HPF conducts an annual J-term trip to the Philippines, during which a team of approximately 15 students fly to Manila to conduct a project of their choosing. The project must be sustainable and create long-lasting impact on the community in which the team chooses to work. Besides the main project, students are also given the chance to see Philippine sites such as beaches, museums, and historical locations. The program is funded, in part, by the Harvard Asia Center and by several generous sponsors in the Philippines.
In 2013, the first year that the trip was held, the team of students created a mobile library to be used by non-profit organization Child Hope Asia in their street education sessions for street children. They also held a series of self-expression workshops for the street kids, who, at the end of the three weeks, put on a fundraising performance. In addition to this, the team visited Stairway Foundation in Mindoro, a rehabilitation center for physically and sexually abused street children, and interacted with schools in Tagaytay. The team was also invited to do one-day volunteer stints with Gawad Kalinga, Hands on Manila, and Beacon Academy. You may view the team's blog here.