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 development—Volunteer Abroad Editor, Zahara Heckscher.
Featured Articles on Work, Service and Vacations as a Volunteer in Asia
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!
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.
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: Experiential Learning International, 1557 Ogden St. Ste. 5, Denver, CO 80218 Tel.: 303-321-8278 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org Website:www.eliabroad.org
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+.
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. Email: email@example.com Website: www.projects-abroad.org
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!
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.
Tel.: +64 6 758 7949. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.volunteerhq.org
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 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.
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.
Dates: Please refer to our website for trip dates Cost: $1140 Contact: 6500 East Mockingbird Lane, Suite 104, Dallas, TX 75214 Email: email@example.com Tel: 1-877-LUV-GLOBE Website: www.globeaware.org
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 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.
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!
Cost: Program fees start from just US$195!
Contact: Love Volunteers
Tel.: US: +1 415 800 4993, UK: +44 1865 522
688, NZ: +64 21 443 243 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.lovevolunteers.org
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.
Dates: Ongoing programs, year
round, you choose your dates of arrival and departure.
Cost: 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
Contact: A Broader View Volunteers Corp,
236 Glen Place, Elkins Park, PA 19027.
Tel.: 866-423-3258 or 215-780-1845 (US),
(020) 3289-9896 (UK), (02) 8003-3474 (AU). Skype: Abroaderview.org Fax: 215-887-0915 Email:email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.abroaderview.org
Volunteer in India This special 3 week summer program will bring you an unforgettable cultural, travel and volunteering experience. The participants of the summer volunteer program will do volunteer work in Jaipur for two weeks and after that explore the sights of India for a full week. It's a combination of travelling, adventures and volunteer work, so the summer program is full of rewarding experiences and action.
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.
Index 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.
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.
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 VFP.org!
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.