The Philippines are blessed with over 7,000 of the world’s most beautiful islands, one of the most pristine of which is Palawan… a long jungle clad isle that nearly connects with Borneo. Palawan has been voted ‘Top Island in the World’ by the prestigious publication Conde Nast Traveler, the past two years, but the real gem in Palawan’s crown is the area in the far north known as El Nido that has been called “a paradise within a paradise.”
Here towering limestone crags covered in emerald forests rise dramatically from crystalline waters. Hidden lagoons, sea caves, secret coves and some of the world’s most beautiful beaches are nestled in amongst a labyrinth of islands. It is a perfect outdoor classroom for students to study coral reef ecology, intertidal zones and mangrove ecology, the geology of karsts and caves and stream ecology.
Students on this trip will learn about the complexity of and interactions between neighboring ecosystems. In doing so they will snorkel and collect data in some of the world’s richest reefs, conduct intertidal transects, kayak into ancient collapsed cave chambers, boat through mangrove estuaries, capture, mark, release and recapture hermit crabs to determine population density and conduct comprehensive stream studies in an analysis of biotic and abiotic factors.
A full day service project is built into this program where international school students will do repair projects and interact with over 200 village children at a remote fishing village school.
By kayaking, snorkeling, swimming and hiking every day, student’s will not only improve their health; they will rejuvenate their minds in a setting of unmatched splendor. Looking to bring your science and social studies lessons alive for students in a stimulating setting? Try a classroom in paradise.