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GAP YEAR IN ASIA

purple square 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.

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25 day Adventure Hong Kong to China

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.

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5-month Paid TEFL Internships in Asia

5-month Paid TEFL Internships in Asia

Gap Year Provider: i-to-i TEFL, China, Thailand, Vietnam
Here at i-to-i TEFLm we’ve joined forces with reputable education organisations in China, Vietnam and Thailand to provide you with a fully-supported paid teaching experience, combined with a high quality tailored TEFL course.



Paid Work

Paid Work

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!



Superyacht Crew - Deckhand, Steward, Stewardess, Yacht Chef

Superyacht Crew - Deckhand, Steward, Stewardess, Yacht Chef

Phuket
Would you like to work as a deckhand, steward, stewardess or chef on a luxury superyacht?



Voluntary Sports Teaching & Coaching Projects Worldwide

Voluntary Sports Teaching & Coaching Projects Worldwide

Worldwide
Make a real difference in one of our outstanding, exciting sports teaching or coaching projects Worldwide - From Polo in Argentina to Football in Brazil to a Sports Internship in Australia, with over 20 projects in 9 countries Travellers Worldwide will have the ideal sports project for you.



TEFL Paid Teaching Program

TEFL Paid Teaching Program

SPECIAL OFFER!

China
Make a Difference - While Being Paid a Full Salary! Teach in China to eager students and enjoy a rewarding job where you will be valued...




Work Experience & Internships Overseas

Work Experience & Internships Overseas

Placements available Worldwide
Get an outstanding point of difference entry on your CV or gain valuable work experience with a placement or internship overseas! With over 30 fields available - Travellers Worldwide has the choice & expertise to find you the right experience.



Teach English Abroad

Teach English Abroad

Worldwide
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.



Nepal Community & Everest Trek

Nepal Community & Everest Trek

Asia
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!



Sports Coaching Volunteer and Internships

Sports Coaching Volunteer and Internships

Worldwide
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.




Law & Human Rights

Law & Human Rights

Worldwide
Volunteering on a Law & Human Rights placement with Projects Abroad gives you the chance to make a real difference to the lives of people in the developing world.



Au Pair Jobs Abroad

Au Pair Jobs Abroad

Worldwide
Smaller Earth are the UK's leading overseas Au Pair company. We match thousands of participants to families across the globe in countries such as America, Spain, Italy, China and New Zealand. With placements lasting from 3 months to a year, we have the perfect international job waiting for you.



Gap Year Snow Jobs

Gap Year Snow Jobs

SPECIAL OFFER!


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



Swap It - Making all our options free.

Swap It - Making all our options free.

Cambodia, India, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Vietnam
The Oggy Oggy Team are dedicated to helping people volunteer around the world, explore new cultures and have great adventures! At some point we have all been out of work, students, stuck on low paying jobs etc. To help as much as possible Swap It offers you all of our options for free.




Adventure Road Trip and Community Development

Adventure Road Trip and Community Development

SPECIAL OFFER!

Worldwide
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.



Live with a Chinese host family and teach their children English - Wanderlust Au Pair China

Live with a Chinese host family and teach their children English - Wanderlust Au Pair China

China
By offering 30-35 hours of live-in childcare and English teaching per week, you have an opportunity to explore Chinese culture through weekly Mandarin classes, culture immersion activities held by Wanderlust and your day-to-day colorful life with your host family.



Learn a Language Abroad

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



Paid TEFL Positions Abroad

Paid TEFL Positions Abroad


A TEFL course (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) is the golden ticket for budding teachers with a desire to see the world. Smaller Earth offer TEFL courses and paid positions in Prague, Vietnam and China. Check out our individual programs or contact us to discuss the right course for you.




Volunteering / Internships with Animals

Volunteering / Internships with Animals

SPECIAL OFFER!

worldwide
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.



Paid Teaching Experience in Thailand

Paid Teaching Experience in Thailand

Thailand
Enjoy the amazing cultural experience of living and teaching in Thailand whilst we support you every step of the way



Conservation Projects Abroad

Conservation Projects Abroad

Worldwide
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



English Teacher

English Teacher

China
An amazing opportunity to travel to China and learn about their culture whilst working as an English Teacher.




Explore and protect the Malaysian Rainforest

Explore and protect the Malaysian Rainforest

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.



Volunteer Teaching

Volunteer Teaching

SPECIAL OFFER!

Worldwide
A wonderfully rewarding way to gain voluntary teaching and renovation experience during your gap year! Spending time working on a project that aims to improve the education and living conditions of children around the world.



Orphanages, Child Care, Special Needs, Vulnerable children protection

Orphanages, Child Care, Special Needs, Vulnerable children protection

SPECIAL OFFER!

Cambodia, India, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Vietnam
The Oggy Oggy Team Child Car programs support a range of children and their needs. These children could have been abandoned, have learning difficulties or suffered abuse. Working with local teams you can learn new child care and social care skills, use your life experience in real life situations.



Paid Teaching Experience in China

Paid Teaching Experience in China

China
With this paid teaching experience in China (known as the i-to-i China Internship), you’ll enjoy the amazing cultural experience of living and teaching in China whilst we’ll support you every step of the way.




Accredited Online & Classroom TEFL Courses

Accredited Online & Classroom TEFL Courses

Worldwide
With leading online and classroom courses available across the UK, rest assured that our accredited TEFL courses will give you all the skills, knowledge and TEFL certification you'll need to find well-paid TEFL jobs with 1,000s of language schools across the world - perfect for a Gap Year!



Paid Teaching Experience in Vietnam

Paid Teaching Experience in Vietnam

Vietnam
Enjoy the amazing cultural experience of living and teaching in Vietnam. From your TEFL training with i-to-i to your arrival and placement in Vietnam, you will have all the support you need to make the most of your time in this fabulous country!



Teaching Jobs Abroad

Teaching Jobs Abroad

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 gain valuable experience teaching and a qualification with our TEFL courses.



Construction and Renovation Volunteer in Africa, Asia & Australasia

Construction and Renovation Volunteer in Africa, Asia & Australasia

Worldwide
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.




Medical Experience Abroad

Medical Experience Abroad

Worldwide
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.



Conservation Gap Year

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.



Childcare Gap Year

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.



Trusted and Affordable Farming Volunteer Programs

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.




Borneo Orangutan Protection

Borneo Orangutan Protection

Borneo
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



Voluntary Care Projects Worldwide

Voluntary Care Projects Worldwide

Worldwide
Make a real difference in one of our outstanding, worthwhile care projects Worldwide - From a Kindergarten in Bali to a Crèche in Brazil to caring for Orphans in Brazil. With over 30 placements in 13 countries Travellers Worldwide will have the ideal opportunity for you!



Building Projects

Building Projects

Worldwide
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.



Trusted and Affordable Medical Volunteer Programs

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




Culture and Volunteer experiences in Asia, Africa and South America

Culture and Volunteer experiences in Asia, Africa and South America

Worldwide
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.



Paid Work Abroad

Paid Work Abroad

Worldwide
Work abroad and enhance your future career by taking up a paid job in America, New Zealand, Australia, China, Spain, Prague or Italy. Fund your travels and enhance your CV in the worlds top locations.



Care with Projects Abroad

Care with Projects Abroad

Worldwide
Projects Abroad offers the chance to care for underprivileged children in orphanages, day care centres, special-needs centres and kindergartens. As a volunteer you will enhance the growth, development and well-being of the children.



Wildlife Conservation in Malaysia - turtles, tigers, scuba diving

Wildlife Conservation in Malaysia - turtles, tigers, scuba diving

Malaysia
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.




Volunteer in Childcare around the world

Volunteer in Childcare around the world


We try to make our volunteer programmes affordable to nearly everyone while keeping the high level of quality people expect from us. IVHQ are the worlds leading volunteer organisation, to find out more get in touch.



Experience the real Nepal

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 Rescue Centre in Java Indonesia - Orangutans, Gibbons and sun bears

Wildlife Rescue Centre in Java Indonesia - Orangutans, Gibbons and sun bears

Indonesia
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



Guarantee a TEFL Job with an i-to-i TEFL Course

Guarantee a TEFL Job with an i-to-i TEFL Course

Worldwide
If you want to get abroad, travel and teach English, why not take a TEFL (Teach English as a Foreign Language) course with i-to-i TEFL. Our accredited TEFL courses will give you all the skills, knowledge and TEFL certification you'll need to find well-paid TEFL jobs with 1,000s of language schoo




Volunteer in Conservation around the world

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.



Summer Projects for 16-19 year olds

Summer Projects for 16-19 year olds

Worldwide
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.



Affordable Volunteer Abroad Programs from £120

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.



Volunteering Teaching Projects Worldwide (English, Music & many other subjects)

Volunteering Teaching Projects Worldwide (English, Music & many other subjects)

Worldwide Destinations
Make a fulfilling difference in one of our outstanding teaching projects Worldwide. Whether it's Teaching Refugee Children in Perth, Australia - Extremely poor children on a township in South Africa or Primary Children in India we are sure to find your ideal Teaching placement.




Medical Volunteer and Internships

Medical Volunteer and Internships

Worldwide
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.



Voluntary Conservation Projects Worldwide

Voluntary Conservation Projects Worldwide

Worldwide
Make a real difference in one of our outstanding, exciting conservation projects Worldwide - From rehabilitating the gorgeous Orang-utans in Borneo, to remote Rainforest Research to Swimming with endangered Great White Sharks in South Africa - We have over 50 projects to choose from!



Teaching Jobs Abroad

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!



Teach English around the world

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....




Culture & Community

Culture & Community

Worldwide
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.



Wildlife Conservation, Animal Rescue, Environmental protection

Wildlife Conservation, Animal Rescue, Environmental protection

SPECIAL OFFER!

Cambodia, India, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Vietnam
The Oggy Oggy Team only supports Wildlife programs, Animal rescue and Environmental programs that we have been to. We know how important their work is. All of our programs are set up with long terms goals and are designed to provide on the job training to our volunteers. We are here for you.



More gap year ideas

Looking for something else? We have plenty more gap year ideas to inspire you.





asia map

Popular Asian Destinations:
India, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia

Quick Asia Facts:
Population - 4 billion
Languages - too many to count!

Visa Information:
You will need a visa to visit Asia. In some countries the process will take some time!

Getting the most from China, Japan, and India

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

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

China

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