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SHARPSBURG, MARYLAND

Ending Hunger Through Education: Help Build a Heifer Global Village

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Program #16151RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Equipment Requirements
Closed-toe rubber-soled shoes, long pants, sleeved shirt, hat or hairnet (provided), and gloves (provided).

Itinerary for Oct 26 — Oct 31, 2014

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Type: Conference Center

Description: A restfull blend of woods and fields with access to the C & O Canal towpath. An educational garden and composting system. Eco-friendly environment.

Contact info:
16869 Taylors Landing Road
Sharpsburg, MD 21782 USA
phone: 301-223-8193
web: www.shepherdsspring.org

Room amenities: dresser, desk, desk lamp wireless internet service available in common areas

Facility amenities: Walking trails, Bicycles may be available with prior arrangement

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $45/ room
Additional nights based on current availability of provider - please call to confirm availability 301-223-8193

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, October 26 - Guest will check in then participate in an introd...
Guest will check in then participate in an introductory orientation of the program and facilities.Video presentations elaborating on what a Global Village is and what past Road Scholar work groups have done will conclude the evening.

Note: Sitting for approximately one hour, there is no bell hop service available for checking-in though staff is happy to help.

Arrive To: Check in from 3-5:00pm in the conference center Lobby.

Dinner: Enjoy a buffet style dinner with a salad bar, followed by dessert, in the Shepherd's Spring lodge dining room.

Evening: Become familiarized with the program, the work projects, the facility, and one another during our general orientation. A short video helps to explain the experience being created with the construction projects.

Lodging: Shepherd's Spring Outdoor Ministry Center

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: A restfull blend of woods and fields with access to the C & O Canal towpath. An educational garden and composting system. Eco-friendly environment.

Contact info:
16869 Taylors Landing Road
Sharpsburg, MD 21782 USA
phone: 301-223-8193
web: www.shepherdsspring.org

Room amenities: dresser, desk, desk lamp wireless internet service available in common areas

Facility amenities: Walking trails, Bicycles may be available with prior arrangement

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $45/ room
Additional nights based on current availability of provider - please call to confirm availability 301-223-8193

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, October 27 - The day will begin with a guided walk through the...
The day will begin with a guided walk through the Heifer Global Village. Afterwards service opportunities will be discussed and initiated. In the evening various aspects of Heifer International will be presented through stories, videos, and talks.

Note: Specific service activities vary and change often. They generally involve some form of construction, maintenance, or groundskeeping. No experience necessary. Individuals should be able to stand or perform a physical activity for several consecutive hours. Professionals will be present during any work assignments to provide instruction and advise on safety concerns.

Breakfast: Enjoy a hot buffet style breakfast along with fresh fruit and cereal selections in the Shepherd's Spring lodge dining room.

Morning: Explore existing homes in the Heifer Global Village and learn of the challenges faced in their construction. Service work assigned with safety instructions. Begin service on chosen available projects.

Lunch: Enjoy an ethnic lunch representative of one of the homes in the Heifer Global Village at Shepherd’s Spring followed by an extended break.

Afternoon: Service opportunities continue with the Heifer Global Village program. Helping construct one of the various home sites representing a foreign country as well as general grounds keeping to prepare the village for the program season is to be expected.

Dinner: Enjoy a buffet style dinner in the Lodge dining room.

Evening: Learn about the various aspects of Heifer International's history, mission, and programs through stories, videos, and presentations.

Lodging: Shepherd's Spring Outdoor Ministry Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: A restfull blend of woods and fields with access to the C & O Canal towpath. An educational garden and composting system. Eco-friendly environment.

Contact info:
16869 Taylors Landing Road
Sharpsburg, MD 21782 USA
phone: 301-223-8193
web: www.shepherdsspring.org

Room amenities: dresser, desk, desk lamp wireless internet service available in common areas

Facility amenities: Walking trails, Bicycles may be available with prior arrangement

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $45/ room
Additional nights based on current availability of provider - please call to confirm availability 301-223-8193

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, October 28 - Become a part of an organization that prepares th...
Become a part of an organization that prepares thousands of meals a day for the Washington, DC area by helping prepare those meals in the DC Central Kitchen. Stopping at a farm and hearing how government tackles hunger will elaborate on the chain of food.

Note: Be prepared to ride in a vehicle then stand for several hours in order to prepare food for the DC Central Kitchen.

Breakfast: A bag breakfast will be provided - participants have the opportunity to enjoy it en route to Washington, DC.

Morning: Work with trainees and other volunteers at the DC Central Kitchen in an effort to prepare the 5,000 meals they provide daily for distribution around the DC area. DC Central Kitchen staff will provide an introduction to the job training programs offered at the facility and a brief overview of the organization. Professionals on site will provide any training necessary to safely, hygienically, and efficiently complete the food preparation services needed.

Lunch: Lunch will be served at the DC Central Kitchen. The food that was being prepared throughout the morning by participants will have been turned into a gourmet meal for your enjoyment by the trainees. Dining with the trainees and staff will allow for ample time to ask questions and discuss experiences about the DC Central Kitchen.

Afternoon: Travel to and learn from a local farmer about small farm issues, free range animal husbandry and some of the issues facing today's US small farmers. A side trip to either Antietam Battlefield or the C&O Canal Basin in Williamsport to experience some of the local history will round out our travel day.

Dinner: Enjoy a buffet style dinner with a salad bar, followed by dessert, in the Shepherd's Spring lodge dining room.

Evening: Helping the hungry in Washington County, a political perspective. Explore the relationship of local governments with organizations working locally to feed hungry people.

Lodging: Shepherd's Spring Outdoor Ministry Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: A restfull blend of woods and fields with access to the C & O Canal towpath. An educational garden and composting system. Eco-friendly environment.

Contact info:
16869 Taylors Landing Road
Sharpsburg, MD 21782 USA
phone: 301-223-8193
web: www.shepherdsspring.org

Room amenities: dresser, desk, desk lamp wireless internet service available in common areas

Facility amenities: Walking trails, Bicycles may be available with prior arrangement

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $45/ room
Additional nights based on current availability of provider - please call to confirm availability 301-223-8193

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, October 29 - Continue to help improve the Heifer Global Villag...
Continue to help improve the Heifer Global Village through service work; some tasks may be the same or may have changed from the previous day. Learn what the world community is doing to fight hunger and health issues through the experience of one person.

Note: Specific service activities vary and change often. They generally involve some form of construction, maintenance, or groundskeeping. No experience necessary. Individuals should be able to stand or perform a physical activity for several consecutive hours. Professionals will be present during any work assignments to provide instruction and advise on safety concerns.

Breakfast: Enjoy a hot buffet style breakfast along with fresh fruit and cereal selections in the Shepherd's Spring lodge dining room.

Morning: Service opportunities continue with the Heifer Global Village program.

Lunch: Enjoy a cultural lunch featuring one of the regions represented in the Heifer Global Village followed by an extended break.

Afternoon: Service opportunities continue with the Heifer Global Village program or you may choose to opt out and spend time as you wish. Self led exploration of Shepherd's Spring's 220 acres or numerous nearby historic attractions await.

Dinner: Enjoy a buffet style dinner with a salad bar, followed by dessert, in the Shepherd's Spring lodge dining room.

Evening: Encounter the struggles of the people in the New Canaan Internally Displaced People (IDP) camp in Kenya through a presentation by Stewart Lentz. Stewart will relate how local efforts to improve the IDP's lives relate to the UN Millennial Goals.

Lodging: Shepherd's Spring Outdoor Ministry Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: A restfull blend of woods and fields with access to the C & O Canal towpath. An educational garden and composting system. Eco-friendly environment.

Contact info:
16869 Taylors Landing Road
Sharpsburg, MD 21782 USA
phone: 301-223-8193
web: www.shepherdsspring.org

Room amenities: dresser, desk, desk lamp wireless internet service available in common areas

Facility amenities: Walking trails, Bicycles may be available with prior arrangement

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $45/ room
Additional nights based on current availability of provider - please call to confirm availability 301-223-8193

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, October 30 - Service opportunities continue on the Heifer Glob...
Service opportunities continue on the Heifer Global Village. In the evening learn and enjoy a meal prepared with ingredients from within 100 miles as a way to promote sustainability. Participate in activities delving into hunger and poverty issues.

Note: Specific service activities vary and change often. They generally involve some form of construction, maintenance, or groundskeeping. No experience necessary. Individuals should be able to stand or perform a physical activity for several consecutive hours. Professionals will be present during any work assignments to provide instruction and advise on safety concerns.

Breakfast: Enjoy a hot buffet style breakfast along with fresh fruit and cereal selections in the Shepherd's Spring lodge dining room.

Morning: Service opportunities continue with the Heifer Global Village program. Work will likely include the fall closing/ winterizing of all the homes in the village - putting away cultural items and winterizing rain barrels.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch with a salad bar in the Shepherd’s Spring lodge dining room followed by an extended break.

Afternoon: Service opportunities continue with the Heifer Global Village program or you may choose to opt out and spend time as you wish. Self led exploration of Shepherd's Spring's 220 acres or numerous nearby historic attractions await.

Dinner: Participate in a "100 Mile Diet" dinner where each dish features local foods that are in season. Held at the Shepherd's Spring lodge dining room.

Evening: Enjoy a sampler of the program opportunities in the Heifer Global Village. Then learn about the next steps Shepherd's Spring is taking and ones you can take to help end poverty and alleviate hunger. Participants are encouraged to share how they are involved in their community and/or learn more about other relevant organizations.

Lodging: Shepherd's Spring Outdoor Ministry Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, October 31 - Experience another culture by preparing tradition...
Experience another culture by preparing traditional dishes in one of the Heifer Global Village sites.

Note: Participants will be spending the morning preparing meals and cooking over an open flame while using general kitchen tools (e.g. knife).

Breakfast: Enjoy a hot buffet style breakfast along with fresh fruit and cereal selections in the Shepherd's Spring lodge dining room.

Morning: Experiential learning is the goal of all Heifer Global Village programs, witness what such a program is like by being the actual participant in a Cultural Connections Program. Seek to immerse yourself in another culture by experiencing their diet through a lunch that you prepare using some traditional methods in one of the sites of the Heifer Global Village. A debriefing will follow.

Afternoon: Departure following debriefing of the Cultural Connections Program - approximately 1pm.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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Included
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5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
4 Field trips
12 Hands-on experiences

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