Volunteer in Asia

Volunteering in Asia is the perfect way to travel and to gain life-changing experiences, whilst working towards the long-term conservation of Asia’s wildlife. If you are charmed by colourful diverse cultures, exquisite wildlife and alluring destinations, then this is for you.

Asia is home to some of the world’s most majestic animals and marine life, from the Asian elephant to the giant panda, with volunteers travelling far and wide for the chance to get up close with them. With lush rainforests, vibrant landscapes and iconic wildlife, it’s no wonder why people are so drawn to the beauty of Asia. However, the destruction of rainforests, animal exploitation and illegal wildlife trade are all contributing factors to the decrease in animal population in Asia.  

As a volunteer, you can help to put an end to this by joining a conservation project to aid in the protection of these extraordinary animals and to work towards securing a safer future for them. With these projects in place, you will work alongside other wildlife volunteers and assist in saving endangered species together. You will meet friendly people who share a passion for wildlife with the desire to help others. Whether you are looking to volunteer for 2 weeks or 3 months, there is something for everyone.  

So, if you are thinking of volunteering for the first time or you’re a regular participant to the projects, join to support the animals of Asia today.

Who Volunteers

Wildlife opportunities in Asia have become increasingly popular over the years with people from all walks of life looking to join projects in the hope of making a difference. 

From first time to seasoned travellers and even groups or families, no matter which category you fall into, our award-winning wildlife volunteer projects cater to everyone. 

Agreeably, the one similarity that everyone who volunteers in Asia has in common is that they share the same interest and passion for animal welfare as they look to ensure a future for all of Asia’s endemic species.

Why Volunteer

With an impressive array of wild animals, marine life, and diverse cultures, it’s easy to see why Asia is one of the most popular travel destinations for those looking to volunteer. Well-known for its rich heritage and cultural history, Asia hosts some the world’s most famous landmarks, from the Great Wall of China to the Taj Mahal. 

Aside from its flourishing culture, the biggest draw for anyone looking to volunteer in Asia is the incredible wildlife that you cannot see anywhere else in the world. From the orangutans of Indonesia and Malaysia to the Bengal tiger, Asia really does have it all. 

Sadly, these extraordinary animals are all in danger and at risk of becoming extinct due to many factors such as deforestation and the illegal wildlife trade, which is why we need your help to support animal conservation across Asia today. 

Things To Avoid

When travelling to Asia, you will need to be wary of anyone exploiting wild animals including elephants for entertainment value. 

There is a process called ‘Phajaan’ – translated ‘The Crush’ – whereby people brutally torture young elephants to break their will and make them fearful of their trainers so that they can be used in the tourism trade.

To be sure you are not encouraging animal exploitation, we recommend you do not ride the elephants or visit any street-performances or attractions that involve animal manipulation. 

Another way you can help is to identify these issues by the noticeable and physical scarring on the animals. Ultimately, it’s up to us to ensure this doesn’t continue, so join us in making a stand against animal cruelty. 

Our Volunteer Projects in Asia
Where you can go
Contact Info
UK Office
The Great Traveller Ltd,
3 Dairy Yard
Star Street
Ware, Hertfordshire
SG12 9BX
United Kingdom
Opening hours: 9am–5pm

T: +44(0) 208 885 4987

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