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  • Locations: Bohol, Philippines; Davao, Philippines; Dumaguete, Philippines; Manila, Philippines
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.25 Language of Instruction: English
Housing: Homestay, Hotel Number of Credits Offered: 6
Eligible Population: 01 Freshman, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Graduate Type of Program: Faculty-led
Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:
Philippines Group

Human Trafficking and Community Engagement in the Philippines

Mabuhay! Known as the Pearl of the Orient, the Philippines has 7,107 islands and nearly 90 languages and dialects. This summer study abroad program will offer students direct contact with world issues like human trafficking, poverty, resiliency, grassroots initiatives towards environmental change within the context of Filipino life and culture.  This global education program in the Philippines will expose students to the dynamic interplay between human population and socio-economic, political, and environmental issues affecting the country.
Students will explore the complexity of human trafficking as one of the fastest growing criminal enterprises in the world, particularly within the context of the Philippines vis-à-vis Southeast Asia. Students will learn the causes, effects, (the) push and pull factors, and the various forms/models of human trafficking towards exploitation particularly of children, youth, men, and women. Students will visit four of the world’s largest landfills such as the Smoky Mountain, Hapilan, BASECO, and Payatas. They will interact with local population and grassroots community development workers. In Mindanao, students will have the opportunity to visit local communities that are being affected by aerial spraying conducted by DOLE (banana and pineapple plantations) plantation company and do actual rice planting. They will also visit NGOs that promote organic and sustainable agriculture and diversified farming. Sessions on Philippine history, culture, politics and governance will be conducted during the entire trip.The trip spans four major cities: Manila, Davao, Tagbilaran and Dumaguete.

Program Details

Seeking Approval for the Following:

  • Integrative Studies (INTS 399): Study Abroad
  • Conflict Analysis (CONF) 385: International Field Experience
  • Conflict Analysis (CONF) 399: Special Topics in Conflict Analysis and Resolution
  • Geography and Geoinformation Science (GGS) 333: Issues in Regional Geography
  • Geography and Geoinformation Science (GGS) 399: Selected Topics in Global Change
  • Global Affairs (GLOA) 480: Study Abroad
  • Conflict Analysis (CONF) 695: Selected Topics


This program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students including students who do not attend George Mason University


Hotels and Homestays

Program Cost (Summer 2017): $5,090. (NEW PRICE)

  • Tuition (6 credits)
  • Welcome and Farewell meals
  • Housing
  • Most meals
  • Transportation between sites in the Philippines
  • Guided tours and field excursions
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • Post-trip meeting
  • International Emergency Insurance
Not Included:
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Other transportation
  • Some meals
  • Personal spending

Program Itinerary*

Day 1 Student arrive in Manila
Day 2-3 Visits to Cultural and Historical Places
Day 4-5 Site Visits: Urban Poor and Philippine-American/Spanish relations
Day 6 Departure for Davao City
Day 7-11 Peacebuilding, Community Development, and Human Rights
Day 12 Rice Planting
Day 13 Departure for Cebu City and Bohol
Day 14 Visits to Cultural and Historical Places
Day 15 Dolphin Watching
Day 16 Departure for Dumaguete City
Day 17-18 Human Trafficking
Day 19 Service Learning Orientation
Day 20-25 Service Learning Experience
Day 26 Debriefing of Service Learning Experience
Day 27 Cultural Activities
Day 28 Departure for Manila
Day 29 Final Debriefing of Program Experience
Day 30 Students depart for the U.S.

*Instructor reserves the right to modify the course schedule as needed

Contact Information

Program Officer

Denise Elles-Mdahuar

Academic Director

Al Fuertes

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.