Pathways to the World

Pathways to the World is an international travel and study program that provides American students opportunities to gain first-hand cultural experiences in different countries.  It’s short-term programs consist of two-week or three-week cultural field studies and community building projects in local communities in different countries.  The long-term study abroad programs offer one semester or more cultural and historical studies at schools of foreign countries.

Building Connections - A Tour to China

April 19 – May 5, 2013

This trip is designed for SPIRAL families and friends. It aims to tour China and visit schools and families of the students who came to Vermont.  During the trip, we will visit five cities and cruise down the Yangtze River to visit the Three Gorges and the controversial Gorge Dam that was built a few years ago.  The five cities are: Beijing, Xi’an, Chengdu, Chongqing and Shanghai.  In Beijing, we will see the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Hutong and the Temple of Heaven. In Xi’an we will see Terracotta Solders and Imperial Pool. In Chengdu and Chongqing, besides the regular site seen, we will have a chance to visit schools of the students who came to New England in the summer, meet their parents and have the students show us their hometown.   After cruise, we will visit Shanghai, the center for Chinese economic development.


Chinese History and Culture Study Tour

July 14, 2013 – July 29, 2013

The intellectual property crisis, the environmental pollution, the one-party bureaucratic system……how much negative comments have you heard about China? The fast stable economic development out of the globle financial crisis, the second economic body around the world, the world factory…… how much positive contribution has China made for the global economy? A red aggressive China or a green frienly China? The biggest developing country or the youngest developed country? Do these questions puzzle you frequently?

To understand China, you have to understand its culture.
To understand the Chinese culture, you have to learn its religions and belief.
To judge the Chinese behaviors, you have to learn its history.

So join this program to discover China, to find out the cultural reason for its fast economic development and increasing social problems.