Dates will be posted in January 2021
TUITION: $5870 *
AIRFARE & FEES: $1200*
TOTAL COURSE COST: $7070
* DISCOUNT AND IMPORTANT INFO HERE
The SStS course begins in the southwestern Chinese city of Chengdu. This rapidly expanding industrial hub not only has over 14 million residents, but it also has over 2000 years of history. Guided by our hosts, the group will spend the first days visiting cultural sites, including a panda-breeding center, lively pedestrian streets, and a Tibetan Arts center. Next, the group will drive to the city of Kangding on the Tibetan plateau. At this point, the group will begin to work directly with SStS’s non-profit partner, the Tibetan Village Project (TVP). TVP is an organization dedicated to promoting social entrepreneurship while preserving the rich cultural heritage of Tibet through projects that are locally supported and sustained. The course will expose students to the Tibetan nomadic way of life, teaching them the importance of their community structures, and how the local economy plays into their culture.
Students will visit monasteries, learn from local monks, and go to a nomadic resettlement project. The group will also spend time at local shops to gain a further understanding of the local economy. Then, the group will head to Dora, where they will learn about the preservation of architecture in the region. The next day in Dora, the group will meet with a Tibetan doctor to learn more about Tibetan medicines. Students will also spend time in Yoloshi visiting previous SStS projects to gain an understanding of the impact and work on future improvements to be done. Students will close the learning service aspect of the course by spending time working with nomadic communities in Tibet and living with local families. In addition to directly observing the daily rhythms of this ancient culture, the group will spend time hiking in the magnificent Tibetan landscape. In many ways, the contrasts that the students will experience between life on the Tibetan plateau and in the bustling industrial city of Chengdu will help them to better understand the meaning of leadership and the divergent forces at work in the rapidly changing nation of China.
*This course occurs in western Sichuan Province, not in the Tibetan Autonomous Region, which has been the center of recent unrest. Sihurong is over 1000 miles from Lhasa.
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The course elements are based on a rating from 1 to 5, 1 being the least rigorous, 5 being the most rigorous.
ON THE MOVE
Day 1 and 2
Tibet : In Three Phases
THE 5 LENSES CURRICULUM
PARTNERING WITH NGOS
POST TRAVEL ADVOCACY
During the travel phase of each SStS course, students spend time reflecting about the learning that occurs through their immersion and service experiences. These posts capture the impact of our programs on individual students. Explore the posts below to learn about the SStS Tibet program from the important viewpoint of our students.
What It Means to Connect
Brighter and More Tolerant Vision
Students who attend a school that is a member of SStS’s Global Schools Coalition receive a tuition discount. To see the list of schools in the coalition, click HERE.
Tuition (students from members of the Global Schools Coalition): $5670
Tuition (students not from members of the Global Schools Coalition): $5870
Airfare & Fees: $1200
SStS is in search of curious, compassionate, globally-minded students. Thus, we will do all that we can financially to support students whose circumstances preclude paying the full cost. If you would like to be considered for financial assistance, please indicate so on the application. Financial assistance resources are limited. Scholarships tend to be less than 50% of tuition.
Please note, tuition does not include airfare and immunizations.
Tuition costs are all inclusive with the exception of personal expenditures (e.g. souvenirs).
Tickets and medical & security evacuation services are purchased as a group. The cost of these services is included in the tuition.
Talbot Travel Agency provides travel services for SStS, working personally with us to find the least expensive fares.
As a result, it is not possible to use airline miles or credit card benefits for the international flights. However, these can be used to purchase tickets to the gateway city.
Please note that we expect all participants to travel together, adhering to the identical itinerary. We will depart the United States as a group from a gateway city. Exemptions may be made for international students. Additionally, travel in the developing world inevitably includes “the unexpected” (e.g. weather disruptions, transportation strikes, etc.). SStS will adjust the itinerary accordingly, making the best of uncontrollable situations. Due to the unknown variables in international travel, participants are asked not to make travel plans or to enroll in programs that start immediately after their return. SStS is not responsible for expenses incurred due to missed flights if the group is delayed in their return.