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With over 40 countries from Japan to Thailand to Pakistan, Asia provides an incredible diversity of learning and service opportunities for international volunteers. China and the former Soviet nations of Central Asia seek volunteer English teachers. India offers dozens of direct service and sustainable development volunteer opportunities. Even countries that used to be somewhat closed to outsiders, such as Mongolia and Vietnam, now welcome volunteers in health, education, and economic developmentVolunteer Abroad Editor, Zahara Heckscher.

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Global Vision International
GVI has a huge range of volunteer programs to suit the environmentally conscious traveler who seeks adventure and new experiences in Asia. Be it teaching English in Laos or Thailand, or trekking amongst the highest peaks in the world in Nepal, you will find a range of exciting opportunities with GVI. Visit our website for further details!
Resonsible Volunteering in Asia with GVI Contact in USA: 888-653-6028

Volunteer in Asia
Come experience a rich cultural immersion while participating in a meaningful volunteer program! ELI partners with local organizations in Bali, China, India, Nepal, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam to match volunteers with local organizations in need of volunteers. All placements are made on an individual basis depending on the skills and goals of the volunteer, the needs of the organization, and the length of the program. Programs are available throughout the year for lengths of time varying from two weeks to six months.
Volunteer in Asia with ELI Dates: Programs are available throughout the year and dates are flexible.
Cost: Program fees start at $515. The cost will depend on the country and duration of the program.
Contact: ELI Abroad, 1557 Ogden St. Ste. 5, Denver, CO 80218
Tel.: 303-321-8278

Projects Abroad in China, Nepal, Mongolia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, and the Philippines
Projects Abroad is the world’s leading short-term international volunteer organization. Projects start year-round and last from one week to a year. Opportunities exist in teaching, child care, social work, conservation, human rights, international development, building, sports, medicine, journalism, business, law, culture and community immersion, and animal care. Programs are for ages 16+.
Volunteer in China with Projects Abroad Dates: Start any day you choose.
Cost: Please see our website for prices.
Contact: Projects Abroad, 80 Broad St, Floor 32, New York NY 10004.
Tel: US Toll-free 1 888 839 3535.

Volunteer Abroad in Cambodia from US$350
Affordable volunteer opportunities available in Phnom Penh, Cambodia from US$350. Volunteers can participate in Teaching, Orphanage/Childcare, Computer Support and Human Rights. IVHQ sends over 5000 volunteer travelers worldwide annually — one of the world's most popular volunteer placement organizations!
Volunteer in Cambodia with VolunteerHQ Cost: Program Fees start from US$350.
Dates: Programs start on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month. Duration: Volunteers can volunteer anywhere from one week to six months.
Contact: International Volunteer HQ
, PO Box 8273, New Plymouth, NEW ZEALAND.
+64 6 758 7949.

Volunteer with Children in Laos
Volunteer with children and experience the unique culture of Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you will not only help the local children improve their English, increasing their chances for better education and employment opportunities, but also serve as a role model and respected community member.

At the weekend volunteers will be free to sight see and explore the local area. Past volunteers have enjoyed sunsets from the top of Mount Phu Si, swimming in the Khuang Si Waterfalls, marveling at local temples, scenic boat trips up the Mekong to the Pak Ou Caves, trekking, rafting or taking an elephant tour.

Volunteer in Laos with Children Dates: Visit our website for upcoming start dates
Costs: From $1890 for 2 weeks
Email Contact:
Phone Contact: 888 653 6028
Where do I go from here? Visit the website for more information to volunteer with children in Laos

Volunteer with Buddhist Novice Monks in Laos
Teach English in the ancient city of Luang Prabang, where to escape the poverty cycle, many young men in Laos choose to become monks. While the education provided is inexpensive, it is also over crowded, and as a result teachers are often overwhelmed. By volunteering to teach English you will help improve the quality of education that many receive, which in turn will help many students and their families improve their quality of life.

Volunteers will have time off at weekends to explore one of the last places in Asia still left relatively untouched by tourism.

Volunteer in Laos with Monks Dates: Visit our website for upcoming start dates
Costs: From $1890 for 2 weeks
Email Contact:
Phone Contact: 888 653 6028
Where do I go from here? Visit the website for more information to volunteer with Buddhist novice monks in Laos

Globe Aware
The Path Less Taken: Laos

In Globe Aware’s program in Laos, volunteers will help the gentle citizens of Laos to recover from the heavy trauma the country experienced after bombing in the Vietnam War. Volunteers will work alongside Buddhist monks at both a government orphanage and village schools to complete a variety of community projects. Projects can include general repairs and improvements on facilities, as well as teaching basic English and assembling and distributing wheel chairs for those injured by land mines. Accommodations include a modest hotel in the center of town with hot water, flushing toilets, and electricity. During leisure time, volunteers can boat on the Mekong River, visit famous temples and caves, and get to know the people of Laos. Lend a helping hand in Laos and be part of bringing restoration and recovery to a peaceful society that has endured years of devastation.
The Path Less Taken: Laos Dates: Please refer to our website for trip dates
Cost: $1140
Contact: 6500 East Mockingbird Lane, Suite 104, Dallas, TX 75214
Tel: 1-877-LUV-GLOBE

Volunteer India
Endlessly fascinating and amazingly diverse, the subcontinent of India is an ideal location for international volunteers. Volunteer placements that match your interests and fulfill local social service needs are available in Goa, Himachal Pradesh or Rajasthan. Typical placements include primary schools, day care centers and other community-oriented projects. There are also special workshops about Indian culture, such as yoga and cooking, as well as planned excursions to local sites of interest.
Volunteer in India
Volunteer in India with WorkingAbroad
Dates: Depends on region
Cost: From $1195
Contact: Interexchange Working Abroad, 100 Wall Street, Suite 301, New York, NY 10005.
Tel.: 212-924-0446; toll-free 1-800-597-3675.

Volunteer Teaching in Asia
WorldTeach is a non-profit organization that has sent thousands of volunteers to teach in countries all around the world. Year-long placements are available in China and summer placements are available in Nepal. Volunteers teach in a broad range of settings, from elementary to university students. Most volunteers live in teacher housing provided by the school.
Volunteer to teach English in Asia Contact: WorldTeach, One Brattle Square, Suite 550, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA.
Tel./Fax: 857.259.6646 ext. 201/857.259.6638

Make a REAL difference in Asia with Love Volunteers — from just US$195!
Love Volunteers' participants have the chance to travel abroad and experience new cultures all while providing essential support to communities in real need. Join the world’s fastest growing independent volunteering organization now! Participate in Love Volunteers' voluntary service projects in one of our 9 locations throughout Asia and have a truly exciting experience volunteering abroad. Visit our website to check out our range of community-based projects and find out how you can make a REAL difference!
Volunteers in Asia Dates: Flexible/Open Start Dates
Program fees start from just US$195!
Love Volunteers
US: +1 415 800 4993, UK: +44 1865 522 688, NZ: +64 21 443 243

A Broader View Volunteers Corp
Volunteer with a Non Profit Charity in Asia
We work in 24 countries with over 245 programs, including countries in Asia including Cambodia, China, India, Nepal, Philippines, and Vietnam.
With A Broader View (ABV), you'll be immersed in another culture, collaborate with your host community on a development project, and work side by side with local youth while building your own leadership skills. ABV works year round from 1-week to 12-week programs.
Volunteer in Nepal Dates: Ongoing programs, year round, you choose your dates of arrival and departure.
From US$895 for one week to US$2240 for 12 weeks (you can tax deduct the expenses). Program fee includes: personalized Volunteer Placement, cultural education, meals, accommodation, pre-departure guidance, 24/7 country staff, tax deducted fees, the option to fundraise within our website, and more.
A Broader View Volunteers Corp, 236 Glen Place, Elkins Park, PA 19027.
866-423-3258 or 215-780-1845 (US), (020) 3289-9896 (UK), (02) 8003-3474 (AU). Skype:
Fax: 215-887-0915

Most Affordable Volunteer Programs in India from $134
If you’re interested in volunteering abroad, you’re in the right place! Through our program you’ll find fantastic and most affordable volunteer opportunities in India starting at just $134. The organization directly offers volunteer programs in India eliminating the need for a middleman, i.e. placement agency, so you pay much less and get correct and complete information on placement! Joining Sankalp on this adventure is so much more than just being a tourist—you will be part of a community, a traveler with purpose, experiencing life changing memories while helping make changes in the lives of others you serve!
Volunteer abroad in India Dates: Year-round
Starting From $134
Tel.: +91 141 6544220

Discover Corps
Volunteer Vacations with a Purpose in Asia
Volunteer vacations for adults and families in Asia, Africa and Latin America, including India and Thailand. Immerse yourself in a different culture while giving back, engaging in hands-on cultural workshops, and connecting with fascinating people. Volunteer to support children, animals and the environment. 1 to 2 week all-inclusive packages.


Volunteer & Travel Program in Asia with Idex
The Idex programs in Thailand, Vietnam, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka continue to follow our ethos of “Travel that Matters” and provide an opportunity to the travellers to have a safe, enjoyable experience that leaves them more developed than they were before the start of a trip. The way this program is designed, and delivered, leaves the travelers as well as the local communities enriched with each other’s presence.
All this is managed through the well-tested and established processes of Idex to ensure that the interactions and activities are responsible towards the benefit of local communities, volunteers and local institutions.


Princeton in Asia
PiA supports young teachers and professionals working in China, Japan, Hong Kong, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam;


Right to Play in Asia: SportWorks, SportHealth
Right To Play is an athlete-driven international humanitarian organization that uses sport and play as a tool for development of children and youth in the most disadvantaged areas of the world. Right To Play uses international volunteers to implement projects in Asia and Africa. For further details on volunteer projects, visit the website.


SCI (Service Civil International)
An exchange organization that sends volunteers on 2-3 week international work projects and long term 3-12 month opportunities in over 50 countries, including many in Asia. For all overseas camps the fee is US$235. Workcamps include shared accommodations, group self-cooked meals and basic health/accident insurance, without additional cost, unless otherwise noted in the camp description. SCI promotes voluntary service to impact social, environmental and humanitarian issues.

Visit: for an application.

VIA (Volunteer in Asia)
Offers a variety of programs and services which facilitate dialogue and understanding between people–a powerful tool for building peace. A Stanford program, VIA promotes full-circle exchange by providing volunteer and service-learning opportunities in Asia, and educational programs for Asian students in the United States. Since 1963, VIA has sent over 1600 volunteers to 14 different Asian countries.  Non-government and non-religion affiliated, VIA is a private non-profit which promotes cross-cultural exchange between Asia and the U.S.  Fellowships and scholarships are available to those who qualify. 


Volunteers for Peace
Volunteer Workcamps in Asia
VFP offers over 2600 projects in more than 75 countries/regions every year, including Asia! Project cost starts at $500, which includes food and accommodation. Types of project include construction, environmental, agricultural, social, work with kids, renovation, art & culture and more! Since 1982, VFP has exchanged over 31,000 volunteers worldwide. Start planning your volunteer adventure or learn how to get involved at!


Youth International
Service Learning in Asia

The world becomes your classroom with Youth International’s 3-month experiential learning program through Asia. Teams of up to 14 people between the ages of 18 and 25 travel together with two group leaders. You travel through 3 countries: Thailand, India, and Nepal, using local transportation and carrying a backpack. The program includes volunteer community service work, homestays with local families in a variety of socio-economic settings.

Contact: Youth International, 2319 Woodbury Lane, Evergreen, CO, 80439 USA; tel. 1-720-270-3323; info@youthinternational;org,

Volunteer in Asia with ELI
Volunteer in China with Projects Abroad
Volunteer in Cambodia wiith Volunteer HQ
Volunteer with WorldTeach
GlobeAware: Volunteer work in Laos
Love volunteers in Asia
Summer volunteering in India with Sankalp
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