The Philippines is an archipelagic country in South East Asia composed of more than 7,600 islands. Enamored for its beautiful beaches, mountains of all sizes, and colorful jeepneys, it is no wonder that the Philippines can offer a vibrant experience paired with one of the most hospitable and cheerful people. Amidst this beauty, the Philippines also faces a lot of challenges with poverty creeping in the society, tourism is seen to be a tool for poverty reduction.
Different local YMCAs in the Philippines has been hosting Alternative Tourism programs that allow one to not only experience the country but to experience life with the locals. Many opportunities to help one get a deeper understanding of the life in the Philippines and allow oneself to be of service to the community awaits. In the process, GATN programs in the Philippines aim towards personal development founded on mutual respect and friendship.