Travel Study Seminar: Peacemaking in the Philippines
Environmental Devastation and Human Trafficking Connection
February 12‒22, 2013
The Philippines is one of the most unique countries in the world. The culture, politics and people of this 6,000-plus island nation have been influenced by 500 years of Spanish rule, Japanese occupation during WWII and decades of being a territory of the United States.
Tropical storms and typhoons have increased in frequency and strength, leaving a devastating toll on the people and land of the Philippines. Natural and human disasters such as these create a crisis in livelihood and provide an opportunity for human trafficking to grow. Human trafficking recruits, harbors, transports, provides and obtains (by any means) any person for forced labor, slavery or servitude, such as the case with sugar cane workers and domestic servants in the Philippines.
During a brief 10 days in the Philippines, we will explore some of the history and current global realities that have given rise to these current struggles, meet with church partners to learn about their work around issues of peace, human rights and climate change, discuss ways in which the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) may be effective partners in the fight against human trafficking and experience the beauty of these islands and its people by immersing ourselves in a mountain village, staying in homes of local farmers, sampling the many food that defines the Philippines and spending time debriefing our journey at the beach.
$1,750 plus round trip airfare to Manila, Philippines
September 4, 2012
September 10, 2012
October 1, 2012 ($250)
Payment in full
December 3, 2012 (balance of $1,500)
For more information
Contact Nancy Eng MacNeill by email or at (916) 705-3501
Bruce Reyes-Chow, writer, social media geek, consultant on the emerging church, and moderator of the 218th General Assembly (2008 ‒ 2010) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
Nancy Eng MacNeill, associate for Peacemaking Conferences, international election observer in the Philippines (2010), and member of the PC(USA) Human Trafficking Roundtable.
airfares from KY have ranged from $1250-$1700 (depending on specific travel dates) whenever I checked this summer; Feb. 10th is Chinese New Year and Feb 12th is Mardi Gras, both of which have some effect on airfares
Will there be a common departure from the U.S. and what do you anticipate the total cost might be when airfare is included?