This page will help to answer some of your questions about the Pearl Project. If you have a question that is not answered on this page, please do not hesitate to call 1.804.396.3728 or e-mail:

We will be connecting our hearts with Chinese students. Our means of doing this, is by teaching a 10-day American culture and English camp at a Chinese high school.
Absolutely! In many ways the cities in China are much safer than our American cities. We also monitor travel advisories issued by the U.S. State Department and keep frequent communication with local Chinese contacts.
People who come on the Pearl Project come from all walks of life, from every region of the U.S. and beyond, have a heart to give and serve, and live a life filled with adventure. Due to the project’s season and duration, a majority of our team members are high school juniors, seniors, and college students. However, we have had some post-college, married, professionally employed, and retired individuals join us.
It is normal to experience culture shock when visiting another country, especially going from Western cultures to Eastern cultures. We will begin to expose you to cultural differences during our trip preparation phase through the use of shared stories, pictures, and video. Once the trip begins, our experienced team leaders and trip veterans will aid and guide you in transitioning into Chinese culture.
We start the trip by touring the capital of Beijing. The remainder of the trip is spend in another region of the country.

We have worked with a lot of different team members over the years. Here are some of the ways we see team members grow as a result of being a part of the Pearl Project:

  • Team members will create new life-long, meaningful, and lasting friendships of with both Chinese and Americans.
  • Team members will experience development and strengthening in the areas of leadership, character, and sacrifice.
  • Team members will gain a broader world view, and the ability to reach out to peoples of different cultures and backgrounds.
  • Team members will cultivate an “It’s not about me” perspective.
Since 1990, dozens of teams have been sent to different cities in China as well as in Auckland, New Zealand. In the last year, we have expanded to sending three summer teams.
We require the standard immunizations for traveling to China as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Also, included in the trip cost is international medical and accident insurance. While we have never had any serious sickness or injury on one of our projects, we are prepared to deal with any situation that may arise. We are aware of the emergency hospital/clinic protocol for the areas where we will be. In the case of serious injury or sickness, parents/guardians or emergency contact will be contacted and alerted.
Political protest is not legal or permitted in China and is rarely encountered by foreigners. However, if there should be political unrest in the country of choice before the project, the project may be reassigned to another destination, or funds may be returned. If there is any unrest during the trip, parents/guardians and emergency contacts will be notified and arrangements made for the team in China to leave right away.
we build bridges to connect a world of three haves