While working your way through different volunteer opportunities in the largest, most populated continent on earth may not be a seemingly simple task, it will nevertheless prove to be a super exciting one as well. The unique and diverse natural wonders embedded throughout Southeast Asia and all the way up to the Tibetan heights have been coupled in recent years with Asia’s fast growing awareness to responsible tourism. Joined by its constant development of social entrepreneurship, your journey can now become a much more holistic experience of contribution and a unique revelation of both nature and culture.
Volunteer Abroad with Local Organizations
Helen Keller International
Founded in 1915, Helen Keller International is dedicated to saving the sight and lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. We combat the causes and consequences of blindness and malnutrition by establishing programs based on evidence and research in vision, health and nutrition.
Botumsakor Community Development Organization (BCDO)
We are a non-profit organization running an English school in rural Cambodia
A charity conserving natural resources and wildlife in Nepal. Our activities includes 1. Environmental and wildlife awareness activities, 2. Wildlife rescue and rehabilitation activities, 3. Sustainable management of Dhanushadham Protected Forest and 4. Sustainable development programmes.
Pyunli was registered in Nov 2015 (Regd No-21/2015-2016) which believes in the process of social change through child education & women empowerment. Promoting volunteerism to build an international network. Area of function is a small town of Uttarakhand named Gauchar, 05 hrs drive from Rishikesh.
Kenosis Foundation (KF) is a not-for-profit organization and registered (Reg # 166/2013-2014) on 29th June 2013, under Sec.7 of the Indian Trusts Act 1882. We focus on rural areas and support women and children of widows, single moms, victims of abused and physical harassment, and disadvantaged.
Minmahaw is a post-compulsory school for disadvantaged Burmese students (aged 17 - 23). It introduces the students to an international-style experiential education taught by foreign and local volunteers in an immersive English environment i.e all classes and conversations must be conducted in English.
Now is the time dive a bit deeper, and we’re not just talking about the Andaman seas! Opportunities to contribute are in abundance starting from India and working their way through Thailand. If you’re looking to lend medical and healthcare assistance, India is where you can put your focus on. Great ecological and educational opportunities can be easily found in Cambodia and Nepal, where you can check out responsible tourism initiatives while volunteering in crop plantings or while working in local schools. Similarly, if Education is truly a meaningful cause for you, teaching, specifically teaching English, in Asia will be an amazing direction for you to consider and explore.
Best time to volunteer in Asia
Asia's 5 main regions has an extremely varied climate, matching its varied geography. For volunteers in Southeast Asia, the dry season between November and February is considered the best time to travel and volunteer. Central Asia volunteers would have a better time visiting between April till June and throughout September when the nature is at its best. Volunteers heading towards South West Asia would find it best during its dry season, between November and February.
Essential information about Asia
In Asia there are more that 4 billion people speaking in 135 languages living in 45 contries. As crazy as this sounds, this means that before volunteering in Asia you will need to check out the weather details and visa requirements that are relevant to the region you are considering. But if you get to Vietnam on the New Year day (aka Tet) - just know that it is everyone's birthday!