This spring break, students will explore China’s ancient cities of Shanghai and Beijing to further understand arts, culture, sustainability and public policy from a more global perspective. Beijing, the Chinese political center since 1949, will give the students a window into China’s ancient history, as they visit five of the UNESCO World Heritage sites. These sites include the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven, the Great Wall and the Ming Dynasty Tombs.
The students will experience a traditional performance at the ancient Drum Tower, explore the modern city of Shanghai and tour the beautiful Yuan Gardens and the Oriental Pearl Tower. Additionally, the response to climate change in China as compared to the United States will be a primary focus for the students.
This trip provides students with research opportunities on animals ranging from dolphins and great white sharks to rhinos and giraffes. The students will spend most of their time at Ocean’s Research Center in Mossel Bay where they will study and explore the marine life in the area.
They will also go on a three-day safari where they will see all types of animals including elephants, buffalo and lions. In addition to the exploration of South Africa’s wildlife, the students will spend several days exploring Cape Town, Robben Island and Table Mountain.
Pace students will also travel to Thailand for this year’s annual Habitat for Humanity trip. After spending several days helping to build a home for a family, the students will get the opportunity to enjoy Phuket, with snorkeling, bike-riding and spending time at one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
The students will also explore the cities of Chiang Mai and Bangkok. They will stay in the community, become immersed in Thai culture and visit an elephant sanctuary.