural inductions. You can leave after Friday 7pm 3rd July 2020. Flights can be extended if you want to stay longer. I’m advising that if you choose to fly the Friday night, make it a late flight as you won’t want to miss the graduation celebrations Friday and you need to leave time to get to the airport as well through traffic.
Where: Training locations will be in and around Quezon City, within an approximate daily taxi drive of 30 – 40 mins from our accommodation.
Who: Volunteer hairdressers and beauticians and supporters, teaching women in critical poverty how to cut hair and do manicure/pedicures. All volunteers are housed in the same accommodation.  Volunteers will be in teams of 2-4 and will travel to locations daily as a group. 
Costs: $AUD1,800 (USD $1,300 approx)
Fundraising: Hair Aid Inc. is a registered charity with tax deductible status. Fundraising activities can be conducted to raise the costs of the project.  All types of fundraising can occur from crowdfunding, to events, to raffles! I can send you an overview of what I do to help get you started.

Payment Options: 
via credit card or PayPal. A $500 non refundable deposit is due immediately at the time of invoice. You can then either pay in full OR to pay off your trip over time, select 'pay now' on the due dates. The trip fee needs to be finalised 1 month prior to the project start date.

What is included: Seven nights accommodation (starting Saturday night 27th June 2020) , resource purchases, ground transport, project insurance, team tshirts & cap/hat, administration and logistics costs (project facilitation and management, project transportation, translators, graduation certificates, celebration cakes, location costs, hall hire, etc).
What is not covered: Flights, Personal medical insurance (must have), food, drink/s, personal items, travel to/from airports at home town.


What we do there: For those that fly in Saturday you can either do some personal sightseeing in Manila, (you are responsible for booking and paying for this) or you can head straight into the accommodation and meet the Project Leader and the rest of the team.  Sunday, we wait for everyone that is flying in, head to local supermarket to buy food for lunches for the week, then have lunch. Once everyone has arrived at the accommodation, location teams are formed, and resources are packed.   Then we do induction/cultural training, go over the training manual, then head out to dinner.  Volunteers are placed in teams of 2-4 and will travel to locations daily as a group. 

Monday morning, we eat breakfast as the accommodation and then teams travel to the training location and begin the five day training program. Every day a driver will take Hair Aid teams to and from the locations.  Monday morning we teach how to use hair cutting tools, head shapes, how to section hair and how to do a straight cut.  We work on live models.  We usually gain models from the local community, friends or family, and even workers in local businesses. By the end of the first day, the trainees should have cut 2 – 3 straight cuts. We finish training at 4pm each day. We take a break for lunch when it suits the trainees. 

On day 2, Tuesday, we teach how to diagonal forward and backward  and layers. Again, we train on live models, so that the trainees are learning on real live people. By Tuesday afternoon the trainees should have cut 2-3 more hair cuts.

On Wednesday we teach graduation/bob cut. 

Thursday is when we teach men’s cuts. This is a wonderful day as many people have gained great skills by now and they can confidently do 2 – 3 men’s cuts in a day!

On Friday we demonstrate a few different styles, encouraging the learners to see what they can achieve with more practice. Then we hold a celebration party, and everyone that has completed the training, and can do the haircuts gets a personal certificate from Hair Aid. They then also get a scissor kit, with scissors, clips, comb and a cape all in a closed bag so that they have the tools to begin earning money from hair cutting. We all travel back to the accommodation  hotel enjoy our last debrief and evening meal together and those that are flying out, head to the airport.

Next Steps

Complete the project sign up form HERE and we will send you everything you need to secure your spot on the project!

Please let me know if there’s any further information you require – happy to have a phone chat!