OUR SUMMER PROGRAMS 2022

BE A STUDENT CONSULTANT

OUR FALL AND WINTER 2021 PROGRAMS

BE A STUDENT CONSULTANT
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:
HOME-BASED VERSION

Due to the ever-changing circumstances of the on-going Covid pandemic, our team has worked hard to integrate flexibility and adaptation to our programs.

This summer, we are offering a virtual home-based alternative to our field programs to enable students to continue exploring unique topics of interest, providing quality service to our grass-root partners and generating positive social impact.

Even through our virtual home-based alternative, we strive to provide a high-quality social experience to our Keru students. Below you will find a comparison chart to better understand the conversions from the field to home-based version.
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The program’s exact format will be determined prior to departure, taking into account the program destination’s virus control measures and policies, as well as the departing students’ situations. We will move from the field version to the home-based version under either of the following conditions:

1) If we find it unsafe to visit places or conduct field work at the intended destination, we’ll switch to the virtual home-based version.

2) If travel and field work are possible at the program destination; however, epidemic control measures prevent over 50% of signed-up students from attending or the number of students is below 5 and thus not sufficient to operate a field program, we will move to the virtual home-based version. Students who can travel can decide whether to continue to participate in this virtual home-based version or change to another field program.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation with us! We are looking forward to providing amazing experiences for you this summer!

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.
BUSINESS PROGRAMS
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LOCATION
Shanghai, China*
*Travel-based; City-based; Home-based
PROGRAM DATES
Round 1: 6/26 – 7/5 (Shanghai)
Round 2: 7/8 – 7/17 (Shanghai) 
Round 3: 7/20 – 7/29(Beijing)

*Please refer to the two schedules below:
Top schedule: Field Programs
Bottom Schedule: Home-Based Version Programs

UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
12: Responsible consumption and production
BIG QUESTION
How can communities tackle the impact of fashion clothing production to the environment in a sustainable way? 
ACADEMIC AREAS
Fashion & Design Management; Business
ABOUT THIS PROGRAM
Recycling and up-cycling have created a new stream of modern fashion nowadays - Sustainable fashion. Through this program, students will get hands-on experience in reusing materials and experiment with different elements of circular economy. Unlike fast fashion, which concentrates on creation of garments from low quality or unsustainable materials with a short life span in pursuit of higher revenue, sustainable fashion is reversing the supply chain to make the lifecycle of clothes longer; thus, reducing the waste and harm from production. 

This summer, our Keru research team will find ways to create a fashionable wardrobe and raise awareness about sustainability at the same time by creating sustainably designed clothing. Students will have the opportunity to showcase their hand-made garments during a fashion showcase at the end of the program.
HOME-BASED VERSION HIGHLIGHTS
1. NGO Interview with fashion and environmental NGOs
2. Fashion Event + Sales
3. Wood board creation, Jewelry & clothing up-cycling
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.
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LOCATION
Shanghai, China*
*Travel-based; City-based; Home-based
PROGRAM DATES
Round 2: 8/1-8/10 (Beijing)

*Please refer to the two schedules below:
Top schedule: Field Programs
Bottom Schedule: Home-Based Version Programs

UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
1: No Poverty; 4: Quality Education
BIG QUESTION
What are the fundraising strategies and tactics available to non-profits?    
ACADEMIC AREAS
Business; Philanthropy
ABOUT THIS PROGRAM
Non-profit organizations are found in every city. Their dedication to serving the city is immeasurable. These organizations focus on the social issues of quality education and education equity; whilst raising scholarship funds to support underprivileged students to pursue higher education in Shanghai and in Beijing.  Keru will further aid their local partner, Shanghai Sunrise, by putting together fundraising events to raise a greater social awareness, to expand its audience, and to increase their effectiveness through different marketing channels.

This summer, Keru students will learn about non-profit organizations’ business model, high-quality research for fundraising, and effective social media marketing strategies.  At the end of the program, students will combine the skills they have learned to launch both online and offline omni-channel fundraising campaigns that will help Shanghai Sunrise.  Furthermore, students will compile an analytics report from their fundraising campaigns in a final presentation to the local partners of Shanghai Sunrise.
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.
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LOCATION
Hunan, Zhangjiajie*
*Travel-based; Home-based
PROGRAM DATES
Round 1: 7/20-7/29
UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
8: Decent Work & Economic Growth
11: Sustainable Cities & Communities

*Please refer to the two schedules below
BIG QUESTION
How can a rural village develop its cultural assets to support the development of sustainable tourism?
ACADEMIC AREAS
Anthropology; Cultural Studies; Business; Marketing Strategies
ABOUT THIS PROGRAM
Nestled in the beautiful outskirts of Zhangjiajie National Park, Shiyanping is a small tradi-tional 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. 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 and prepare a documentary capturing the moments of the most valuable heritage sites. 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 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, and empower local Tujia villagers with business.
TUITION INCLUDES
Tuition fee includes local transportation, meals, lodging, activity fee and mentor payment 
Local Partner
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 enterpris-es 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. Their outputs include research papers, concept notes, innovative solution proposals, and white papers.
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LOCATION
Guangxi, Laozhai*
*Travel-based; Home-based
PROGRAM DATES
Round 2: 7/8-7/17

*Please refer to the two schedules below
UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
1: No Poverty; 4: Quality Education
BIG QUESTION
How can specialty agriculture products drive economic growth in rural China?
ACADEMIC AREAS
Business; Marketing Strategies; Anthropology
ABOUT THIS PROGRAM
Youyao is a special organic rice brand that created by a rural village cooperative. To promote the brand, Youyao has requested Keru to develop a marketing strategy. In this program, students will develop a full-fledged plan using data such as customer's interviews, market research and competitor analysis.
TUITION INCLUDES
Tuition fee includes local transportation, meals, lodging, activity fee and mentor payment 
Local Partner
Laojia partnered with multiple villagers in Laozhai to implement traditional natural farming methods without any chemical fertilizer and pesticide use. Laojia invested in the necessary equipment, seeds, packaging, and so forth to provide these villagers the tools to farm sustainably and emphasized rice production as the means to do so,given Laozhai’s extremely suitable environment and long history of rice-growing.
STEM PROGRAMS
urban water science and analysis
LOCATION
Guangxi, Laozhai*
*Travel-based; Home-based
*Research Publication Offered
PROGRAM DATES
Round 1: 7/20-7/29
Round 2: 8/1-8/10

*Please refer to the two schedules below
UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
3: Good Health & Well-Being; 6: Clean Water & Sanitation
BIG QUESTION
How can we better improve the water quality in developing areas?
ACADEMIC AREAS
Environmental Science; Chemistry; Public Health
ABOUT THIS PROGRAM
Famous for its serene and beautiful ecology, local villagers in lament the deterioration of their water quality due to rapid tourist development and modern farming. In this program, students will research water quality and water use behaviors, and leverage public and private support to safeguard water supplies through a community-based approach.
TUITION INCLUDES
Tuition fee includes local transportation, meals, lodging, activity fee and mentor payment 
Local Partner
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.
biodiversity and habitat preservation
LOCATION
Lijiang, Yunnan*
*Travel-based; Home-based
*Research Publication Offered
PROGRAM DATES
Round 1: 7-8/-7/17
Round 2: 7/20-7/29

*Please refer to the two schedules below:
Top schedule: Field Programs
Bottom Schedule: Home-Based Version Programs

UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
13: Climate Action; 15: Life on Land
BIG QUESTION
How can we contribute to the improvement of Yunnan Snub-nosed monkey preservation?
ACADEMIC AREAS
Biology; Environmental Science
ABOUT THIS PROGRAM
Snub-nose monkeys, are a national treasure located only in Asia (majority in China). During this program, students will study these magnificent creatures under the guidance of Dr. Long, and updating and comparing observations from his seminal 1998 study on the species.
TUITION INCLUDES
Tuition fee includes local transportation, meals, lodging, activity fee and mentor payment 
Local Partner
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.
HUMANITIES PROGRAMS
gansu grottoes-archeology heritage survey mapping
LOCATION
Qingyang, Gansu*
*Travel-based; Home-based
PROGRAM DATES
Round 1: 7/8-7/17
Round 2: 7/20-7/29

*Please refer to the two schedules below:
Top schedule: Field Programs
Bottom Schedule: Home-Based Version Programs

UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
1: No Poverty; 4: Quality Education
BIG QUESTION
How can we raise awareness and draw attention to the importance of cultural heritage preservation?
ACADEMIC AREAS
Archeology; Sociology/Anthropology; Cultural Heritage Preservation
ABOUT THIS PROGRAM
Are you interested in unearthing archaeological treasures and contributing to public knowledge of ancient culture? In this program, students work with the world-renown archaeologist Dr. Neil Schmid to conduct research on uncatalogued Gansu grottoes, posting findings on public databases such as Wikipedia.
TUITION INCLUDES
Tuition fee includes local transportation, meals, lodging, activity fee and mentor payment 
Local Partner
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.
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LOCATIONS
Qiaoqi*
Qingyuan, Guangdong*
*Travel-based; Home-based
PROGRAM DATES
Round 1: 7/8-7/17 (Ya'an, Sichuan)
Round 2: 8/1-8/10 (Qingyuan, Guangdong)

*Please refer to the two schedules below:
Top schedule: Field Programs
Bottom Schedule: Home-Based Version Programs

UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
3: Good Health & Well-Being; 4: Quality Education
BIG QUESTION
How can we promote sports culture in rural areas of China?
ACADEMIC AREAS
Physical Education; Ethnology
ABOUT THIS PROGRAM
With increasing awareness of the importance of physical activity for mental and physical health, Frisbee has surged in popularity in China due to its simple resource requirements. In this program, Keru students will learn, develop and execute a Frisbee camp for rural children, and write a proposal for a scalable model of this program in other needy areas.
TUITION INCLUDES
Tuition fee includes local transportation, meals, lodging, activity fee and mentor payment 
Local Partners
The Qiaoqi Tibetan School is in the famous Yan'an City's Baoxing County. This country is known as
“Home to Giant Pandas.” At an altitude of 2400 meters, Qiaoqi School is situated next to a regional forest park. The school is primarily composed of Tibetan students and teachers. Keru program brought ultimate frisbee to the campus of Qiaoqi Tibetan School in the summer of 2021. About a dozen local students fell in love with this sport and formed close friendships with Keru students.

Cliff Haus is an international outdoor community center. We are a social enterprise. At Cliff Haus, we explore an alternative outdoor lifestyle. Organic/Minimalist/Adventurous/Awareness/Giving are our core values. Providing variety of activities based on these value. We thrive to bring deep connections between people to nature, people to people, and people to self. Our end goal is to create sustainable outdoor community centers in rural areas; to allow the city folks to have open eye experiences to explore pure nature; to open windows and opportunities for the local left behind kids to see the world. Wild Nature, Wild Soul.
resiliance and mental health education for left-behind
LOCATION
Guangdong, Zhaoqing*
*Travel-based; Home-based
PROGRAM DATES
TBD

*Please refer to the two schedules below
UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
3: Good Health & Well-Being; 4: Quality Education
BIG QUESTION
How can we promote the importance of mental health in rural China?
ACADEMIC AREAS
Psychology; Education
ABOUT THIS PROGRAM
Shining Star is a grassroots NGO dedicated to enhancing resilience of rural left-behind children for success in academics and life. In this program, Keru students will learn firsthand about mental health theory and practice, and contribute, through research conducted via interviews and observation, by building a database of children served by Shining Star.
TUITION INCLUDES
Tuition fee includes local transportation, meals, lodging, activity fee and mentor payment 
Local Partner
Shining Star is a local NGO registered in the Civil Affairs Bureau of Panyu District, Guangzhou with the mission of providing quality mental health and enrichment services to rural students. In order to give back to society, Shining Star is driven by a vision to see students grow up to be healthy and happy, and to convey love and hope.
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LOCATION
Sichuan, China*
*Travel-based; Home-based
PROGRAM DATES
Round 1:7/8-7/17
Round 2: 7/20-7/29

*Please refer to the two schedules below
UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOAL
10: Reduced Inequalities
BIG QUESTION
How can storytelling be utilized as a means for cultural preservation?
ACADEMIC AREAS
Sociology; Cultural Studies; Documentary & Filmmaking; Marketing & Media
ABOUT THIS PROGRAM
Located in Ganzi, Sichuan, Danba is well-known for its stunning landscapes and down-to-earth rural culture. In this program, students will immerse themselves in local culture, and create a video documentary to commemorate and preserve the legacy of this minority community.
TUITION INCLUDES
Tuition fee includes local transportation, meals, lodging, activity fee and mentor payment 
Local Partner
Yunhe is a center for nature-based learning and community development created by Dragon Expeditions in May 2015 in response to the growing need to support vulnerable communities who are currently impacted by depopulation and at risk of overdevelopment. Their focus is achieving a balance between nature and modernity to create a self-reliant community in Zhonglu Village by providing a framework in which knowledge is shared, local resources are more efficiently and effectively used, and tourism is operated responsibly.
timeless tulous sustaining community based
LOCATION
Hekeng, Fujian*
*Travel-based; Home-based
PROGRAM DATES
Round 1: 7/8-7/17

*Please refer to the two schedules below:
Top schedule: Field Programs
Bottom Schedule: Home-Based Version Programs

UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
11: Sustainable Cities & Communities
BIG QUESTION
How can visual storytelling help a rural village develop its cultural assets to support sustainable development and cultural heritage?
ACADEMIC AREAS
Architecture & Design; Sociology
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. Hekeng is famous as the world's 2nd largest Tulou community. In this program, students will immerse themselves in Tulou life and capture hidden stories through the lens of the camera.
TUITION INCLUDES
Tuition fee includes local transportation, meals, lodging, activity fee and mentor payment 
Local Partner
Laojia is a social enterprise and was founded in 2013 by Eric and Maarten who were in search of 'authenticity' in rapidly developing China. Inspired by the beauty and authenticity that rural China has to offer in terms of heritage, nature, food and people, they decided to move to the countryside. Laojia hopes to contin-ue creating positive experiences and promote sustainable developments for the local community.

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APPLICATION PROCESS
APPLICATION PROCESS
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DOES KERU PROVIDE ANY ONLINE PROGRAM?
Yes, Keru provides online consulting programs and online workshops.
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