PAAC Volunteer Registration for EWC Students
The Pacific and Asian Affairs Council (PAAC) is an independent, international education 501(c)3 nonprofit with a mission to promote a greater awareness and understanding of foreign affairs issues with special attention to Hawaiʻi’s role in the Asia-Pacific region. Since 1954, PAAC has provided global education to more than 92,737 high school students and 85,400 community members statewide, and hosted approximately 1,384 international visitors through the State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). PAAC's offices are on the 4th floor of Burns Hall.
Visit PAAC's website at
to learn more.
Please direct all inquiries to Jason Shon, High School Program Director, at
Would you like to be on PAAC's volunteer email list?
Each year PAAC organizes statewide conferences and other educational programs for high school students in Hawaii to learn more about global issues and how they impact our community. Events range in scale from 20-200 student participants and cover a wide variety of topics (past topics have included climate change, refugees, food security, the People of COFA, and nuclear diplomacy). By being on the volunteer email list, you will receive emails about upcoming opportunities to volunteer and help out at PAAC events.
Guest Speaker Program
PAAC’s Guest Speaker Program connects high school students with community members, including EWC students. Guest Speakers volunteer their time to share their career and life experiences with inquisitive PAAC students.
How it Works:
1. Complete and submit the form below.
2. A list of all Guest Speakers is sent to PAAC Student Clubs and After-School Classes. The list will include a profile picture, brief bio, and the themes/issues on which each person can speak.
3. If a PAAC club or class is interested in inviting a speaker to their school, they will submit a Guest Speaker Request Form to PAAC.
4. PAAC will contact the requested speakers directly to inquire about availability. Speakers will NOT be contacted by students or teachers directly.
5. A PAAC staff member will accompany speakers on their visit and can also provide transportation to and from the school/venue.
If you are interested in speaking to high school students, please check all areas that you would be willing to talk about.
NOTE: extensive presentations or preparations are not necessary. This is primarily an opportunity for you to talk about your life, career, or your area of expertise while interacting with inquisitive students. Speaking times are typically 30-60 min (including time for Q&A).
My life & career
My travel experience / how travel shapes your worldview
Global citizenship and how it relates to work/life
Diplomacy & Negotiation
Disaster Response / Disaster Planning / Disaster Risk Reducation
Please specify any particular countries, cultures, languages, art forms, or issues (global, national, or local) that you can speak about.
Are there any other topics or areas that you could speak about or share with curious high school students?
Do you have any requests, preferences, or concerns regarding being a speaker?
In addition to submitting this form, please email a profile picture and a brief bio to Jason Shon, High School Program Director, at email@example.com
Your picture and bio will be included in the guest speaker list that is sent to PAAC's students and teachers.
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