Beijing, China

Building a Sustainable Mega City

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Work at a summer camp located at an organic agriculture education camp.

China's development – and how society addresses corresponding environmental challenges – will continue to have global impact into the next century. Beijing is a major hub for China’s national highway and railway networks, and its airport is the second busiest in the world for passenger traffic. What better place to raise awareness?

You’ll work with an environmental NGO to teach children about the problems that pollution and waste can cause in people and the environment. Help implement the group’s summer environmental education camp, and stay at an organic agriculture education center in a suburb of Beijing.

Not only will you interact with Chinese students your own age, you’ll gain firsthand knowledge of China, the Chinese people, and their culture. You’ll come away with a sense that you’ve helped expand the world view of other teens, all the while immeasurably expanding your own.

The Take-Aways

  • Leadership

    Understanding of the impact of environmental policies on local people

  • Cultural Immersion

    Experience working across linguistic and cultural lines

  • Certificate

    A Certificate of Learning in Environmental Awareness

Location & Culture

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Discover China’s historical and cultural heritage in amazing Beijing.

Beijing is the second largest city in China. With a population of 21 million people, it’s nearly twice the size of Belgium! Once the imperial center, it is now the center of government (Beijing is Washington, D.C. to Shanghai’s New York). Its history dates back three millennia and there are palaces and gardens that bring that history alive.

No trip to Beijing is complete without visiting the Forbidden City and the Great Wall, which is a short journey outside Beijing. There are over 144 museums in the city that preserve the extraordinary range of Chinese artistic achievements. However, Beijing is also home to some amazing modern buildings like Rem Koolhaas’ CCTV Headquarters and the National Centre for the Performing Arts.

Beijing has its own distinct cuisine, but as it is a major metropolis, the foods of all the regions are well represented. Peking duck is the city’s signature dish, served in a beautiful and careful ceremony. Donkey is also said to be a delicious Beijing specialty; you be the judge!

Daily Life

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Daily Life

"After our farm work, we ate a delicious meal prepared by Mosquito. I think the prayer before every meal is very special and a new experience for all of us (posted below). It allows us to appreciate the nature in a way that we usually don't think about. ..."

Learn more about daily life on a high school study abroad program by reading our blog posts above.

  • Housing

    Hotel in the suburbs of Beijing

  • Local Support

    24/7 Support from your CIEE program leader and in-country CIEE staff members

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Sample Activities

Discover China

  • Tour Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, Jingshan Park, and other landmarks.
  • Take an overnight train to Xi'an and a high-speed train back.
  • Embark on an overnight trip to the "wild" Great Wall, staying in a rural homestay.
  • Dance in a park with local citizens!
  • Explore opulent palaces, major museums, and historic monuments throughout the city.

Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees


  • Program open to all current high school students: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. 
  • For scholarship eligibility requirements, please check our Scholarship page.
  • This program involves engaging in moderate to high intensity physical activities such as farming or hiking.

Application Fee


Program scholarships and tuition include iNext Travel Insurance, but do not cover the cost of flights. More details about tuition inclusions can be found here.

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