Rural Health Service Trip (March 17-24, 2018)

Join Us March 17-24, 2018 in Fenghuang, Western Hunan
Optional pre-trip extension to Zhangjiajie National Forest Park: March 12-16

Health professional school faculty and students are especially encouraged to apply!

The Yale-China Association health program is excited to announce our Rural Health Service Trip to Fenghuang (western Hunan). During the week of March 17-24, 2018, we will bring participants to beautiful Fenghuang County in the Xiangxi Autonomous Region for an opportunity to be involved in health service projects and other community service and learning opportunities.

Join us on this rural health exploration and service trip to work with U.S. and Chinese volunteers and professionals on projects to improve local health service delivery, training, and public health education programs. You will also learn the challenges and opportunities facing Chinese rural communities and how Yale-China and Yale University are partnering with local leadership to find solutions to emerging health challenges.

Discover through Service and Learning

You will participate in various projects in Fenghuang, especially in the health fields, and work with local professionals in these activities serving local populations. On this health service trip, you will have the opportunity to:

Discover the challenges of delivering primary health services in rural areas
Experience the work of local health professionals at county, township, and village health facilities
Learn about China’s health reforms and new initiatives between Yale-China, Yale University, Xiangya and local partners
Team with Chinese students and faculty on projects serving vulnerable populations (i.e. left behind children and elderly)
Conduct clinical and public health trainings, assessments, and screenings at local hospitals and health centers
Develop and lead your own health education or intervention programs to benefit local staff and residents
Join a one-day conference on emerging health issues in western Hunan
Learn about traditional Chinese and Miao medicine
Explore the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site “Fenghuang Ancient Town 凤凰古城” along the Nujiang River

No special skills are required (though we have a preference for pre-med and health professional students, and faculty or professionals with health training backgrounds).

If you want to join us on this exciting health service trip, we will work with you to find volunteer opportunities that match your skills and interests. Faculty, students, alumni, and anyone with an interest and desire to learn more about China’s health system in rural areas are welcome. You will make new friends and network with others from various walks of life!

Note: Participants may be asked to perform some physical activity or walk for some extended period (depending on nature of projects). If you are not able to perform these activities, you should let us know in advance, so we can plan activities appropriately for all participants. We recommend purchasing travel health insurance or ensuring that you have adequate health coverage through your regular insurer while you are abroad.

Program Cost and Draft Itinerary

Rural Health Service Trip (March 17-March 24, 2018)
$2,200 per person, double occupancy ($450 single room supplement).

Cost includes:
Accommodations in Fenghuang (5 nights) and Changsha (up to 3 nights, March 17, 18, 24), ground transportation, meals, translators, Changsha and Fenghuang excursions and activities, one-day conference activities at Jishou University, Yale-China and local partner program management fee, etc. We welcome donations if you want to further support the health program work of Yale-China and local partners.

Price does not include international or domestic airfare, visa, or travel insurance costs.

Note: Departure date from US is March 16th with arrival date in Changsha on March 17th. Departure for western Hunan is on March 19th and return to Changsha is on late March 24th. Final departure from Changsha is on March 24th or 25th.

Cost does not include:
International airfare to China, domestic airfare within China; travel or baggage insurance; visa fees; travel health insurance; other personal and incidental expenses.

Service Trip Scholarships:
The Yale-China Association offers partial scholarships for the Rural Health Service Trip for students with financial need depending on availability of scholarship funds. If you would like to apply for scholarship funding, please submit a scholarship application to Yale-China by December 31st, 2017. You will be notified of the scholarship decision by email by January 5th. Awards will be based on available funding, financial need, skills and knowledge needed for service projects, and previous volunteer experience. We cannot accept any other form of requests for funding at this time. Please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) no later than December 30th to obtain a scholarship application and submit to the same email address by December 31st.

Trip Itinerary:
Click here to view a draft itinerary of the trip.


Pre-Trip Zhangjiajie National Forest Park Extension (March 12 - 16, 2018)
$1,300 per person based on double occupancy ($300 single room supplement). Please refer to Add-On Trip section at the end of this page for the general itinerary.

Price includes accommodations (1 night in Changsha and 4 nights in Zhangjiajie), ground transportation, meals, ticketed events, excursions and activities. Does not include international or domestic airfare.

Note: Departure date from US is March 10th with arrival date in Changsha on March 11th. Zhangjiajie National Forest extension is March 12-16.

Application Information

To apply for the trip, please fill out an application form and submit to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
Click here to download the Rural Health Service Trip Application Form.

Click here to fill out the application online:

Space for this trip is limited, apply early to reserve your spot! Your application will not be complete until Yale-China has received your deposit of $500 per person. Check made payable to "Yale-China Association" or pay via credit card ( If paying by credit card, we encourage participants to help us cover the 3% fee charged for credit card payments, checks are always preferred.

Payment can be mailed to:
Yale-China Association
442 Temple Street, New Haven CT 06520

Deposit payments are fully refundable until January 15, 2018. Please be aware that after January 15, 2018, all program payments are non-refundable! Final payment of all program costs is due on February 9, 2018. (Note: Substitution of registration for another person is not allowed).

For more information about the Rural Health Service Trip, please contact Lucy Yang at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Additional Information:

Children: Families with children 16 and over are welcome to apply (requires separate application form for each person). Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate children under 16 on the program and all youth 18 and under must be accompanied by an adult. All children under 18 must have a parent participating in the same service project(s) throughout the program.

Please note that we will organize 2-3 in-person or online orientation sessions starting late January. We will discuss the needs of the community, the projects we will undertake, and learn more about our key partners in China. Additional planning meetings may be scheduled to develop specific projects.

Visa and Air Travel Arrangements:
Please note that all participants are responsible for obtaining their own China travel visas. Upon receipt of application form and payment of all program fees, Yale-China will provide any necessary hotel reservations for visa purposes, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you need us to provide hotel reservations for you in advance to obtain a visa. We recommend visa service agencies such as or similar services for visa processing.

Travel Immunizations:
All trip participants are responsible for ensuring adequate immunizations have been received prior to travel to China. Consult the U.S. CDC website for recommendations of immunizations for travel to China by visiting this page (select China as the destination country and type of traveler based on your optional personal needs).

Add-On Pre-Trip Extension to Zhangjiajie

Draft Itinerary for the Pre-trip Extension (subject to change)
Cost: $1,300 per person (double occupancy), $250 single room supplement.

Cost includes all transportation between Changsha and Zhangjiajie, hotel and meals (1 night in Changsha on March 11, 4 nights in Zhangjiajie from March 12-16), private tour with private vehicle and private English-speaking tour guides, and all ticketed attractions and excursions.

Day 1 (March 12):
Travel to Zhangjiajie
Hotel Check-In near Zhangjiajie Wulingyuan Area (5-Star Hotel)
Evening group dinner

Day 2 (March 13):
Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon: Glass Bridge, Rainbow Square, Yilian Youmeng, Momo Cave, Holy Spring Lake
Yellow Dragon Cave

Day 3 (March 14):
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park
Tianzi Mountain: Sea of Clouds, Radiance of the Moonlight, Rays of Sunshine, Snow in Winter

Day 4 (March 15):
Tianmen Mountain and Tianmen Cave
Cliff-Hanging Walkway
Tujia Folk Customs Park

Day 5 (March 16):
Return to Changsha
Evening group dinner

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