Education in the Field

In order to fulfill our mission of promoting cultural learning, and to assist in the preservation of indigenous ethnic cultures imperiled by rapid assimilation into the larger Chinese society, we provide opportunities for students, educators and social scientists’ groups to visit and conduct homestays with these unique peoples. We believe that this type of educational and cultural exchange helps to foster within these endangered communities, recognition of the value of preserving rapidly disappearing indigenous arts, traditions and knowledge.The Center for Cultural Learning and Development and its staff have been leading educational journeys to the minority areas of China, particularly Yunnan Province and Kham, for over 16 years. Most of these trips have been in conjunction with student groups, as well as groups of faculty and international study advisors from a wide spectrum of educational institutions, from Ivy League schools to local colleges and universities. We have also guided custom designed visits to China’s ethnic minority areas according to the specific interests of the participants involved. University or College, high school, or other groups interested in utilizing the expertise of the Center for Cultural Learning and Development should feel free to contact us regarding possible travel itineraries and dates. We will match each group with educators, local experts, and guides familiar with the chosen destinations in order to provide not only a well planned and executed travel experience but, more importantly, an extraordinary educational journey of discovery. For those already familiar with Yunnan’s ethnic groups, our particular expertise is in the minority areas of northwest Yunnan, particularly areas inhabited by the Tibetan, Bai, Hui, Naxi, Yi, Lisu and Moso peoples.We also have a longstanding relationship with the Kham Tibetan areas of northwest Yunnan, western Sichuan, Qinghai, and the Tibetan Autonomous Region itself. We have an established network of friends, contacts and cultural resources in these areas who assist us in providing unparalleled cultural learning experiences in an area little traveled, yet rich in both outstanding natural beauty and a resurgent indigenous Tibetan culture.En route to our starting point in Kunming or Chengdu, we are able to arrange visits to other commonly visited centers of tourist interest in China such as, Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Suzhou, and Guilin, to which we have led many student and faculty groups, although our primary area of interest lies in the ethnic minority areas of Yunnan and Kham.