Philippines: The Initiative for Children™
Care for the youth of this modern island nation, from the urban dreamers to the indigenous children of the highlands.
- Live on Luzon, the Philippines’ largest and northernmost island
- Participate in a healthy nutrition program for schoolchildren
- Take action toward sustainable poverty alleviation
- Build a bamboo raft and test it on a crater lake
- Hike a volcano to one of the island’s iconic vistas
- Visit the Spanish city of Intramuros
Filipinos and Filipinas are known for their enthusiastic hospitality, charismatic wit and community approach to everything: Wander into any gathering here, and you’ll instantly be swept up into the aromas of traditional food served family style, and easygoing interactions among generations. Made of 7,000 islands featuring tropical beaches to sprawling cities to rice terraced mountains, the Philippines is a melting pot of Spanish influences, modern Western lifestyles and its own indigenous ways. As you peel back layers of this unique culture, volunteer with local organizations to create a better life for children in the country’s struggling populations.
Your Adventure is Just Around the Corner!
Based on Luzon, the Philippines’ largest and northernmost island, you’ll volunteer on urban projects, aiding and interacting with children of Manila in a variety of ways. Prepare and distribute school lunches at a nutritious feeding program. Work with the Philippine Toy Library on their mission to convert idle spaces in barangays—inner city barrios—into fun and educational spaces that keep kids off the streets. Support children’s healthy development by reading with them and tutoring English at a public school. On the second leg of the trip, volunteer with organizations dedicated to helping preserve the unique culture of indigenous peoples.
As part of your program objective to tackle children’s issues, spend a day at Gawad Kalinga’s thriving community farm, a social enterprise where children and families can learn about and reap the benefits of sustainable agriculture. Learn how the foundation aims to turn around “slum mentality” for 5 million families by creating environments that restore dignity, raise social entrepreneurs and enable even the most impoverished to break the cycle. You’ll also learn about the blend of Western and Eastern cultures in the Philippines. Tour the colonial town Intramuros to learn about Spain’s 300-year occupation, and how it has influenced Philippine culture. Then, learn from indigenous experts, and the struggle to preserve the last remnants of traditions that flourished before Spanish colonialism.
In the Philippines, mountains, volcanoes and crater lakes beckon exploration beyond the big city. Tour Lake Pandin aboard a handmade bamboo raft, and enjoy lunch under a traditional thatched hut. Hike up a volcano to Lake Taal, one of the iconic vistas of Luzon island. With thousands of miles of beautiful coastline, a Philippines trip wouldn’t be complete without a beach day—spend your last day enjoying Laiya beach, known for its fine white sand and clear water.
On this program, students will split their time between two main areas, all located in the northernmost province of the Philippines: Quezon City (Week 1) and San Pablo (Week 2). In both Home Bases, students will share rooms with roommates and have access to Western style bathrooms and hot-water showers.
Dates & Tuition
Philippines: The Initiative for Children™ 14-Day Program
|Jun 29 - Jul 12, 2018|
- All educational materials
- 3 meals per day
- All in-country transportation
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Professional full-time staff and experts from the USA/Europe
- 24/7 Parent Support Hotline during the program
- Secondary medical and travel insurance
- All cultural activities, lectures and weekend excursions
- Pre-departure materials and support