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Volunteer in Asia

"I had the most amazing week at the Elephant Volunteer project! Amazing animals, amazing people and just an amazing place. I had so much fun and felt like I was actually doing something to help, as well as seeing the amazing care that the animals receive. Thank you!"

Chloe Studd, UK

Asia is a continent that seems to bring artwork to life by displaying some of the most beautiful natural landscapes, quaint countryside villages and bustling, frantic cityscapes.  The ancient civilisations that are the underbelly of so much of the cultural life across the continent tell tales of incredible myths and age-old wonders that one can still find in the old architecture and antique streets throughout various countries.  These old-world scenes are nestled into dramatic scenery that ranges from stretching coastlines, to dense forests and from snow-capped mountains to expanses of desert.  Asia is most definitely a continent with more than a few charms to offer travellers, and with such fragrant and delicious cuisine across nations, it’s a continent you’ll never want to stop exploring.

Volunteer in Asia and take part in medical volunteering and traditional farming in Nepal, volunteering with sea turtle and coral gardening programmes in the Maldives. We also have elephant volunteer projects in Thailand, Cambodia and Sri Lanka, a bear sanctuary project in Cambodia, and wildlife rescue volunteer project in Indonesia that you can join.

Our Projects in Asia

  • Coral Reef Conservation & Diving Project, Thailand

    • Duration 2 - 12 Weeks
    • Prices from £995

    Join a marine and coral reef conservation project on Koh Phangan island in Thailand’s Samui archipelago. A great opportunity for students looking to gain diving and scientific research experience in a stunning tropical setting and kickstart a career in marine conservation.

  • Maldives Island Volunteer Project

    • Duration 2-12 Weeks
    • Prices from £1095

    Volunteer in the Maldives and join various environmental, medical, community and marine conservation projects within the tropical island of Naifaru, the capital of the Lhaviyani Atoll.

  • Elephant Conservation Volunteer Project, Sri Lanka

    • Duration 1+ Weeks
    • Prices from £796

    Assist with the conservation of wild elephant populations and carnivore research in a vast national park located in the heart of Sri Lanka. Support the efforts to mitigate human-wildlife conflict in the region for the protection of wildlife and livelihoods of local farmers.

  • Elephant Volunteer Project, Thailand

    • Duration 1-4 Weeks
    • Prices from £495

    Volunteer at an ethical elephant Sanctuary and home for old elephants in Mae Chaem, situated in the countryside of Northern Thailand near Chiang Mai.

  • Wildlife Rescue Volunteer Project, Indonesia

    • Duration 2-12 Weeks
    • Prices from £710

    The Wildlife Rescue Centre on the island Sulawesi in Indonesia looks after rescued wildlife, where volunteers assist with practical tasks to help the local staff in their efforts to rehabilitate the animals.

  • Bear Sanctuary Volunteer Project, Cambodia

    • Duration 1-8 Weeks
    • Prices from £605

    Volunteer in Cambodia at a bear sanctuary inside a large wildlife rescue centre near Phnom Penh to help provide a new and better home for rescued bears.

  • Elephant Sanctuary Volunteer Project, Cambodia

    • Duration 1-8 Weeks
    • Prices from £675

    Volunteer with elephants at an Elephant Sanctuary in the forests of Mondulkiri, located in the remote Eastern Cambodia. The elephants are retired from their previous hard-working lives in the trekking and tourism industry, and now roaming free in their natural habitat.

  • Elephant & Bear Volunteer Project, India

    • Duration 1+ Weeks
    • Prices from £600

    Volunteer to help conserve rescued elephants and bears at an ethical wildlife rescue and conservation centre in India. Contribute to animal welfare and learn about the issues surrounding wildlife protection in India.

  • Orangutan Conservation Volunteer Project, Indonesia

    • Duration 2-4 Weeks
    • Prices from £1102

    Join the Borneo Orangutan Conservation project in Indonesia as a volunteer, and assist a project in the forefront of wildlife conservation efforts in this region. Work in a vast rainforest that is home to diverse wildlife, including the largest lowland orangutan population in the world, and contribute to their future protection.

     

  • Rural Community Volunteer Project, Nepal

    • Duration 2-16 Weeks
    • Prices from £540

    Volunteer on a range of community projects in Nepal, including healthcare and environmental farming projects.

  • Elephant Volunteer Project, Laos

    • Duration 2 Days - 1 week
    • Prices from £320

    Volunteer at an ethical sanctuary for Elephants in Laos. Experience these iconic species in a beautiful forest setting, where elephants are able to live freely, away from the mass tourist or logging industry in their undisturbed natural environment.

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Interesting Facts

Interesting Facts

  • Both the highest point on land, Mount Everest and the lowest point on land, the Dead Sea, are found in Asia.
  • Of the ten largest cities in the world (by population), seven of them are located in Asia.
  • The second oldest people in the world are the Japanese, coming second only to Monaco’s people.
  • “Asia” has always been thought of as being of Greek origin. In actual fact, there is no concrete evidence of where the name actually came from.
  • Only two places on the planet are home to wild orangutans – the island of Borneo and Sumatra –  both of these places are in Asia.
Wildlife in Asia

Wildlife in Asia

Volunteering in Asia enables you to experience a wide diversity of countries and eco-regions where the landscapes vary considerably.  Here you can find a collection of interesting and beautiful species some of which include: The Malayan Tapir, which is an endangered mammal, native to southern Thailand and Indonesia.  The Indian Rhinoceros, which has just one horn, found across India and Nepal.   The Asian Elephant which volunteers can take care of in our projects in Thailand, Cambodia and Sri Lanka.  The constantly adorable Giant Panda, native to south-central China and a member of the bear family, and last, but most certainly not least, the Bengal Tiger found mainly in India though also in smaller populations in places like Nepal, Bhutan, and Myanmar.  These are just a few of the beautiful creatures scattered across the continent that volunteers in Asia can discover and learn about.

Conservation Threats

Conservation Threats

Like in other parts of the world, Asia faces similar pressures of habitat destruction, climate change and pollution.  These factors considerably harm native animal populations in various countries and continue to concern environmentalists. Bushmeat hunting and the use of animals – and animal parts – in traditional medicine, ornament creation and the pet trade has resulted in enormous species loss, particularly in unprotected forested areas.  The demand for this trade continue to grow despite various efforts to curb it.  Many conservationists argue that if immediate and urgent measures aren’t taken to target some of these pressures, then the consequences for the future of Asian biodiversity will be severe.  By joining our volunteer programmes in Asia, you can play a big part to help protect wildlife by taking care of them within protected sanctuaries and rehabilitation centres.