Adventure Tags: eco-certified
As the 21st century unfolds, it is clear that China will take a leading role in shaping the way our world develops. The world’s most populous nation – and dynamic economy – has as its backdrop 5000 years of history and is home to a wide variety of rich cultural traditions, wide geographic diversity, stunning natural beauty, and exotic cuisines. Your journey in China can include visits to the Great Wall of China, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and exotic markets; study of Mandarin, Kung Fu, Chinese cuisine, Tai Chi, and calligraphy; visits to isolated villages and staggering Himalayan peaks on the Tibetan plateau; seminars with business leaders and government officials; biking though rice paddies and traditional farming villages, community service; and more.
Participants will connect with each other and to nature through experiential education. In the beautiful bluff country of southeastern Minnesota, individuals will engage in classes in an outdoor setting which promotes learning in a manner not duplicated in a classroom.
A ferry ride away from the Northwest coast is a string of islands that offers a sweet mix of play on land and on water. Take to the bike or trail to power yourself through the San Juan Islands’ small towns and ubiquitous evergreen forests, and then switch to arm-power to kayak along the rugged coastline and spot harbor seals. Opt for larger boats for up-close meetings with Orcas Island’s namesake whales. At the end of the day, feast on local salmon and camp at the water’s edge, primed for the perfect wake-up view. The San Juan Islands are an easy-going, charming playground for nature-lovers.
In the heart of the western Amazon rainforest, this program has been rated as one of the best in the world in various travel sources. In business since 1981, this is the only tourism program with access to the Area de Conservacion Reserva Comunal de Tamshiyacu Tahuayo, having the greatest diversity of mammals in the Amazon. The diversity of primate species is greater than any other protected park or reserve in the world and includes two rare and endangered species. The bird list of 599 species is one of the highest counts in the Amazon, with several species available that cannot be seen on any other travel program.
Nepal is a fascinating country divided into green flat planes, lush foothills and valleys, and arid Himalayan peaks. The people of this stunning country are warm, friendly, proud, and resilient.
The Tora turtle (Dermochelys coriácea) is an endangered species due to the fact that its population has declined by 80% in the last 10 years. The turtle population located in the Pacific Ocean (from México to Chile) has suffered a particularly severe decline in numbers and most colonies here have disappeared. There are three beaches on the west coast of Nicaragua key to the protection of the Tora turtle, as they are the main regional spots where nesting colonies arrive. The number of nests in this part of Nicaragua is the highest amongst all Central American countries for this particular species. Various actions have now been set up on the beaches to monitor and protect the nests, encouraging community participation and working to raise awareness.
Enjoy one of the world’s most beautiful beach areas while making a difference in one of the communities marginalized in the expansion of mega-tourism. This program provides both an opportunity for service and the chance to experience the clear waters and white beaches of a tropical paradise.
The Sunderbans is mysterious, vast, untamable, and perhaps the last true wild frontier in the Indian sub-continent. Experience the world’s largest estuarine forest, a landscape dominated by great tidal creeks and waterways, and home to unique birds and animals, including the famous swimming tigers.