Asia is home to the world’s oldest continuous civilizations, and it’s also one of the world’s fastest-developing regions. This is the place to be for business, and the cities are home to growing numbers of expatriates who are trying to get in on the ground floor of Asia’s rise. Meanwhile, history buffs could keep themselves busy for a lifetime’s worth of visits exploring Asia’s temples, palaces, and walled cities, not to mention the Great Wall of China and the multitude of historic buildings that are lived in and used every day. The cultures of Asia range from entirely secular to deeply devout—with communities representing nearly every religion in the world—and from traditional to forward-focused, plus everything in between. The natural landscape is incredible, from the Himalayan mountains to the wind-swept steppes of Mongolia, and the cuisine is adventurous, tantalizing, and occasionally sublime. Visitors of all kinds may find that after visiting Asia, they never see the world the same way again.
China is the world’s most populous country, and it’s a nation working hard to assert its place in the twenty-first century. Whether hiking the Great Wall, snapping pictures of the soaring office buildings of Shanghai, or lingering over a pot of oolong tea, visitors regularly discover that there’s more to China than they ever imagined.
World Endeavors offers the following programs in China:
Sometimes colorful and crowded, sometimes mountainous and peaceful, India has long been a crossroads between Europe and Asia. Now as in the past, this country is home to a rich and complex mix of cultures, religions, languages, and ways of life. If there is a place where East meets West, this is it—but with a storied heritage and vibrant rhythm that are all its own.
World Endeavors offers the following programs in India:
Nepal is home to Mount Everest, and it’s the absolute top destination for truly dedicated mountaineers. But in addition to its unparalleled natural setting, Nepal is a country with a complex, predominantly Hindu and Buddhist family of cultures that range from tiny mountain villages to the legendary city of Kathmandu.
World Endeavors offers the following programs in Nepal:
The Philippines have changed hands over the years, from Malay and Chinese settlement to Spanish colonization, American control, and finally independence. The nation has emerged from this history with a unique mélange of cultures and a worldly outlook. Diverse, friendly, and cosmopolitan, the Philippines offer visitors a new perspective on the world.
World Endeavors offers the following programs in the Philippines:
As the only country in Southeast Asia that was never colonized, Thailand is proudly independent and fascinatingly ancient. Thailand’s cities buzz with activity and connections to the rest of the world, while the rural areas boast stunning beaches and rainforests, and there’s history around every corner.
World Endeavors offers the following programs in Thailand: