Harvest workshop

Harvest workshop

Project length available:1 week – 1 month
During 1978-2010, China’s urbanization rate had rapidly increased from 17.9% to 49.9%. Approximately 500 million rural people have migrated to cities, resulting in villages like Zhonglu facing the problem of depopulation and higher average communal age. The work previously done by younger demographics in the village are now handled by the communities’ older population. During the harvest season, many families lack enough the necessary labor force people to handle the work. In this program, you will assist local families, especially the elders in their busiest season of the year!
Age Requirement: 18-60
Background Requirement: None
Project Period: Jun – Aug
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.The wisdom of Thousands of Years of Sustainable Living
3.Organic farming
4.Ancient Tibetan waste-free methods of cultivation.
5.Biodynamic practices
Volunteer work
Volunteer tasks vary by season. During June to August, the tasks may include:
1.Wheat Farming (Wheat harvesting, drying, threshing, baling stalks, grinding wheat into flour)
2.Corn Farming (collect corn cobs, tear corn husks, bundling up corn husks, grinding corns into flour)
3.Sichuan Pepper Farming (Picking Sichuan Pepper, drying, screening, pitting, bagging)
4.Composting and land fertilizing
5.Keep recording the project and make a final presentation
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Tibetan Architecture and Watchtower Conservation

Tibetan Architecture and Watchtower Conservation

Project length available:1 week – 1 month
The nuisances of Tibetan architecture have attracted scholars from around the world. As a fairly remote village in Eastern Tibet, Zhonglu has maintained a variety of distinct architectural features such as Tibetan houses, watchtowers, temples, watermills, and stupas; all tangible emulations of the villages’ past. In particular, the watch towers are a prized hallmark of the local cultural aesthetic and are listed as one of China’s National Historical Relics. In this program, you will contribute to the preservation of the Tibetan architecture and watchtowers through a combination of research and collaboration with our team.
Age Requirement: 18-60
Background Requirement: None
Project Period: All 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.Knowledge of Tibetan dwellings, village layout, important public spaces, etc
3.Knowledge about Tibetan Watchtowers (historical background, stone craftsmanship, functions, etc.)
4.Knowledge of nature construction in the area (local material utilization, environmental integration, minimal impact on the environment, etc.)
5.Academic materials study and collation, local villagers interview, research, mapping, GPS app utilization
6.Deep thinking about the sustainable development path of Tibetan areas
Volunteer work
1.Conduct local surveys, draw maps of the village, and mapping important public spaces, ancient roads, etc
2.Learn history, construction techniques of local Watch Towers, search for relevant materials and study
3.Collect and record the oral history and related legends of the selected Watch Towers. Note its location on GPS, and its degree of damage
4.Make a sign based on the above information for the village
5.Keep recording the project and make a final presentation
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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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Tibetan Woman Empowerment Through Handicrafts

Tibetan Woman Empowerment Through Handicrafts

Project length available:1 week – 1 month

As a social enterprise, Yunhe Centre is dedicated to the overall process of cultural revitalization in Zhonglu. This area features culturally distinct clothing styles that have been perfected and refined for centuries. In recent years, traditions of embroidery and weaving have become less and less practiced by the local women in Zhonglu. This is primarily a result of the pressures of modernization and the subsequent decline in free time for these villagers. This community engagement project will give participants the opportunity to assist our team in revitalization of this age-old art style. Through gaining an in-depth understanding of the craft style, participants will aid us in devising and executing workshops that will be available to women from the village. These workshops will be a crucial first step in bolstering the prevalence of this tradition and will help ensure its vitality for future generations in Zhonglu.

Age Requirement: 18-60

Background Requirement: None

Project Period: All 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. Tibetan traditional handicraft skills, such as embroidery, weaving, etc
  3. Combination of traditional craftsmanship and modern design
  4. Understanding the current working and living situation of women in Tibetan areas.
  5. Deep thinking about the sustainable development path of Tibetan areas
  6. Development of Eco-Tourism in ethnic minority region in China

Volunteer work:

  1. Learn Tibetan embroidery techniques from a local woman. Design and make Tibetan embroidery eco bags and handicrafts
  2. Learn Tibetan weaving techniques from local woman, design and make weaving crafts
  3. Lavender picking, drying, screening. Design and make crafts with lavender.
  4. Teach local woman about how to make the handicrafts mentioned above combining traditional techniques and modern design. Help to sell the handicrafts in the market and online
  5. Keep recording the project and make a final presentation