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Sharpsburg
Explore the World: An Intergenerational Adventure at Heifer Global Village
Taste authentic global cuisines, build a musical instrument and visit the National Zoo as you and your grandchild learn about the world’s cultures at Heifer Global Village.
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Program No. 19819RJ
Length
6 days
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6 days
5 nights
15 meals
5 B 5 L 5 D
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Heifer Global Village
Sharpsburg, MD
D
Shepherd's Spring

Activity note: Some sitting and standing to play "get-to-know-you" games, less than an hour at a time.

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. Believe it or not, part of the fun is helping out with chores!

DAY
2
AM Livestock Feed, Intro.Heifer Global Village, Guatemala
Sharpsburg, MD
B,L,D
Shepherd's Spring

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles on unlevel and unpaved surfaces to access the cave or participate in other activities.

Breakfast: Rise and shine! Before breakfast, meet the friendly goats, chickens, and rabbits as we help with livestock chores. Then enjoy a hearty hot breakfast that also includes fresh fruit and cereal selections.

Morning: Learn what Heifer Global Village is all about and how the Heifer organization works with communities to end hunger and poverty and care for the earth. The village, built in the woods at Shepherd’s Spring, consists of several international homes representing different countries and cultures. 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.

DAY
3
Thailand & Tibet, Thai Food, Decorating Your Drum
Sharpsburg, MD
B,L,D
Shepherd's Spring

Activity note: Standing up to an hour at a time or walking up to a mile over the course of the day on unpaved trails.

Breakfast: Hearty breakfast with hot choices, fresh fruit, and cereal selections.

Morning: Travel to our Thailand site and explore a home made of bamboo. Learn how the people live, what they eat, and about fish ponds and rice. Play games and make crafts enjoyed by Thai children. Then setlle down to hear their favorite stories.

Lunch: Enjoy a Thai-style meal similar to those people in Thailand eat everyday. Make your own spring roll and create a special fruit salad to complement the rice and vegetables.

Afternoon: Discover the Tibet region of China. Learn about a yak hair yurt (the equivalent of a Tibetan tent), the summer home of the Yak herders. Discover the importance of the colorful prayer flags surrounding the home and learn about preserving milk products by making your own cheese! 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.

DAY
4
Southern Africa, Life in Mozambique & Kenya, Free Time
Sharpsburg, MD
B,L,D
Shepherd's Spring

Activity note: Standing up to an hour at a time or walking up to a mile over the course of the day on unpaved trails.

Breakfast: Hearty breakfast with hot choices, fresh fruit, and cereal selections.

Morning: Complete construction of your drum as you stretch and secure the drum head, add a colorful tape border and set it aside to dry. Grandparents leave a special message inside the drum to be found in years to come as the drum head gets replaced.

Lunch: Enjoy an African-style lunch in the dining room featuring dishes of Mozambique and Kenya.

Afternoon: Travel to the African nations of Mozambique and Kenya and experience the rural life conditions in these countries. Hear their stories and learn about their cultures. Then cool off from the African heat in our pool.

Dinner: Dinner in the dining hall. Self-serve choices include hot dishes, salad bar, dessert, and beverages.

Evening: Field games and a campfire with stories and s'mores round out the evening. Grandparents and Kids may opt to sleep in another Global Village home. Please bring your sleeping bag! Staff will supervise the Thursday evening sleep out in the Global Village

DAY
5
National Zoo & Global Food Mkt, Campfire, Village Sleep-out
Sharpsburg, MD
B,L,D
Shepherd's Spring

Activity note: Walking two miles on paved surfaces (though up and down hills) at the National Zoo. More miles may be covered at the zoo if guests do more than the activity given by Shepherd's Spring staff.

Breakfast: Help with animal chores before a hearty breakfast in the dining hall with hot choices, fresh fruit, and cereal selections.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: National Zoo Wildlife Scavenger Hunt. The National Zoo in Washington, DC is a beautiful urban park and a peaceful place to enjoy nature. With a long history of innovation and leadership in the care and exhibition of wild animals, the exhibits take you around the world. Your assignment is to find animals native to the countries we've explored in the Global Village. Together, grandparents and grandkids will discover fascinating facts along with the animals as you complete the wildlife scavenger hunt through the National Zoo exhibits.

Lunch: Find an African safari in your lunch bag as you enjoy it on your time schedule at the Zoo.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Continuing our global theme, we’ll move on to a local Global Foods Market. This international supermarket offers foods of many countries. After a short introduction about the store and some of the more unusual food items, each Grand pair will find the special ingredients needed to prepare our world tour lunch on Friday. A special printed store guide will help you to explore some of the foods common to others around the world that US citizens don't find at their Thanksgiving dinners!

Dinner: Dinner tonight in the dining room has hot food choices as well as a salad bar and dessert.

Evening: DRUMMERS & DRUMMING: Local drummers set the beat then share the stage as grandkids test the voices of their newly created African Drums. Other rhythm instruments are available so Grandparents don't get left out of the action! 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.

DAY
6
Create a Memory Keepsake, Program Concludes
Sharpsburg, MD
B,L

Activity note: Some walking on uneven trails, standing for an hour or more to prepare the cultural meal. There are benches or chair provided at the meal preparation areas.

Breakfast: The hearty hot breakfast in the dining room also includes fresh fruit and cereal selections.

Morning: MORNING ACTIVITIES: Say goodbye to your animal friends as you help with the morning chores, just like families from around the world do every day. 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 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.