Any worthwhile student trip to Asia should entail activities that students couldn’t otherwise access whilst travelling with their parents. Whilst experiential learning and immersion activities are a feature of virtually all our trips, we can also arrange a great number of unique and very young person centric activities to make your school trip fun and memorable. Here are 5 top attractions/activities we can include:
Great Race activity – Ho Chi Minh City
This activity is designed to facilitate urban exploration, enhance students’ knowledge of this historic city as well as an appreciation of Southeast Asian culture. It entails navigating, extensive local interaction and completing tasks throughout this challenging. This activity further entails travelling on local transport, sampling famous fruits and practicing our newly acquired language skills while requiring students to complete answers to a number of thought-provoking questions. (Please note; Student Educational Adventures can arrange a similar great race activity in Beijing, Luang Prabang, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Yangon)
Manga drawing class
For students with an artistic bent or simply those interested in Japanese pop culture, a fantastic inclusion to any trip to Japan is taking part in a manga workshop to learn first-hand the techniques and practices of this contemporary Japanese art form. During this activity students will also enjoy a Q&A session with some of Tokyo’s talented young artists and learn much of about the inspiration behind this pop cultural phenomena that has spawned a generation of inspiration, procreating the developments of series such as Pokémon and Transformers.
Muay Thai Boxing class
A fun and physical start to any Thailand trip is the chance to take part in an early morning Thai boxing class (Muay Thai) before the heat of the day. The art of Muay Thai has been Thailand’s most popular sport for hundreds of years. It is unique among other kinds of fighting disciplines in its approach to close quarters fighting.
Instructed by highly experience trainers, our private class will take students through a warm up routine followed by teaching kicking and punching techniques allowing students to quickly glean some of the sport’s fundamental offensive and defensive patters during this engaging and child centric session. Students will then have the chance to enter the ring for a very physical sparing session with experienced fighters.
Meditation with monks
Myanmar’s Buddhist culture is perhaps the most dynamic in all Asian. Burmese indeed take great delight in sharing with foreign visitors their thoughts and philosophy on life as local monks regale us with their views on life and Buddhist philosophy.
To truly glean an insight into the Theravada Buddhism that dictates so much of the traditional and daily rituals of this country, we have developed a strong association with a handful of monasteries in Myanmar whose monks we can introduce to your students. This program is ideal for students of comparative religion or simply those looking to learn of this ancient practise of mind relaxation and entails chanting, meditation, and spiritual friendship. Our session with the monks also includes a seminar of how to meditate followed by some silent meditation. Afterwards there is time to speak with the monks and ask any questions you may have about meditation and the Buddha’s teachings.
Mountain bike exploration
Often mistakenly referred to as ‘Angkor Wat’ which simply denotes the name of the largest temple, the Angkor Temple complex is a multifarious arrangement of some 112 structures that began construction in the early to mid-12th Century. From Angkor the Khmer kings ruled over a vast domain that reached from Vietnam to China to the Bay of Bengal.
Exploring the magnificent temples of Angkor on sturdy, environmentally friendly mountain bikes is to our thinking, the only way to really enjoy this iconic site. Departing early to avoid the crowds, our highly capable tour leaders will show your students the back-tracks and hidden paths around this amazing complex, allowing a thorough exploration of the less visited temples as well as the must-see sites.