"In my role as Director of Global Programs, the thoroughness of your document has given me absolute peace of mind that you operate a 1st class outfit. I am assured that the safety of the students and faculty are at the forefront but will not detract from you being able to provide them with a phenomenal experience."
Jesica Parker, Director of Global & Off-Campus Programs, Shady Side Academy, Pennsylvania
The Earthship idea has been developed and refined for over 30 years. It started with an american architect called Michael Reynolds who started building his alternative buildings in the deserts of Taos, New Mexico. The Earthship is an all-encompassing off the grid building that provides: heating, cooling, electric power, drinking water, water heating, vegetable production and sewage treatment in one self sustained unit.
Our geography river studies program brings student learning to life, with innovative program design, real world experiences and expert staff. We take our experience in the outdoors and in education, fusing them together to create the best facilitated learning experiences ever!
For many years, a lot of schools have defined their outdoor activity week as 'week without walls'. So a week without walls in its broadest sense, is a week where students can participate in activities outside the school classroom. This could include such activities as; service learning, trekking, rock climbing, canoeing, camping and much more. Here at Zen Quest we strive to make WWW a week your students will remember, where they'll learn and grow as individuals.
Our experienced team have travelled the breadth and width of China and much of the world in search of the most interesting and rewarding programmes both for outdoor adventure, business education and cultural/environmental diversity.
At Zen Quest we offer a range of programmes to suit both your company and your career needs. Our team of dedicated professionals combine top academic knowledge, real life managerial experience and deep expertise in the outdoors to construct individualised programmes to suit the specific needs of your company or career aspirations through our unique modular Outdoor MBA (TM) courses that teach real life business functions in an amazing outdoor setting.
Global issues; how to create leaders equipped with both a global vision and a willingness to work with others, the groundwork begins with education.
'Photos taken by Ed Lau in Antarctica with Shantou University'
Why outdoor education?
Young people growing up in this part of the world have a high pressure school system. Virtually all the emphasis both at home and in school is on classroom learning. Although the classroom is and always will be the backbone of school education, to build well rounded members of society, it's critical to engage students with real world experiences.
We liaise with many international schools and their teachers regularly in China, Hong Kong and the USA. One thing that comes up time and again is justifying their field studies, outdoor education and extra curricular activities to the education board, the parents, and the schools examination system.
Micro Campus (Microcampus) setup in China
Don’t just visit, stay and change your students' global perspectives.
The Microcampusing idea comes from Craig Tafel, a teacher from Shanghai American School (SAS) who uses a luxury mana house retreat ‘The Linden Centre’ near Dali to run microcampusing for SAS students. Our vision for microcampuses see’s many schools across China making use of multiple locations for running extended microcampus programmes.