With No Barriers Youth
No Barriers Youth offers you an unforgettable journey to discover the ancient world while unearthing today’s modern China. Not only will you experience the rich historical sites, but you will meet with unforgettable people as you examine the environmental, cultural and social issues facing the world’s largest population.
- Venture off the beaten path and go trekking to remote areas of the Great Wall
- Immerse yourself in Mongolian culture and learn how yurts are built
- Visit the modern cities of Shanghai and Beijing and compare them to the ancient ways of life in rural communities
- Participate in ecological restoration projects designed to reduce erosion and desertification
- Students will have the opportunity to improve their Mandarin, teach English to Chinese children, work at an orphanage, and more
China is home to 37 UNESCO World Heritage sites, and countless temples, palaces and tombs. Its ultra-modern cities are not far from quaint and picturesque rural villages. Places such as the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, the terracotta warriors of Xi’an and the Ming tombs, all conjure up images of a land filled with rich ancient culture. Yet today, industrialization, rapid urbanization, acid rain, air and water pollution all threaten many of China’s historic monuments and have created a host of related social and environmental problems. Straddling both ancient and modern, China is a fascinating student travel destination that cannot be ignored!
Afternoon: Depart on an overnight flight to China
Afternoon: Arrive in Beijing and meet your No Barriers Youth Expedition Leader. You will be escorted to your hotel for a brief orientation followed by dinner. Turn in early to catch up on much-needed rest.
Morning: Visit the ‘Temple of Heaven’ for an offering for a successful trip.
Afternoon: Later, visit the historical sites in Beijing that changed the shape of China over the span of centuries: Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and surrounding sites saving time to enjoy the private quarters afterward.
Evening: Rest up and reflect on your days activities.
Morning: Introduction to Migrant Labor issues: Presentation and discussion on migrant labor issues with a visit to the Dandelion School for migrant laborer children in S. Beijing.
Afternoon: Packed lunch and volunteer activities at Dandelion School
Evening: Rest up and reflect on day’s activities
Morning/Afternoon: Continue volunteer activities with Dandelion School, interacting with students and practicing your language skills.
Evening: Participate in a guided reflection activity designed to enhance critical thinking skills.
Morning: Visit to the Environmental Education Media Project to learn about what is being done in the field of environmental education in China, as well as to understand the history and process of degraded land restoration – something you will be engaged with during your time in Inner Mongolia.
Afternoon: Shop for souvenirs at the Pearl Market.
Evening: Dinner at a restaurant in Beijing .
Morning: Bus to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall for a cable-car ride to one of the more serene sections. While many of the sections within driving distance of Beijing are overly touristy, this section is one of the less visited and more scenic.
Afternoon: Hike along the Great Wall with an English speaking guide.
Evening: Depart for Baotou by overnight train
Morning: Arrive in Baotou on the train and drive 1.5 hours to Engebei to check into the lodge. You’ll have time to shower, rest and relax.
Afternoon: There will be a team building activity after lunch followed by an information session and Q&A with local officials.
Evening: Traditional Mongolian dinner. Time for journaling.
Morning: Orientation to Engebei ecological restoration project with a presentation on the history and ecology of the region, which was once prosperous pastoral land. This morning, you will start your service project planting trees in order to contain erosion and desertification.
Afternoon: Fun activities in the desert: go hiking or go on a camel ride!
Evening: Free time to rest, debrief, reflect on time in Engebei
Morning: Morning service activity planting and caring for the trees.
Afternoon: Play basketball with local children & teens.
Evening: Have a BBQ and campfire.
Morning: After a leisurely morning, leave Engebei and drive back to Baotou. Have lunch in local restaurant.
Afternoon: After lunch, drive to a high school in Guyang. Spend the afternoon engaging with your high school peers.
Evening: Leave at 5:30 and drive to the hotel for dinner and time for reflection.
Morning: Spend the morning at the high school continuing to interact with the students.
Afternoon: After lunch, drive to the grasslands arriving in the late afternoon. Enjoy activities such as archery and wrestling.
Evening: Banquet dinner and retire to your yurt for a good night’s rest.
Morning/Afternoon: Enjoy the grasslands through activities such as visiting a herdsmen’s house for lunch, riding horses or exploring the area.
Evening: Dinner and time for reflection.
Morning: Leave the grasslands in the morning and drive to Hohhot to check into your hotel. Time for showers and to rest and relax.
Afternoon: Half day activities in Hohhot including the great mosque and pagoda and the Buddhist Temple (time permitting). Time for a late afternoon group reflection activity to process your experience in the grasslands.
Evening: Guided group activity designed around social and emotional learning.
Morning: After a leisurely breakfast participate in a teambuilding activity and potentially visit an area attraction.
Afternoon: Have an early lunch and then transfer to the airport for your afternoon flight to Shanghai.
Evening: After dinner, return to your room for reflection and journaling.
Morning/Afternoon: Early breakfast at hotel and drive to Suzhou in the morning to visit the Lingering Garden, Old Street of Suzhou and then the Silk Factory. Drive to Zhujiajiao in the afternoon and take a boat trip on the Water Town, then drive back to Shanghai.
Evening: Dinner out, time to reflect/debrief.
Morning: Visit Cisco offices. Start in the Cisco Customer Briefing Center with a discussion on Smart and Connected Communities with Cloud Demo followed by Cisco Executives presentation in the conference room.
Afternoon: Visit Shanghai sites and Yu Yuan Gardens to take a stroll around the scenic grounds and to do some last minute shopping.
Evening: Final dinner in Shanghai.
Morning: After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your departing flight. Arrive home inspired, exhausted, and forever changed by your adventure to China!
Getting immersed in the culture of India and getting to know and love the children was the greatest. When the students would cling to me at the end of class, and tell me how much they enjoyed having me there was heartbreaking.Rachel W., Student
There is so much life, happening all the time. It's crazy to think that, after only three weeks, I feel like I've become accustomed to so much of how the world move.Saul S., Student
I just wanted to take a moment to formally thank you for another unbelievable and life changing trip. No Barriers Youth made it all possible and took the guesswork out of a potentially nerve wracking and complicated task.Amanda W., Trip Leader
“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.”
– Martin Buber
Facts & Figures
Special Note: One in every five people in the world is Chinese
Standard Chinese or Mandarin (official), Yue (Cantonese), Wu (Shanghainese), Minbei (Fuzhou), Minnan (Hokkien-Taiwanese), Xiang, Gan, Hakka dialects, minority languages
Below Poverty Line
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