Gap year travel to Asia will immediately bring to mind images of sun-kissed beaches of Thailand, but opportunities to explore the rest of Asia should not be overlooked. The types of volunteer projects you can enroll on, as well as the different countries you can experience are diverse and varied. On this page you will find options to teach basketball in Mongolia, English in China, or gain dentistry experience in India. Our Asia gap year choices are very affordable - discover more below.
Explore and protect the Malaysian Rainforest
Gap Year Provider: Raleigh International, Borneo
Join a Raleigh expedition to Borneo and spend 5, 7 or 10 weeks living deep in the Malaysian Rainforest. You and your team of global volunteers will be working to protect it for future generations. You'll also volunteer in a rural community and trek across stunning landscapes.
25 day Adventure Hong Kong to China
Gap Year Provider: TRU Experience Travel, Asia
This jam-packed tour takes you camping on the Great Wall, bamboo rafting in Yangshuo, and hiking on Hong Kong’s famed Victoria peak. Visit the adorable pandas in Chengdu, see the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an, and learn some awesome kungfu moves.
Teach English around the world
If you want to volunteer to teach English then we could send you to Costa Rica, Bali, Peru or Kenya! We have access to lots of programmes where the work you do will make a real difference to the children you teach. Find out more here....
Experience the real Nepal
Rebuild Nepal with Raleigh International. Spend 7 or 10 weeks working on a community project in rural Nepal. You will get the chance to help rebuild homes in villages affected by the 2015 earthquakes and trek in the foothills of the Himalayas.
Wildlife Conservation in Malaysia - turtles, tigers, scuba diving
We manage several conservation and community projects in Malaysia. Join us in the Perhentian Islands on our coral and diving research project or our turtle project. We have 2 tiger and rainforest conservation projects one in Merapoh and the other at Royal Belum State Park. Contact us now.
Conservation Gap Year
Australia, Costa Rica, Galapagos, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Namibia, S.Africa, Malaysia, Borneo, Romania, Ecuador
Make a genuine difference with Oyster's many links to charities and organisations from around the world. Volunteer with exotic wildlife and help with environmental conservation by choosing from a variety of beautiful and exotic locations. Volunteer from as little as one week to up to 12 months.
Gap year TEFL training, certification and school placement
SEE offers a 4-week TEFL certification onsite training program with teaching practices at local schools or a paid TEFL teaching internship for 4-5 months in a Thai provincial town school. The 4-week training course offers a job guarantee and the internship offers a guaranteed placement.
Culture & Community
Projects Abroad offers the unique experience to immerse yourself in the local culture through our Culture & Community Projects. Whether you are on our Nomad Project in Mongolia or participating on our Khmer Project, you will become an important part of a local community overseas.
Trusted and Affordable Farming Volunteer Programs
Africa, Asia, South & Latin America
Are you willing to get your hands dirty to help make a difference in communities in need? International Volunteer HQ offers a range of outdoor work and agriculture volunteer programs in developing countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Trusted and Affordable Medical Volunteer Programs
Africa, Asia, South & Latin America
Looking to gain invaluable experience for your medical career and assist communities in real need? International Volunteer HQ offers affordable volunteer programs for pre-medical and medical students in developing countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America
Sports Coaching Volunteer and Internships
Are you passionate about sport and passing on valuable skills to children? Grab this opportunity to take part in a project aimed at developing children’s sports skills while encouraging their emotional, social, physical and academic growth.
Teach English Abroad
A Projects Abroad teaching placement is ideal for anyone who would like to make a positive contribution across the developing world. Your role will include working with local schools, NGOs or universities, where you will find yourself taking classes or teachers with lessons.
Conservation Projects Abroad
Volunteer on a Conservation & Environment placement with Projects Abroad and help to conserve some of the world’s most beautiful and fragile ecosystems. You may find yourself diving on our Shark Conservation project in Fiji, working in the heart of the Amazon rainforest or working with sea turtles
Gap Year Snow Jobs
Looking for the ultimate winter Gap Year? Want to get paid to ski (or snowboard) AND get a qualification? EA Ski & Snowboard provide full training and a guarantee instructor job... Whats the catch? You just need to be a motivated, personable and reliable team player with a passion for sno
Borneo Orangutan Protection
Join us on a 6 week extreme jungle adventure to help protect the endangered Orangutan in one of the oldest and most beautiful rainforests in the world. Working with the New Orangutan Rehabilitation Project, we head deep into the jungle to help construct rope bridges, hides and viewing structures. Lo
Culture and Volunteer experiences in Asia, Africa and South America
Begin with an orientation to the country you have chosen, it is great way to embrace your new environment and become familiar with the new culture. After this fun packed orientation you will be able to begin on your volunteer project, from Teaching, Conservation, Construction or Healthcare.
4-week onsite TEFL certification training with guaranteed job
SEE's Ministry of Education licensed 4-week onsite TEFL certification program with 6 observed teaching practices in local schools allows new teachers to step into the EFL classroom in any country with an EFL teaching industry and teach effectively and confidently.
Construction and Renovation Volunteer in Africa, Asia & Australasia
If you’re looking for a chance to get your hands dirty volunteering to help underprivileged communities with construction projects, look no further! Aiming to improve the quality of life for under-privileged citizens,the construction work improves the local living conditions.
Wildlife Rescue Centre in Java Indonesia - Orangutans, Gibbons and sun bears
Join as a volunteer at our wildlife rescue centre in Yogyakarta in the centre of Java. The centre has over 200 animals and is actively rehabilitating 80 of them. In February 2017 we released 20 animals including 8 pea fowl and snakes. You can also help with our school clubs & community programm
Volunteering / Internships with Animals
Take part in an incredible opportunity to spend time volunteering with majestic animals during your gap year! Set in spectacular locations around the world the projects will bring you close to the animals as you take part in their daily routines.
Australia, Canada, Thailand, China, Romania, New Zealand
Chose from instructing, hospitality and support roles in one of our Canadian ski resorts. Experience the Aussie Outback or the cosmopolitan city of Sydney or Auckland. We offer the chance to earn money teaching in China or Thailand.Travel, gain experience, get to know the locals and enhance your CV!
Nepal Community & Everest Trek
Join us on an amazing 5 week diverse adventure through the Himalayas, exploring some of the most breathtaking mountain scenery in the world. Combine rewarding community work with an incredible trek to the Everest Base Camp for your complete Himalayan adventure!
Summer Projects for 16-19 year olds
Our Short-term Special Projects for 16-19 year olds offer teenagers the chance to volunteer and make a difference during their summer holidays! Projects Abroad has a wide range of projects from our Care & Panda Project in China to Conservation Projects in Peru.
Learn a Language Abroad
Argentina, Bolivia, China, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Peru, Romania, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Togo, Vietnam
Why not learn new languages in a diverse community in the developing world? With help from our teachers you will improve your speaking, reading and writing skills through one-on-one tuition and group sessions. There will also be plenty of opportunity to practice your new skills with your host family
Superyacht Crew - Deckhand, Steward, Stewardess, Yacht Chef
Would you like to work as a deckhand, steward, stewardess or chef on a luxury superyacht?
Affordable Overseas Volunteer Programs From £150
Plan My Gap Year is an award-winning international volunteer placement organisation based in the UK. We provide the worlds most affordable, need-driven and supportive short-term volunteer programmes in Africa and Asia. Our programmes start from just two weeks in duration right up to six months.
Medical Volunteer and Internships
Many hospitals are understaffed and require assistance with basic treatments and more complex procedures if you have the credentials necessary. You have the opportunity to help people back to health.An incredible opportunity to gain medical experience as an Intern or Volunteer abroad.
Childcare Gap Year
Brazil, Chile, Canada, Romania, South Africa, Tanzania
Volunteering on childcare projects puts beaming smiles on the faces of vulnerable children. By simple interaction and play, be part of helping children learn English and supporting their carers who really appreciate your help. Oyster offer worthwhile projects in Africa, North and South America.
Teaching Jobs Abroad
The demand for English teachers around the world is astronomical, take China, where there are 350 million people learning the language at any given time. Combine gain valuable experience teaching and a qualification with our TEFL courses.
Volunteering on a Building Project with Projects Abroad will give you a great opportunity to help construct, repair and build houses or classrooms across the developing world. Whatever you are involved with you will have the opportunity to make a long term difference to the community.
Affordable Volunteer Abroad Programs from £120
Africa, Asia, South & Latin America
IVHQ provides safe, responsible, and extremely affordable volunteering placements in developing countries all over the world. Each year we place thousands of volunteers on our programs abroad, making us one of the world's most trusted volunteer organizations.
Adventure Road Trip and Community Development
Begin with an orientation to the country you have chosen, it is great way to embrace your new environment and become familiar with the new culture. You will visit some of the most beautiful landmarks in your chosen country, and also involved with some local communities along the way.
Teaching Jobs Abroad
South Africa, Tanzania, Nepal, Romania, Brazil, Chile, China, Thailand
The demand for English teachers around the world is astronomical, take China, where there are 350 million people learning the language at any given time. Combine teaching and TEFL courses or volunteer in sports or childcare projects to create a rewarding adventure and experience!
Sumatra & Bali Orangutan Conservation
Indonesia, Sumatra, Bali
From the jungles of Sumatra to the beaches of Bali, this 4 to 8 week program combines volunteering on our unique Orangutan protection project with an amazing South East Asia island adventure!
Volunteer in Conservation around the world
From Turtle Conservation in Bali and Sri Lanka to Eco-Agriculture Conservation in Costa Rica and Guatemala, International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ) provides a range of highly affordable and high quality Conservation volunteer programs around the world.
Medical Experience Abroad
By volunteering on a Medicine & Healthcare Project you will have the opportunity to experience the challenges faced by medical institutions across the developing world. You will have the chance to gain work experience whilst helping some of the poorest people in the world.
Paid TEFL Teaching Internship in Thailand for 4-5 months (1 semester)
SEE's paid internship includes pre-arrival and 2 weeks of onsite training before placement in a provincial school for 1 semester. Training is conducted by SEE in Chiang Mai. There are two intakes each year. These coincide with the start of the Thai academic semesters in April and October.
Looking for something else? We have plenty more gap year ideas to inspire you.
Popular Asian Destinations:
India, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia
Quick Asia Facts:
Population - 4 billion
Languages - too many to count!
You will need a visa to visit Asia. In some countries the process will take some time!
Encompassing the near and Middle East, the far East, China, India, and more islands than you can shake a stick at, the Asian continent is a very diverse place indeed. On most of the other continents you will find English speaking countries, but Asia is where the language can become quite a challenging. Though you could always use that to your advantage by spending some time teaching English in primary and secondary schools.
European explorers have been fascinated by Asia for centuries. The cultures and way of life are so completely different to what we are used to, and there is so much to see and many places to explore. Perhaps the most famous gap year in Asia was taken by medieval merchant Marco Polo. He had so much fun that he stayed there for 24 years!
There is so much to see and do on your year out in Asia, it's difficult to know where to start. Do you go for the dramatic mountains of Nepal, the thriving bustling cities of Japan and China, or the tropical paradise of Thailand? There really is something for everyone, the only thing you have to do is decide what you want to get out of your gap year.
Asia is home to some of the most beautiful tropical beaches and rain forests in the world, and a trip to Thailand, Sri Lanka or Borneo is a must. Borneo is home to the worlds oldest rainforest and some of the rarest species on the planet, so both wildlife and community conservation work is very important to help protect the natural environment. You could help by joining an amazing Orang-utan conversation project or by assisting community development projects by building new facilities such as schools or community centres.
India has one of the fastest growing economies in the world but despite this more than 250 million people live below the poverty line so volunteers are always needed to help those that aren't seeing the benefits of this rapid growth. Most of the gap year providers in this section offer a variety of programmes in India because it really is an incredible and diverse country to visit. No matter what you end up doing, you can't help but get caught up in the sights, sounds and spices of India.
Gap Years in India
Although the path throughout Asia has been well trodden by travellers for decades, China is a relatively new part of Asia for the gap year adventurer. There really is the opportunity to create your own adventure and immerse yourself in a culture that is completely different to our own so let your imagination run wild and start dreaming of your own adventure.
Gap Years in China