With one of the largest populations in the world, Manila is the capital of the Philippines. It is estimated that twenty-five to thirty percent of the city's population live in slums or squatter settlements in various areas around the metro area. Manila's history is a story of 350 years of colonization, first by the Spanish, beginning with its founding in 1571. At the end of the 19th century, the Philippines was handed over to the United States as a territory. The Philippines finally became independent in 1946, but has experienced a lot of political turmoil and corruption since. Because of the influence of the Spanish, the main cultural religion is Roman Catholicism. Tagalog is the main language, but because of recent American cultural influence, English is used in business, schools, and by the national media.

Although there will be service components ("doing"), the focus of the Global Urban Trek is learning ("being") among native Filipino leaders and communities who have boldly ministered in difficult places and situations through a holistic understanding of the gospel. Participants will have cross-cultural mission training, live incarnationally in poor communities, and work alongside one or more organizations and/or ministries in metro Manila. Trek participants will be exposed to some of the following elements: family life, church plants, youth and adolescent programs, community development, community intervention, child and family development, outreach, and counseling. Placements are located throughout Metro Manila, with most being in Quezon City. Historically, we have worked with the following organizations: 
Living Springs Church
Onesimo Foundation
Manila Underground

As students experience daily life and the needs of this community, they may begin to sense God's call to longer-term service among the urban poor. 

Check back this fall for 2019 Applications.


Manila, Philippines
June 18, 2018 to August 3, 2018
Ministry Focus: 
Global Urban Trek
Who may apply for this program: 
Students studying in North America

Don't let the price stop you from applying. The average cost is listed, but fundraising is team based, with training and a coach. 

Ed and Silvia Ahn

Silvia and Eddie are excited to direct in Manila this year with their vivacious little son Jihoon, who will be turning 2 years old just before the Trek. Silvia has served as staff for the last 9 years and participated in the Manila trek in '05 and as staff in Bangkok in 2012. Eddie is a seminary student who will have graduated with his Masters of Divinity this spring and has volunteered with InterVarsity in different capacities over the years.  We share life with a little doggy named Sir Francis Wuffles of Barkington in Oakland, CA aka Warriors ground.