UNSDG Summer Program

Training the Next Generation of China's Leaders to Think Sustainably

In collaboration with the Dewey Center and the Ban Ki-moon Center for global youth initiatives, we are thrilled to bring students together this summer to train them to take China's sustainability efforts to the next level.

Our camp is focused on the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, which were designed to give the world a roadmap to a brighter environmental future. With our award winning programming and instructors, we will show your students what these sustainable development goals look like in real life, through a series of experiential learning activities and programs.

With the theme of UN SDGs and the strong support and endorsement of former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and former UNESCO Director-General Ms. Bokova, the Dewey Center is launching its inaugural annual international summer camp at its newly built China Headquarters in Beijing partnering with WildChina for the journey.

Our camp promises to focus on the following for your students:

STEAM Education

Global Dialogues

Leadership development

International Mindsets

Students participating in the camp will receive a completion certificate by the Dewey Center and outstanding participants will be extended an invitation to participate in high level international dialogue and activity events jointly organized by the Dewey Center and the Ban Ki-moon Center.

Furthermore, once international travel allows, these students will have the opportunity to visit and interact with members at United Nations offices in Switzerland, world renowned universities, and at the Dewey Center’s global conferences.

The Dewey Center and WildChina decided to collaborate to bring the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development into the realities of Beijing teens,
through an innovative summer camp that will not only give them hands-on, holistic experience to enact real change, but also offer career opportunities.

The Dewey Center

Eponymously named after the world-renowned educator Dr. John Dewey, the Dewey Center and its programs encapsulate Dr. Dewey’s philosophy such as “Learning by doing”, “Education is not preparation for life, education is life itself”.  Dr. Dewey has had a lasting influence in China and indeed many 20th century leaders of education in China such as Tao Xingzhi, Jiang Menglin, Feng Youlan, were his disciples.

The former president of Peking University, Cai Yuanpei, who was also a student of Dr. Dewey called him a modern “Western Confucius.” In 2019, which commemorated the 160th anniversary of Dr. Dewey’s birth and the 100th anniversary of his visit to China, the Dewey Center China opened by the support of  Ban Ki-moon Center, the University of Chicago, and its Lab school, the world-famous “Dewey School”.

His excellency, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, 8th Secretary-General of United Nation attended the ceremony and declared the opening of the Dewey Center China.


The execution partners for the Dewey Center’s Summer Programs, WildChina Education have been recognized by the National Geographic, the Global Youth Travel Awards for its creativity in experience design. They are the curators of experiential learning experiences for the world’s leading institutions such as Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, Dulwich, Nord Anglia, Wellington, Harrow, and many more. Their commitment to safety, sustainability, and innovative high-quality programming has made WildChina Education Asia’s oldest and most established leader in experiential education. Programs run by WildChina Education integrate the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as creativity, action, and service and is a proud member of the Global Sustainability Forum as well as the International Ecotourism Society.

For more detailed program information please download our Information Pack

Apply today to the Dewey Center Summer Program

In order to facilitate your experience in our summer program, we require applicants to provide basic contact details as well as more information as to why they would be a good fit for our program. Please fill out the following application, including a few paragraphs on why you would be a good fit for the Dewey Summer Program. 

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