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At WildChina, we believe travel and learning go hand in hand. We work directly with institutions that feel the same to custom design and deliver innovative experiential travel programs for groups of all ages and learning objectives.
WHERE WE GO
Education - Charms of the Capital (Beijing)
On this trip, students will not only explore Beijing's 'must-sees' and 'must-eats', they will also step off the Emperor's path to experience the everyday lives of modern Beijingers.
Education - Miao Village Homestay (Service Learning)
Students will challenge themselves as they step out of their comfort zones and venture into the misty mountains of Guizhou, living with the culturally vibrant and warmhearted Miao people.
Education - Cradle of Civilization (Xi'an)
Catapult students into an out-of-classroom history excursion on this trip to visit 'must-see' relics and promote student-to-local encounters.
Education - The Footsteps of Emperors (Great Wall & Chengde)
The emperor's summer resort, famous for its massive gardens and palaces
Education - The West Lake (Hangzhou)
Eulogized in the words of poets and the paintings of artists, Hangzhou is the perfect place to create a 'classroom without walls'.
Education - Tea & Horse Caravan Trek (Yunnan)
Students will challenge their body and mind as they trek into far-flung mountains. The mission? To explore the history of the ancient Tea and Horse Road and learn about each other.
Education - Pamir Mountain Trek
Swap book bags for sleeping bags and get ready to make your walking boots muddy on this outdoor adventure in rugged Xinjiang.
Education - Formosa (Taiwan)
With a tropical island climate, spectacular mountainous geography, and friendly, smiling locals, it's no wonder that long ago Portuguese sailors coined Taiwan "Ilha Formosa" - 'The Beautiful Isle'.
Education - The Karst Peaks (Yangshuo)
Get active and learn how to work as a team in the picturesque rural province of Guangxi.
Education - A Hakka Way of Life (Fujian)
Throw out your textbooks and get an immersive introduction to Fujian by exploring both rural tulou mud homes and modern Xiamen city, all served up with a grand helping of adventure and fun-filled activities with the local people.
Education - Stunning Tianjin
Gain a deeper understanding of Tianjin's unique history and culture, whilst having a bucket-full of opportunities to have fun and learn about each other.
Education - The Spice of Life (Sichuan)
On this trip, students will delve into the wonders of Sichuan by getting close and personal with Giant Pandas, discovering lost civilizations in state of the art museums, and becoming in tune with nature within the shadow of the Tibetan Plateau.
Education - Inner Mongolia (Amazing Race)
Trade in the school playground for snowy Siberian pastures, flowing central grasslands and sandy dunes on a trip where students will live and breathe the Mongolian nomadic lifestyle.
Education - South of the Clouds (Yunnan)
Strap on your hiking boots and explore Yunnan! With low-lying fertile valleys, spectacular white-capped mountains, rustic towns and villages, and a lively mix of ethnic minority communities, this province is perfect for the adventure seeking.
Education - The Soul of Tibet
Let the hypnotic lilt of sutras be your soundtrack on this spiritual odyssey through the monasteries, temples, and sapphire-tinted lakes of Tibet. Explore the fascinating heritage treasures of Gyantse, witness monks engage in philosophical debate, and tread the path of Lhasa's Barkhor pilgrimage route - prostration optional, of course.
Education - On Top of the World (Tibet)
Swap book bags for sleeping bags and get ready to explore Tibet. From camping near the crystal clear waters of Yamdrok Lake to discussing Tibetan culture with a university professor, this trip will provide you with a magical blend of cultural immersion and off-the-beaten-track adventure.
Education - A Paleontological Dino Dig (Gansu)
One of the most acclaimed natural sights in all of China, come and explore the other worldly technicolor hills of the Danxia landform and beyond. This trip is also a treat for hobby archeologists as you try your hand at the delicate excavation of China's prehistoric past.
Education - Living Heritage (Yuxian)
Steeped in cultural heritage, Yu County has witnessed the rise and fall of ancient capitals and civilizations. Home to an array of Buddhist temples, distinctive architecture and the Nihewan basin -site of the earliest paleolithic remains in Asia - Yu county provides a glimpse into humanity's common ancient past.
Education - Winter Wonderland (Harbin)
With the warmest of winter coats, enjoy a spectacle of glistening ice sculptures, monuments of snow and an aurora of colour. Immerse yourself in the Byzantine architecture of St. Sophia Square, before lacing up some skates on the frozen Songhua River to join the locals in winter sports.
Education - Mountains from Another World (Zhangjiajie)
The inspiration for James Cameron's mythical world in the Oscar award-winning movie Avatar, Zhangjiajie's soaring pinnacles create a stunning celestial landscape. As the mountain mist rolls in, these colossal stone formations appear as floating islands and are teeming with beauty and wildlife. The chance to hike this terrain will reawaken your appreciation of the natural world.
Education - Life Through a Lens (Photography Masterclass)
What better place to explore the art of photography than in the cultural hub of Guizhou? Set against a backdrop of stunning scenery, immerse yourself in rural village life as you learn valuable and creative skills.
Education - Makers Space and STEM (Shenzhen)
Take part in the DIY movement with a technology twist, as you explore Shenzhen's unique creative hubs, known as makers spaces. Try your hand at 3-D technology, design an app, build a robot (or look on in admiration!) and explore the city that was the nation's first test pilot in implementing economic reforms.
Education - Summer Camp 2019 (Service Learning)
We've drawn upon our insider knowledge and exclusive access to design our first Summer Camp in China. Open to participants aged 14-18 years, expect to go off-the-beaten path and immerse fully into China's rich cultural heritage through local homestays. You'll even have a chance to exemplify the true meaning of giving back as you take the lead on community service projects. The Summer Camp runs from July 25th to August 8th, 2019.
Education - Under the Stars (Beijing Area Camping)
Pack your camping gear for an adventure in stunning Yanqing County. In the mountains north of Beijing, students will hike through local villages, take on a nature diversity task, and work together to set up camp under the stars.
Education - The Long March (Historical Reenactment)
Get ready to learn about the Long March as you hike through the beautiful mountains of Guizhou and explore some of the Red Army's most historical sites.
Education - The Mountain Retreat (Grassland Camping and Teambuilding)
Leave Beijing behind as you travel to the stunning mountains and wide plains of Flying Fox Valley. This rugged landscape provides the perfect place for a team-building adventure where you'll explore grasslands and forest, bond with your fellow travelers, and camp under the stars.
Education Travel: Public Health in Hangzhou
Play a part in defining a healthier China on this educational program in Hangzhou. From learning about water supply protection and disease prevention to getting to know the ins and outs of food hygiene, this program will provide an in-depth and hands-on look at public health in the Middle Kingdom.
Wilderness Survival Summer Program
This WildChina program is an action-packed 5-day affair that will use the theme of wilderness survival to help students develop important social, emotional, and cognitive skills that will last a lifetime. Our wilderness survival program has a scientific focus that makes it perfect for students who always ask 'why?' and 'how?' things work. Why does a fire burn and how do you know when water is safe to drink? Away from their computers and video games, participants will learn how to work as a team to make decisions and 'survive' in the wilderness. This English-language program has been designed by our Wilderness Survival Expert, Simon Drayton.
Sustainability & Global Citizenship Camp
Prepared for students aged 14-18, this five-day summer program combines discussions and activities about sustainability with 15 hours of service learning. The program is perfect for students who are currently, or soon will be moving to, an IB curriculum where CAS (creativity, action, service) hours are required for graduation. The program provides students with the chance to have meaningful interactions with people of different social and cultural backgrounds, to understand privilege, and to consider what sustainability means beyond recycling waste at home.
WildChina Leadership Academy
Today, when the world's top universities no longer just require top ACT and SAT results, it's the ability to demonstrate initiative, critical thinking, and globally-focused thinking that counts.That's why we're collaborating with world-class admissions-prep partner, Blueprint, to get students out of the classroom this summer in a safe and responsible way. Our Leadership Academy was created for students aged 14-18 and empowers participants to have meaningful interactions with people of different social and cultural backgrounds, to understand privilege, and to consider how they can make a positive impact on the lives of the people they meet.
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OUR LEARNER-CENTERED APPROACH
Whether it’s experiencing the age-old customs of a village festival or exploring Beijing’s historic center, our immersive programs put students at the heart of the action.
We empower participants to make a positive social impact. From recycling projects to rural school literacy initiatives, we work with local community leaders to provide meaningful support.
Participants can experience their classroom without walls through project-based learning. Our inspiring experiential activities build upon your academic curricula and deliver your learning objectives.
From trekking to bicycle touring, kayaking to orienteering, our outward-bound trips veer away from China’s well-worn tourist routes to challenge body and mind.
Face-to-face encounters with local people, student peers and native teachers makes WildChina’s immersion courses the most effective way to fast-track Chinese language learning.
Integral to all WildChina’s education programs, we develop interactive challenges, projects and games with a China focus to help students inspire each other and grow together.
What Our Clients Say
We were pleased with the professional attitude of all, from the first contact to the guides in each city. I want to give special kudos to Mei Zhang, Maynard Zhang and Jasmine Zhai. The customer-oriented culture of the company is a tribute to Mei's leadership and vision for WildChina and how every person interacts with clients. Maynard was also helpful as the local US representative to make sure that our program interests were shared with the staff in China. Jasmine was terrific in making our arrangements, always answering our questions promptly and addressing issues during the actual program.
All the staff with us on the trip were excellent - we felt like we were in very safe hands!
A huge thank you to all of the WildChina staff for their outstanding care, provision and planning, to make the Year 9 trip such an enormous success. It was a truly remarkable trip and one that we will all never forget. A survey went out yesterday and out of 122 students the trip received an overall rating of 4.74 out of 5!! A true testament to the magnificent work done by all of your team to make this unique but quite extraordinary vision a reality!
Who We Are
We are a diverse, international, experienced team that specializes in Education. Meet our team’s leaders!
Yunya is a native southerner born in Wuxi, Jiangsu. She came to WildChina in 2014 having found an enthusiasm for travel while studying in Forestry at University. She loves nature and the great outdoors, and on weekends she travels to rural areas around Beijing conducting botanic research.
Robin is Team Manager for WildChina's innovative Academic Team. Originally from France, he attended Sciences Po Paris where he majored in International Relation Studies with a special focus on Asia. He loves biking through the Beijing hutongs and getting lost in the maze of old Beijing. He's thrilled by discovering new destinations and dreaming about which place he'll visit next.
Susan is from Inner Mongolia. She went all the way south to Hong Kong for university and majored in Teaching English as a Second Language. She has a passion for education which brought her to WildChina Education. She loves taking kids out into nature to explore, to observe, to experience and to challenge themselves.
Elena Fang is from Anhui province but grew up in Beijing. She went to the Beijing Union University where she majored in tourism English. She loves traveling in her spare time and explores the special restaurants and cultural landscape in her travels by taking photographs. Her favorite part of China is Yunnan because it is filled with the atmosphere of folk customs and beautiful scenery.
Sunil Pticek - Damle
With nearly 10 years of counselling experience, Sunil, a US native, has a BA in International Relations from Occidental College. In 2015, Yale named him on their '25 under 25' list of future leaders in US-China relations. Sunil has extensive university application counselling experience, helping students be accepted to Stanford, Yale, Caltech, & Brown, and he has a speciality in liberal arts colleges.
Simon has 20+ Years of Operation Crisis response, with the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (UK) providing strategic level planning & frontline response for major incidents both the UK and overseas. He has managed many large-scale projects including major incident response and planning for the International Award's Gold Silver & Bronze levels. He has 10+ Years of Search & Rescue experience and is an Urban response specialist. He has responded and managed many man-made and natural disasters both in the UK and globally.
Daniel is originally from Michigan, where he taught Service-Learning and Political Science courses at Michigan State University. He has a background in academic program design, ranging from semester government programs in Detroit to summer cultural exchanges in Chengdu. Additionally, Daniel taught IB English in Hong Kong. In his spare time, Daniel enjoys being excessively active: hiking, running, and playing soccer. He loves exploring cities throughout Asia and is particularly adept at finding green spaces (and hikes!) in Asian mega-cities. Daniel joined WildChina's Education team in 2020
Coming from a highly educational background Haena has designed, managed, and executed educational programs for learners of all ages. She has a personal passion for sharing the importance of service learning and making sure that the way we approach those in need is respectful, actually helpful, and sustainable for all. Having lived in five different countries and travelled to twenty, Haena has para-glided, scuba dived, abseiled, swam with whale sharks, fed pandas, seen Mt. Everest, and grown up with the last indigenous tribes people of the Philippines. Haena attended the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor where she graduated with inaugural recognition. Haena leads WildChina Education.
Former Assistant Director of Admissions at Cornell University, where he also received a B.S. in communications, Nelson brings an expertise in the Ivy League application process as well as mentoring students interested in studying in the US. He is also a co-founder of Mentorverse, an online platform that connects students interested in studying in the US to potential mentors. Nelson is passionate about helping students take their academic profiles to the next level, and he has a wealth of experience to match that passion.
Gabby Gabriel, is the facilitator of our expert-led workshop: How China is Changing a View Through the Lens of Social Media. Gabby is the founder of Gab China – a company providing Chinese social media services to foreign companies, as well as an expert/activist representing 'young China' (as featured in the BBC documentary "Reggie in China"). Students will be taught about the basics of China's big social media platforms (Weibo, WeChat, Douyin) and how social media centered businesses are changing the landscape of online commerce in China. Students participating will participate in a workshop and lecture about how the China of the future is acutely different from the China of the past.
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