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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.

Featured Articles on Work, Service and Vacations as a Volunteer in Asia
Volunteer in Asia: An Overview, Top Tips and Recommended Organizations by Zahara Heckscher
Volunteer Work in Nangi Village, Nepal
Volunteering in Nepal in the Kathmandu Valley
Teaching English in Nepal: Volunteering at a Tibetan Monastery and Junior High School
Harvest the Himalayas as a Volunteer with the Ladakh Farm Project
Big Hearts in Little Lhasa: Volunteer Teaching English to Tibetans in Northern India
Volunteer Work in Dharamsala, India with Tibetans
Volunteer in Dharamsala with Cross-Cultural Solutions
Peace in Pondicheery, India: Volunteer in a Planned Community
Helping People as a Volunteer in Sri Lanka
Volunteering in Vietnam
New Hope for the Kids of Hanoi: Report From a Volunteer in Vietnam
A Medical Volunteer Journey to Southern Vietnam
An Exchange Experience in Vietnam with Global Volunteers
Volunteering in Vietnam with Volunteers in Asia
Building Homes in Cambodia as a Volunteer
Archaeology at Your Fingertips: Volunteering with Earthwatch in Thailand
Volunteer in Thailand with Starfish
Volunteering in the Philippines
Volunteer in China with Global Exchange
Volunteer in Bhutan as a Family
Volunteer in Mongolia: Help Restore an Ancient Buddhist Monastery
Volunteer Vacations in Japan with WWOOF

See volunteer programs across Asia in Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Mongolia, Nepal, the Philippines, South Korea , Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam for more.

Cross-Cultural Solutions: Volunteer Abroad for the Experience of a Lifetime!
Volunteer in Asia
Experience another culture like never before while making a real difference in people’s lives. You’ll gain perspectives and insights into the local culture and yourself. It’s an exciting and personally inspiring experience, and you’ll develop memories that will be with you forever. Programs operate in India (New Delhi and Dharamsala), China (Xian) and Thailand (Bangkok and Trang).
Dates Offered: Choose from start dates year-round and lengths-of-stay from 2-12 weeks.
Contact: Cross-Cultural Solutions, 2 Clinton Place, New Rochelle, NY 10801; Tel: 800.380.4777 or 914.632.0022; in the UK call 0845 458 2781/2782; other countries call +44 (0) 1273 666392; Fax: 914.632.8494.
Email: info@crossculturalsolutions.org
Web site: www.crossculturalsolutions.org
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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
Website: www.gviusa.com
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Volunteer Abroad in Asia with United Planet!
United Planet's Quest Volunteer Abroad program offers you or your group a life-changing opportunity to build relationships with local communities through customized volunteer work, enriching cultural activities, and home stays with local families. Our programs in Asia run from 1 to 52 weeks and welcome volunteers of all ages, nationalities and backgrounds. You can volunteer in education, healthcare, environment, and more. Visit our website for more information!
Volunteer in Asia Dates: Ongoing start dates.
Cost: Varies according to country and length of stay. Please visit our website for details.
Contact: United Planet, 11 Arlington St, Boston MA 02116, USA.
Tel.:
800-292-2316 or 617-267-7763.
Email: quest@unitedplanet.org
Website: www.unitedplanet.org
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Volunteer in Asia
Come experience a rich cultural immersion while participating in a meaningful volunteer program! ELI partners with local organizations in Thailand, India, Nepal, the Philippines, Vietnam, and China 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: Experiential Learning International, 1557 Ogden St. Ste. 5, Denver, CO 80218
Tel.: 303-321-8278
Email: info@eliabroad.org
Website: www.eliabroad.org
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Projects Abroad in China, India, Nepal, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, and 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, 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.
Email: info@projects-abroad.org
Website: www.projects-abroad.org
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Pre-School helpers/Teaching Assistants in the Maldives
Gain a unique insight and authentic volunteering experience in one of the most beautiful destinations on the planet! Its not all about expensive glitzy tourist resorts... there are tiny islands with amazing little communities... each has their own school and pre-school, and the kids very much need your help!

For non-qualified, enthusiastic volunteers who would love to help out in the classroom, we have positions in the mainstream schools working beside the qualified teachers. Alternatively, all islands also have pre-schools where volunteer assistance is also very much needed!
Volunteer in the Maldives Dates: Year round, except November & December and Ramzan month
Cost: 1,600USD = 4 weeks
Contact: Volunteer Maldives PVT Ltd, White Rose, Sh.Komandoo Republic of Maldives.
Tel.: 00960 3300609
Email: info@volunteermaldives.com
Website: www.volunteermaldives.com
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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.
Tel.:
+64 6 758 7949.
Email: volunteer@volunteerhq.org
Website: www.volunteerhq.org
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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 $1522 for 2 weeks
Email Contact: info@gviworld.com
Phone Contact: 888 653 6028
Where do I go from here? Visit the website for more information to volunteer with children in Laos
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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 $1522 for 2 weeks
Email Contact: info@gviworld.com
Phone Contact: 888 653 6028
Where do I go from here? Visit the website for more information to volunteer abroad in Laos
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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
Email: office@globeaware.org
Tel: 1-877-LUV-GLOBE
Website: www.globeaware.org
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Worldteach
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, Bangladesh and Thailand, and summer placements are available in China. Volunteers teach in a broad range of settings, from elementary to university students. Most volunteers live in teacher housing provided by the school.
Contact: WorldTeach, One Brattle Square, Suite 550, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA.
Tel./Fax: 857.259.6646 ext. 201/857.259.6638
Email: info@worldteach.org
Website: www.worldteach.org
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Bangladesh Work Camps Association (BWCA)
Volunteers are placed in 2-week community development camps between October and March to promote environmental, health education, literacy, and sanitation.

Contact: 289/2 Workcamp Rd., North Shajahanpur, Dhaka-1217, Bangladesh; fax. 011-880-2-956- 5506; bwca@bangla.net; www.mybwca.org.

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;

Visit: piaweb.princeton.edu

Projects Abroad
Volunteer Projects in Asia

Volunteer work in Cambodia, China, India, Mongolia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam on a wide variety of projects—from working with orphans to conservation.

Contact: info@projects-abroad.org, www.projects-abroad.org

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.

Contact: recruitment@righttoplay.com; www.righttoplay.com

Service Civil International Workcamps SCI US
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. The $250 application fee covers lodging, meals, and minimal health insurance. SCI promotes voluntary service to impact social, environmental and humanitarian issues.

Visit: www.sci-ivs.org 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. 

Contact: info@viaprograms.org; www.viaprograms.org

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 30,000 volunteers worldwide and organized more than 850 volunteer projects in North America. Start planning your volunteer adventure or learn how to get involved at VFP.org!

Visit: www.vfp.org

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