How to Volunteer in Asia

Volunteer Asia

If you would like to be more than just a tourist and do something inspiring then helping NGO's, charities and worthwhile causes in Asia will appeal to you.

There are short and long term programs available to join which will provide you with a life changing experience. You can choose from low cost and free volunteer opportunities and also structured placements where you will need to pay a fee or apply to join . 

We help hundreds of people apply every year and you can research and book top rated projects today. Whether the role is teaching children, working within deprived communities, wildlife conservation or community development, this will be one of the most memorable experiences of your life.

You can find volunteering programs in most countries in Asia and each offers a different experience. Where you go and what you do really comes down to personal preference or the type of experience you are seeking. Popular options include helping pandas in China, teaching English in Thailand, building houses in Cambodia, community work in Nepal, volunteering with wildlife in Borneo and releasing sea turtles in Sri Lanka.


Popular Places to Help

These are some of the countries you can work in:


Reasons to Apply

During your time in Asia, you’ll gain fantastic knowledge and hands on experience helping incredible charities and local organisations. You’ll:

  • Enjoy the thrill of making a difference
  • See exotic wildlife
  • Gain experience to boost your CV
  • Take a great first step towards a possible new career (you might like to also view internships in Asia)
  • 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
  • Gain lifelong friends with people from around around the world


Volunteer in Southeast Asia

Volunteer Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia is one of the most popular destinations in the world with backpackers and thousands of international participants apply for projects here every year. Research all options to see which country and program most appeals to you. If you are struggling to narrow down your search you could participate in multiple destinations. 


Ways to Help

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 are some of the most rewarding and character building projects available. 


Wildlife Conservation

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.

Many 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 rural villages or spectacular locations like islands and jungles - truly breathtaking!


Community Work

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 teach in Asia 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 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.


Free & Low Cost Volunteer Opportunities in Asia

If you apply direct with an NGO you might be able to volunteer for free in Asia as sometimes they don't charge a fee or require a donation but you might need to cover accommodation, meals and flights.

You can search free and affordable volunteering opportunities in Asia by viewing our country pages with links to recommended organisations. In some destinations there will are free and cheap local projects advertised or hotel/hostel staff will be able to inform you of projects. This is very common but not available in all places. 


How to Apply

On One World 365 you can find structured, free and low cost volunteering programs with NGO's, charities, local programs and large sending agencies. You can enquire and apply direct with a local project or apply with an international organisation who sometimes charge a fee which covers placements, accommodation, meals, transport and in country support. 



Usually 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 hostel dorm beds or private rooms in hotels. 

Help / Advice
If you need any help arranging a volunteer trip to Asia contact us.


Asia Volunteer Reviews & Testimonials

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. You can view reviews of projects and companies on our directory.