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FIELD CONSULTING PROGRAMS

Our programs give high school students an opportunity to make real impact. In our short-term consulting engagements, student consultants work under the guidance of professional mentors to solve a pressing challenge facing our client. Through expert guidance, real world experience, and rigorous academic content, students are able to create a sustainable and practical solution for our local partners. Our programs are based in rural China and Southeast Asia, giving students first-hand understanding of the complex issues we work with our partners to solve. Our student consultants are equipped with relevant tools and knowledge to create solutions for global problems such as water safety, poverty, and public health.

For a full program list, please request a program brochure.
CONSULTING PROGRAMS

Our programs give high-school students an opportunity to make real impact. In our short-term consulting engagements, student consultants work under the guidance of professional mentors to solve a pressing challenge facing our client. Through expert guidance, real world experience, and rigorous academic content, students are able to create a sustainable and practical solution for our local partners. Our programs are based in rural China and Southeast Asia, giving students first-hand understanding of the complex issues we work with our partners to solve. Our student consultants are equipped with relevant tools and knowledge to create solutions for global problems such as water safety, poverty, and public health.

For a full program list, please request a program brochure.
BUSINESS PROGRAMS
exploring international trade through sustainable commerce
LOCATION
Shanghai, China
PROGRAM DATES
Round 1: 7/9 - 7/18
Round 2: 7/20 - 7/29
UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
ABOUT THIS PROGRAM
Economic development in northeastern China is relatively stagnant compared with other parts of China, and reducing the poverty issue is still a big challenge for locals. Locals suffer from severe cold weather 8 months of the year and agribusiness in most of rural areas is constrained. Therefore, most farmers don't have opportunities to increase their income and remain poor. Fortunately, there are considerable amounts of wild natural resources in forests and wild bushes. For example, local blueberries grow wildly over the wetlands.

Farmers and Longjiamai Food just realized that they can harvest these wild berries and make earnings by selling the berries or packaged berry products. However, they need professional guidance including market information and a business development plan. Keru students will develop a sales strategy after collecting data from local interviews and analytical research. What is more, students will design & execute a marketing campaign to promote wild berry.
TUITION INCLUDES
Tuition fee includes local transportation, meals, lodging, activity fee and mentor payment 
COLLABORATION WITH KERU
TBA
From fast fashion
LOCATION
Shanghai, China
PROGRAM DATES
Round 1: 6/27 - 7/6
Round 2: 7/15 - 7/24
UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
1: No Poverty; 4: Quality Education
ABOUT THIS PROGRAM
Sustainable fashion industry is one that must operate in ways that can continue working for years and decades to come. Unfortunately, this is not true of today’s dominant ‘fast fashion,’ meaning wearing clothes only several times before throwing them out or moving on to newer and trendier cheap clothes. The fast fashion cycle is far from sustainable because it depletes the Earth’s natural resources at exponential rates, exploits workers around the world, and results in an overwhelming amount of waste.

During this Summer 2021, the Keru research team will find ways to create sustainable ecosystems that can raise awareness and reduce the impact of environment by promoting sustainable designed clothing. Students will have the opportunity to showcase their work during an exhibition or sale and up-cycle new sustainable fashion.
TUITION INCLUDES
Tuition fee includes local transportation, meals, lodging, activity fee and mentor payment 
COLLABORATION WITH KERU
Keru began working with Shanghai Sunrise in Summer 2019. In these programs, Keru students worked to improve Shanghai Sunrise’s data management, created marketing materials, and implemented new marketing strategies.
Fundraising for future generation
LOCATION
Shanghai, China
PROGRAM DATE
Round 1: 7/6 - 7/15
Round 2: 7/24 - 8/2
UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
1: No Poverty; 4: Quality Education
ABOUT THIS PROGRAM
Shanghai Sunrise is a non-profit that raises scholarship funds to support Shanghai’s urban poor to pursue higher education dreams. As an organization, they primarily rely on a small network of individuals to raise funds and promote their activities. Shanghai Sunrise would like to expand its audience to broaden its promotion channels, as well as take advantage of best practices in fundraising to increase the effectiveness of its efforts.

Shanghai Sunrise has asked a Keru team to support their efforts by creating and prototyping a fundraising event. During the summer of 2021, Students will conduct research on fundraising practices, establish a compilation of fundraising best practices as it fits into the SHSR context, and actually conduct a prototype fundraiser. A final presentation will be made with key suggestions and best practices to incorporate into Shanghai Sunrise’s strategy.
TUITION INCLUDES
Tuition fee includes local transportation, meals, lodging, activity fee and mentor payment 
COLLABORATION WITH KERU
Keru began working with Shanghai Sunrise in Summer 2019. In these programs, Keru students worked to improve Shanghai Sunrise’s data management, created marketing materials, and implemented new marketing strategies.
organic rice
LOCATION
Guangxi, China
PROGRAM DATES
Round 1: 7/9 - 7/18
Round 2: 7/21 - 7/30
UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
1: No Poverty; 8: Good Jobs And Economic Growth 
ABOUT THIS PROGRAM
Laojia is a social enterprise and was founded in 2013 by Eric and Maarten who were in search of 'authenticity' in rapidly developing China. In order to find a way to help the local people, Laojia is developing an organic rice program.

One of the biggest challenges is to identify the right market for organic rice and knowing how to communicate effectively to targeted customers.

In Summer 2021, Laojia will work with a Keru team to design and execute a marketing campaign to promote organic rice.
TUITION INCLUDES
Tuition fee includes local transportation, meals, lodging, activity fee and mentor payment 
COLLABORATION WITH KERU
We started our first collaboration with Laojia老家 since this year Summer. A group of Keru students analyzed the production and storage of organic rice in Laozhai using value chain analysis. Students learned how to optimize the process and designed the process more rationally. At the same time, after understanding the economic situation of Laozhai village, and the current status of Laozhai operations and its agricultural products, Keru team helped Laojia老家 design a marketing plan for organic rice.
womens empowerment through employment
LOCATION
Gansu Province, China
PROGRAM DATE
8/14 - 8/23
UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
5: Gender Equality; 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
ABOUT THIS PROGRAM
In Tibetan culture, while gender roles may not be as rigid as those in other parts of Asia, there are still deeply held ideas regarding the spheres of activity appropriate for men and women. One prominent concern for the many “left-behind” children in the village is that they are more likely to develop depression or anxiety because their parents leave for work for long periods of time. Yakma is a social enterprise which not only supports women to earn money but also helps them to stay close with their families and reduce gender inequalities.

This summer, Keru team will travel to Daiqian Village to interview local Tibetan women and conduct analytical research. As a result, the team will create an Awareness Campaign focusing on Tibetan women empowerment and devising a Marketing Strategy Plan that supports Yakma branding.
TUITION INCLUDES
Tuition fee includes local transportation, meals, lodging, activity fee and mentor payment 
COLLABORATION WITH KERU
TBA
HUMANITIES PROGRAMS
education empowerment through team sports
LOCATION
Qiaoqi Tibetan Town, Sichuan, China
UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOAL
3: Good Health and Well-Being; 4: Quality Education
PROGRAM DATES
7/10 - 7/19
ABOUT THIS PROGRAM
For the Tibetan students living in the remote mountainous areas of Sichuan, lack of access to high quality physical education and team activities is a problem. Unlike the students from who live in bigger coastal cities and study at international or bilingual schools, these rural students areas are not provided with many opportunities to engage in team sports or collaborative competitions, thus keeping these children from developing essential life skills, such as teamwork, leadership, adaptability, discipline, and comradery. By bringing peer groups from the urban and rural areas together to learn with each other through sports, students from both sides will be able to build friendships  and special connections, and create multicultural exposure. 

This summer, we will bring a Keru Team to travel to Sichuan Qiaoqi Tibetan School, where students and professional staff will work collaboratively to create a sports education curriculum for local Tibetan children. During the program, students will experience local activities such as lion dance. 
TUITION INCLUDES
Tuition fee includes local transportation, meals, lodging, activity fee and mentor payment 
COLLABORATION WITH KERU
TBA
gansu grottoes-archeology heritage survey mapping
LOCATION
Gansu Province, China
UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOAL
11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
PROGRAM DATES
Round 1: 7/8 - 7/17
Round 2: 7/20 - 7/29
ABOUT THIS PROGRAM
In ancient times, Buddhists made caves on remote mountains into shrines filled with carvings,
sculptures and other religious art to practice their religion. These caves were developed as
places for Buddhist pilgrimage. The elegant statues and fantastic mural paintings show you the
high level of art in ancient China. But not all of the grottoes are well researched and studied.

This summer, Keru invited Dr. Neil Schmid to lead Keru students to Heshui County, Gansu
Province to conduct caves research. Dr. Neil Schmid is the Scholar-in-Residence at the
Dunhuang Academy and he is one of the world’s leading authorities on medieval Buddhism’s
visual culture. The primary goal of these in-person field visits will be to both conduct basic site
survey research and to record key information points using the ARCHES software, enabling
researchers and other culture preservationists the unique opportunity access new information
in this region. 

A secondary objective will be for the team to conduct face-to-face interviews with local people to provide a foundation for oral histories within these site areas. Participation
on this project will have significant impact in the field of cultural preservation data mapping.

With the support of The Ghetty Art Museum and the World Monuments Fund, our Keru research
team consisting of professionals, academics and students will work collaboratively to travel to
unrecorded or unfamiliar archeological sites of cultural and of religious significance within the
greater Gansu regions.
TUITION INCLUDES
Tuition fee includes local transportation, meals, lodging, activity fee and mentor payment 
COLLABORATION WITH KERU
The Keru Research Team functions as a data-driven think tank for solutions and insights to development issues. Based on partnerships with governments, non-profits, social enterprises and other community actors, our research team is active in rural China and Southeast Asia, and focuses on a wide range of topics related to the UN sustainable development goals.  Our outputs include research papers, concept notes, innovative solution proposals, and white papers.
resiliance and mental health education for left-behind
LOCATION
Zhaoqing, Guangdong, China
UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOAL
3: Good Health and Well-Being; 4: Quality Education
PROGRAM DATES
TBD
ABOUT THIS PROGRAM
Shining Star is a local NGO that helps provide quality mental health and enrichment services to rural students. Lack of access to quality education resources and an absence of parental involvement result in lower levels of social and emotional learning development. This issue was identified by the Stanford Rural Education and Action Program (REAP) as a large challenge to social stability in China.

They seek to develop fundraising channels in order to continuously provide high quality programs that benefit left behind children in the community. 

This summer, students will organize a mental health workshop, join a resilience camp with local children, and execute lesson plans as well as delivering resilience training to help Shining Star improve their curriculum.
TUITION INCLUDES
Tuition fee includes local transportation, meals, lodging, activity fee and mentor payment 
COLLABORATION WITH KERU
TBA
tibetan cultural preservation through ecotourism
LOCATION
Danba County, Sichuan, China
UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOAL
10: Reduced Inequalities
PROGRAM DATES
Round 1: 6/27 - 7/6
Round 2: 7/9 - 7/18
ABOUT THIS PROGRAM
Zhonglu Township is a small Tibetan community located in Danba’s mountains, part of the Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, a community known as “A Thousand Stone Castle Kingdom” that
until recently had limited contact with outside world. The expanse of this tourism hasn’t left Zhonglu untouched; in fact, Zhonglu has seen a large growth in tourists over the past 5-10 years. On one hand, local people are excited by the prospect of new wealth and tourism as an additional source of income. But on the other hand, this increase in tourism have left traditional cultural activities by the wayside. Even in one example, local villagers knocked down a 500-year old watchtower in order to use the bricks to build a standardized guesthouse.

Our local partner, the Yunhe Centre, aims to reduce the impact of unsustainable development and finding innovative ways to preserve the local culture. In the past year, Keru has brought out multiple teams to address the major issues of unfettered tourism and find creative solutions to better help preserve the local culture and traditions of the Tibetan people in Zhonglu.

This summer, students will have the opportunity to experience this unique Tibetan Culture. They will utilize research, photography, filmography and marketing skills to reveal hidden culture and traditions. Students will create a mini-video documentary to highlight ecotourism features in Zhonglu. All these resources will be potentially used as a CSR showcasing initiative and further contribute by raising awareness to support the campaign of Yunhe Centre.
TUITION INCLUDES
Tuition fee includes local transportation, meals, lodging, activity fee and mentor payment 
COLLABORATION WITH KERU
Keru started our first collaboration with Yunhe centre in winter 2019. our Keru team compiled a comprehensive Ecotourism Guide for future tourists at a popular local guesthouse in Zhonglu. This Ecotourism Guide will help tourists better understand Zhonglu’s culture and traditions, while also encouraging them to be respectful and engaged.
tujia minority cultural awareness building campaign
LOCATION
Hunan, China
UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOAL
8: Decent Work and Economic Growth; 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
PROGRAM DATES
Round 1: 7/12 - 7/21
Round 2: 7/24 - 8/2
ABOUT THIS PROGRAM
Nestled in the beautiful outskirts of Zhangjiajie National Park, Shiyanping is a small traditional village whose growth has been influenced by the development of tourism and infrastructure.  While economic opportunities have increased, there is also increased discussion about plotting a course of sustainable development centered around preserving the key cultural treasures of the village. Shiyanping village, which lies approximately 50km south of Zhangjiajie city in Hunan province, retains a well-preserved Tujia minority community; known for their stilted houses and arduous Hunan farming culture. The village mostly owes its preservation success to it being among the first batch of 50 villages to be put on the top national heritage list of ancient villages back in 2013.

Our partner, Laojia, has requested a Keru team to help research and explore the wonders of Shiyanping Village located in Zhangjiajie prepare a documentary capturing the moments of the most valuable heritage sites. In an effort to promote sustainable development, students will develop a social media strategy that can be used to promote the local culture of Shiyanping.

In this project, students will learn about various aspects of this unique village ranging from Tujia’s folk culture, basket back-packers, and appreciate understand the architecture of stilted houses. 

Through investigations on cultural aspects of Tujia, historical sites and local traditions, students will design and execute a social media-based awareness campaign for Laojia in order to preserve the local culture.
TUITION INCLUDES
Tuition fee includes local transportation, meals, lodging, activity fee and mentor payment 
COLLABORATION WITH KERU
Keru started our first collaboration with Yunhe centre in 2019 winter. our Keru team compiled a comprehensive Ecotourism Guide for future tourists at a popular local guesthouse in Zhonglu. This Ecotourism Guide will help tourists better understand Zhonglu’s culture and traditions, while also encouraging them to be respectful and engaged.
STEM PROGRAMS
agricultural innovation through technology
LOCATION
Guizhou, China
PROGRAM DATES
Round 1: 7/12 - 7/21
Round 2: 7/24 - 8/2
UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
9: Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure
ABOUT THIS PROGRAM
OneVillage is a social enterprise that promotes organic farming. Organic farming uses less energy, produces fewer greenhouse gases, and contributes to healthier soil; however, moving to organic farming comes with a steep learning curve for the farmers. Globally, there is less funding for organic research compared to traditional farming. However, organic farmers have fewer strategies to improve crop varieties and battling weed, disease, and insects. Without the chemical pesticides and fertilizers of traditional farming, organic farming is labor intensive.

During July and August, the rice plant-hopper is a considerable threat to the rice plants and as a result to the farmers’ livelihood. Rice plant-hoppers feed on the rice plants and if left unchecked, plant-hoppers will turn brown (burn) and die. When detected, farmers must go into the fields to get rid of the rice plant-hoppers, however, these insects are hard to detect. Thus, the farmers have two options: to regularly survey the plants for the rice plant-hopper or to wait until signs of hopper burn is present.

A Keru team will assist OneVillage by using technology devices to monitor several important factors for the rice plant: 1) light, 2) water quality and 3) pest insects and students also need to interview the local famers. At the end of the program, students will innovate and engineer a technology-based solution to increase/maintain organic farming yields
TUITION INCLUDES
Tuition fee includes local transportation, meals, lodging, activity fee and mentor payment 
COLLABORATION WITH KERU
TBA
biodiversity and habitat preservation
LOCATION
Tacheng Town, Yunnan Province, China
PROGRAM DATES
Round 1: 7/18 - 7/27
Round 2: 7/30 - 8/8
UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
13: Climate Action; 15: Life on Land
ABOUT THIS PROGRAM
The Yunnan Snub-Nosed Monkey (“snubbies” for short) is an extremely rare primate found only in Tibet and Southwest China. There are estimates that only about 15 isolated groups consisting of approximately 1,000 individual monkeys remaining. These monkeys are endangered primarily due to habitat loss and fragmentation. Each year, deforestation is increasingly harming this tree-dwelling species, and they risk losing their forest home and food sources to agricultural expansion. Other activities, such as intensive hunting and trapping, are also a threat to their survival. Given that these monkeys only live within areas of high altitude and low temperatures, even small changes to their habitats either by humans or through the effects of climate change are detrimental. Fortunately, the needs of this endangered species have not gone unnoticed, and government institutions as well as biologists have gathered to spread awareness about the conservation of biodiversity in Yunnan, with particular attention to the Yunnan Snub-Nosed Monkeys. 

This summer 2021, we will bring a Keru Team to investigate the effects of climate change and human activities on the Yunnan Snub-Nosed Monkeys, as well as observe their current situation within their natural habitat. Through this program, students and professional staff will work collaboratively to create an outreach plan to raise the awareness of the dire needs of this monkey species and their sustainable future habitat preservation. Students will also utilize scientific methods and research skills in the field. At the end of the program, students will develop and share an outreach plan for Snub-Nosed habitat preservation.
TUITION INCLUDES
Tuition fee includes local transportation, meals, lodging, activity fee and mentor payment 
COLLABORATION WITH KERU
TBA
clean water for life
LOCATION
Langshi, Guangxi, China
PROGRAM DATES
Round 1: 6/27 - 7/6
Round 2: 7/9 - 8/18
UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
3: Good Health and Well-Being; 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
ABOUT THIS PROGRAM
When it comes to water, there's very little wastewater infrastructure in rural areas while the amount of wastewater produced in rural China is significant. To tackle this problem, Keru will lead a team of students to set up water monitoring of Langshi and understand water resource infrastructure in order to develop ideas for improving water quality. 

Students will conduct water testing and interview locals to understand the local water situation & perceptions. At the end of the program, students will produce a water quality consultation report & water education plan for Laojia.
TUITION INCLUDES
Tuition fee includes local transportation, meals, lodging, activity fee and mentor payment 
COLLABORATION WITH KERU
We started our first collaboration with Laojia老家 since this year Summer. A group of Keru students analysed the production and storage of organic rice in Laozhai using value chain analysis. Students learn how to optimize the process and design the process more rationally. At the same time, after understanding the economic situation of Laozhai village, and the current status of Laozhai operations and its agricultural products, Keru team helped Laojia老家 design a marketing plan for organic rice. 
public health enrichment
LOCATION
Chuxiong, Yunnan, China
PROGRAM DATE
7/18 - 7/27
UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
3: Good Health and Well-Being
ABOUT THIS PROGRAM
For several years, the Concordia Welfare Education Foundation (CWEF) has been engaged in a health initiative in villages in Yunnan, China to understand community health practices and provide support for the improvement of health outcomes. Having implemented several measures at the community level, the next phase of the Health Education Advocacy and Literacy (HEAL) project will focus on improving health-related outcomes at the school level. This year, CWEF is considering upgrading the public health curriculum, especially on health education for pregnant women, children and the elderly in the community in Yunnan.

This summer, students will utilize various data analysis tools and interview techniques to do analytical research. At the end of the program, students will develop a research report on public health and execute a health-based workshop prototype for CWEF.
TUITION INCLUDES
Tuition fee includes local transportation, meals, lodging, activity fee and mentor payment 
COLLABORATION WITH KERU
TBA
timeless tulous sustaining community based
LOCATION
Fujian Province, China
PROGRAM DATES
Round 1: 7/6 - 7/15
Round 2: 7/18 - 7/27
UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
ABOUT THIS PROGRAM
One of China’s ten designated “Tulou Clusters”, Hekeng village in Fujian is home to a unique and rare form of Hakka culture, heritage and architecture. However, after the UNESCO had deemed these clusters as world heritage sites, the publicity from the UNESCO title has resulted in many of these small villages to be turned into commercial tourism hubs. With the help of a Keru Team, Laojia wants to help build upon these already existing cultural preservation initiatives by focusing more on the humanistic side of the Hakka people and its culture.

This summer, our Keru team will help Laojia research and create a documentation of the cultural history and assets of Hekeng in an effort to promote sustainable development. In addition, students will have the opportunity to witness and understand the architecture and design of the Tulou Clusters and create an architectural preservation for Hekeng village.
TUITION INCLUDES
Tuition fee includes local transportation, meals, lodging, activity fee and mentor payment 
COLLABORATION WITH KERU
We started our first collaboration with Laojia老家 since this year Summer. A group of Keru students analysed the production and storage of organic rice in Laozhai using value chain analysis. Students learn how to optimize the process and design the process more rationally. At the same time, after understanding the economic situation of Laozhai village, and the current status of Laozhai operations and its agricultural products, Keru team helped Laojia老家 design a marketing plan for organic rice. 
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