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Guam KIS Jeju Service Learning Adventure 2017

Guam KIS Jeju Service Learning Adventure 2017

Trip Highlights

  • Service Learning protecting the land and ocean of a remote community
  • Watch dolphins in the wild on a cruise
  • Feed tropical fish whilst snorkeling in calm waters
  • Go fishing and join a Jungle river cruise
  • Visit culturally rich villages
  • Experience Chamorro & Micronesian culture
  • Island sightseeing visiting museums, WWII battles sites and lookouts

Trip Summary

Few tropical islands can compare to Guam's diversity, rich traditional culture and history. The 2017 KIS Jeju Service Learning Adventure will give you the opportunity to get up close and personal with the varied geographical land forms whilst also learning about the countries unique indigenous culture and more recent WWII history.

Travelling with an expert local guide we will explore the island from the coral coasts to the mountains and lush jungle regions whilst learning about about the flora and fauna which calls the island home.

Partnering with the small and traditional community of Umatec, which is located on a wide calm bay fringed with reefs and in the shadows of some of the islands highest mountains, you will work alongside the Coral Reef Ambassadors and learn how they have introduced a youth and elder environmental partnership which is helping to revegetate the bay and protect their reefs. Splitting into small groups you will help make and prepare the ancient art of seed slingstones and also see how the group are using underwater remote operated vehicles to study the reef.

This experience provides opportunity for cultural immersion and showcases how communities need to work together to protect the environment.

Building on the success of the inaugural KIS Jeju service trip to Guam, the 2017 departure will provide opportunities to learn about the traditional Chamorro culture and history, develop new skills, make new friends and give something back to an essential community organization. This is a Service Learning adventure to get excited over!

Itinerary

After so many months thinking, preparing, and planning for your Guam Service Learning adventure the departure day has finally arrived! Our first night away from home will be at an airport hotel at Busan due to an early flight tomorrow to Guam. We suggest an early night as tomorrow will be a big day of travelling. Busan-Guam: 2017.03.20 / 08:00 13:00 / LJ647 (Jin Air)

Meals:  Nil

On arrival in Taoyuan International Airport you will be met by your guide and transferred by private coach transport to your hotel located a short drive away in a central location and overlooking Tumon Bay. This will be our base for our stay in Guam. In the evening there will be a full briefing to discuss the week ahead and then we’ll take dinner locally at the Pacific Bay Hotel restaurant called VIP House which serves a Chinese buffet. Accommodation: Pacific Bay Hotel Busan-Guam: 2017.03.20 / 08:00 13:00 / LJ647 (Jin Air) **flights subject to change**

Meals:  D

Breakfast will be served daily at Katsu Green Door Cafe which is located across the road from your hotel. Today is a full day exploring the many natural and historic sites which Guam has to offer. We will board our modern air conditioned coach and travel along the South Historical Trail, visiting Two Lover's Point, Paceo Park, the Pacific War Museum, Fort Apugan, Latte Stone Park, Spanish Plaza and Asan Beach before having a well earned lunch at the Fish Eye Restaurant in Marin Park which overlooks a protected lagoon. Afternoon we resume the tour on the War in the Pacific Historical Trail Tour to Piti Guns Unit, the impressive museum T. Stell Newman Visitor Center, Agat Ga'an Point and Asan Overlook. Today is an interesting day exploring the island and learning about many aspects of the island. Dinner at the Capricciosa Italian Ristorante Accommodation: Pacific Bay Hotel

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast it is time for a full day of fun water activities where we experience Dolphin Watching, snorkeling safari then a Jungle River Cruise. A cruise out to sea always lifts your spirit but the sight of dolphins playing and swimming in the wild is one which brings shear joy and laughter to all who witness it. After a thorough safety briefing and instructions we depart the marina for a calm and sheltered bay where the expert captain will take you in close range without worry of harming these wonderful creatures. If sea conditions are good, you’ll be able to feed the fishes while you snorkel or try your hand at fishing. Returning to the marina we head off to enjoy a well earned lunch buffet at the Premier Restaurant at the Onward Beach Resort. In the afternoon we explore the jungles along the Talofofo & Ugum Rivers while aboard the Adventure River Cruise. Here we try fishing, visit a replica of an ancient Chamorro village, see coconut leaf weaving, fire making and Guam’s mysterious latte stones. Please note that a full safety briefing and PFD's will be supplied on both cruises. We return to the hotel for a rest before heading off to the weekly Chamorro Night Markets where island residents gather for mouth watering local and international cuisine, arts and crafts and novelty gifts. It is a hub for the local community to perpetuate Guam’s culture and traditions. Dinner at Chamorro Night Markets - own expense. Accommodation: Pacific Bay Hotel

Meals:  B,L

Today is a full day of service learning and meeting with fellow students from the remote village of Umatec and learning about the history and environment of their surrounds and how it is being protected. The service work will take place at the small village of Umatac, located on the southern coast of the island approx 45mins drive from the hotel. The community of Umatac is smaller than others on Guam and made up of about 800 residents, many of whom are descendants from the same families. Between old houses that sit along the bay’s shoreline are ruins that are prominent reminders of the Spanish colonial era in the village. Remains of the Spanish times include the former Spanish governor’s residence, the site of the old San Dionisio church, Fort Santo Angel and Fort Nuestra Senora de la Soledad. At the center of the bay is an obelisk monument to Ferdinand Magellan’s landing in 1521. Time - Service Activity 8:15am - Depart from hotel by coach transport. 9:00am - Arrive at Umatac Mayor’s Office. 9:30am - Welcoming Remarks (Joe Quinata) and introductions. 9:30am – 10:15am - Humatak Community Foundation (Umatac Coral Reef Ambassadors). Hear from Humatak Project coordinator, Mr Austin Shelton who will highlight youth/community environmental stewardship on Guam. Have a Ridge-to-Reef Lesson learning about Coral Reef Ecology, Watersheds, Fires and an introduction to Seed Slingstone Activity 10am – 12pm - 1 hour per activity 1. Seed Slingstone Creation 2. ROV Demo Stations Group will be split between Activity 1 & 2. KIS students will be paired with Guam students. Groups will switch activities after one hour. 12-1pm - picnic lunch enjoyed by all. 1:00pm -2:00pm - Depart Umatac Mayor’s Office, Go to Fort Soledad. 1. Students to sling/ throw their seed slingstones into valley (left side of Fort, Chalan Da’ok) 2. Local team to wrap-up with discussion. 3. Students have time explore the park. 4. Singing and dance performance. We return to the hotel by mid afternoon for rest and reflection. Farewell dinner at the beach side Chamorro dance and dinner Show called Tao Tao Tasi. Accommodation: Pacific Bay Hotel

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast you are free to explore the nearby beach before having your last meal at the well known JIA Asian Bistro Restaurant. We have some rooms available to change and prepare for flight home. At the suitable time we will transfer to Guam International Airport by bus to connect with your return flight home to either Jeju or Gimpo. Upon arrival at the airport all services conclude, however the memories will last a lifetime. NB. The itinerary is subject to change without notice in the case of extreme conditions. Guam-Busan: 2017.03.24 / 14:35 18:05(+1) / LJ648 (Jin Air) Option 1: Busan -Jeju = 2017.03.24 / 19:20 20:20 / 7C517 (Jeju Air) or Option 2: Busan- Gimpo = 2017.03.24 / 19:30 20:25 / KE1124 (Korean Air)

Meals:  B,L

What's Included

  • Most meals. 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners and drinking water
  • 3 star centrally located hotel accommodation on twin share basis
  • National Park and sight entrance fees
  • Use of private vehicle with driver for all airport transfers, sightseeing, and access to activities
  • Expert English speaking guide with First Aid Kit
  • Full safety equipment and detailed safety briefings for all activities listed
  • The cost of the Service Learning Project at Umatec = US$100 per KIS group member
  • Pre departure information kit to help you pack and prepare

What's Not Included

  • International flights from Korea to Guam return
  • 1 dinner whilst in Guam at night markets - allow approx US$15
  • Bottled water or aerated drinks beyond what is supplied at meal times
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, email etc
  • Tips - USD$25.00 approx (not compulsory)
 

AT A GLANCE

Duration:6 Days
Countries:Virgin Islands (U.S.)
Starting Point:Guam International Airport. From
Activities:Service Learning
Dolphin & Jungle River Cruise
Sightseeing
Adventure Touring
Snorkeling
Grade:Adventure Touring  Click for more information
Trip Code:SOG4236
Prices From:USD$1290