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Study-tour program to the Phillipines seeks students

The Pacific and Asian Affairs Council (PAAC) is seeking up to eight Hawaii high school students for a nine-day study-tour program to the Philippines.

The application deadline is Oct. 6. Public, private, charter and home-schooled students from all islands may apply.  

Applications can be found at www.paachawaii.org. Click on high school programs, and click study tours abroad.

Need and merit-based scholarships are available. More than 90 percent of past participants have received financial assistance.

The next program will be March 14-22, 2020.

Students will have an up-close experience with how communities in the Philippines are fighting poverty. Participants will meet innovators and entrepreneurs whose ideas are improving the quality of life for many of Manila’s least privileged communities.

Students also will explore cultural and historical legacies.

The 2020 itinerary will include a day trip to the Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm in Bulacan to learn about innovative social enterprises that are revolutionizing business in the Philippines, exchanges and volunteering at local schools in Manila, visits to different nonprofits and community organizations working to support vulnerable populations in urban Metro Manila, a briefing at the U.S. Embassy and a walking tour of the historic district.

For more information, contact PAAC Study Tour Director Erica Nakanishi-Stanis at 944-7784 or send email to paac@paachawaii.org.