China, “the Middle Kingdom,” is home to 5,000 years of history woven into an expansive tapestry of cultures and traditions. More recently, globalization and economic ambition have encouraged breakneck development and social change. in this complex country of varied landscapes and peoples. Over the course of two weeks, Trinity students find myriad opportunities to explore the endurance of deep traditions alongside the march of modern progress. Through village stays with farming families, service learning projects, exploration of wilderness areas, and authentic exchanges with local activists and leaders, students delve into themes of cultural survival, political power, environmental conservation, and economic development.

Trinity School’s Global Engagement Program in partnership with Where There Be Dragons offers students an expertly facilitated cultural and linguistic immersion into rural and urban China. Our journey peels back the layers of a complex country and offers students opportunities to authentically engage with off-the-beaten path locales while cultivating deeper notions of global citizenship, personal values and identity, and opportunities to develop leadership skills along the way. Students should expect not only to learn about modern China, but also to be personally challenged outside of their comfort zones, to take on important leadership roles and to reflect on their own experiences, both individually, in small groups, and as a whole group.

“China: Center and Periphery” explores themes of rural and urban China with a particular focus on economic development and resource management. By building a foundation in Mandarin Chinese students will gain access to learning through direct engagement with local peers, government representatives, professionals, artists and activists. Ethnic Chinese culture, traditional medicine, and Eastern philosophy all factor considerably into this experiential cultural immersion program. This is a holistic program, offering students the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships to the people and landscapes of China by sharing personal and cultural narratives while simultaneously cultivating a deeper sense of global citizenship, self-awareness, and leadership.

Important Advisory: All trips are rugged, and all require good physical conditioning. If you have any questions regarding the physical demands of a program, please call. All participants will be responsible for submitting to us a completed health form that is signed by a physician, and that completely and accurately represents the current mental and physical well-being of the participant. Dragons instructors have the right to disqualify any member from the group if considered medically necessary, and will do so if a participant or family member falsely represents the student in interviews, the application, the participant's health form, or any other required paperwork. In the event of a medical emergency, Dragons will attempt to procure medical treatment; however, we assume no liability regarding provision of medical care. Applicants are urged to check their insurance coverage for its adequacy when outside of their own country, or to purchase travel health insurance. A pro-rated medical and evacuation policy will be offered through Dragons to all participants.

This trip is open to all students, regardless of enrollment in a Mandarin class.

Trip Leaders: Ms. Sun, Dr. McCarron, Mr. Kyin
Dates: June 20-July 3, 2018
Cost: $5000 (est)
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Located on Upper West Side of New York City, Trinity School is a college preparatory, coeducational independent school for grades K-12. Since 1709, Trinity has provided a world-class education to its students with rigorous academics and outstanding programs in athletics, the arts, peer leadership, and global travel.