Please be aware that local circumstances may require adjusting program elements. In the event of changes, we will notify you as quickly as possible. We appreciate your understanding.Dinner: Dinner is in the lodge dining hall: self-serve choices include hot dishes, salad bar, dessert, and beverages. The spacious dining hall provides a panoramic view of fields, surrounding woods, and occasionally wildife. The exceptional food service staff provides meals that may include vegetarian options and other choices appropriate to our global community.Evening: Meet and greet everyone in the group along with the super program staff. We’ll review the up-to-date schedule and talk about responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, etc., and answer your questions. We’ll also have an activity to brush up on geography as you get your “passport” for the week's “travels” through Heifer Global Village.
In this special program, you’ll learn through experience, with lots of hands-on activities for grandparents and grandkids. Heifer Global Village at Shepherd’s Spring is full of dwellings, gardens, and animals that represent several countries. The village is a teaching project of Heifer International, a non-profit organization that works to improve people's sources of nutrition and income through training and gifts of livestock. You’ll learn how people live in these places around the world and how we can help end hunger and poverty in ways that care for the earth. Believe it or not, part of the fun is helping out with chores!Lodging: Shepherd's SpringMeals Included: Dinner
Our first stop is "Guatemala," where we’ll experience the culture through games, stories, and a visit to their home.Lunch: Get a real taste of Guatemala by helping to prepare your lunch — Guatemala style! — with tortillas cooked on a wood fired stove, huevos rancheros (ranch style eggs), and fried bananas.Afternoon: Cool off with swim time in the pool. Then we'll take a guided hike to the local cave. If you prefer, you could visit the open air garden with its composting worms or learn about Guatemalan weaving. Grandparents and grandkids may participate as a pair, or if you choose separate activities, staff will supervise the kids.Dinner: Dinner in the dining hall. Self-serve choices include hot dishes, salad bar, dessert, and beverages.Evening: SHARED PROJECT: Working together, you can make an authentic African drum to take home (materials provided). Begin by learning all about the process and choosing design elements. Depending on the intricacy of your design, the project could take up to 12 hours to complete.
As a special highlight, grandparents and grandkids may choose to sleep out tonight in one of the Heifer Global Village homes. If you want this experience, you’ll need a sleeping bag. (We have a few available for loan) Some homes have beds, others have mats to roll out on the dirt floors. On this night, it's grandparents and grandkids sharing together. Staff will be available to chaperone sleep-outs on another evening.Lodging: Shepherd's SpringMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Time for a quick swim before dinner.Dinner: Dinner will be in the lodge dining room. Self-serve choices include hot dishes, salad bar, dessert, and beverages.Evening: Put the finishing touches on your African drum design so it will be ready for the drum head in the morning or other Thai crafts.
Once again, grandparents and grandkids may choose to sleep out in one of the Heifer Global Village homes. If you want this experience, you'll need a sleeping bag. (We have a few available for loan) Some homes have beds, others have mats to roll out on the dirt floors. On this night, it's grandparents and grandkids sharing together. Staff will be available to chaperone sleep-outs on another evening.Lodging: Shepherd's SpringMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Continue the international experience with a sleep-out in one of the Heifer Global Village homes (sleeping bag needed). Staff are available to supervise the kids tonight if grandparents prefer to sleep in the lodge.Lodging: Shepherd's SpringMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
You’ll have an opportunity to create a keepsake album to hold your favorite snapshots and memorabilia from the program.Lunch: The program concludes with an international lunch sampler you help prepare. Grandparent-grandkid teams can work together with other teams to prepare recipes using the supplies we got at Global Food yesterday. We’ll share all these new and tasty dishes at the international lunch table and say farewell to new friends.
We hope you have enjoyed this new program and will join us again for other rewarding Road Scholar learning adventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!Afternoon: Check out is immediately following lunch.Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch