KIS JeJu Guam Service Learning Adventure 2019

KIS JeJu Guam Service Learning Adventure 2019

Trip Highlights

  • 1.5 days of service at the Humåtak community in conjunction with the Centre for Island Sustainability at the University of Guam
  • Watch wild dolphins on a cruise
  • Feed tropical fish whilst snorkeling in calm waters
  • Experience Chamorro and Micronesian culture
  • Island sightseeing visiting museums, WWII battles sites and lookouts

Trip Summary

Building on the success of the 2016 and 2017 KIS Jeju Service Adventures to Guam, the 2019 departure will provide opportunities to learn about the traditional Chamorro culture and history, develop new skills, make new friends and learn through practical application how am island community is building resilience against the effects of climate change and taking action to address local environmental threats. This itinerary provides students with 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.

Partnering with the Centre for Island Sustainability at the University of Guam we work alongside a traditional coastal community called Humåtak which is located on a wide calm bay fringed with reefs and in the shadows of some of the island’s highest mountains. During our time at Humåtak we will receive lessons about the watershed and the needs and threats to coral, we will take a tour of the watershed from the mountain down to the sea, where they can see all the environmental connections in between and we will mould seed sling stones in order to help with watershed restorations efforts. This experience provides opportunity for cultural immersion and showcases how communities need to work together to protect the environment.

Sample Itinerary

After so many months 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.

Meals:  Nil

Depart Busan at 8:00am, arrive Guam at 1pm. 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. This will be our base for our stay in Guam. Lunch at Tony Roma This afternoon we explore Two Lover's Point, Paceo Park, the Pacific War Museum, Fort ApuganLatte Stone Park, Spanish Plaza, Guam Museum. Dinner at Pacific Bay Hotel restaurant - VIP House Chinese buffet Overnight: Garden Villa Hotel

Meals:  L,D

After breakfast at the hotel we transfer by private vehicle to University of Guam (UOG). Upon arrival we go to Annex A/ Room 6 for welcoming remarks and an introduction by Dr. Shelton and Sea Grant Team, as well as an orientation. We then depart UOG and arrive 45 minutes later at the Humåtak Educational Outreach site where lessons will be provided on watersheds and the needs and threats to coral. Lunch is either a bento style boxed lunch with rice, meat and salad or burger and fries or pizza. This afternoon we explore some of the many natural and historic sites which Guam has to offer. On our modern air conditioned coach we travel along the South Historical Trail visiting Ceti Bay Overlook, Merzo Inarajan natural pool, T.Stell Newman Visitor Center, Piti Gun Point and Asan Overlook. Dinner at Capricciosa Italian Ristorante Overnight: Garden Villa Hotel

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast at the hotel we transfer by private vehicle to UOG, where upon arrival we enjoy some light refreshments, before a brief presentation. We depart UOG and 45 minutes later arrive to take the Humåtak Watershed Adventures, where we tour the watershed from the mountain down to the sea, and see first hand the environmental connections in between. Lunch is either a bento style boxed lunch with rice, meat and salad or burger and fries or pizza. This afternoon we partake in the Humåtak Ecosystem Restoration project where participants will mold their own seed sling stones in order to help with watershed restorations efforts and learn how to do conservation with a cultural twist. 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) Overnight: Garden Villa Hotel

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast it is time for a full day of fun water activities where we experience dolphin watching and snorkelling and 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 sheer 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. We return to the hotel to shower and for lunch In the afternoon we explore the jungles along the Talofofo and 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. Dinner: Fantastic Tao Tao Tasi BBQ Show Overnight: Garden Villa Hotel

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast at the hotel you are free to explore the nearby beach before having lunch at the hotel. We have some rooms available to change and prepare for flight home. At around 12:00pm will transfer to Guam International Airport to connect with your return flight home. Depart Guam at 2:30pm, arrive Incheon at 6:15pm, depart Gimpo at 9:40pm, arrive Jeju at 10:50pm

Meals:  B,L

What's Included

  • 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 4 dinners and drinking water
  • 3 star centrally located hotel accommodation on quad 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 Humåtak
  • Pre departure information kit to help you pack and prepare

What's Not Included

  • International flights from Korea to Guam return
  • 1 night accommodation in Guam
  • 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)
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Visa (if required)

Upcoming Travel Dates

 

AT A GLANCE

Duration:6 Days
Countries:Virgin Islands (U.S.)
Starting Point:Guam International Airport
Activities:Service Learning
Adventure Touring
Grade:Adventure touring  Click for more information
Trip Code:SOG5567