Philippines: Climate Action Island Adventure


Be an eco warrior in the Philippines, where rich culture and a welcoming community meets pristine natural beauty.
  • Navigate the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Work with local NGOs on a variety of environmentally-geared projects
  • Enjoy the islands’ natural beauty through an island-hopping snorkeling excursion
  • Hike to Kuyawyaw Waterfall and explore an ancient cave

On This Program you will...

Do your part to battle the effects of climate change while exploring Palawan, sometimes referred to as the “Last Ecological Frontier of the Philippines.” The region is home to beautiful beaches, diverse sea life, and breathtaking limestone formations; however, deforestation, rising water levels, and the increasingly devastating effects of natural disasters have taken their toll on this island nation. Work with a variety of organizations dedicated to promoting environmental sustainability and empowering local indigenous communities.

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Community Service

Work to protect the natural wonders that comprise this beautiful island. From maintaining trails at Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park and Olangoan Falls to planting the mangrove trees crucial to protecting vulnerable coastlines, you’ll experience the incredible nature of the Philippines while making a difference. Help to restore the ancient Taraw Cave to its former state for future generations to enjoy: the site is being developed as an eco-tourism site to support local communities with an alternative source of livlihood.

Immersive Learning

Meet with key local organizations that work tirelessly to support conservation and sustainability. Get to know members of the Batak tribe, the region’s indigenous peoples, via cultural workshops and seminars, and dive deep into Puerto Princesa’s long and complex history through a guided city tour. No trip to the Philippines is complete without sampling the local cuisine! Treat your taste buds with Filipino favorites such as lumpia and adobo. Keep your eyes peeled for geckos, exotic birds, and other wildlife.


With so much natural beauty just outside your front door, it would be a shame not to explore it! Snorkel, hike, and boat your way from the famous pristine beaches of El Nido to the Subterranean River of Puerto Princesa – we’ll explore the island from tidepools to mounaintops. Swim in the blue waters beneath the hidden Kuyawyaw Waterfall. Take time out from your rigorous schedule to enjoy some firefly watching and stargazing at one of the island’s many ecoparks.


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Program Type

Are you passionate about marine life and preserving the environment?
  • Collect important biodiversity data to contribute to local research projects
  • Contribute to vital habitat restoration endeavors
  • Help to eliminate ocean contamination and its affect on local wildlife
  • Collaborate with experts on issues surrounding environmental protection

Dates & Tuition


Climate Action Island Adventure

21-Day Flagship Program
2020 Dates
 July 11 – July 31, 2020
Duration: 21 days
Tuition: $5,199
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 45
Language Hours: N/A
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Tuition Includes All In-Country Expenses Including:

  • All educational materials
  • Lodging
  • 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

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Custom Group Travel Option

Global Leadership Adventures offers open enrollment on this program to any high school student who wishes to join any of the summer session dates listed above. Students will meet other teens from around the country and the world who sign up for the same program dates and destination.

Alternatively, this program is also available as an option for custom group travel any time of the year for those looking to put together their own group trip.

GLA Custom Group Travel works with educators, group leaders, or self-led students to create a tailored experience for their specific group of 12 or more students. Select a pre-designed itinerary or select your own countries, themes, and learning objectives. GLA’s service-learning methodology is the vehicle through which students learn, grow and challenge themselves and their fellow travelers; our host communities welcome students’ energy and helping hands.

Leadership and personal growth are the core components of all of our programs, regardless of duration, destination or theme type and can be woven throughout every aspect of the experience through our intentional design as desired by the group leader. Our programs aim to ignite participants to become inspired to be the change.

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