Internships in Asia

Asia is wonderful an area to have your internship. It has the faster growing economies and offers you an unforgettable stay.

Asia is a land of contrasts, with a lot to do and to see. It requires oneself to be prepared for a deep cultural change, especially if going China. Speaking English is a requirement for western travelers in Asia as locals generally assume that all westerners speak English fluently, and may think you just don't want to talk to them if you says you don't master Shakespeare tongue. 
 
The 'Face' is one of the most important cultural attitude in Asia. It is a mix of politeness, pride, mutual respect, that intend to show someone social rank as well. In instance, to 'give face' consist in flattering someone with compliments, showing admiration, offering presents. Making someone 'lose face' can be terribly embarrassing for both individuals. While most peoples may understand you are a foreigner, some just wont tolerate the insult they feel and you will get in deep trouble. Making excuses, showing how sorry you are, may help but not always. In China, someone who has lost face will mostly never forgive you. As a foreigner, you may not notice you made a cultural mistake, and the offended may not necessary let you know either. If you find out someone attitude towards you had changed without apparent reason, it may likely be that you made him/her lose face.
 
Asia inter-personal relationships are mostly based on mutual respect and reciprocal interest. In China, it is very obvious and called 'Guanxi'. It is a deeply worked out mix of networking and friendship.
 
For most countries in Asia, we can also arrange university enrollment!
 
Asia general information:
 
Internship area: ASIA
 
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See World Bank data & stats for Asia !
Review facts about South Asia from the World Bank
Review facts about East Asia from the World Bank
 
 
 
 
Some facts about Asia:
 
Asia is the largest of the world's seven continents at 31,027,230 square miles. It is home to the highest point on Earth, Mount Everest (Nepal, Tibet), at 29,032 feet. The lowest point, the Dead Sea (Israel, Jordan), is 1348 feet below sea level and is the second-lowest point on all the continents (the lowest point is 8,327 feet below sea level - the Bentley Subglacial Trench in Antarctica). Asia is more a geographic term than a separate continent as it is the eastern 80% of the giant Eurasian landmass. It has the greatest range of land elevation of any continent and has the longest coastline. It has the world's widest climatic extremes, and as a result, harbors the most varied forms of vegetation and animal life on Earth.

Asia's population is approximately 3,600,000,000 spread over its 47 countries. More than 50 languages are spoken there. The largest country by area is Russia with 4,845,580 square miles. The largest country in Asia by population is China with more than 1 billion people. Asia has the third longest river in the world - the Yangtze River at 3,964 miles. The Gobi desert in Asia is the world's third largest non-polar desert with 500,005 square miles and the largest lake in Asia is the Caspian Sea at 143,244 square miles.

The mountain systems of Central Asia have formed a natural barrier that has contributed to the movement of peoples into the area. As a result, Asia's population is unevenly distributed. There is a concentration of population in western Asia as well as great concentrations on the Indian subcontinent and the eastern half of China. Other highly populated areas are the Pacific borderlands and on the islands, but large areas of North and Central Asia have remained sparsely populated. Even with this population distribution, Asia is the most populous of the continents, containing nearly 60% of the world's people.
 
You knew Asia has a massive population, but how massive is it ?
Bangladesh is one of the most densely populated countries in the world. The seven countries of South Asia are home to about one out of five people in the world. More people live in India than in all of North America, Central America and South America combined! There are more than 800 million Hindus in India, nearly three times the entire population of the United States. Massive rural-to-urban migration will likely double the population of India’s cities within two decades. That’s equal to all of Europe, all of a sudden, needing water, sanitation, drainage, power, transportation, housing. More Muslims live in South Asia than in the entire Middle East, yet they account for less than 15 percent of the total population.
 
You though Asia is a huge consumer market, but do you know how big it is?
Indian teenagers spend $3 billion a year on fashion accessories. No fewer than 555 million Indians are under age 25. Indian universities produce more than 1.5 million graduates each year. Up to 1,800,000 copies of Mickey Mouse or 'Mi Laoshu' as he is known in his Han avatar, are sold in China each month. China became world's largest online gaming market in 2007 and have around 150 mln Internet users, along with 60 mln who have a blog. South Asia has 243 million illiterate women, two-thirds of the region’s adult female population, witch promise huge education opportunities in the coming years. Paradox, at the end of 2003, there was already nearly 5 million 3G customers in the region, concentrating heavily in Japan and South Korea. To date the Trans-Asian-Railway network comprises of almost 81,000 km of rail routes. Japan (3.16%) has higher R&D intensity than EU (1.98%). Asian business process outsourcing market reached $8 bln in 2007. There are 500 mln active mobile phone accounts in China, and the number is expected to grow to around 784 mln by 2011. 239 mln people will access the Internet by cell phone in 2011. Asia-Pacific business intelligence market generated $380 mln in 2007. China natural gas consumption will hit 200 bln cu m in 2020, with 50% depending on imports. China demand for electricity reached 2.6637 trillion kWh in 2006, up by 11.3% year on year.

You heard Asia is a big animal predator, but how big is it?
Around 100 million sharks are killed every year for the largely China-driven global trade in shark fin and other parts. The meat is sold for food or use in health and beauty aids. Between 5,000-7,000 tigers live in the wild, down from 100,000 at the beginning of the 20th century. Poaching for skins and to make medicinal products in India, Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and Laos is the most immediate threat, along with deforestation and the over-hunting of their natural prey. Elephant numbers are falling because of the destruction of their habitat and poaching to supply the illegal ivory market. Japan, the world's main ivory consumer, uses it for jewellery, carvings and Hankos (name stamps). The UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) lifted a 10-year ban on ivory trading in 1999, allowing Japan to trade for stockpiles in Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. Asia is home to five of the world's eight types of bear, the Asiatic black, brown, sloth, sun, and panda. All eight species are listed as critically endangered by CITES. Habitat loss and poaching are the main threats. The largest consumers of bear products are South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, China and Asian communities throughout the world. In Thailand, the sun and Asiatic black bears are hunted to make bear-paw soup.
 
Some other facts:
Maldives is 99.4 percent Muslim, and it is against the law for a visitor to enter the country with more than one Bible for fear he will give it to a local citizen.  Tibetan Buddhism was spread through Inner Mongolia by Emperor Kang Xi ("Kahng SHE") of the Qing Dynasty, who ruled 1662-1723.
 
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Review Asia newspapers online: www.refdesk.com

 

Coverage in Asia

Before traveling to any location, you should review your own country Foreign Affairs Ministry travel safety warnings. Status of coverage area is based upon the potentiality to negotiate and obtain your internship.
 
covered for virtually all kind of internships
covered mostly for humanitarian or scientific internships
covered only on a case to case basis
temporarily not covered
 
Covered countries in Asia:
 
Bangladesh
Bhutan
Burma Myanmar
Brunei Darussalam
Cambodia
China 
India 
Indonesia  
Japan 
Korea, South
Laos 
Malaysia 
Maldives
Mongolia
Nepal
Philippines 
Singapore 
Thailand 
Vietnam 
 
Other covered countries in Asia:
 
Afghanistan
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan
Pakistan
Sri Lanka
Tajikistan
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan