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Beijing to Lhasa

My wife and I have recently returned from travelling which incorporated in late April the Beijing to Lhasa journey organised by World expeditions.

For the Beijing to Xian sector we were guided by Qui Ming who we called Milly.

I would like to record what a pleasure it was to have Milly as our guide.

We have travelled extensively in the past and had many guides. Milly stands out as the one we will remember for the exceptional way she looked after our group.

Milly's knowledge, and her ability to explain things, could not have been better. In fact she had so much she could tell us that there was never a moment when she wasn't being asked a question.

She chose where we dined, and ordered for us, after ascertaining what people liked or disliked and we were never disappointed. The restaurants were usually local, not tourist only places, and we appreciated that.

When we had time to ourselves she enquired if there were things we specially wanted to do and made sure we knew how to get there and back and what to expect. On one occasion when all in the group wanted to visit a Houtong she arranged it and came with us in what should have been her time away from us.

We were a group ranging in age from about 40 to 70. She appreciated that, at times, some were getting physically tired and she would vary what we doing to accommodate that.

Above all I will remember with pleasure her sense of humour, her always cheerful demeanour and the extra things she did for us beyond what is not normally expected.

Milly is an exceptional guide and I would recommend her to anyone going to China.



Michael & Kay Alexander | New Zealand
 
 

Community Project Travel

World Expeditions has a vision – to make the world a better place for people in need. Voluntourism; Eco Tourism - no matter what you call it, we would like to invite you to share in this vision.

Visit our dedicated Community Project Travel website >>

Community Project Travel (CPT) is a unique “voluntourism” program that we have operated since 2005, functioning entirely as a ‘not-for profit’ division of our company. The program offers purposeful voluntourism style adventures for everyday travellers, where the main objective is to improve the lives of other people or the environment in a meaningful and sustainable way.

No skills are required to join our Community Projects; you just need to pack an open mind and a keenness to commit to physical work in a team environment.

REBUILD NEPAL Community Projects ~ 2015/16 trekking season

We’ve been in discussions with the following two communities that experienced major earthquake damage to their school buildings: 

  • Kshamawati Higher Secondary School in the Dolakha District
  • Manju Shree Primary School in Lura village in the lower Solu Khumbu

Both have accepted our offer to help fund the reconstruction of their schools and they also welcome the workforce offered by generous World Expeditions travellers.

This is where YOU come in … volunteer your time and physical effort, choose from one of our Rebuild Nepal Community Projects:

  1. Lura School & Everest Base Camp - 12 October 2015 | 26 day trip | 5 day community project | 16 day trek
  2. Lura School & Lower Solukhumbu Trek - 24 October 2015 | 20 day trip | 10 day community project | 6 day trek
  3. Kshamawati School & Annapurna Trek 06 November 2015 | 19 day trip | 5 day community project | 7 day trek
  4. Kshamawati School & Annapurna Dhaulagiri Trek - 26 November 2015 | 21 day trip | 5 day community project | 10 day trek
  5. Christmas Project: Kshamawati School & Annapurna Trek for Families (children 8 yrs+) 21 December 2015 | 16 day trip | 5 day community project | 4 day trek
  6. Kshamawati School & Kathmandu Pokhara Chitwan Experience 10 January 2016 | 21 day trip | 10 day community project | 6 day rafting, wildlife safari and adventure touring.

The World Expeditions Foundation (WEF) Nepal Earthquake Appeal will fund the costs associated with the reconstruction of these schools. We ask that participants make a voluntary donation to the WEF Nepal Earthquake Appeal to further assist with the rebuilding of schools in Nepal. WEF does not levy any administration fee. Donations are tax deductible for Australian citizens.

Book now to secure your place! Book online or contact your nearest World Expeditions office.

Our Community Project Travel program also includes these projects:

VIETNAM: Thanh Son Elementary School & Kindergarten Upgrade
Departs: Hanoi ~ 18 September 2016

15 day trip | 3 days community project | 10 days adventure touring | 5 nights homestay | 1 night overnight train | 1 night junk boat | 7 nights hotel

The mountainous northern region of Vietnam, south west of Hanoi, is home to Vietnam's third largest ethic minority group the Muong people. The Muong are most closely related to the ethnic Vietnamese, however culturally and socially more similar to Thai people. The Muong rely on crop cultivation (mostly wet rice), animal husbandry and fishing to sustain their lives. The village of Pa Van in Thanh Hoa province is home to approximately 400 people, with 26 children attending the elementary school from grades 1-5 and 30 younger children attending the kindergarten. The school and kindergarten is in disrepair. With the assistance of local building experts, we will renovate the school and kindergarten for the children of the surrounding villages. 

The project completed in March 2015 built a 15m2 kitchen room for the school that will facilitate the cooking of meals and also provide a space to serve lunch for the pupils.

The project in September 2016 aims to construct new toilet blocks for the school.

Following the community project work we discover the stunning national parks that surround Mai Chau, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay and the vibrant cities of Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City.

More information and detailed trip notes >>

Positive Impact: The completion of this project will see major improvements to the cosmetics of the school, adding to the students pride for the school and in turn having a positive impact on school attendance. Additionally structure improvements to the school will be made such as:

> Build a kitchen - improve school attendance because the students no longer need to walk home for lunch. They eat lunch at school and continue with the afternoons education. Also food hygiene will improve with the new kitchen facilities.

> Repair desks and windows and improve the aesthetics of the classrooms - results in an environment that is much more conducive to learning, and promotes the students pride for their school.

> Build a rainwater tank - provide students and teachers with access to clean water.

> Build new toilet blocks - to improve hygiene conditions and privacy.

Funding the project: The World Expeditions Foundation funds the costs associated with the project (such as materials, transport and wages of the local project manager). Each participant is asked to make a donation to the World Expeditions Foundation to assist with the funding of the project (tax deductible for Australian residents). Your reservations consultant will send you details about how to make a donation to the WEF upon booking.

AUSTRALIA: Larapinta Town Camp Bush Tucker Garden
Departs: Alice Springs ~ 17 April 2016

6 day trip | 2 day community project | 4 day trek | 5 nights exclusive semi-permanent wilderness campsites

The classic Larapinta trek is one of the seven great walks of Australia and this unique trip combines the trek with a two day community project to restore an Aboriginal communities bush tucker garden. The Yarrenyty-Arltere Learning Centre (YALC) is a family resource and learning centre located at Larapinta town camp in Alice Springs. The centre aims to improve the social, health and economic well being of the community in a way that strengthens and respects culture. There is much educational value and cultural preservation to be gained from a strong bush tucker and medicinal herb program within Aboriginal communities. YALC aims to restore the old bush tucker garden (approx land size 25m x 75m) into a sustainable working community garden. Our group will construct garden beds in a section of the garden, dig and plant traditional herbs, vegetables and fruits as well as pave and build seating within the garden. During the project we will learn much about Aboriginal herbal medicines and traditional foods. Our trek out into the West MacDonnell Ranges follows an itinerary that will appeal to the active walker prepared to cover between six to sixteen kilometres each day, with plenty of side options to the best spots in the area.

For the detailed trip notes, costs and more details >>

This project is available to private groups, school groups, charity groups or corporate challenges. Contact donna@worldexpeditions.com to enquire.

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