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Volunteer in Asia with Projects Abroad

Volunteer playing with children at care project in Thailand

Projects Abroad has been contributing to sustainable projects for many years in nine countries across Asia. Volunteers in Asia are given the chance to experience an authentic Asian lifestyle during their stay, whilst making a positive contribution to their chosen project.

Which Asian Countries Can I Volunteer in?

As a volunteer in Asia, you can choose from a diverse range of projects in nine countries across the continent. Each country has its own culture, traditions and way of life and each offers a unique volunteering experience.

Volunteers can choose from projects in the following Asian countries:

What Volunteer Projects are available in Asia?

Young students who chose to volunteer abroad with Projects Abroad in Cambodia read with the children at a daycare centre

Each volunteer destination in Asia is vastly different to the next, and the projects vary from country to country. The diverse nature of the Asian continent allows for a multitude of experiences and placements, including human rights work in Cambodia, athletics coaching in Sri Lanka and protecting marine life in Thailand.

Click on a project below to see which Asian destinations it is offered in:

Conservation volunteers prepare to dive to conduct fish surveys

What are the Requirements for Volunteering in Asia?

From school-leavers to retirees, volunteers in Asia can be of any age and of any experience. Whilst there is something for everyone, certain projects and destinations may have their own specific requirements for volunteers, so please be sure to check that you meet these requirements for any project you may be interested in.

Projects Abroad Vietnam volunteer talks to children in class at teaching placement

If you have any specific requirements or skills for your volunteering experience, please let us know when you apply and we will be sure to take these on board.

Connecting with Asian Cultures and Communities

When volunteering with Projects Abroad, you will be placed with a host family in your destination of choice. From witnessing cultural traditions to delighting in the local cuisine, living with a host family gives you the chance to immerse yourself in the culture of your chosen country, and to experience life as a local would. Living with a host family also ensures that you will feel well-supported and looked after throughout your stay. Most host families live very close to your placement, so your journey to work is just a short walk or bus ride away. Many volunteers form strong bonds with their host families and keep in touch for years upon their return home.

A female Projects Abroad PRO Medical volunteer checks the blood pressure of a young girl

The people you meet during your overseas placement will undoubtedly become an integral part of your journey. In addition to building connections with locals, many projects will host volunteers from all over the world, allowing you to work alongside fellow international volunteers. Having likeminded people to share your experience with is a highlight for many of our volunteers. We also offer a range of social events and community outreach programmes in each country, which give you the opportunity to connect with other Projects Abroad volunteers, staff and community members.

When you’re not working, there will be time for sightseeing and exploration within your destination. Whether you want to go white-water rafting in Nepal’s glacial rivers, or sample local dishes in Shanghai, Asia is a haven for endless adventure. Many volunteers also choose to travel further once their placement is complete, often with new friends that they have made during their time abroad.

Safety and Support when Volunteering in Asia

A boat on a lake in Cambodia

Projects Abroad has offices and local staff in every country that we operate in. We offer 24/7 support in each destination and are available to assist volunteers whenever necessary.

As with any placement, volunteering in an Asian destination comes with its own challenges. However, we are confident that with the right support, enthusiasm and work ethic, you will find your placement a rewarding and worthwhile experience.

Read more about Projects Abroad Safety and Security.

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