Wo International Center

Student Travel and Hosting Programs

Punahou students in grades 5-12 may apply to participate in a travel program run through the Wo International Center. 

There are also numerous opportunities to host a visiting student for a short-term stay.  All inbound and outbound programs offer a unique opportunity to build a global perspective and to make new friends from across the globe.

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  • Grade 5: Keio Yochisha Student Exchange

    Over the course of eight days, a group of Punahou 5th graders travel to  Tokyo where they live with a host family and attend Keio Yochisha School alongside their host buddy.  In turn, Keio students visit Punahou school for a similar experience with our Punahou 4th graders.  The program provides students an opportunity to experience Japanese education and culture.
  • Grade 6: Ancient Roman History Curricular Travel

    During this experience students travel through Rome and Naples, learning about the ancient world and making connections with the five traits of civilization found in the social studies curriculum. While traveling in Italy, students explore and develop a greater understanding of historical sites and the rich culture. Students cook authentic Italian foods, learn how to navigate in new cities, and draw connections between the ancient and modern world.
  • Grade 7: Aotearoa (New Zealand) Curricular Travel

    The Aotearoa curricular exchange builds on existing partnerships with the Villa Trust Charter Schools in Auckland and Southwell School in Hamilton.  Students build relationships and collaborate with partner classrooms prior to travel, and then Punahou students share their final projects during the in-person school visits.  Included in the itinerary are cultural experiences and visits to sacred places to deepen appreciation for cultural similarities and differences throughout the Polynesian Triangle.
  • Grades 7-8: Tamagawa Student Exchange

    The Punahou-Tamagawa exchange intertwines the development of  global consciousness and competencies throughout a curricular project and student exchange experience. Prior to the in-person exchange, Punahou and Tamagawa students use an online platform to meet one another and collaborate on a global issue project. Tamagawa students share their projects when they visit Punahou, and Punahou students share when they visit Japan. While in Japan, Punahou students homestay with a Tamagawa family and participate in their annual ski camp.
  • Grades 7-8: Soong Ching Ling Student Exchange

    As part of Punahou School's partnership and cultural exchange with High School Affiliated to Renmin University Of China and Soong Ching Ling School, students in seventh and eighth grade have the opportunity to travel to Beijing and Shanghai. On this trip, students visit historical places and partake in cultural experiences with our sister schools.  A homestay with students from Soong Ching Ling school provides students with a full cultural immersion experience.
  • Grade 8: Viktor Rydberg Samskola Student Exchange

    Students travel to Stockholm where they homestay with a family and attend classes at Viktor Rydberg Middle School (VRS) in Stockholm, Sweden. This travel experience is an extension of the 8th grade social studies curriculum and focuses on the Aims of a Punahou education to develop citizens of the world with global perspective and competency skills. This trip provides students with the opportunity to develop leadership skills, learn about Sweden's history, government and culture, and share our Hawaiian values around the world.
  • Grade 9: Water Is Life Conference

    In the summer prior to their sophomore year, as many as three Punahou students will participate in the third edition of the Water is Life Conference. The program is focused on connecting students and educators from across the world around projects related to water security, water management, climate change, and diplomacy. This conference aims to bring bright young students from different countries together in a meeting of hearts and minds. It seeks to plant the seeds of friendship and dialogue, instill awareness on the issues of water management and develop scientific, diplomatic and leadership skills in young participants.
  • Grades 9-12: Learning Across Borders

    Learning Across Borders (LAB) is an educational nonprofit focused on students and educators from various countries in the Asia-Pacific region. LAB is focused on promoting four thematic principles: environmental science, project-based learning, student leadership, and cross cultural navigation. Students in all grades are invited to participate in the state finals in late April. Exemplary teams will be invited to participate in the Global Finals.
  • Grades 9-12: G-Term Travel

    In the Academy, students have the opportunity to embark into week-long experiences to different corners of the world.  These travel experiences include trips to: Cuba, Mexico, Singapore, Korea, Okinawa, Japan, Taiwan, Washington D.C., Detroit, California, Seattle, Boston and more.
  • Grade 10: Hiroshima Peace Scholarship

    Each year, two rising Juniors receive merit-based scholarships for this trip to Japan to participate in the Hiroshima peace festivities and work with other school groups to address nuclear non-proliferation and peace activities.
  • Grade 11: Student Global Leadership Institute at Oakridge International, India

    Prior to their senior year, as many as three Punahou students join students from high schools in India, the U.S., England, and other foreign countries in a residential program to foster a multi-national community of youth leaders sustained by a robust framework for online learning. The Institute promotes leadership development in academics, public service and international collaboration.
  • Grade 12: Summer Capstone Travel

    This travel version of the Senior Capstone course is an opportunity to apply the Aims of the Punahou education in a new setting. Capstone experiences all include a service and culture component. Past locations include Iceland, New Zealand, Alaska, China, and Bhutan.