Return Flight Information

Our 2019 Tibet Crew begins their return journey home in just a few hours. Below you will find their flight information: Depart Chengdu on Thursday, July 11 at 10 AM local time on CA 4107 arriving in Beijing at 12:45 PM local time. Depart Beijing on Thursday, July 11 at 3 PM local time on Read More…

Arrived to Kangding

Our CI’s report that the group has made it to Kangding and will be leaving for Chengdu tomorrow. The group has had the chance to taste lots of local food, dance in the town center, and get a glimpse of nomadic life.

Update from the field

We have heard from our course instructor team that yesterday “the group began a hike at 13,000 feet and reached a hidden lake at 14,600 feet, with views of a peak nearing 25,000. The altitude was a challenge, but it was a great experience. Later, we visited a nomadic family of yak herders. Traveling to Read More…

Off Hiking

Our course instructors have reported that group finished their work project and debrief today. Tomorrow they are off hiking before returning to Kangding on Monday.

Arrived Safely to Yolongshi

Our course instructor team reports that the group has made it safely to Yolongshi and has begun their next project. Students will be supporting the Tibetan Village Project in repurposing oil drums to help families collect their trash and transport them to proper places for disposal.

Daily Life in Dora

After three days of working in Dora, seven students planted 300+/- trees. The trees will help prevent erosion, will provide wood, and will make the area even more beautiful. It was very satisfying to leave the worksite and see all our progress. We had a lovely lunch then went to play basketball. Basketball was really Read More…

Continuing work in Dora

We received word from our course instructor team that students are continuing their project work in Dora. We will share a photo here and a few more on Instagram @studentsshouldertoshoulder

Project Work Begins

Our CI’s have reported that students have begun their project work planting trees to restore land in the town of Dora. Spirits are high and the scenery is stunning. Working alongside our NGO partner students have really begun to “dig in.”

Tagong to Dora

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text letter_spacing=””] June 30 Luke Sloan Life is well in Tagong. The group started the day at 8 a..m when we were treated to a delightful breakfast of boiled eggs, yak butter tea, and traditional bread. Excitement filled the room when Tenpa revealed the blessing of Skippy peanut butter, practically gold amongst the group. After Read More…

Journey Through Tibet

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text letter_spacing=””] We awoke in Kangding this morning to a day that was colder than yesterday but far less rainy. The first order of business was breakfast: steamed buns, rice porridge, and hard-boiled eggs at a small restaurant near the hostel. From there, we set out to visit two monasteries in the mountains around Kangding. Read More…

Culture and Geography: Kangding to Tagong

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text letter_spacing=””]From Home Office The Tibet Crew crested above 14,000 ft. (see photo) on their way into Tagong and their first “cultural sensitivity” lesson:  After the course curriculum guide was edited for politically sensitive content by our Tibetan NGO director, our local guide asked for even more “editing” – meaning pages ripped out – his Read More…

Gateway to Tibet

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text letter_spacing=””] Some of the many aspects that stood out in our guide in Chengdu’s story include that at a very young age she was sent by her mother over the Himalaya on foot with a group of strangers to reach Nepal. Then the Nepalese sent her to school in India. This is why her Read More…

Chengdu – Staging for Tibet

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text letter_spacing=””]After awakening from a well needed and deep sleep, we were all ready to begin our first full day in Chengdu, China. We woke for an early breakfast of traditional Chinese food: fried rice, potatoes, vegetables, and tea. We left quite early to visit the Panda Breeding Center on the other side of the Read More…

Arrived in Chengdu

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text letter_spacing=””]All nine of us, including Luke, Chelsey, Julia, Ainsley, Alexa, Henry, Eva, Kevin, and Nikki, made it to China!  Despite our luggage being fashionably late, we had a great afternoon, starting with a delicious, Chinese lunch – a great way to start the course.  After some downtime, we regained enough energy to get us Read More…

SStS Tibet Prepares for Takeoff

After a full day of travel for many of the students and the instructors, the SStS group assembled in LAX, made their way through security, and are now beginning some of their orientation activities at the gate. Despite the late night departure, everyone is in good spirits and excited for the adventure ahead.

Welcome to the Tibet Travel Journal

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text letter_spacing=””]The travel journal will be the place for students to share their experience while traveling. Once the students are on-site, they are asked to post reflections, observations, pictures, stories, poems, and more. Our whole community appreciates the opportunity to be part of the group’s adventure, and as the course comes to an end, each Read More…



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