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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Study Tour to New York and the United Nations
July 14-22, 2017 (6 nights TBD)

Be a part of the first-ever PAAC cohort to visit the United Nations in New York City! This study tour offers the exclusive opportunity to attend the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development- along with the chance to meet officials from major UN agencies and member states. Students will also meet with leaders in business, media, academia, and civil society to understand how each sector works together to create a more sustainable future. This fast-paced tour in the nation's busiest city is the perfect opportunity to learn what concepts like peace-building, human rights, sustainability, and governance look like in action. Applicants must complete the 18th Annual Human Rights Academy.

Program Fee: $4,000. 
Apply by March 17, 2017

Program Information
Complete Printable Paper Application

Online Application
Consent Form
Teacher Recommendation Form


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: $2,500 plus airfare. Partial scholarship for qualifying students available! 
Apply by April 21, 2017

Download Program Information and Complete Printable Application Here

Online Application
Consent Form
Teacher Recommendation Form

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.

2016 Spring Study Tour to New Zealand
March 18-27, 2017

Students selected for this study tour will travel from Wellington to Auckland, stopping in must-see destinations like Hobbiton, the Waitomo Glow-Worm Caves, and Rotorua. A highlight of the trip is an immersion experience at a Maori marae where students will have opportunities to make friends with locals. This program explores themes of sustainability and the preservation of cultural heritage. 

2017 Spring Study Tour to Tahiti
March 18-25, 2017

Delve into the rich cultural, linguistic, and artistic ties that unite Hawaii and Tahiti. Students who are learning Hawaiian language, chant, music, or dance are strongly encouraged to apply as the program will feature opportunities to share what they have learned and immerse themselves in another Austronesian culture. The program will include language exchanges with peers at local high schools, exposure to traditional Polynesian culture, performances of Hula and Tahitian dance by students and locals, and explorations of the capitol city, Papeete.