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Learn about a fascinating and rich culture… Delve into Viet Nam’s complex history and vivid culture by exploring cities such as Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City,… Read more “Viet Nam”
More than just an exotic destination, Bali, Indonesia is quickly becoming a hub for community organizers and social entrepreneurs working to address the global challenges our environment… Read more “Bali”
Sponsored by the Freeman Foundation, PAAC offers full and partial scholarships for public and charter school students to travel abroad to Asia every summer. 2018 marks our… Read more “South Korea”
PAAC has offered Hawaii’s students and teachers learning opportunities abroad for over 12 years. We emphasize hands-on learning that promotes empathy, understanding, and engagement with the most pressing issues of our time.
Each PAAC study tour touches on historical, political, and social issues in our host countries but also makes sure there’s time to just make new friends and have fun!
University Lab School ’17
“The trip was interesting because I was able to learn while having fun. I know right? Learning and fun in the same sentence? No one will believe me. PAAC opened the door for me to everlasting friendships on this trip.”
Mililani HS ’13
“This trip has made me learn to appreciate and not take anything for granted. Giving back to the community in another country is a privilege which everyone should experience. It brings you back to reality, to realize there are less fortunate people than us and we should do everything in our power to assist them.“
Kaiser High School ’12
“When I found out about the opportunity to travel to Vietnam with other students just as curious about the world as me, I was both excited and terrified. I really wasn’t sure I’d be able to afford to go. Then I found out I would be receiving a scholarship. The endless smile on my face when I heard the news can’t even be described. I consider being in Vietnam one of the happiest moments in my life and it’s all thanks to PAAC.”
The Pacific and Asian Affairs Council (PAAC) is an independent, international education 501(c)3 nonprofit with over 60 years of experience in connecting Hawaii to the Asia-Pacific region and the world. Our travel program’s emphasis on safety and local collaboration ensures that students are offered one-of-a-kind opportunities to connect what they see and encounter not only with their school curricula, but also with their day-to-day lives and future aspirations.
PAAC is preparing the next generation of leaders for an increasingly interconnected world, and promoting citizen diplomacy one handshake at a time. Since 1954, PAAC has provided global education to more than 89,651 high school students and 82,950 community members statewide. Find out more at www.paachawaii.org
We are building bridges, inspiring young leaders, and developing global citizens.
PAAC also offers Hawaii-based programs to foster leadership, civic engagement, and an interest in issues that impact our community, both in Hawaii, and around the world.
Go to: http://www.paachawaii.org/high-school-program for more information.
Global Leadership Program
This eight month program hones participants’ leadership skills, appreciation for diversity, public speaking, goal setting, accountability, and conflict resolution. Our goal is to develop global citizens who are empowered to make a difference and feel connected with others around the world.
After-School Clubs & Classes
PAAC coordinates after-school classes for students to learn about dynamic global issues. These non-traditional and interactive classes include innovative simulations, internet-based exercises, speakers, field trips, conferences, and community service projects called Global Action Projects (GAPs).
Conferences & Competitions
PAAC’s annual summits and competitions bring students together from throughout the islands to explore and learn about current global issues. Our next conference will be on Saturday, March 3 at UH West Oahu and will focus on Climate Change – both internationally and in Hawaii.