2020 Spring Study Tour to the Philippines

Trip Details


This study tour is currently canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.  

Spend 9 days in the Philippines on this intense study tour that will take place during Spring Break 2020. Students will have an up-close look at how people in the Philippines are fighting to make life better for their communities. PAAC introduces students to individuals and a variety of local organizations to show how just one person can make a difference.



Past Trip Highlights:

  • Meet former street children to learn how financial skills and informal education programs are changing lives
  • Learn from urban poor youth leaders how design thinking is improving safety and health in Manila's least privileged neighborhoods 
  • Engage in dialogue about how poverty, tourism, and sustainability are related- what is your impact as a traveler?
  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site San Ignacio Church and the historic Intramurous district on a guided tour that explores the impact of colonialism on social and cultural identity
  • Be inspired at Gawad Kalinga- the world's first farm-village-university that shows young entrepreneurs how to shape their dreams into action
  • Visit a local school and play games with Filipino youth to learn what life is like for young people in the Philippines 
  • Meet diplomats at the U.S. Embassy and activists and academics to learn about potential careers in international relations


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Questions? Contact Erica Nakanishi-Stanis, Study Tour Director, at paac@paachawaii.org, or (808) 944-7784.

Student Testimonials


“I definitely have more of an attitude for gratitude…I am so thankful the world has so many people and organizations doing the good and challenging work. After this trip, I feel like I know the steps to really make a difference, and I have the connections to help me do so…I have become much more empowered.”


“The best thing about the trip was getting to see so many different models all while having a fun, immersive educational experience abroad. Also, meeting new people who have now become my family. I wouldn’t trade these experiences for anything!”


“This trip has definitely made me more aware of perception, the importance of understanding historical events, and being able to analyze something from multiple angles. The skills and holistic thinking are what I want to adopt as I go to college to study international relations. This trip could not have been a greater segue as I progress to my undergraduate career in three months.”


“I would highly recommend this trip to my peers, this trip challenges you to take a good look at the issues in your community, to make connections to concepts internationally and locally, and to think about how you can apply what you learned back home. We always talk about how we want to solve Hawaii's issues, but I think my peers can really learn from the Filipinos and what they are doing to address them.  Plus I made amazing friends on this trip! :)”