Our mid-semester trip to Western China is an integral part of our curriculum activities. Students are given assignments from their area-study course instructors. Since last year, we have designated a particular theme for each field trip. Last fall we focused on the relationship between Tibetan religion, sacred sites, and human settlement. This past spring our students focused on education in the Tibetan area of Qinghai and Gansu Provinces. The trip is not tremendously long but long enough for our students to experience. After each trip, it is always exciting to read my students’ journal entries and term papers based on their experiences in Western China. Besides writing assignments, we also have collective projects such as making a short documentary about we do during the field trip. I’ll try to upload our previous visual productions for you to download. If it doesn’t work you contact CIEE main office in Portland for free DVD copies.