The following is a list of free or low fee volunteer work programs in Asia. If you know of a volunteer program in Asia that is free or has a low fee, please share it in the comments and it will be added to the list.
Burma Volunteer Program – BVP is an organization that Works with other organizations in Thailand that are looking for volunteers. They try to place volunteers with the organization that can do a better use of their skills and knowledge.
Pepy Ride – Its full name is Promoting Education, emPowering Youth. They believe that education is the only way to sustainable change. Since it started working in 2005 it has helped over 3,500 kids. They require a 6 to 12 month commitment from volunteers.
The Cambodian Children’s House of Peace – This is an orphanage that takes care of around 30 kids between the ages of 7 and 18. They take volunteers all year long. They can accommodate you for a weekend and for several years.
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AHHA Education – NGO which provides holistic education to the underprivileged youths and kids in Cambodia. They teach English, IT and leadership skills through 60 province centers around the country.
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AIM abroad – This organization provides volunteering opportunities on different projects including teaching, taking care of orphans, providing medical services, and assisting women among others.
Covenant Children Development Centers – CCDC aims to rescue and educate children that have been sold for sex trafficking.
Covenant Children’s Homes – This is another Christian program dedicated to taking care of orphan children and sharing religious knowledge with them. They also provide short and long term volunteering opportunities as well as internships. All they ask for is that you speak English and have the will to work.
EduCARE – You can find this NGO in west India. They have several programs and projects that focus on education, empowerment, environmental conservation, microfinance and health. They have a volunteer-internship program. The duration can be anything between 8 weeks and 1 year.
Friends of IACC – This is a volunteer community project to fix, maintain and improve the “Integrated Animal Care Center, Auroville” so it can continue to care for stray dogs and other animals.
Heeals – Its name is taken after their main objectives: “Health Education Environment and Livelihood Society”. They have opportunities for volunteers, internships, gap year and even online volunteer. Heeals works with local and international volunteers/interns, and always welcomes support. They have opportunities if you have six months, a week or a few hours.
Indian Social Service Institute – ISSI is devoted to providing education for children, income generation for women, water and sanitation facilities in villages and small towns, community based rehabilitation for disabled and old-aged people and eco-farming and tree plantation programs for the community. They take 2 long-term and 4 short-term volunteers per year so applications should be received no less than one month ahead of the earliest requested day of arrival.
Mosaic Junction – This organization works with young adults suffering from autism, cancer, hearing and visual impairment, and other disabilities using art therapy. They accept volunteers to coordinate workshops, build partnerships, coordinate exhibitions and work on other projects.
Sadhana Forest – This is a great option for nature lovers. The organization is devoted to transform 70 acres of land through reforestation. They also teach about sustainable living to locals. They receive volunteers any time of the year. The requirements are volunteers should not smoke cigarettes, use drugs, or drink alcohol, inside or outside of Sadhana Forest, during their entire stay.
Sambhali Trust – Sambhali Trust provides underprivileged Rajasthani women and girls with educational, vocational, and social skills to help them to become confident and financially independent. They offer volunteering opportunities for 1 month or more. People interested in volunteering for Sambhali Trust shall be committed and dedicated to this work and take it seriously.
SANKALP Volunteer – It is an organization working with overall development of several communities in the most isolated areas of India. Volunteers can work in teaching English, street children education, orphanage volunteer work, child care program, women empowerment, sports and health internships.
Sarah’s Covenant Homes – The vision of Sarah’s Covenant Homes is to provide children the next best thing to a traditional home. They appreciate people that can help them with fundraising and working with children.
Servants of the King Development Aid and Welfare Society – This organization was founded to help advance peace, racial reconciliation, and mutual international understanding between people of diverse cultures through volunteer service on long-term community development programs. Volunteers will teach/train small groups of children or adults for 4 hours per day and also help as needed with administrative and marketing work.
Students’ Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh (SECMOL) – SECMOL is a group of young Lasakhis that are working to reform the educational system of their community. They usually have one or two volunteers through the winter, and about 6 to 8 in summer.
Sunrise Academy – Benha – Sikkim – This is a non-profit community based school that was created to give children of the area an opportunity to study. Last year they provided education to 1300 kids. They only ask for $5 a week to help the family that will take you in their home. You have to speak English and enjoy interacting with kids.
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Alliance – They work to raise educational enhance the lives of locals. The Learning Centre provides villagers with the opportunity to learn computer skills, dress making and other income generating activities while acting as an information resource centre.
Annapurna Community Development Forum (FEE) – ACDF provides volunteering opportunities in teaching, health environment and cultural Exchange.
EHN Nepal – This is another organization that works with orphans by providing protection and education. Volunteers will be involved in these two activities as they get immersed in the local culture.
FACE (FEE) – FACE wants to achieve social, environmental, and health development in Nepal. As volunteers, you can get involved in any of the specialized tasks, or you can personalize your task according to your skills.
Hands for Help – They offer many different volunteering and internship projects in different places of Nepal. They also facilitate tours to places as amazing as Everest.
The Love Company Orphanage (FEE) – They work to create social conscience and to encourage people to volunteer. They take care of around 14 children currently that come from varied backgrounds. The idea is to provide them with love, care, education and health.
Third Eye Foundation – TEV offers a variety of programs for volunteers, a few of them include: working at an orphanage, at a monastery, teaching and taking care of kids. Third Eye Volunteers Nepal provides programs from two weeks to ten months.
Green Earth – This is a 100 hectare farm, a reforestation site, and a place for agricultural development. Volunteers are essential to them and they accept any nature lover or person with knowledge in agriculture.
Slukate Learning Centre – SLC has a school that provides free after school education to children in the Gianyar village. Volunteers can be involved in activities such as Teaching English, Teaching Computers, Organic Farming or Recycling Program.
Foundation of Goodness – This is another organization that seeks to empower disadvantaged communities by providing basic services as well as tools and skills to achieve sustainable development.
Tea Leaf Trust – The Tea Leaf Trust is committed to providing educational resources for the tea-pluckers and the poor farmland communities that border the tea plantations.
Volunteer Sri Lanka Project – They offer tailor made volunteering opportunities as long as you want to help them in their work with women, elder and children. If you are between de ages of 17 and 70 and are in good health they are looking for you.
Baan Unrak – Its name is translated to “House of Joy”. It is a children’s home and community development center. Currently they are taking care of 130 kids. They also try to be as sustainable as it is ´possible to them.
Camillian Social Centre – Chang Rai – CSCC is a catholic organization that works to provide quality education, clothes and shelter. Even being religious they believe in maintaining the cultures and religions of their students and communities they work with alive.
Liter of Light – This project began on 2011 they use empty water bottles to provide light without using electricity. They are called solar bulbs; this saves millions in electricity bills and provides illumination for communities that don’t have electricity service.
Minmahaw Education Foundation – They work to provide education to the country’s ethnic minorities, border migrant community and youth from political backgrounds. As you can imagine they need volunteers to help them with teaching for at least 6 months.
Thai Animal Sanctuary – They take care of animals and try to raise awareness about animal welfare. Volunteers at the sanctuary will be involved in nursing animals, care giving, to accompany animals to their new homes, among others.
Volunteer Work Thailand – This organization has a list of volunteering organizations that offer opportunities for a wide range of needs and wants.
Vina Volunteer Service – VVS offers volunteering opportunities and internships in Vietnam. They have programs in community development, organic farm, work camps, among others.
Humanitarian Affairs Asia – This is a London based NGO working towards encouraging and nurturing next generation leaders. Volunteer tasks include working as photographers, journalists and cameramen.
Educasia – They provide low-cost, context-appropriate teaching resources and assistance to adult education programs throughout Asia.
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