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
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: ELI Abroad, 1557 Ogden St. Ste. 5, Denver, CO 80218 Tel.: 303-321-8278 Email:email@example.com Website:www.eliabroad.org
Projects Abroad in China, Nepal, Mongolia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, and the Philippines Projects Abroad is the world's largest international volunteer organization. Trusted by over 122,000 volunteers. Discover 25 exciting countries across 5 continents: Argentina, Belize, Cambodia, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Fiji, Ghana, Jamaica, Kenya, Madagascar, Mexico, Mongolia, Nepal, Peru, Philippines, Romania, Samoa, Senegal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, and Vietnam. Volunteer programs start year-round and last from one week to a year. Opportunities exist in teaching, childcare, social work, conservation, community development, medicine, human rights, journalism, international development, language courses, and more! Programs are for ages 16+.
Dates: Start any day you choose. Cost: Please see our website for prices. Contact:Projects Abroad Inc. 600 B Street, Suite 300, San Diego, CA, 92101. Tel: (+1) 212 244 7234. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com Website: www.volunteerhq.org
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: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 1-877-LUV-GLOBE Website: www.globeaware.org
Connect-123 Volunteer Programs in Shanghai, China Connect-123 offers meaningful volunteer projects in China, according to your interests and skills, in education, health care, community service and many other fields.Volunteer programs include teaching English at local schools, caring for pediatric patients at local hospitals, assisting at animal shelters, working with children with autism or other disabilities, assisting the elderly at retirement homes and caring for infants and toddlers at orphanages.
Shanghai program has fixed dates; it will run over the months
of June and July. Cost: The program fee includes facilitating a volunteer experience in Shanghai, China that specifically meets your needs; arranging secure, high-quality, centrally-located accommodation based on your budget; assisting with local transport and providing advice on public transport routes; airport meet and greet service; a complete China preparation and orientation information pack; advice, assistance, and guidance before, during, and after your stay; group-rate discounts; and 24/7 emergency support and assistance. For current pricing, please see website. Contact:Connect-123 China USA Tel: (800) 731 6406 (toll free) Email: email@example.com Website: www.connect-123.com/china/volunteer/
View Volunteers Corp
Volunteer with a Non Profit Charity in Asia We work in 27 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:firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com Website: www.abroaderview.org
We offer programs in the following countries: China, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Nepal, Indonesia and Laos. Our programs include Panda Volunteering in China, Community School Teaching in Bali, Elephant Center Conservation Volunteering in Laos, Post-earthquake Community Recovery in Nepal and more. We believe traveling and participating are the best education. Through our supervised, well-designed programs, one will develop professionally and personally by living and working in a business setting in an Asian company and volunteering in the most needed NGOs.
Volunteer Abroad in Nepal with United Planet for 2-52 Weeks
United Planet's Quest Volunteer Abroad program offers you or your group a life-changing opportunity to interact with local communities through customized work experiences, cultural activities, and home stays. United Planet Quests are offered in 25 countries from 1-52 weeks. Nepal is famous for its natural beauty and culture. United Planet offers different volunteering opportunities within the capital city Kathmandu. This is a unique opportunity to do meaningful volunteer work while you immerse yourself in the culture of this fascinating country.
Volunteer Abroad in South Korea for 6 - 12 Months United Planet's Quests offer volunteers the opportunity to learn, teach, work, engage and immerse themselves in a culture outside their comfort zone. Ages 19 - 26 are invited to enroll. Live in South Korea for 6 or 12 months and volunteer teaching disadvantaged children, working with people with disabilities, assisting the elderly, and more! Volunteers live with a local host family, participate in cultural activities and excursions, and receive 24/7 support – a true immersion experience that allows you to build relationships that last a lifetime.
Volunteer Abroad in India for 4 - 52 Weeks United Planet's Quests offer volunteers the opportunity to learn, teach, work, engage and immerse themselves in a culture outside their comfort zone. Ages 18 and up are invited to enroll. Live in India for 6 or 12 months and volunteer on an education or social project! Volunteers live with a local host family, participate in cultural activities and excursions, and receive 24/7 support – a true immersion experience that allows you to build relationships that last a lifetime.
Volunteer Abroad in Japan for 1-12 Weeks During our Japan Quest Volunteers will have the chance to step back in time and volunteer in Okazaki City, a town reminiscent of the Edo period, when Japan was in a time of peace and international openness. Japan is known for its traditional culture dating back thousands of years, while also having a vibrant society that continuously modernizes alongside the rest of the world in technology, fashion, cuisine and daily life.
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.
GVI 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.
Volunteers for Peace Volunteer Workcamps in Asia VFP offers over 3000 projects in more than 90 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 32,000 volunteers worldwide. Start planning your volunteer adventure or learn how to get involved at VFP.org!
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.