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Millions of people are living in dire poverty in the Philippines and do not have access to quality education. Only 50% of high school students go to college while only 14% graduate, most from diploma mills that do not equip them with the education and skills needed to compete in the job market. Meanwhile, the best and the brightest students leave the countryside to pursue employment in urban cities and abroad due to lack of opportunity.

Launched in August 11, 2014, SEED Philippines provides an education-based solution to rural development. It is the first school for social entrepreneurship for the poor which serve as a model for rural development through education and hands-on learning mentored by an international team of social entrepreneurs and innovators. SEED prepares students to create social enterprises that will develop rural areas through rural job and wealth creation. It serves as a pilot that will be replicated to provide a quality education to thousands in communities across the Philippines.

The School for Experiential and Entrepreneurial Development (SEED Philippines) aims to raise the next generation of agri-entrepreneurs. Its focus on countryside development attempts to address poverty where it is most acute, reach the people who are most neglected, and grab the opportunities that remain untapped. In the last five years, it has since opened its doors to over 180 scholars from all across the Philippines, providing a holistic approach to learning through classroom instruction, hands-on learning, and enterprise development. During the two-year program, students take a variety of courses that focus on character development, enterprise management, communications, business math, and agriculture. Graduates then become partners or apprentices of existing social enterprises through the Gap Year Program where they continue a hands-on approach to learning and the application of real-world skills.


TESDA Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship
SEED is a registered educational institution under the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and was licensed as the first institution to develop and offer the Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship. This program equips students with the competencies to create social businesses that will help communities and rural areas develop through job and wealth creation. Students who complete the program should be able to plan, incubate, and operate a social business. This is the flagship and inaugural program offering of SEED dovetails with the mission of the GK Enchanted Farm of raising 500,000 social entrepreneurs to end poverty. SEED students who complete the program plug into the economic ecosystem of the GK Enchanted Farm to operationalize and scale-up their social businesses.

SEED 2-Year Program

SEED Students in the daily farming activities
The SEED 2-year program refers to the TESDA accredited curriculum for social entrepreneurship training. It is the primary entry program for SEED students.
There are 7 pillars consisting this program: Character and values formation, Computation, Communication, Contextualization, Agriculture, Agro-processing, and Enterprise Development. These pillars allow the students to be equipped with relevant knowledge, competencies, and values to become social entrepreneurs. A clearer set of program pillars anchored on Character and values formation have been established with the following objectives:
  • Contextualization: to know the history of our people and country and sharpen their perspective of the world of development (different motivations for pursuing development e.g GK, other SEs)
  • Communication: to express oneself, and be able to share to others the stories and dreams they are working on
  • Computation: to work with facts and proof to support their stories
  • Agriculture (Produce): to be able to work the land and have the right attitude towards creation of value with the people who work the land
  • Agroprocessing (Process): to be able to develop value-added goods and services to the produce of the land as a means to complete value-chains
  • Enterprise Development (Profit): to be able to tie up gaps and opportunities with resources available, and create sustainable solutions to problems using social enterprise

SEEDex Japan 2018 with the SEED team
SEEDex Japan in the farming activities

One of the most unique programs of the school is its affiliation with foreign educational and non-profit institutions which provide vast learning opportunities for those coming from the bottom of the pyramid. Through this program, students and mentors from foreign partner institutions are able to study and immerse in the Philippines to learn about ending poverty from the poor themselves. This unique feature of learning directly from the rising poor provides program participants with experiences and lessons that are difficult to capture in a purely academic setting. This program has attracted students from France and Japan during its pilot years. Today, the program is being refined to be made available to more schools in the global network of GK.

SEEDex France 2018 with some kids of a GK comuunity

These partner institutions abroad in turn open learning opportunities for students and mentors of SEED. These programs are aimed at exposing and familiarizing those from the bottom of the pyramid to the many opportunities at the top of the pyramid. These programs are not only focused on building certain knowledge and skills but more importantly are aimed at building the confidence of the poor to engage the world of privilege and direct opportunities towards ending poverty.

SEED Students giving a lecture in
Johnson (batch 2) in France for studying
Dairy trip in France Rinalyn (batch 1) is ESSEC France

SEED Graduate Accelerator Program (GAP)
Students who complete their basic formation and training in SEED are given continuing support through the Graduate Accelerator Program (GAP). SEED alumni are supported through a placement support service whose goal is to put them on a stable and steady trajectory out of poverty. This is carried out through the following placement tracks:

1. ENTERPRISE TRACK where enterprise ideas and products are fast-tracked for operationalization within 6 months of their graduation.

Dwight (batch 3) with his social enterprise Camote Chips

Danilo (batch 2) with his social enterprise Oh Gk

2. EMPLOYMENT TRACK where students specialize in an employable skill through intensive training programs and targeted job-placement with partner institutions.

Anna (batch 1), working for Mad Travel, is one of the graduates doing often the farm tours for the guests

3. EDUCATION TRACK where students take further studies to gain mastery and advanced credentials in their chosen industry, enterprise, or skill.

Girlie (batch 1), in Paul Bocuse Institute

Ronnel (batch 1), has finished a certificate in Enderun School

Foreign interns participate in mission trips and return to their home contries with their own learning from these trips

Mission trips include giving talks to the local community



Recruitment camp
In its first two years of operations, SEED has always recruited its students from within the province of Bulacan. There was a need to establish its presence to the youth, especially as the GK Enchanted Farm was also relatively new by the time the school was established. The first two batches of students were recruited in a straightforward manner – through an interview process conducted by a panel consisting of the school’s administrative officers. Together with this interview is an essay-writing requirement, which was meant to discover and understand the applicants’ values and eagerness to join the program. Upon thorough assessment of an applicant’s skills, capabilities, and drive for the program, the school immediately notifies successful applicants. For the first two school years, that has been the case of the school’s recruitment.
However, beginning with the 3rd batch of students, the school decided to tap the GK network of other communities not only outside Bulacan, but even outside of Luzon as well. The school tapped the help of key GK areas, specifically Ilocos region, Western Visayas, and the Davao region. The school director, together with a couple of key administrative people, went around the specified areas to gather future SEED students. The only similarity with this process to the one with the first two batches is that all students only had to undergo an interview and essay-writing as well.

The school’s recruitment process only drastically changed by the time the 4th batch of students came. Realizing that the most common reason for students’ departure is the fact that most of them think they are not yet ready for this mission (of ending poverty by being a social entrepreneur), it was inevitable for the school to strengthen its recruitment process. With the help of a former intern, Shona Taner, the school decided that holding a 3-day, 2-night camp would best determine an applicant’s readiness, determination, skills, and competencies. These camps were held in different areas around the country, from Bicol to Iloilo and Leyte to Davao and Zamboanga. The camp consists of different activities and segments that are meant to test their values, social behaviour, and intelligence. From group events to solo essays and tests, the camp served not only as the school’s basis for recruiting, but an avenue as well for the school’s graduates to share their learnings to aspiring applicants.

1. Interested applicants must have completed at least high school or its ASL equivalent. Priority is given to members of GK communities (i.e. children of GK residents or member of volunteer groups). However, non-GK-affiliated individuals are more than welcome to apply as well, provided that the respective local GK coordinators in their areas will endorse them.

2. The school informs local GK Coordinators/Community Organizers on the planned date of the recruitment camp. The school provides application forms and a list of requirements to mentioned coordinators, which they can give out to the youth in their respected areas.

3. Interested applicants show up during the camp for the registration and surrender their application forms and initial requirements. These include ID photos, original copy of a birth certificate, and any proof of completion of high school (or grade 10).

4. After the camp, the school properly notifies successful applicants, as well as their respective coordinators/community organizers. Once the student confirms, he/she must take the necessary (and basic) medical tests before moving in to the campus for his/her studies.

SEED batch 4


Girlie Obias is a graduate of Batch 1. After her graduation, she was given an opportunity to undergo an internship with a prestigious culinary school in the Philippines, Enderun Colleges. She must have been the first student from the poor to attend a course that is normally afforded by those from the upper classes. In 2018, she was selected to undergo a 14-week intensive module at the prime culinary school in the world, Paul Bocuse.

Girlie (batch 1) in Paul Bocuse France

Angelica de Leon, Gelai to her peers, is a graduate of Batch 2. She was one of the active students in her batch. After her graduation, she joined 2 other classmates and started an enterprise called Friendchips. Her other partners have chosen to go to different directions, but she has chosen to stay and continue her enterprise, providing delicious banana and camote (sweet potato) in savory flavors, infused with healthy ingredients such as Moringa, a super food. She also helps with the external events of the GK Enchanted Farm while she continues to steer her enterprise to success.

Gelai (batch 2), Friendchips

John Paul Jose, or JP for short, is from Batch 3. As an active student, he showed continuous improvement in all levels. He was frequently chosen as one of the students to provide tours to visitors of the GK Enchanted Farm. He brought his welcoming personality and ability to build good relationships with others with him upon joining the SEED team as the coordinator for partnerships. He is now helping the school with partners who can continue to support the students and the efforts of the school.

JP (batch 3), in his graduation


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With each conclusion of a new school year, SEED Philippines is given the chance to grow exponentially as it explores the limitless potential of its students. We have expanded our reach to all over the Philippines as well as introduced to tracs for the Gap Year Program, which will allow the SEED students to further develop the incubation of their own social enterprise. These changes have allowed a more extensive commitment that the students can give to their school and vice versa.
For Php250,000, you will be able to provide one (1) SEED Student the following:
- Scholarship for the 2-year social entrepreneurship program
- Boarding School which covers accommodations and meals
- Start-up funding for the incubation of their social enterprise
- Textbooks, school supplies and uniforms

As a SEED Partner, you will join SEED Philippine’s journey in raising 500,000 social entrepreneurs by 2024 who will create inclusive wealth that will not leave anyone behind. Through this program, you will be able to tap into each phase of Gawad Kalinga from Social Justice, Social Artistry and Social Progress from the basic amenities and the proper education to the eventual emergence of multiple business lead by the once-poor.

They’ll have two choices:
1) Proceed with their enterprises and join the mission track team of Gawad Kalinga. For number one, they can stay in the campus to further develop, innovate and undergo mentorship to scale-up their social enterprises or return to their home provinces and do their enterprise work therein.
2) While for number two, they may choose to be deployed to different areas along with senior full-time workers of Gawad Kalinga spreading the mission and expanding the reach of Gawad Kalinga culture.

Our SEED mentors are a convergence of experience and dedicated individuals who takes the initiative by dedicating their time and effort, using their expertise to help students with great potentials. They come from different educational and professional backgrounds, finding their place in the curriculum of SEED. Each of them teaching more than core competencies but a specific brand of leadership that we hope to instil in the students.
The pool of mentors is full time GK workers; including current social entrepreneurs, committed GK leaders, and other aspiring change-makers that help the students to prepare for their enterprises and grows with the success of students. These are some of the full time GK workers who work hand in hand with the students in creating a positive change in the country:

SEED students are young people who have the ability and spirit for the mission, great leaders and with good communication skills, high intellectual capacity, and a heart to end poverty for themselves, their community, and this country.
Now the students are coming for all over the country.

SEED is located in the Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm in Angat, Bulacan in the Luzon Island. It’s around 2 to 4 hours from Manila.

There is no specific number of students that we want to reach. The last two batches are respectively composed of 48 and 33 students.

As Filipinos or as foreigner you can volunteer or do an internship in SEED. For Filipinos the timeline is 2 months and for the foreigners the average is around 6 months.
You can apply directly via this website.

You can visit the GK enchanted farm and schedule interactions with seed students. You can book directly via the GKEF website.

SEED batch 4


SEED Philippines
GK Enchanted Farm
California Street
Brgy. Encanto
Angat Bulacan

SEED Philippines

+63 917 169 9792

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