Schoolies Service Trip
Schoolies traditionally includes sitting on a beach, drinking, and other things of very little significance. It’s fun, but it doesn’t have much meaning.
Why not celebrate the end of your schooling life by seeing a new country, impacting communities in poverty, and expanding yourself? Join us for a trip full of feeding programs in poor communities, connecting with kids in our children’s home, physical building projects, experiencing crazy Asian markets, and exploring the beautiful jungles and waterfalls of the Philippines. It’s different, but it is life changing.
We help make serving others easy!
Your job is to get here...
our job is everything else.
Check out your options
Schoolies trip with lots of options.
There are so many different opportunities that you can get involved with on this schoolies trip. Click on some of the options below and see more details about each serving opportunity.
Choose location and understand costs
"Most international trips I looked at cost at minimum $1000 (USD) or more for a 10 day trip. I was trilled to find out a trip to KIDS was a little over $500 for a 10 day trip... And it included everything. Food, airport pickup, A/C room." - Volunteer
1 - 30 days
Individual rate / night
Family rate / night
$90 USD / Room plus
$10 USD / person
More than 30 days
Individual rate / night
Family rate / night
$60 USD / Room plus
$5 USD / person
More question? Check out the FAQ
(FAQ = Frequently asked questions)
Questions You May Be Thinking of:
How do I book my stay at either of the two Kids International Ministry campuses?
Fill out the questionare below and we will contact you by e-mail to finalize your reservation and answer any questions you may have. You can also e-mail serving@KidsIM.org with any other questions or concerns.
What is the difference between the Manila campus and the Tacloban campus?
Both campuses are a great (but different) experience.
Tacloban is a simple island with a beach in walking distance.
Manila is a city bursting with diversity and excitement.
Some people go to both!
What kinds of people can come to serve?
As shown on the Volunteer page, anyone is welcome to serve here at KIDS. You can come with children, a large or a small group, alone, with missional experience or not, young or old, Christian or non-Christian! Any and all are welcome just the same!.
When is the best time to come and serve?
Any time is a good time. We operate all year round with our ministries. The exception would be if there are specific opportunities you want to be involved in. Example: If you are a teacher and want be involved at CCS, you will want to make sure you are coming when class is in session and coordinate with the school to see if there is an opportunity to help. If there are specific service opportunities you would like to be involved with please e-mail email@example.com.
What is included in my stay with Kids International Ministries?
Commodities that you should expect include:
How do I know what ministry/ministries would be best for me?
Deciding what area of ministry you want to serve in can be a bit overwhelming at first. We suggest you look at your passions and God given talents to give you a good hint as to where you will be most useful and what area YOU will enjoy the most. You may come and know right away where you want to serve or you may come and try out all the opportunities we have. Both ways are perfectly fine with us! We are here to help you plug in and have an amazing trip.
What kind of food will I be eating?
What would transportation to and from the airport look like?
We will be waiting at the airport to pick you up and generally will have a sign with your name on it. The trip to the ministry center really depends on traffic and may take as little as 45 minutes or as long as 3 hours. Arriving or leaving on Sunday will make your trip to the airport very short as there is not much traffic.
What time of the day and day of the week should I arrive and leave?
There are a few considerations here:
- Day of the week. Sunday is an off day at the ministry center and Saturday is low key. Arriving on a Friday or Saturday will mean that there will not be much to do for the weekend. This is good for some people to recover from jetlag, but others like to hit the ground running and jump right in.
- Time of day to arrive. Arriving very early (6am) can be nice because you can get to the ministry center and get an orientation and get involved in a few things the first day you arrive. If you arrive any time after 10am, you will likely not get to the ministry center in time to actually do anything your first day on the ground. Again – each person or group is different and some may want to come early and do things day 1, others would rather start activities after a nights sleep.
- Time of day to leave. Early morning is nice because of lack of traffic but remember – if you flight leaves at 6am you would need to leave the ministry center at 2:30am to make sure you have enough time at the airport. Leaving at noon means that you could grab breakfast at 6:30 and leave the ministry center at 7 to get to the airport. A very late night flight (10 or 11PM) can mean you get a full day of ministry and then leave after dinner to go to the airport.
What should I pack?
Do you suggest any airlines for my flight to and from the Philippines?
Any airline is fine.
Important : You will need to give the flight number and airline you are on for us to coordinate pickup and so that we can track the flight and be there when it lands (sometimes flights are early or delayed). Also – we need to know what terminal you land at so we are at the right place for pickup.
Can I bring my children?
Yes! Kids International Ministries is completely child friendly! We love it when families come to serve with us. We value children and recognize that they hold the future of the world in their hands, minds, and hearts, so we love few things more than being a small part of introducing serving others into their lives at a young age.
What can my children do at Kids?
Manila and Tacloban are generally very safe place to visits. Many of the communities you will work in are very poor so general precautions will need to be taken but the risk is really a matter of someone pick-pocketing or stealing your bag. Most of the concern we hear about when people come is in areas that are in the far south of the Philippines and do not affect Manila or Tacloban.
What kinds of adventures can I go on while in the Philippines?
What to know about Filipino culture?
How long should I stay?
This depends on where you are traveling from and the cost of the tickets to get here. We have people who come from Hong Kong and spend 3 or 4 days at the ministry center. The flights are cheap and they have no jetlag. Generally most of these people on this short of a trip wish they stayed longer – We would recommend at least 5 days of ministry (see section on when to arrive and leave to maximize ministry time)
If you are traveling from the US or Canada and will be having jetlag, you can count on the first day or 2 to adjust. This means that someone coming for 5 to 7 days will generally feel that they did not get enough time on the ground. We recommend a trip of 10 or more days (see section on when to arrive and leave to maximize ministry time).
We also have people who stay for 3 weeks or even 3 months. This allows for really plugging in to different ministries and building relationships. Days don’t have to be filled all the time and allows for trips and mini vacations. Travel to a beach, go to a volcano, go to a mall, experience different Church services, spend time alone with God. In addition, one of the things people really love when they stay for a while at the YMC is relationships with others who come and serve. Drinking coffee on the area overlooking the pool and learning about other people from all over the world. These relationship usually continue even after leaving the ministry center. Nothing brings people closer to each other than serving food to the poor together.
Bottom line – stay as long as you are able and we will try to make your trip worth it!