Leadership program for U.S. teens offered in Chinese cities

A new two-week Global Leadership program in China for English-speaking high school and college students is accepting applications for summer 2014.

Walking Tree Travel, an organization that specializes in service, conservation, and leadership programs in 18 countries, just announced the China Global Leadership Program itinerary. The program includes stops in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shenzhen, and Guangzhou. Participants will get an inside look at changing social and economic environments in these cities, and learn how urban planners are dealing with unprecedented population growth. The students will explore the urban challenges of employment, sustainability, environmental protection, and transportation. They will study important current events, while enjoying Chinese culture, entertainment, and food.

“We have just passed the halfway mark and 51 percent of the earth’s population now live in urban environments,” said Deland Chan, Stanford University Urban Planning lecturer and guide for the China Global Leadership Program.

This program is an excellent start for young people who are looking to lead in areas of communications and city planning. This program gives an insider’s look at a growing economy with an emphasis on urban sustainability.

Chan’s fellow guide is Kevin Hsu, also a lecturer in the Urban Planning Department of Stanford University. “This will be a tour of China for future leaders who want an incredible cultural experience and want to prepare for the challenges of the 21st century by honing their leadership, problem solving, and communications skills,” said Hsu. (end)

The 15-day program goes from June 30 to July 15.  For additional information, contact Walking Tree Travel at 303-242-8541 or visit the website at www.walkingtree.org.

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