Upcoming Service and Mission Trips to Tibet!
Conscious Journeys to Tibet
What, after holidays? How about traveling to Tibet in 2014 with Tibetan Village Project on a Conscious Journey? Conscious Journeys is a unique volun-tourism program of the Tibetan Village Project. We offer a balanced blend of mindful-tourism and volunteerism excursions to Tibet. We invite you to learn more about our program and consider embarking on a Conscious Journey to the Rooftop of the World!
Here are a list of planned trips that you may like to consider joining. If you don’t find what you are looking for, we offer customized cultural trips to Central Tibet (known as the Tibet Autonomous Region) through our affiliate travel agencies. We also have service trips through, Conscious Journeys, to Tibetan areas outside of the Tibet Autonomous Region.
1. Service Trips for University Students: This past summer TVP and 5 University teams assisted TVP with the creation and implementation of water delivery and purification systems in eastern Tibet. The other obvious issue in the villages is waste management. This year, we’d like University teams to help us come up with innovative ways to manage waste. CU Berkeley will be the first team to travel to Tibet in May 2014. You are welcome to join with the CU Berkeley team or form your own team. Please read more about “Ecowaste Project” and contact us if you are interested. Planned travel date: May 18th – May 31st.
2. Solar Mission: San Juan College is looking for 8-12 participants to join them for a Photovoltaic (PV) installation at a remote 600-year-old Buddhist monastery on the spectacular eastern edge of the Tibetan Plateau. The PV system we’re installing will greatly improve the lives of the twenty monks living at the monastery. Most of all they’re looking forward to something most of us take for granted- lighting during the long nights of winter. This trip is arranged through San Juan College in partnership with Tibetan Village Project. Planned travel date: May 28th to June 11th. Learn more.
3. Eco-waste Mission: When there is no garbage collection services, no trash cans, and no designated recycling areas, where does trash end up? If it’s not in the local rivers (or what these communities consider their water supply) it either ends up in landfills or burned. The Ecowaste Project aims to turn trash into opportunity by making eco-bricks using recyclable materials such as plastic bottles that can be used to build barns (or shelter) for animals or an eco-lodge. This pilot project is perfect for students and others who care about the environment and would like to experience Tibet’s living & breathing culture by staying with a Tibetan family for two weeks. Planned travel date: June 1st to June 15th.
4. Tibetan Village Homestay: Some of TVP supporters expressed an interest of experiencing Tibet’s living & breathing culture by staying with a Tibetan family for 1-2 weeks. Through our Homestay Program, you will have an opportunity to stay with a family in Tagong Village (Eastern Tibet) and do some light volunteer work such as cooking and teaching English or artwork at an orphanage. In addition, you will have the option of visiting monasteries and practicing meditation; hiking to a nomadic campsite and riding horses. For many people, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity and you are invited to join as our guests. Planned travel date: June 16th to June 29th.
5. Students for Shoulder to Shoulder: For the third year, Students Shoulder to Shoulder, The International School of Global Citizenship located in Vail, Colorado, offers service trips to high school students. The mission of the organization is to inspire high school students to engage in responsible global citizenship through online study, full immersion service programs, and public presentation. Planned travel date: June 17th to July 2nd. Learn more.
6. Medical Mission: The purpose of this trip is to learn about current health care issues in local communities of the region, conduct needs assessment, give basic health care education on subjects like hygiene and sanitation, design a practical project plan, and compile a list of recommendations for developing this plan. Part of the experience is to work with a local clinic; stay in a Tibetan monastery located nearby the clinic; learn about the Tibetan way of life and travel through stunning mountain passes and nomad camps. Planned travel date: August 1st to 15th.
7. Journey to Surmang: This journey will take us to Kham and focus on visiting Surmang Dutsi Til, the birthplace of Chogyam Trungpa. It will also bring travelers to TVP project sites, including the newly reconstructed city of Jyekundo or Yushu, which was damaged in the 2010 severe earthquake. We will also visit various places in Xining, including the renowned Kumbum Monastery and birthplace of 14th Dalai Lama. This journey is ideal for students of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche or who are passionate about sustainable community development, adventure traveling, or looking to travel to remote areas that promote self-discovery. Suggested date from August 6th to 20th but it can be customized.
8. Water Project: Dora Village has eight families and six businesses that drink water from a mountain spring. Due to the location of this spring, as well as the poor quality of the pipes and storage tank, villagers rarely have enough water. The limited amount they do have access to is contaminated. If you or someone you know is interested in traveling to Tibet as part of a group to do volunteer work or donating, please contact Tibetan Village Project. The project is estimated to cost $7000 to build a better storage tank at the source and a water reservoir near the village. They also plan to purchase and install better quality pipes that can withhold freezing temperatures during cold winter months. Planned travel date: September 1st to 15th.
Customized Journeys: Don’t see a trip that’s right for you? If you are interested in customizing a trip to Tibet with Conscious Journeys or through one of our affiliate travel agencies, please let us know what you are interests are. Please include your contact information and we will respond quickly. Questions? Contact us today.