Ancient Tibetan Trail Restoration

Ancient Tibetan Trail Restoration

Project length available:1 week – 1 month
In antiquity, Zhonglu Village had its own ancient stone trail system. This trail system not only accommodated basic traffic, but also connected people and places in the village. As more and more villagers left Zhonglu to seek opportunity in the cities the task of maintaining the trail system became increasingly difficult. This lack of upkeep has left many parts of the trail in poor condition, reducing some segments to being riddled with trash. This has resulted in drastic changes to how communication and general lifestyle is conducted in Zhonglu. We recognized this keystone issue and decided immediate attention was necessary to restore the trails. We hope that through the restoration of the trail system, local people will be empowered to recognize the beauty inherent in their tradition. This project is an important first step in furthering the agenda of sustainable ecotourism development and cultural revitalization in Zhonglu..
Age Requirement: 18-60
Background Requirement: None
Project Period : Year round
Project Length: 1week – 1month
Accommodation: Dormitory
Meals: Self-prepared


Reference:
1.Volunteer certificate
2.Letter of reference for participation
Knowledge Obtained:
1.Culture, nature, and history about Kham Tibetan Area, Gyalrong Tibetan Area
2.History of the ancient trail
3.US/Taiwan trail restoration case
4.Ancient trail stone laying techniques
5.Development of Eco-Tourism in ethnic minority region in China
6.How social enterprises empower community development
7.The China national rural revitalization strategy
Volunteer work
1.Learn stone trail repair techniques under the guidance of the craftsman
2.Brainstorm and sort out the key elements of the project
3.Interview the villagers about their idea of the trail
4.Mapping the existing ancient trial
5.Left-behind elderly care: Help the elders to harvest food, feed cattle, pigs and other livestock, collect crops, cook, clean. Care and accompany the local elders
6.Keep recording the project and make a final presentation
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