Leave the traditional classroom far behind, as we journey to the heart of China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. Gap Asia is a unique blend of education, service and exploration of these intriguing and ancient cultures. Our exclusive access to people and places, developed over decades, gives us a window on aspects of China and Southeast Asia rarely experienced by outsiders. Standing knee-deep in the rice paddies of China’s Chengyang Dong, we discover a way of life that has remained virtually unchanged throughout the centuries. We meet with village leaders to learn how their community thrives in an increasingly globalized world. In collaboration with a Chinese middle school, we teach English classes to students that have never before interacted with native speakers. Settle into village life in Cambodia, where we learn about efforts to combat human trafficking, starting with education and income generating opportunities. Be a part of the change by getting your hands dirty building bio-sand filters for rural villages, and facilitating computer classes for over 200 students. We partner with local mahouts and biologists at the Thai Elephant Conservation Center deep in the northern jungle, to understand the true value of conservation as we care for and rehabilitate Thailand’s indigenous elephants. Sharing laughter with Thai students in our own language camp, we feel how service transcends boundaries. Together, we discover the many lessons this fascinating corner of the world can teach us.
“In the first few weeks of the Asia Gap Semester, my perspectives of myself and the world have already been altered and widened to a once unimaginable degree”
— Isabelle D., Philadelphia, PA, Asia Gap Student