Seize the day.

Explore the country’s beauty.

Learn authentic local culture.

Experience rural and coastal life.

Engage in meaningful interaction with the local people.

Commune with nature
See the beauty of nature. Swim in the pristine waters and trek in the lush forests. Sit around a bonfire while sharing experiences.

See the Philippines! Learn and make a difference!

PSET provides meaningful tours that will enrich knowledge and understanding of the Philippines.

Learn about history
Look back at Philippine history while appreciating our cultural heritage. Visit centuries-old churches, ancestral houses, and other historical sites. Dine with the locals and have a taste of their cuisine.
Journey with indigenous people
Get acquainted with the indigenous peoples’ culture and tradition. Learn about their daily life and practices, from their food and clothing, to their dances and rituals.
 

Unlike mass tourism which after causes loss of local people’s homes and livelihoods among others, PSET lets travelers not only enjoy the country’s beauty but also contribute to the attainment of the visited communities.

Kevyn Lorenzana
Member, Laya: Migrant Youth For Change and Action (USA)

If you would like to go on a tour for educational purposes, PSET is the way to go. Most of the tourism industry in the Philippines are of course privatized, and much more for relaxation and entertainment. PSET’s study tour will let you see clearly the struggles that are going on in the Philippines that support the people’s movement. On the other hand they are really good, kind, and funny people! Lead by awesome Ateh’s (older sisters).

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Edgar Izquierdo
Spain

It’s the best way to know a place and it’s people. It affected me more than I thought it would. I will remember it my whole life, especially the feeling of being part of the people’s lives.

 

Javier Bornstein
Spain

I wish I had done my previous travels this way. They’re much more rewarding, more interesting, and something you will take forever with you.

 

Sophie Passelecq
Belgium

I immersed in rural communities that welcomed me into their homes. It made me feel so grateful and I learned a lot!

 

Programs and Services

Guest Conscientization

PSET’s Heritage Tours are short-term tours that aim to provide an overview of the Philippines focusing on specific places of interest in the country; and to introduce, reconnect people to their roots, natural and cultural heritage

 

Capacity Development

PSET develops and organizes capacity-building programs that will enhance  the local hosts’ capacity to host, organize and manage exchange programs in their respective communities.

 

Advocacy

PSET supports local advocacies and campaigns of groups and communities engaged in the exchange programs here and abroad through (1) linkages and networking, and (2) gathering material and other support for people/community struggles and campaigns.

 

Travel Information and Services

PSET provides logistics, technical services and support for exchange programs and travel and tour services.

 

This month in Philippine History

On June 12, 1898, The Philippines was declared independent from the Spanish rule. It has been more than a century and yet, the Filipino people’s independence is still being challenged.

Mabuhay ang Pilipinas! Ipaglaban ang ating kalayaan!

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A close look at the men of the sea

By Lore Devlamynck March 2016 Summer time is beach time! March officially marks the start of summer in the Philippines, during which people flock to the beach to party, do water...

A learning experience

By Sophie Passelecq April 3, 2017 At first, I was nervous about going to San Isidro. I was advised to bring my own water, shorts and shirt to shower. There is no running water...

Being at a hospital never felt this good

By Sharon Vandewyngaerde April 2016 After a tiring first day of hospital internship, I joined a medical mission for the circumcision of more than 400 boys fearfully waiting. The...

A Volunteer’s Experience with PSET

By Sophie Passelecq October 6, 2017 I went to the Philippines in the beginning of this year. My motivation to go there was to visit the country with a dear friend of mine, who is...

Delving deeper into Negros

By Lore Devlamynck March 2016 It’s my second-and-a-half month in Negros. In Escalante, I learned acupuncture and how to do diagnosis, patient interview, and the Hara palpation, a...

Designing for the 90%: Industrial product designer seeks inspiration in agricultural Philippines

By Laura van Poucke February 2016 On my tenth day in Manila, I felt like I could already write a book about all the things I’ve been going through or caught my eye. At my...

In the Villa of Hope

By Lore Devlamynck February 2016 My second week in Negros was in Villa Esperanza, meaning hope, the villa of hope, then the garbage belt of Bacolod City and now ‘developed’ but...

Inspired by their hope and courage

By Sophie Passelecq April 3, 2017 With PSET we accompanied the group of FABC (Federation of Asian Bishop Conference) that were in Manila for a conference on climate change. PSET...

Internship Program: Product Design for those who need them, not who can afford them

By Duy Geerinck January 2017 As a student product designer I learned a lot in the past three years at Howest. At first I didn’t even know this programme existed. But when I...

Livin’ La ViDa LoCaL

By Lore Devlamynck April 2016 The road to medmission. It took us three hours going to the medical mission venue. It was a very rough road and suddenly the truck we’re riding...

Lumad Beadwork: More than just adorable accessories

By Mayeth Sapigao September 2016 Lumad, short for Katawhang Lumad which literally means indigenous people, is a Cebuano term referring to the non-Muslim and non-Christian natives...

Negros

By Lore Devlamynck 25-31 January 2016 This day I left for Bacolod City, where the office of NIHIP (Negros Island Health Integrated Program) is. I was so excited to meet the...

(Beyond) Nursing in Negros

By Sharon Vandewyngaerde March 2016 This week was the start of my community work. We stay in a sustainable community in Toboso where community health workers (CHWs) guide us....

Planning an Immersion? Here are some tips 😉

By Johsa Manzanilla February 2016 In the winter of 2016, I had the opportunity to do an immersion tour in Mindanao with Peoples’ Solidarity Education Tours. As a member of...

Savoring Paradise, Surviving Chaos City

By Laura van Poucke April 2016 My parents and brother came over and we got to travel together to the wonderful Coron in Palawan. I was very excited to be reunited with them and...

So they will be a little less forgotten

By Sophie Passelecq April 3, 2017 I left Manila knowing I was going to a wonderful place, a center of global biodiversity, the Eden of the Pacific… Of course I knew this was an...

The comforts of development…

By Sophie Passelecq April 3, 2017 When I visited San Isidro the first time, I was invited for a meeting a couple of weeks later. The meeting was of the SASAM (Sandigan Samahang...

Work and play, in and out of the city

By Laura van Poucke March 2016 After four intense weeks, I started feeling quite at home here …but very hard to work or do anything because of (1) the summer heat (now so it’s...

My Internship

By Lisa Vromman February 9, 2017 GOING ABROAD One of the possibilities to do your internship and graduation project is to choose for a North-South internship where you combine...

Rabecca Museteka’s Exposure Program on Solid Waste Management

By Sarah Torres July 11, 2017 Rabecca Museteka is a Zambian woman, mother of eight, and the CEO of Mabaleka Enterprises, a start-up on solid waste management. Their work involves...

Solidarity: our weapon against the pandemic

Around the world, people are facing a common crisis aggravated by COVID-19 pandemic. We hear stories of hunger, suffering and injustice everywhere: peasants, indigenous peoples and workers losing their land and source of livelihood and taking risks to provide for the needs of their families; women and children enduring more abuse and violence even from their homes; the homeless becoming more vulnerable to the virus and all kinds of diseases; progressives and activists being silenced, detained and even killed for courageously exposing and criticizing the authorities’ neglect of responsibilities and abuse of power.

Amidst the uncertainty, solidarity never fails to give hope to humanity. Even when everyone is affected and at risk, we are witnessing various acts of generosity. We hear stories of solidarity baskets displayed in streets so that people passing by can leave food for the homeless. We learn about solidarity kitchen initiatives where people in the food industries are mobilized to feed the hungry. There are teachers who bring food for their poor students. Tailors and others voluntarily work at home to produce face masks and face shields. Frontliners continue to perform their jobs despite the shortage of protective equipments and insufficient support from the government. Even those who are already in their senior years and have retired from work took the courage to volunteer as healthworkers despite the threat of exposure. Everywhere, individuals and people’s organizations are collecting and facilitating all kinds of support, making sure that the most vulnerable are receiving aids to be able to carry on.

Even in third world countries, outstanding efforts of progressive governments dedicated to the principle of international solidarity earned the respect and recognition of all nationalities. Many are moved when Cuba sent and continue to send doctors and medicines to different countries, including the rich ones, in its effort to help them combat the crisis. Many are also grateful for Vietnam’s donations of masks, protective suits and testing equipments to show its “spirit of mutual support to partner countries.”

In the Philippines, the culture of bayanihan* remains prevalent even in poor communities. Community kitchens are organized in urban poor areas to provide food for all community members. Mobile markets are arranged to support the farmers by purchasing and delivering their products to buyers. Feeding programs were held, as well as distribution of relief goods, for the homeless and stranded workers.

Even in other parts of the world, bayanihan culture is widespread. We receive news of Filipino-based organizations and communities organizing donation drives for our compatriots who have lost their jobs, providing them emotional and psychological support to make them feel that they are not alone in this struggle. While we fully understand that all nationals are affected and also suffering, our hearts lift every time we learn about people of other countries showing unwavering support for our fellow Filipinos both here and abroad.

While we deal with this pandemic in different circumstances, solidarity keeps us strong and united. It is with utmost sincerity that PSET expresses its warmest appreciation and solidarity for friends, partners, and everyone who are keeping up in this struggle. Together, let us stand and move forward to overcome the situation we are in. While we do our best to contribute in this battle, let us also not lose hope to win our fight for a just and humane society. Let us continue to aspire for a society where public healthcare and other social services are highly prioritized, where peoples’ rights are respected, where no one is left behind especially in times like this. In this challenging period, let our solidarity keep us strong and resolute to carry on and continue to build a better world.

*Bayanihan refers to the Filipino culture of collectively helping one another in times of need.

Call for Donations

 

Our kababayans have not yet recovered from Super Typhoon Rolly (Goni) and yet another severe tropical storm – Typhoon #UlyssesPh (Vamco) – devastated the country. PSET appeals for continuous sending of donations – cash or in-kind – to help our affected communities.
 
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