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1-WEEK CHINESE CULTURAL IMMERSION PROGRAMME IN CHENGDU

Immerse yourself in a whole new culture! You'll get to know Sichuan Province, meet the people, taste the food, make a traditional hot pot, or even paint an opera mask!

This dynamic inter-cultural experience is where you'll learn its language and traditions, discover refreshing perspectives that will expand your international view. "We are so much more alike than different", but there still are tons of things to surprise and captivate us as we explore this new territory.

The capital of Sichuan Province in China, Chengdu is famous for its bustling streets, new magnificent buildings, historical towns, beautiful monasteries. Our Chengdu Cultural Immersion Programme is a great way to start your volunteering adventure in China. You’ll get stuck into the local way of life – and be ready to begin your next placement in no time at all.

SUMMARY: THE BASICS

Price: £595 (approx. US$770) for 1 week
Excludes flights. Please see Full Price List & prices in other currencies
Duration: This is a 1-Week programme.

If you're doing another project with us, this programme can also be done as an Optional Activity prior to your main Project/s (at a much reduced price!!).

Start Dates: Start dates for 2018 are once a month, as follows: Jan 1st, Feb 5th, Mar 5th, Apr 2nd, May 7th, Jun 4th, Jul 2nd, Aug 6th, Sep 3rd, Oct 1st, Nov 5th, Dec 3rd
Requirements: Minimum age 17. No qualifications necessary but you should want to explore and learn.
What's included: Arranging your Programme
Full pre-departure support and assistance
Payment Protection insurance
Accommodation
Food
Meeting you at the nearest Airport
Transfer to your accommodation
Daily transport to and from your project
Local in-country team support and backup
24-hr emergency support
Certificate of Completion
What's not included: Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required).
Who can do this Project? This project is open to all nationalities and suitable for gap years or those taking a year out, grown-up gappers, career breakers.

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT

  • An exciting opportunity to travel, see the world and experience a foreign culture first-hand.
  • New skills, more confidence and invaluable personal and professional development.
  • An opportunity to take a break from the traditional academic track or your current career path in order to gain life experience and global cultural awareness
  • An entry on your CV or Résumé that will enhance your career opportunities and make you stand out from the crowd.
  • Make friends, form relationships and build memories that will last a lifetime.
  • Opportunities to enjoy some exciting adventure and cultural activities while on your programme.
  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!
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Volunteers visiting the ancient town of Huanglongxi.
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PROGRAMME CONTENT AND DESCRIPTION

When you choose this program, you are signing up for a truly intercultural experience. From our basic Chinese survival lesson, opportunities to learn the local customs and manners, enjoying a traditional Sichuan opera, making an authentic Chinese hot pot together, or visiting local temples, all the way to breathtaking indulgences that allow you to appreciate the natural beauty of the area. This tour has enough to keep you busy and get you inspired! Come along and embrace diversity, by being a part of this beautiful program.

Aims & Objectives:

  • Help you get familiar with your local surroundings
  • Teach you helpful phrases in the local language
  • Broaden your knowledge of the local customs, history and culture
  • Provide a full induction, preparing you for a longer stay!

It is the perfect way to start your trip to China! Get stuck in and immersed into the local culture before participating on other volunteer programmes. Come along and embrace diversity!

A typical week in the Cultural Immersion Programme is:

  • Monday:
    Your day begins with getting to know each and also a Chinese language & culture lesson. In the afternoon you will explore the ancient town of ‘Huanglongxi Valley. In the evening you’ll eat traditional Chinese hot pot together, a delicious way to end the day.
  • Tuesday:
    You’ll start today with a talk comparing Chinese & western culture, a great learning opportunity! You’ll also learn how to paint a mask in traditional Chinese operas. After lunch, you’ll visit The Largest Building in the Whole World!! Chengdu Global Centre, has hot springs & a water park for you to enjoy. You’ll also have dinner at the Global Centre (which isn’t included). After a busy day sight-seeing you’ll watch a Chinese movie.
  • Wednesday:
    Today you’ll put your hiking boots on and visit Qingcheng Mountain and taking a hiking tour through the mountains. You’ll also visit the local temples and the local lake. You’ll have a picnic lunch with a view from the mountain top, before heading back to Chengdu in the afternoon!
  • Thursday:
    This morning you’ll visit Chengdu Musuem and learn more about its local history! After lunch you’ll visit the fascinating ‘Wenshu’, ‘Chunxi’ road, Sino-Ocean ‘Taikoo Li Chendu’ temples. In the evening after dinner you’ll watch a traditional local style opera.
  • Friday:
    Today you’ll take the bus to visit the iconic Leshan Giant Buddha – a staggering sight to be seen! (And get your picture taken with). In the afternoon, you’ll make your way back to Chengdu for a relaxing evening in the city. In the evening, you’ll visit Bar street and pick up your own local dinner (which isn’t included in the price).

Start Dates:

May 1st,
June 5th,
July 3rd,
August 7th,
September 4th,
October 2nd,
November 6th,
December 4th

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Volunteers on the cultural tour in China
Volunteers having refreshments in one of the villages on the Cultural Tour.
Volunteers at the entrance to the Panda Project on the cultural tour in China
Volunteers gathered outside the Panda entrance.
The inmpressive temple at Leshan that Volunteers visit on the cultural tour in China
The inmpressive temple at Leshan that Volunteers visit on the cultural tour.
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ACCOMMODATION

You’ll stay at a bright and colourful hostel, which is located in the centre of Chengdu. A great place to base yourself, as you’ll be right in the heart of the action and the city’s bustling streets. Everything you need is within walking distance, not to mention being 10 minute walk from the airport shuttle bus station and a 5 minute walk from the subway station!

You’ll share an air-conditioned dorm room with 4 – 6 other people, as well as enjoying western style toilets and showers with hot and cold water. In your spare time you can relax & socialise in the hostel’s garden or shared lounge. Not mention its lively bar and restaurant for you to take advantage of!

Wi-Fi / Internet: Wi-fi facilities are available in the public areas and during working hours.

FOOD:
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided and eaten together during your cultural week. You’ll receive breakfast on your weekends. Eat like a local! You’ll eat Chinese dishes which are common of the local area – which will include mainly rice, noodles and vegetables and often some meat.

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Volunteers on the river on one of the culture week excursions.
Volunteers enjoying a meal on the village tour.
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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

YOUR SAFETY, SUPPORT AND BACKUP:
Read important information about the Support & Backup you receive before you leave and during your programme.

Read about the Safety and Security measures we take to ensure your safety and wellbeing while on our programme.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT?

Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on your placement and on your return home.

The documents you'll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on your particular programme (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.

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One of the joys of travelling to China is getting to try all their amazing food!
Volunteers showing off the caligraphy skills they've gained.
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OPTIONAL ADD-ON ACTIVITIES:

Make the most of your time there! To help you do that, we've put together some exciting activities, courses and tours that you can add to your itinerary. These are designed to be fun, but also to enable you to learn, and expand your personal and professional development enjoyment ... but mostly for your enjoyment! :-)

1-Week China Cultural Immersion Programme

1-WEEK CHINESE CULTURAL IMMERSION PROGRAMME IN FENGYHAN:
1 week of cultural integration into the rich life of China,
Price: £275
, including food and accommodation

Ni Hao and Welcome to China. In this fun-filled 1-week Culture Immersion Programme you'll meet the local people, taste the local cuisine and get familiar with Chinese customs. Your mornings will be spent learning how to speak Chinese and understanding cultural customs before adventuring into the local towns and cities and exploring the streets while socialising with the locals. You have opportunities to visit a Confucius temple and a Guangong temple, local fairs, and some amazing natural scenery sites in groups or individually during free time.

A typical week in the Cultural Immersion Programme is:

  • Monday: Start your day with a typical Chinese breakfast, followed by Chinese language lessons and a tour of Fengyan village, which will include the Old house. After lunch you will learn about Chinese philosophy and what is found Taboo. In the evening you will have the opportunity to visit a local family for a welcome party and learn how to make oil tea.
  • Tuesday: Your second Chinese lesson will follow breakfast and then you will visit Lianhua town where you will register and you can do some shopping. After lunch you will have a culture session about Chinese festivals which will lead onto a late afternoon visit Hongyan village and a climb up one of the mountains and finishing the day with Bamboo rafting.
  • Wednesday: Your morning will be spent studying and participating in Chinese language lessons, Calligraphy and painting, followed by a Chinese culture session focused on the History of China. In the Afternoon you will visit the Confucius and Guangong temples and walk along the Cha river. You won't just look at the Confucius temple, you'll understand what it felt like to be the number one scholar in the Imperial city, to pass the Emperor’s examinations and the path through the temple that only you were allowed to walk. In the evening if you would like, you can join the Gongcheng BBQ.
  • Thursday: Today you are going to learn how to buy and bargain in Chinese, and then visit the Market of Lianhua to buy some food and practice what you have learned. The afternoon will be filled with further culture lesson and an introduction into Chinese cooking, where you will learn how to make Dumplings amoung other things.
  • Friday: This morning not only will you further improve on your Chinese but also learn different Chinese songs. Your final lesson for the day will be the art of paper cutting, which is strong in Chinese culture as paper was originally invented in the Eastern Han Dynasty in the 2nd Century AD. Free time will be given in the afternoon for preparation for your weekend.
  • Saturday and Sunday: You are able to travel freely today and visit Yangshuo and Gongcheng, explore the culture with your newly acquired knowledge in culture and language, or alternatively you can stay at the centre and rest before your next adventure.

Most evenings are spent learning how to play Chinese games like; Mah-jong, Chess or watching Chinese films.

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Help to conserve Pandas in China

1-WEEK PANDA CONSERVATION IN YA'AN, CHENGDU:
Price: £850, including food and accommodation.

Get up close and personal, with both baby pandas who weigh only 100 grams at birth and gradually develop to 60lbs in their second year of life to their far larger parents that weigh a massive 250-350 lbs. In the last 2 years the volunteer work at the panda base has contributed to the doubling of the panda population – which is an amazing achievement. The work you'll be able to do will vary depending on what is required at the time upi're there, so flexibility is essential. During your placement your daily activities will include:

  • Cleaning of the Giant Panda enclosures, and the nursery.
  • Preparing the food and feeding the Giant Pandas. 99% of their diet is bamboo, however the balance usually consists of rice gruel, high fibre biscuits, carrots, apples and sweet potatoes.
  • You may also be asked to conduct some research into their habits and health, in order to expand the knowledge of how best to care for these highly endangered species.

If you're interested in animal conservation, this represents a real opportunity to learn about the Giant Panda, something that is unique to China. A typical programme is as follows, but this will vary from week to week and season to season.

Sunday:
Pick up from Chengdu airport.
You will be collected from Chengdu airport by one of our English speaking co-ordinators who will transfer you to the city where you will stay for two nights.
Monday:
After a morning's rest, you can take a tour the city of Chengdu including local markets, parks and the famous ancient pedestrian street of Kuan-zhai Alley. Visit the Business quarter. Later, join us at the welcome dinner in one of the City’s restaurants.
Tuesday:
Transfer to the Panda Reserve (3 hours by bus). Lunch at the Panda base.
Afternoon briefing and introduction to the work you will be doing.
Also registration (where you will be issued with your uniform, volunteer card etc).
Guided tour of the Panda base and meet the panda keepers whom you will be assisting.
Dinner at the hostel restaurant.
Wednesday – Friday:
For the next 3 days you will work as an assistant to the Panda Keeper. General duties will include cleaning, preparing food, chopping and carrying bamboo.
Saturday:
8:00 am transfer to Chengdu City/airport (arriving Chengdu airport at approximately 11.00 a.m) for your departure. Afternoon flights are recommended.

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Immerse yourself in Chinese Culture
Immerse yourself in Chinese Culture.
Help to conserve Pandas in China
Help to conserve these Pandas in China is unforgettable.
A big grin! A child in the local dress.

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LOCATION | SIGHTSEEING:

CHENGDU:

Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan Province of China and also one among the three most populous cities in Western China. Chengdu is one of the most important economic, financial, commercial, cultural, transportation and communication centers in Western China.

Chengdu also had the reputation of being ranked among one of the most livable cities in China, with bustling streets, new magnificent buildings, historical towns, beautiful monasteries.

HIGHLIGHTS IN CHINA: In our opinion, some of the highlights of the rest of China are:

  • The Army of Terracotta Warriors outside Xi’an - 6000 soldiers and horses that were originally designed to guard the tomb of an ancient Emperor. 2000 years old, these warriors were discovered by accident in the 1970s by peasants digging a well! Every figure differs in facial features and expression, and they make for an amazing sight!
  • Tropical Xishuangbanna - China's very own South-East Asia complete with sunshine, Thai style temples, Dai minority dancing and water splashing festivals! Here you can explore tribal villages on the border with Burma, or trek through the rainforest.
  • Northern China, along the path of the ruins of the Great Wall, also has many sights, and a slightly rough-around-the-edges charm. Here, you can visit the Gobi Desert & climb enormous sand dunes in Gansu Province or explore ancient grottoes and caverns full of religious art & Buddha statues at Dunhuang or Datong. You can even spend a night camping out under the stars in a yurt on the epic grasslands of Inner Mongolia. Here you might find yourself taking part in traditional Mongolian wrestling or drinking the local spirit (hopefully not at the same time!)
  • China's big cities - The economic and cultural and centres of this blossoming nation can be found in its 3 big cities - Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. These cities are practically alive with energy and each deserve a visit during your time in China. They represent the glitz and glamour of China's future and everything that's hip in China's new youth, with the rich history of Chinese culture running strongly through them.
  • The far North-West - Xinjiang Province in the far North-West of China next to the borders with Mongolia & Kazakhstan is a multicultural melting pot of Han Chinese, Uyghurs (the local Muslim people) and Kazakhs. Here you can visit Tian Chi, a lake halfway up a mountain inhabited by nomadic Kazakh people or take part in local grape making in the desert around Turpan
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Volunteers came to this beautiful waterfall on their explorations.
China is full of colour and this beautiful statue of Buddha is just one example.
Phil Perkes in China
Phil Perkes, Travellers co-founder, and Fergus Kane discovering some of the must-see sights on an inspection trip to China.
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REVIEWS AND FEEDBACK:

I really do not want to leave! And I can definitely say this has been one of the best times of my life! It really has, it has changed my life in so many different ways I can't explain in words! Jordan Scott

It has been a most amazing experience. Not just meeting and working with the pandas, but learning about the culture and society of China. The volunteers are friendly and fun to hang out with, so evenings are pretty great. I think it's fair to say that I've had a few culture shocks, so much here is different from my home in Sweden, but I've had a great time discovering these differences. I definitely want to come back someday Lynn, Sweden

The whole trip was amazing and your organisation terrific - we can learn so much from China! Judy Machin