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Sponsors:  Mr. Nate Leman

Location:  Beijing, China

Student Cost: Approximately $3,340

Applicants must be: Grade 10, 11 or 12 (in the fall of 2017)

Open to:  Male and Female

Maximum number allowed on trip:  16

Purpose/Goal:  Leadership Development

Prerequisites:  Students must have a desire to serve and work with children/teens, must be in good health and able to complete physical activities, must be comfortable in rural setting, and must be willing and adaptable to try different foods and cultural experiences. Previous international travel experience is preferred. This experience will also heavily rely on a student's ability to discuss both book studies and cultural observations, so students must be comfortable contributing to these discussions both before they travel and on the trip.

Families that wish to have their students participate in and attend any WA trip that requires a family financial contribution must first have their tuition account current at the time of application and until the trip departure.

So if you think Panda Express is real Chinese food…. you might be in for a surprise. Get your chopsticks ready for experiencing a taste of what real China is like. Even though it boasts a population of 1.6 billion people, the country of China is more diverse than you might imagine from food to people, from sights to smells. During our trip, we’ll encounter the rich thousands of years old history of Beijing from climbing the Great Wall to exploring the Temple of Heaven. Conversely, you’ll have a chance to experience everyday life in Beijing by riding the subway, learning some Chinese, making and eating Chinese food, and observing first-hand why China is a significant player on the global stage. Another key part of our trip will be the opportunity to explore Beijing village life and serve at New Day Foster Care working with orphans, teaching in a bilingual preschool, and serving in a variety of ways. This trip will specifically focus on leadership development, and we will use our unique opportunity to study the character qualities of a global citizen. We will be participating in a book study and corresponding discussions. If you’re up for adventure, cultural exchange, and service then come travel to the “Middle Kingdom”!