Study Tours Abroad

Each year, PAAC provides high school students life-changing opportunities to travel throughout countries in Asia and the Pacific. Students are exposed to different cultures and perspectives, gain first-hand understanding of current issues affecting the country or regions to be visited, and serve as cultural ambassadors for Hawai’i and the United States. This past year, students traversed through Japan, Vietnam, the Philippines, China, Taiwan, and New Zealand.  Many students traveled on scholarships provided by the Freeman Foundation, Mamoru and Aiko Takitani Foundation, Jean Rolles, and Richard Cox.

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Upcoming Study Tours and Scholarships

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2017 Fall Philippines Study Tour
October 7-15, 2017 (Tentative)

Students will have a chance to explore the cultural, economic, and political diversity of the Philippines on a tour unlike any other. They will visit the historic Intramuros district, learn about organic farming in the countryside of Bulacan, meet students at local schools, and learn about grassroots efforts to combat poverty and inequality. This intense study tour takes an in-depth look at the complex and fascinating threads that bind the contemporary Philippines together. 

Program Fee: $2,650 plus airfare. Partial scholarship for qualifying students available! 
Apply by May 26, 2017

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Online Application
Consent Form
Teacher Recommendation Form
Program Flyer

Summer Study Tour to China
June 12-26, 2017

Students selected for this study tour will explore Chinese history, culture, and modern society in Beijing, Xian, and Shanghai. Meet and interact with local students and families, as well as international, diplomatic, and innovative business entities. The trip takes students on a in-depth and deeply personal tour of the Middle Kingdom. This program is generously sponsored by the Freeman Foundation. 

Service Learning Study Tour to Vietnam
June 2-20, 2017

Students selected for this service learning stufy tour will spend their summer in Hoi An, promoting literacy in elementary schools with GLocal, a Hawaii-based non-profit. Students will gain classroom experience, interact with local college students, and experience daily Vietnamese life. This program includes excursions to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.