Volunteer in Asia
With beautiful beaches beaches, incredible food, friendly people and lots of spectacular places to visit it is no surprise why so many people choose to volunteer in Asia. There are hundreds of rewarding programs during summer and all year round where you can help people, the environment and wildlife.
Volunteer Programs in Asia
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Guide to Volunteering in Asia
If you would like to be more than just a tourist and do something inspiring then our Asia volunteer programs will appeal to you. There are short and long term programs available to join which will provide you with a unique and life changing experience. You can choose from structured placements where you will need to pay a fee or apply to join low cost and free volunteer opportunities in Asia. We help thousands of people apply every year and you can research projects and apply today.
Working in Asia will be of particular interest to people seeking to do something rewarding and there are so many programs which provide a life changing experience. The most popular destinations all generally provide opportunities to take up volunteer roles that will provide you with experiences and memories that will last a lifetime. Whether the role is teaching children, working within deprived or underdeveloped communities, wildlife, conservation or community construction initiatives, it is bound to be rewarding. Volunteering is very rewarding and always looks terrific on any resume, and there are plenty of opportunities for this in Southeast Asia if you’re not looking for financial compensation.
You can find volunteering programs in most countries and each offers a different experience. In Nepal and India you could do a trek and mix the experience participating in community projects and other volunteer programs whilst travelling. Popular volunteer holidays in Asia include helping panda projects in China, teaching English, community development Cambodia, community work in Nepal and volunteering with wildlife. With so many countries you could visit please research options to see what country most appeals to you to spend time living and working.
The places you visit also depends on your budget, you can get better value in places in some countries than others but with the cheaper cost of living. South-East Asia is a popular destination to volunteer and attracts thousands of international participants every year.
What You’ll Learn When Volunteering in Asia
During your time in Asia, you’ll gain fantastic knowledge and hands on experience helping incredible charities and local organisations. You’ll:
- Gain experience combining sustainable tourism and volunteering
- Enjoy the thrill of making a difference
- See exotic wildlife
- Make a great first step towards a possible new career
- Make a lasting one-off contribution to the preservation of endangered species
- Experience local cultures first hand
- Explore the picturesque islands and also get to join tours and sightseeing in your spare time
- Have time off every day to relax and unwind during your volunteer post
- Gain lifelong friends with people from around around the world
Best Volunteer Programs in Asia
Volunteering in Asia is becoming an increasingly popular option with a range of educational, ecological and social volunteering positions available. Teaching deprived or abandoned children or assisting families living in poverty, developing land and preparing it to be farmed, or assisting with building projects in some of the poorest areas of the country are some of the most rewarding and character building projects currently available. There are so many opportunities open to internationals and below we provide a run down of popular programs:
Volunteer with Animals in Asia
Blessed with some of the most spectacular terrain and wildlife in the world, Asia is the home to many of the world’s most iconic wildlife with wildlife reserves and numerous projects helping to secure the future of the regions species. On a wildlife conservation program you can help animals like elephants, lions, bears and monkeys. There are rehabilitation programs where you can join teams of international conservation experts working to help wildlife.
Wildlife organisations rely on the help of international volunteers as they aim to help animals. If you have a passion for animals and would like to help please view our website to find out more information. Maybe you have watched wildlife tv programmes and always thought about traveling abroad to help animals then these placements will be amazing. Some of the placements can be in spectacular locations like in the Himalayas - truly breathtaking! Whilst other programs are located in rural villages and towns or close to the ocean.
Community Volunteer Programs in Asia
On a volunteer mission in Asia you will be able to help teaching, building and community work that will help to develop deprived and remote communities to enhance their opportunities and living skills. You could apply to help or teach at a schools, community centres, orphanages or hospitals which are home to sick or needy children. You will be able to make a difference to the lives of local youngsters who might not have ever received a proper education. There are lots of rewarding and worthwhile teaching programs in this continent and you don't need any previous experience so don't worry if you have never taught abroad before. At rural schools living conditions might be basic and you might struggle to find wifi. These teaching placements can be a really challenging yet fun experience though. You will be able to help support local teachers by leading English lessons, teaching sports or creating and organising fun games.
To apply to volunteer in Asia you will not need any skills or previous experience for most positions, only medical placements usually require qualifications and hands-on experience. Full training is usually provided when you arrive at programs and no local language is needed. Most of the time you will be working with local staff and other international volunteers. You will need to be open to the new cultures you encounter, we highly recommend trying to learn some basic words and phrases no matter how difficult the language might seem. Sometimes even words like hello, please and thank you go a lot further than just smiles and you might even have fun chatting to locals or bartering for prices.
If you apply through a structured program lodging will be included in the price you pay. If you are applying independently depending on your budget you can find accommodation to suit all needs, from cheap dorm beds right up to luxury hotels. Generally accommodation throughout Asia is very cheap, you can usually find a dorm bed with prices starting from £1 ($2 USD) per night whilst private rooms in hotels start from around £5 ($8). This really does depend on the country though, in Hong Kong you might struggle to get anything other than a small box room for less than £20 ($30) per night.
Free, Low Cost & Paid Volunteer Opportunities in Asia
If you apply direct with an NGO you might be able to volunteer for free in Asia, some organisations don't charge a fee or require a donation but you might need to cover accommodation, meals and flights. You can search free volunteering opportunities in Asia by viewing our country pages with links to recommended organisations. For example you will visit some places where there will be local projects advertised or hotel/hostel staff will be able to inform you of projects. This is common in Asia, for example in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand there is something called Monk Chat where you can turn up to local temples and work with monks to help them improve their English skills. This is a great way to learn about a new culture, create fun learning games and help them learn.
How to Apply
We list hundreds of volunteering organisations in Asia including NGO's, charities, local programs, free and low cost opportunities and large sending agencies and you can apply today. On our website you can arrange a placement with a large international organisation/charity/sending agency or apply direct with a local project, we feature both on our Asia volunteering directory. If you apply with an international organisations they will charge a fee which covers placements, accommodation, meals, transport and in country support.
Help / Advice
If you need any help arranging a volunteer placement in Asia please get in touch.
Asia Volunteer Reviews
If you have ever volunteered in Asia and would like to write about your experience, review an organisation or share any recommendations please contact us.
"I volunteered at an animal sanctuary which rescued and cared for various species like elephants, gibbons and monkeys. We had a team of around 50 international volunteers and spent the days collecting food, cleaning and keeping the general up keep of the sanctuary in good condition. It was an inspiring place and great to see so much work being done when animals in Thailand are treated really bad." Paul, wildlife volunteer from UK
"I had a fantastic time, the local people were very friendly and I learned so much from the other volunteers. Remember this is not a vacation where you will be able to relax, usually you wake up early and have to work in hot/humid conditions." - Sarah, building program volunteer from the USA
"This was one of the best and most memorable two weeks of my life". Lee, community volunteer participant from the UK
"Volunteering in Asia proved to be an extremely rewarding experience, teaching me things I didn’t even know I did not know. I’d recommend it to any first time traveller or anyone looking to experience a country the way the locals do and not a guide book’s checklist. - Jess, volunteer with Projects Abroad