19819
Maryland
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
14 meals
5 B 4 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 begin our memory books so the week's “travels” through Heifer Global Village are not forgotten.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 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
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 a local cave and Dam#4.

Breakfast: Rise and shine! 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 Dam #4 with a stop at the local cave. Grandparents and grandkids may participate as a pair, or if the grandparent would prefer to hang back there will be staff to help with the children.

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.

DAY
3
Thailand, 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: Time for a quick swim after lunch. Take a walk to a local goat farm and experience how they take care of their goats and make cheese. Our families in Tibet preserve milk from their yaks by making cheese. We will experience how to make this cheese using goat milk rather than yak milk.

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. The evening will close with a campfire and snacks.

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 stories and learn about their cultures. Then cool off from the African heat in our pool. After swimming you will visit a Rural Heritage Museum to learn about agriculture and how this relates to families in the African countries.

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

Evening: Following dinner will be an opportunity for some African Drumming. Grandparents and kids will experience a chance to create some beats together with a variety of percussion instruments.

DAY
5
Local farm visits, 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).

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

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Grandparents and grandkids will visit a local Aquaponic produce and tree farm: South Mountain MicroFarm. There they will learn about the growing of fish and how their fertilizer also helps grow the plants.

Lunch: A bagged lunch will be enjoyed at the the playground located at the next stop.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: After the MicroFarm, grandparents and grandkids will travel to a local Dairy Farm (South Mountain Creamery) to learn about the cows and how their milk is used for their local creamery. Products can be purchased at the Dairy Farm. Participants will also enjoy some ice cream made fresh at the creamery!

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

Evening: The evening will consist of a bee speaker to talk about bee keeping along with an evening campfire. We will have our closing and share our favorite memory out of our memory books at the fire. Grandparents and grand kids can sleep-out in one of the Heifer Global Village homes (sleeping bag needed). Some will have beds while others will have mats for the dirt floors. You can choose the home you wish to sleep in.

DAY
6
Program Concludes
Sharpsburg, MD
B

Activity note: Check out 10:00 am

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

Morning: Participants will pack up their stuff out of the village and check out of their lodge rooms by 10:00.






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