12 days
Beijing and Free The Children Community – Estimated 15 Service Hours
Meaningful. Sustainable. Unforgettable
Travel over 6,000 miles to a country where ancient history, tradition and culture influence daily life. Your journey through China begins in Beijing, a city rooted in tradition while simultaneously paving a new path into the future. Climb the Great Wall and marvel at the Forbidden City—home of the imperial palace of the Ming Dynasty. Investigate the challenges of the rural countryside in contrast to nearby modern cities. Together with Free The Children, an award-winning charity, you’ll work side by side with locals building and restoring projects in school communities, exploring new ways to fund rural education efforts, teaching English to students and even learning Mandarin. As you implement these sustainable solutions, you’ll be immersed in the culture and forging lasting connections to the communities you serve.
  • Day 1: Fly overnight to China

  • Day 2: Beijing

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport
  • Day 3: Beijing

    Take a guided tour of Beijing

    With your expert local guide you will visit:

    • Tiananmen Square [tyahn-ahn-men]
    • Forbidden City
    • Summer Palace

    Visit Tiananmen Square

    Visit the Forbidden City

    Visit the Summer Palace

    Enjoy a dragon boat ride (Available April–October only)

    Participate in a tai chi lesson

    Enjoy a Peking duck dinner

  • Day 4: Beijing

    Take a day trip to the Badaling section of the Great Wall of China

    Take a rickshaw tour of a traditional Beijing neighborhood 

    Enjoy a an authentic Chinese meal with a local family

    Explore on your own or
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    The Legend of Kung Fu show

    The Legend of Kung Fu show

    Tonight, see the show that tells the story of a young boy, Chun Yi the pure one. To pursue spiritual and physical harmony, he becomes a monk and learns kung fu. Along the way he overcomes obstacles and temptations, but ultimately achieves the designation of master. The performance celebrates the philosophy and skill of martial arts through storytelling, acrobatics, modern dance, and music.

  • Days 5 - 10: Service Project • WE Village

    As communities evolve so do their needs. That’s why we work closely with Me to We to better understand local challenges. Since projects are determined closer to your actual tour date, here’s a glimpse at what a typical day might look like

    • Each morning, you’ll begin your service projects in a nearby village
    • Spend the afternoon immersed in cultural activities
    • In the evening, reflect, discuss events as a group, and draw connections between the day’s work and relevant global issues
  • Day 11: Beijing

    Return to Beijing

  • Day 12: Depart for home

Interested in learning more about this tour?
  • Day 1: Fly overnight to China

  • Day 2: Beijing

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport
  • Day 3: Beijing

    Take a guided tour of Beijing

    With your expert local guide you will visit:

    • Tiananmen Square [tyahn-ahn-men]
    • Forbidden City
    • Summer Palace

    Visit Tiananmen Square

    Visit the Forbidden City

    Visit the Summer Palace

    Enjoy a dragon boat ride (Available April–October only)

    Participate in a tai chi lesson

    Enjoy a Peking duck dinner

  • Day 4: Beijing

    Take a day trip to the Badaling section of the Great Wall of China

    Take a rickshaw tour of a traditional Beijing neighborhood 

    Enjoy a an authentic Chinese meal with a local family

    Explore on your own or
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    The Legend of Kung Fu show

    The Legend of Kung Fu show

    Tonight, see the show that tells the story of a young boy, Chun Yi the pure one. To pursue spiritual and physical harmony, he becomes a monk and learns kung fu. Along the way he overcomes obstacles and temptations, but ultimately achieves the designation of master. The performance celebrates the philosophy and skill of martial arts through storytelling, acrobatics, modern dance, and music.

  • Days 5 - 10: Service Project • WE Village

    As communities evolve so do their needs. That’s why we work closely with Me to We to better understand local challenges. Since projects are determined closer to your actual tour date, here’s a glimpse at what a typical day might look like

    • Each morning, you’ll begin your service projects in a nearby village
    • Spend the afternoon immersed in cultural activities
    • In the evening, reflect, discuss events as a group, and draw connections between the day’s work and relevant global issues
  • Day 11: Beijing

    Return to Beijing

  • Day 12: Depart for home

Interested in learning more about this tour?
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Avg. rating: (4.5)
Connecting to Culture and Service in China
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This tour was amazing!!!

Not only did I get to see the culture of these amazing people, I got to walk in their shoes and see how they have it. This tour will change your life for the better. ...
Amil56 / Student traveler
Columbia,Pennsylvania / Posted on October 23, 2016

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Your experience includes

  • Airfare & Transportation

    Your flights—covered. Ground transportation—covered. We take care of getting you around so you can enjoy the ride.

  • Hotels

    Enjoy an 10-night stay in hotels with private bathrooms.

  • Regional Meals

    Traditional breakfasts and dinners bring local flavors to life as part of your trip experience. Lunches are also included during your service project days.

  • Field Director

    Your bilingual, culturally connected Field Director stays with you 24/7 to handle all on-trip logistics and facilitates post-project reflection activities.

  • 15 Service Hours

    Earn up to 15 service hours that count towards academic credit and the presidential award.

  • Volunteer and Leadership Activities

    Participate in volunteer, leadership, action planning and social issue activities.

  • Guided Sightseeing

    Gain insider knowledge and cultural perspective from your licensed local guides while they lead you on sightseeing tours.

  • Entrances

    Gain access to local attractions, like nature hikes with your guide—we'll take care of lines and tickets.

  • Continuous Support

    Your dedicated EF team helps you every step of the way—from recruiting and enrolling travelers to planning and managing your tour.

  • Worldwide Presence

    EF has over 500 schools and offices in more than 50 countries worldwide so wherever you go, we're there too.

  • 24-hour Emergency Service

    Travelers and their families can count on EF's dedicated emergency service team.

  • Peace of Mind Program

    Feel secure knowing your group can change their destination or travel dates due to unforeseen circumstances. Learn more about your flexible options at eftours.com/peaceofmind.

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