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7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
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. 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.
Emily from Spofford, NH Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 11/02/14 - 11/08/14
I loved this program from start to finish. The transportation service (Van Go) was great -- very reliable and the driver was friendly and helpful. Our group leader, Rosie, was terrific -- full of information and she was also very supportive to the individual needs of the group. My assignment at the Tuba Boarding School was very enjoyable and challenging (in a good way). I learned a lot about Native American culture in the best way -- by meeting and interacting with the people. Our accommodations were excellent; the rooms were very nice and the food was great, as well as the wait staff. Also I really enjoyed shopping at the Trading Post. I have only one suggestion. In the future you might want to advise participants to bring postal stamps with them. I had wanted to send postcards, but we always left the Trading Post before the Post Office opened and returned after it was closed. I highly recommend this program!!

Bronnie from Roslyn, NY Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 11/02/14 - 11/08/14
This is a fabulous opportunity to engage with delightful children and their teachers from the Navajo culture. I came to volunteer and left with a gift of learning that I will treasure. Rosie is a wonderful leader and role model.

Jane from Reston, VA Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 10/26/14 - 11/01/14
In considering a service program at a school, in my honest opinion, you should think of whether you have an educational background, or can fall into a specific task. Otherwise, you may be at a loss.

Frances O'Neill from La Jolla, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/19/14 - 10/25/14
A great first-time experience, mine in in the 5th grade class of Ms. Reid at Dzil Libei Elementary whose students are diligently grappling with the new demands of national Common Core math and language arts. They are wonderful kids -- hospitable, curious and as kind to stranger Anglo "elders" as to one another. I learned much more than I "taught" and I remember Ms. Reid and every one of her students with admiration and affection. There are more program "veterans" than newcomers and consequently there are some proprietary turf wars which could be avoided with a better proportion of Road Scholars who are new to the experience. Students enjoyed all the adult presentations, but the several art experiences seemed to me like rain in the desert, as there is no formal art or music in the curriculum and the kids are imaginative and creative people. I hope the program emphasizes helping the teacher and working with the students over extravaganzas produced by the visitors. Coordinator Rosie Horsen was always present, good-natured and helpful and she herself provided a window on Navajo life and culture which I really appreciated.

Doris from Colorado Springs, CO Number of programs attended: 15
Date attended: 10/19/14 - 10/25/14
Just completed my 7th year of this program and am never disappointed with the opportunities to assist teachers and students. This time I was assigned to kindergarten and thought it was a blast! I brought a presentation, as I do most years. This year was a quick overview of the Lewis & Clark expedition and included 10 samples of furs from animals that the Corps of Discovery encountered. The kids and teachers loved touching/ holding the pieces. Assisting at Dzil Libei School is a rewarding experience that I recommend for anyone who can be flexible in this cultural setting.

Richard from National City, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/20/13 - 10/26/13
Over the years, I have volunteered in many school programs organized by other agencies. With the expertise of Rosie Horsen, the experience with Road Scholars was in my opinion exceptional. Rosie was informative, available and well organized. The after-school presentations offered extra insight into the culture and modern lifestyle of today's Navajo. For me, the best part of the week involved the casual conversations around the campus with the students, faculty, and staff. These conversations revealed snippets of life in the Navajo Nation which could not otherwise be obtained in a more formal setting. The principal and teachers at Dzil Libei Elementary School were very friendly and receptive to the sudden influx of outsiders and made each one of us feel comfortable. It was an experience I will relive many times and hope one day to be able to return. Submitted by NANCY PAFF

Doris from Colorado Springs, CO Number of programs attended: 13
Date attended: 10/20/13 - 10/26/13
I have just completed my 5th year of volunteering in schools on the Navajo Nation. All have been wonderful experiences, especially my 3 years at Dzil Libei (Gray Mtn.)School. I am impressed with all of the new technology that has arrived at this small school this year and also with the dedicated teachers and the principal. My only advice to you if you are thinking about this opportunity is that you should go without an agenda but rather with a willingness to help out in any way. These are AZ public schools with certified teachers, both Navajo and Anglo. They are cordial and welcoming and appreciate our help, but we must remind ourselves that we are not there to initiate changes during our week of volunteering. The kids and teachers are especially enthusiastic about any presentations that we might offer. We spend the full day at school with the students and enjoy evening programs at Cameron about the Navajo culture. Truthfully, I think we get more than we give from this life changing experience. FYI - the lodging is very comfortable and there are numerous menu choices for meals. The coordinator, Rosie Horsen, is organized and helpful. See y'all again next fall!

Nancy from Pound Ridge, NY Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 10/27/13 - 11/02/13
If you like interacting with children from another culture (Navajo) and enjoy working with teachers and the other program participants, then this is the trip for you. You will learn about Native Americans "form the inside"......not just observe as a tourist....you will see the real thing.


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