6262
Arizona
Volunteering: Navajo Nation Schools
There’s a Navajo proverb that says “We do not inherit the land from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” Give back as you volunteer in schools on the Navajo Reservation.
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Program No. 6262RJ
Length
7 days
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7 days
6 nights
17 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Cameron, AZ
D
Cameron Trading Post Motel

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 4:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration. After you have your room assignment, come to the Road Scholar table to register with program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, other important information, and to learn when and where the Orientation session will take place. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. Road Scholar Service Learning programs are short-term experiences that engage participants in volunteer projects to benefit the common good. These projects utilize the skills and energy of participants to meet demonstrated needs of the local and/or broader community. In addition to a significant amount of time in the specified Service Learning project and activities, participants will learn about relevant aspects of local history, culture, nature, etc., within the available time and as appropriate to the themes and settings.

Dinner: At the Cameron Inn restaurant, we’ll have plated meals with salad, choice of two entrées from a variety of American Mexican, and local favorites, dessert, and beverage choices of coffee, tea, water; other non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase as there are no alcohol sales on the reservation. The restaurant is decorated with beautiful Navajo rugs, baskets, Tiffany glass cabinets, and pottery and has an antique pressed-tin ceiling.

Evening: Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Minimal walking during program. Depending on your volunteer assignment, you may need to bend down to speak with children, sit in smaller chairs, or even get up and down from the floor. You will be moving around during the day and may be asked to move boxes or books, climb a step-stool to create or work on a bulletin board, and the like. Dress comfortably in clothes you can move in easily. Slacks, khakis, and nice jeans are recommended for all genders. Transfers to school will be by 10-13 passenger University van, approximately 15-30 minutes, depending on location. You may need to step up and into the smaller van using a provided step-stool. Please be sure to speak with the Group Leader if you have questions about your school assignment. Periods in the schedule labeled “Free Time and “At Leisure” offer opportunities to make the program more meaningful and memorable while going out to explore on your own, engaging in available activities independently, relaxing, and making new friends among fellow participants. The Group Leader will always be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
Meet School Staff & Students, Native American Arts & Crafts
Cameron, AZ
B,L,D
Cameron Trading Post Motel

Breakfast: In the hotel restaurant, we’ll order a plated meal from a select menu with choices such as eggs, bacon, oatmeal, waffles, toast, juice, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: We’ll board the van shuttle and ride to the school through the beautiful Painted Desert portion of the Navajo Nation. First, we’ll meet with the Principal for an orientation. Then, after receiving classroom assignments, we’ll work with teachers and students until lunch. Group assignments vary and may include work in the library, putting up a bulletin board, or other school needs.

Lunch: At the school cafeteria each day, there will be choices including salad, grilled cheese sandwiches, hot dogs, and fruit plus milk, juice, water; gluten-free options not guaranteed.

Afternoon: We’ll work for the remainder of the school day on our assignments, then meet with staff in the school library. Returning to the hotel, the remainder of the afternoon is free.

Dinner: Plated meal at hotel restaurant.

Evening: We’ll hear from an expert from Cameron Trading Post who will give a presentation on the many Native American art and craft traditions represented in this area.

DAY
3
Classroom Assignments, Contemporary Navajo Issues
Cameron, AZ
B,L,D
Cameron Trading Post Motel

Breakfast: Hotel plated meal.

Morning: We’ll travel to the school for a second day of service learning, volunteering our time and talent to assist staff and students at the Navajo school. The history of the Navajo people is ancient, rich, complex, and a story of overcoming great odds since European colonization and American migration. Anthropologists believe the Navajo (Diné) followed archaic hunter gatherers who themselves followed Ice-Age Paleo-Indian hunters from thousands of years earlier. The Navajo Nation is larger than the state of West Virginia and comprises more than 27,000 miles in the Four Corners states of Utah, Arizona and New Mexico.

Lunch: School cafeteria.

Afternoon: We’ll continue our volunteer assignments until the close of school for the day.

Dinner: Plated meal at hotel restaurant.

Evening: Hear from Navajo community members about some of the social issues and challenges facing those living on the reservation.

DAY
4
Classroom Assignments, Navajo Culture Fieldtrip
Cameron, AZ
B,L,D
Cameron Trading Post Motel

Breakfast: Hotel breakfast.

Morning: We’ll transfer to the school for another morning of volunteer assignments.

Lunch: School cafeteria.

Afternoon: We’ll continue our assignments most of the afternoon, then board the van for a field trip to a location off school grounds for a presentation on Navajo culture. We’ll return to the hotel with some time to freshen up and relax before dinner.

Dinner: Plated meal at hotel restaurant.

Evening: At leisure. Time for reflection and relaxation.

DAY
5
Classroom Assignments
Cameron, AZ
B,L,D
Cameron Trading Post Motel

Breakfast: Hotel plated meal.

Morning: We’ll transfer to the school for a morning of volunteer assignments. Education can make a critical difference for kids growing up on the reservation. Road Scholar and Northern Arizona University have been providing volunteers in classrooms on the Navajo Nation since the 1990s.

Lunch: School cafeteria.

Afternoon: We’ll continue our volunteer work in the classroom until the close of school for the day, then return to the hotel.

Dinner: Plated meal at hotel restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Classroom Assignments, Navajo Culture
Cameron, AZ
B,L,D
Cameron Trading Post Motel

Breakfast: Hotel breakfast.

Morning: We’ll transfer to the school for our last morning of volunteer assignments. The Navajo Nation has its own Department of Diné Education that promotes and fosters lifelong learning for the Navajo People, with nearly a dozen active programs including those to promote resilient, healthy generations of youth to find balance and live in a diverse society. These programs as well as our volunteer service contribute to helping students develop positive attitudes, enhancing their self-image, confidence, and maturity.

Lunch: School cafeteria.

Afternoon: We’ll continue our volunteer assignments than say our farewells to the students, teachers, and staff we’ve assisted. Visit Tuba City's weekly 'Swap Meet' for an opportunity to try local food, peruse indigenous crafts and mingle with community members. We’ll return to the hotel with time to freshen up and relax before dinner.

Dinner: Plated meal at hotel restaurant. Share your favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends and fellow volunteers.

Evening: We’ll have a final session on aspects of Navajo lifeways or cultural entertainment and conclude the evening with our program wrap-up, recapping a program of shared service. Then prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.

DAY
7
Program Concludes
Cameron, AZ
B

Breakfast: Hotel breakfast. This concludes our program. The Road Scholar shuttle back to Flagstaff will depart at 8:00 AM for connection to the Arizona Shuttle back to the Phoenix Airport. Yá'át'ééh!

Morning: We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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