Introduction: Asia for Students

More than a school trip

Features detailed information on organizing Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Burma and China service-learning programs and trips for your school

Asia is now, more than ever, a safe and accessible destination for all travelers and offers a myriad of travel possibilities ideally suited to student groups wishing to participate in a great range of educational, service-learning and outdoor education programs. Come with us to discover real people and real cultures, and give your students the experience of a lifetime.

Come with us to discover real people and real cultures, and give your students the experience of a lifetime.

Whilst it is common for travelers to seek to contribute something to the countries they visit, very few find the opportunity to do so in any meaningful way. In contrast, energetic and enthusiastic students travelers on educational trips are uniquely positioned to assist communities (schools, orphanages, villages etc.) and invariably find their contributions rewarding and occasionally life changing. Over several years our partners Student Educational Adventures has established ties with schools, NGOs and communities throughout Asia that altruistic student groups can interact with and work alongside. All service-learning programs that we initiate are intended to foster mutual understanding, camaraderie and a sense of achievement whilst assisting, in some small way, people in need.

Objectives

  • Build knowledge and understanding of contemporary Asian culture through visits to key cultural sites and briefings by in country experts.
  • Support the development of links with education organizations and schools, for future partnership engagement and professional networking.
  • Build intercultural understanding through experiencing various Asian cultures and languages.
  • Build the capacity to implement your school’s curriculum and engagement with Asia across specific learning areas depending on the particular needs of you and your students.

Outdoor Education

  • We believe than on any educational trip students must be kept active and occupied to enhance their interest in a trip and offer them memorable and varied experience as a break from the educational and cultural activities.
  • The Asian region with is fabulous climate is an ideal environment in which to enjoy outdoor education pursuits which can typically include cycling, hiking, rafting and abseiling as well as a myriad of water sports and other activities conducted by our suitably qualified staff.
  • From half-day outdoor programs, to week-long trekking trips, designed to challenge students’ abilities in navigation and self sufficiency. Regardless of the length of you trip, all our education programs are designed to encourage team-building and develop students’ respect for the landscape and each other.

Cultural Programs

  • CAS: Creativity, Action, Service
  • Creativity, Action, Service which typically entail interaction with communities (for example; disabled children and orphans, and community development with refugee groups) do require some projects require fundraising; others simply require time and enthusiasm. In any case, the endeavors are rewarding for everyone. They provide hands-on experience that teaches an understanding of the ethics of humanitarian and environmental issues. They also help student’s foster tolerance and global awareness, and give them insight into the changes that can be effected in less advantaged communities.
  • Please speak to us about any of the following programs which we can develop for your group. We can design itineraries to assist students to set goals, complete performance criteria and enhance students’ knowledge in the following areas:
  • Interpersonal SkillsCreating opportunities for students to appreciate others’ differences and develop respectful relationships.
  • Team BuildingImproving trust and cooperation within the community and encouraging students to face challenges and experiences together, through problem solving, group planning and cooperation, physical challenges, and exposure to new languages, traditions and cultural practices.
  • Confidence BuildingImproving students’ self-esteem by providing physical, intellectual and emotional challenges (i.e. physical activities, exploring a new city, speaking a different language, functioning in an unfamiliar environment).
  • Cultural LearningThrough exposure to new cultures and living values by promoting responsibility, cooperation and goal-setting.
  • Authentic LearningBy providing students with hands-on learning experiences and real-world connections to curriculum (through museums, science centres, environmental education, and outdoor education). Travel to Asia provides a fabulous complement to a range of study topics and curriculum.
  • HumanitiesGenocide, the developing world, NGOs, orphanages Politics: socialism and communism, social justice, authoritarianism, fledgling democracies.
  • Society & CulturePresent and past Cambodia, religion (Islam, Cao Daism, Confucianism, Buddhism).
  • HistoryExposing students to a vast spectrum of Southeast Asian history through both tours and cultural excursions. Includes Thai history, Indochina, Khmer Rouge Period, Khmer civilization, conflict, colonization, Chinese revolution.
  • Geography (human & physical) (IB & CAS specific)Encouraging students to navigate the wondrous geography of Asia in the context of culture, history and environment. Trips may include Ha Long Bay, minority hill tribes, Mekong Delta, Irrawaddy Delta, Angkor Temples, Three Gorges Dam, refugee migration, impact of population, water resource issues (Mekong River), climate change issues (Cambodia, Laos & Vietnam).Please Note: Our partners Student Educational Adventures can design for your students an entire trip around any of or all four sections of an IB and CAS syllabus: service, skills, physical recreation and adventurous journey. Some of the most popular programs include: orienteering, navigation exercises, camping, elephant trekking, hiking and rafting. Our trips encourage a spirit of adventure and discovery, and we will try to accommodate any request that piques your students’ interests.
  • World KnowledgeBy offering a range of different cultural activities Self-esteem and confidence Group cohesion and positive relationships between students Community Service and Educational itineraries are designed to offer unique travel experiences for students. They are also aimed at developing students’ skills and interests, in particular by making specific and thematic connections to as many areas of the curriculum as possible. This can include language training in Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese.

Community & Building Projects

  • Whilst it is common for travelers to seek to contribute something to the countries they visit, very few find the opportunity to do so in any meaningful way. In contrast, energetic and enthusiastic student travelers are uniquely positioned to assist communities (schools, orphanages, villages etc.) and invariably find their contributions rewarding and occasionally life changing.
  • Over several years, our partners Student Educational Adventures has established ties with schools, NGOs and communities throughout Asia that altruistic student groups can interact with and work alongside. All service-learning programs that we initiate are intended to foster mutual understanding, camaraderie and a sense of achievement whilst assisting, in some small way, people in need.
  • Whilst home to the world’s fastest growing economies, Asia remains home to some of the poorest countries in the world, with Cambodia and Burma falling in the bottom five per cent for economic stability. Poverty, inadequate health services and lack of education remain the most significant areas of concern. It is with this in mind that SEA has formed strong links with several non-government organizations (NGOs), philanthropic organizations and communities throughout Asia and can implement a number of different types of programs for schools wanting to contribute to these communities.
  • Some projects require fundraising; others simply require time and enthusiasm. For any itinerary, we can arrange for your students to spend a few days participating in community based projects, such as building a new dwelling or school, painting, rendering and landscaping and farming. We can also arrange for groups to spend time at orphanages, hostels and schools for the underprivileged and disabled where students can spend time assisting local children with daily routines and activities.
  • In any case, the endeavors are rewarding for everyone – they help bridge the cultural divide, foster tolerance and global awareness and give students an insight into the changes that can be effected in less advantaged communities.
  • Building Projects

  • Please Note
  • A building project is a serious undertaking. Many projects require long hours of strenuous work which students may find challenging, but ultimately very rewarding. Many projects are conducted in remote regions, where conditions are very basic.
  • The rewards of such projects are great, particularly when undertaking a project that involves working alongside local people. Best of all, however, students can see the fruits of their labor and better understand the fund raising process and how charitable donations are spent.
  • All projects that Student Educational Adventures initiates for schools are undertaken after we have consulted with communities (villages, small towns, city districts) to ensure each project a school undertakes in of significant benefit to a community. In this way the project undertaken by students will contribute to the whole community and be meaningful rather than tokenistic. It is in this way that real sustainable development is fostered.

Destinations

  • MyanmarAsia’s Very Last FrontierFor a student travel group seeking the most adventurous and rewarding journey in Asia, there is no country equal to Myanmar. Myanmar.In the last 100 years over half of the world’s countries have been renamed. Myanmar is no exception. Since 1989, Burma has become Myanmar and its capital, Rangoon, has become Yangon and so on. Whatever you call it, Myanmar is unique amongst all other nations in the region, as for over 50 years it has been virtually cut off from the rest of the world.Praised for its beauty and criticized for its politics, Myanmar is a fast changing society inhabited by a hospitable and gracious people. The influence of many Asian cultures, and of its former colonial master, Britain, can be seen in its, customs, architecture and cuisine. Yangon boasts charming colonial architecture. In contrast, Bagan is an archaeological zone that rivals the Temples of Angkor in its beauty. Mandalay the former royal capital and Inle Lake in Shan State are other not-to-be-missed destinations and make ideal bases for boating and hiking excursions.
  • CambodiaA visit to Cambodia promises a roller coaster of emotions and experiences.As you admire the beauty of what was once the most prominent empire in Southeast Asia, you must simultaneously try to come to terms with one of human kind’s most tragic events, when over one third of the country’s population perished under the Pol Pot regime.Today, Cambodia is one of the safest and most welcoming countries in the world. Owing to its proximity and accessibly to Vietnam, even a short journey to Cambodia is easy to arrange, allowing travelers to enjoy the highlights of this endearing land in as few as four days.
  • ChinaFrom its fantastic metropolises to its storybook landscapes, China makes for a mesmerizing trip for teachers and students alike.From its fantastic metropolises to its storybook landscapes, China makes for a mesmerizing trip for adults and students alike. SEA offers a variety of itineraries designed for students of economics, cultural studies, history and politics, or for those who simply want to enjoy this modern juggernaut. Students of history will find something unique around every corner. The Maoist past, juxtaposed with the yang of economic pragmatism, has added to China’s diversity in recent years. It now boasts some of the world’s most cutting-edge cityscapes and conveniences yet still retains the history and tradition of an ancient land.And the people – unavoidable in their immense numbers – provide the endless drama and entertainment. Loud, garrulous and quick thinking, the Chinese people are unique: squeezing onto precarious buses, walking in pajamas around Shanghai or inviting each other to share the famous cuisine in a local street. China’s recent impact on popular culture and economics ensures it’s a land of interest for the most diverse travelers.
  • LaosThe land less travelledOwing to its unique land-locked geographical position in Southeast Asia, Laos is a beautiful country and one of the region’s less-travelled and least understood destinations.Surrounded by mountains and bordered to the west by the mighty Mekong River, beautiful temples and remote hill tribe villages, the country is inhabited by several distinctly different ethnic minorities and a mainstream population whose Buddhist beliefs and gentle manner, has stood the test of time and the influence of the outside world.Laos has been described as a fairy tale kingdom with a fascinating history. Once ravaged by war and having fallen prey to the ambitions of its neighbors and colonizers, today Laos is a peaceful nation, rich in Buddhist traditions and hill tribe culture and always of great appeal to student groups seeking an experience away from the madding crowd.
  • Malaysia…It’s a jungle out thereWhilst Malaysia’s peninsula states offer some delightful places of interest for student visitors: the former Portuguese trading town of Malacca and the vibrant Chinese city of Penang to name two, it is the country’s Eastern provinces of Sarawak and Sabah that are the real attraction for school groups seeking adventure and education.This large island region still commonly referred to as Borneo (Kalimantan), features incredible jungle expanses that are today still home to tribes who once practiced headhunting throughout the island, as well as incredible animals such as the orangutan and several exotic bird species. Malaysia also offers a myriad of outdoor education and hiking opportunities such as hikes to areas of some of the most significant battles of World War II and the the opportunity to climb to the summit of one of Asia’s highest peaks – Mount Kinabalu. In Sarawak State students can visit the world’s largest accessible caves in the Mulu National Park and enjoy the diverse wildlife and of the world famous Malaysian rainforests.
  • ThailandNestled in the geographical heart of Asia, Thailand is one of the most alluring and culturally rich countries in the world. Whilst the cities are becoming more westernised, the outer regions retain many relics of Thailand’s fascinating history, such as the ancient ruins of Ayutthaya and Sukhothai. The landscape is diverse with pristine national parks, untamed rivers and wild elephants.And the architecture, dance, music and literature are among the most fascinating in the world. The Thai people are incredibly hospitable, regarding service and friendliness as a key of their national persona. Nowhere else in the world will you find a nation and culture so different, yet so welcoming, as Thailand.
  • MalaysiaLand of ten-million motorbikesWith friendly people, picturesque landscapes and its always interesting culture, Vietnam is a fabulous destination for student travellers of any age. From its quiet country villages to its Confucian temples, it is a country of contrasts that offers those who visit an authentic and memorable Asian travel expereince. The Vietnamese are a warm and hospitable people and never fail to charm those they meet.