Students can apply to study in Philippines

LIHUE — Eight Hawaii high school students could land study trips to the Philippines March 14-22, 2020, courtesy of the Pacific & Asian Affairs Council.

PAAC is accepting applications through Oct. 6 for the trip, which will provide students the opportunity to have an up-close look at how people in the Philippines are fighting poverty.

Participants will meet innovators and entrepreneurs whose creative ideas are improving the quality of life for many of Manila’s least privileged citizens. Students will also explore how national identities are forged by learning about 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 some of the most vulnerable populations in urban Metro Manila; a briefing at the U.S. Embassy; and a walking tour of the historic Intramuros district.

Public, private, charter and home-schooled students from all islands are welcome to apply. Applications can be found at For more information contact PAAC Study Tour Director Erica Nakanishi-Stanis at 944-7784 or Need-based scholarships are available.


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