Intangible Cultural Heritage Inheritance of Retracing the Silk Road


Intangible Cultural Heritage Inheritance of Retracing the Silk Road

ASDAN Global Volunteering Program

Three Authoritative Certificates | ASDAN Academic Workshops

Schedule Dates Grade Location
Summer Aug. 2nd - Aug. 8th, 2024 Senior High Dunhuang
Service Time

ASDAN Global Volunteer Program(Research+Volunteer)

Combine volunteer and research, ASDAN Volunteer Program equips volunteers with research knowledge and method,encourages volunteers to complete research reports on diverse social issues, which contributes to applying for university and making an real influence


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Intangible Cultural Heritage Inheritance of Retracing the Silk Road

Utilize the creative expression of documentaries to tell the story of the Silk Road.

For more than 3,000 years, the Silk Road has been connecting Asia, Africa, and Europe in material trade and cultural communications, and has always influenced the progress of human civilization. Volunteers will travel to the Silk Road towns - Zhangye and Dunhuang, under the guidance of expert mentors, to understand the world from the multi-themed Silk Road story, to record what they see and hear with the camera, and work together in small groups to present the "Silk Road Story" documentary in the eyes of the young generation, understand Dunhuang culture, and spread Chinese stories in creative expression.

Program Significance

Public Service Mentorship Team
1. Online tutor's portrait: tutor of the "Dunhuang Watchers" project, former Chinese principal of the Confucius Institute in Germany, who has organized many international exchange activities on Dunhuang culture.
2. Specialized Workshops: Documentary, Mock Interview, Expression Workshops; Silk Road Culture Workshop, Non-material Cultural Heritage Puppetry Workshop, Han Jian Workshop, Clay Printmaking Workshop, Wet Topography Non-material Cultural Heritage Art Workshop.
3. Full guidance: Pre-trip academic training and 1V1 research/documentary guide from trip leaders.
Program Highlights
1. Real Contact with Researchers: Dunhuang researchers, museum speakers, non-material cultural heritage inheritors, Dunhuang locals, tourists, etc.
2. Unique Experiences: Ride a camel across the desert, watch the immersive drama "Dunhuang Again" and a digital movie, tour the Mogao Caves, enter the Jiayuguan Pass, Dunhuang Museum, the secret Yulin Grottoes, the Colorful Danxia Landscapes, and the Zhangye Museum.
3. Visualized Outcomes: ASDAN China Online Report, Silk Road-themed documentaries.

Program Itinerary

Why Us


  • Official member of International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE)
  • Official member of the Volunteer Groups Alliance (VGA)
  • The ASDAN Volunteering Certfication is accredited by UCAS
  • Certification for 40-50 hours of volunteer service issued by ASDAN China,Volunteering Certification issued by official partner organization

In line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) , ASDAN "Volunteer + Research" Program meets the needs of colleges and the society for current and future talents, and cultivates the ability of discovering problems, actively acquiring and applying knowledge, and solving real problems.

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"Volunteering + Research", exclusively designed by ASDAN China, is an academic growth model that combines research-oriented learning and voluntary service. We refer to the authoritative theory of education, admission requirements of universities, 10 years of project experience, and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to design our programs. ASDAN "Volunteering + Research" Programs cover four categories: Teach for Rural Areas, Community Support, Wildlife & Environment Conservation, and Cultural Heritage Conservation. Volunteers will experience rich and unique service scenarios and learn from different topics of research workshops concerning real social problems. We aim to guide volunteers to discover problems, propose solutions and report to the public, improve volunteers' research learning ability, meet the requirements of volunteers' personal growth and further education, and enhance their sense of social responsibility.

When it comes to voluntary services, admission officers of universities think highly of sincerely caring about society and comprehensive qualities and skills, such as proposers of innovative solutions, leaders of public welfare projects, and the continuity and depth of voluntary services. 62.1% of colleges would like to see applicants show a record report reflecting the whole process of volunteering. The world's top universities emphasize community commitment with problem-solving ability. Every high school student needs volunteering service experience that combines public welfare emotion and social problem-solving ability.


Value for University Application

  • Three authoritative certificates
  • Volunteer portfolio
  • Six transferable skills: research-based learning, self-directed learning, teamwork, problem solving, communication and presentation, use of IT resources
  • Research outputs can be further used in EPQ research learning certification to obtain university application UCAS bonus points and more opportunity of world-renowned universities' admissions
  • Visual academic outputs that is bene cial to the local communities
  • An uniqe volunteering portfolio that shows your growth



  • Professional tutor team: cooperate with frontline NGOs/social enterprises and experienced tutors
  • Participation: expose to real social issues and immerse in real volunteering scenes, and enhance the sense of experiencing
  • Realize self-worth: take actions and become an innovator and leader
  • Participate in volunteering service to contribute to the local communities
  • Long-term sustainable influence: take part in SDGs program continuously, and make a long-term sustainable impact!


Academic Outputs


research report: visible outcomes beneficial to real social issues


academic portfolio:an unique academic report records your volunteering services


real volunteering story:volunteering stories highlight your PS

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Qualification and Authoritative Certificates

Official member of International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE)

Official member of the Volunteer Groups Alliance (VGA)

ASDAN UK Volunteering Short Course

which is accredited by UCAS

Volunteering Certification

issued by partner organization

Certification for 40-50 hours of volunteer service issued by ASDAN China

Sustainable Influence

Inspire more people with our stories

Sustainable Influence Platform:The ASDAN Volunteer QuarterlyThe ASDAN Volunteer Academic Journal、ASDAN Official WeChat Accounts and other multimedia platforms

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  • • Real stories:inspire more people
  • • Challenging volunteering services:skills learning and methodology
  • • Fruitful experience:various outcomes
  • • Sustainable Influence:participate continuously

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