Miao Village Homestay: Life Through a Lens

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7 Days
About this Journey

Extraordinary mountain scenery, limitless hiking opportunities, and fascinating minority cultures who have maintained a traditional way of life for centuries define the tiny province of Guizhou. An undiscovered gem of China’s southwest, Guizhou is home to Miao, Dong, and Yao ethnic minorities as well as Han Chinese. Visit the capital city of Kaili, a launching pad to explore some of the province’s most spectacular hiking and scenic areas. This program offers students an immersive historical and cultural experience in addition to service-learning. Students will be trekking into the rural countryside and residing in Wuyao village. Not only will they be engaging in community service activities, but students will also learn basic photography skills through workshops and projects. This educational experience allows students to appreciate the natural beauty of Guizhou and be fully immersed in the wild.

Where you're going
Guiyang Map
Learning Objectives
  • History & Culture
  • Service Learning
Program Details

Day 1: Orientation & Photography Brief

  • Take chosen flight/train from home to Guiyang
  • Meet your WildChina team of program leaders in the arrival hall of the airport/train station. They will be your hosts while you are in Guizhou
  • Transfer to Kaili (3hrs)
  • Check in to hotel
  • Orientation and Photography brief by WildChina tour leader
  • Welcome dinner (traditional fish hot-pot)

Day 2: Traditional Miao Welcome Ceremony

  • Transfer to Wuyao village (1hr)
  • Trek into the rural countryside to your local village (1-2hrs)
  • Group greeted by villagers by way of a traditional Miao welcome ceremony
  • Housing assignments followed by group lunch
  • First photo assignment (Landscapes)
  • Photo workshop and critique

Day 3: Community Service Activity

  • Community service activity
  • Second photo assignment (Wildlife)
  • Evening Photography workshop and critique

Day 4: Local Student Exchange

  • Observe class in the local primary school followed by activities with village students
  • Third photo assignment (Portraits)
  • Evening Photography workshop and critique

Day 5: Final Photo Assignment Workshop & Critique

  • Final photo assignment (Story Telling Project)
  • Continue photo assignment in the afternoon
  • Evening Photography workshop and critique

Day 6: Photo Presentations & Farewell Dinner

  • Wrap up photography projects
  • After lunch, transfer to Kaili (1hr hike + 1hr bus drive), check in to hotel
  • Farewell dinner with photo presentations

Day 7: Return Home

  • Transfer from Kaili to Guiyang airport (3hrs)
  • Take flight home

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