Our NGO partner in Xiamen is the China Mangrove Conservation Network (CMCN), which is one of the most well-established and respected environmental organizations in China. Accompany professional CMCN educators on a trip to Zhangjiang River Nature Preserve. Aside from mangroves, this preserve is known for its spectacular bird watching and environmentally conscious practices. Travel by boat to see the fragile flora and fauna in this one-of-a-kind environment and learn just how vital these trees are for China and its people. Spend two days planting mangroves in this conservation area. Contribute on the third day to other projects such as planting saplings, eliminating invasive species, cleaning up trash, or testing soil and water quality.
At the end of each program, students reflect on their experiences and the issues they engaged with, and talk about how to apply this new understanding to their own worlds. During or after their closing discussion, groups participate in Rustic Ties, a unique and powerful activity that allows students to capture the memories and learning moments of their program to process and share with their communities back home.