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Voluntourism: Asia

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There are numerous opportunities to volunteer while traveling across Asia and India. From orangutan rehab in Indonesia to an orphanage for children in Thailand, it's easy to travel for good while exploring this vast landmass. Check out this list for a starting point when it comes to voluntourism choices in Asia.
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South East Asia
This riverside orangutan rehabilitation camp is usually reachable only by boat. For times when the Sekonyer Kanan River runs dry, volunteers are building a 2.5-mile boardwalk to the camp. Workers are often approached by two curious orangutans, a...
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74/1, Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Road, Sharif Lane, Ripon Street, Taltala, Maula Ali, Taltala, Kolkata, West Bengal 700016, India
In 1950, Mother Teresa founded the order of the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata, India, which is dedicated to serving the city’s poorest citizens. A Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Mother Teresa died in 1997, but her order has continued her work....
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Pa Yup Nai, Wang Chan District, Rayong, Thailand
Hands Up Holidays specializes in combining work and play. Its nine-day Taste of Thailand in Style trip begins with an overnight cruise from Bankok to Authaya, with tours of both cities. Three days are spent volunteering at an orphanage in Phang...
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Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Last fall many villages in Siem Reap suffered damage from severe floods. Hôtel de la Paix, a boutique property in the city, supports community projects such as the Life and Hope Association (LHA), a nonprofit run by the monks of Wat Damnak, and...
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209/2 Sridom, ซอย ร่วมชัย อำเภอ แม่แตง เชียงใหม่ 50100, Thailand
Learn about the history of elephants in Thailand, feed the elephants by hand, learn commands for controlling an elephant, ride bareback through the countryside, and finally spend some time in a small pond bathing your elephant. Baan Chang Elephant...
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Siberian Federal District, Russia
In Land Rovers and on foot, climb Central Asia’s mountains in pursuit of snow leopards. Volunteers search for the elusive green-eyed cats by tracking their footprints, scat, and prey: the argali (mountain sheep) and the Altai ibex. The expeditions...
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Southern Asia
The Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society operates an incredible program to mitigate human-elephant conflicts in Sri Lanka. As a result of conflicts annually 80 people are killed by elephants and over 200 elephants are killed in retaliation by...
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Siem Reap Province, Cambodia
We traveled with non-profit Globe Aware on a volunteer vacation in Cambodia. A highlight of the trip was a 2-day project building wheelchairs for local disabled people. My 9 year old son even got in on the action, helping to build 2 chairs of his...
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Pa Yup Nai, Wang Chan District, Rayong, Thailand
Accompany elephants as they make their way to a “retirement” park in Northern Thailand after careers in trekking camps. The project is an attempt both to give the elephants a more pleasant, natural life andto rebuild the bonds between the animals...