Before going into the details of the volunteering opportunities for Australians in Asia, let’s take a quick look at the fact that has led us here! Well, to keep it short, if you take a look at the list of countries from where people travel the most (locally and internationally), you’ll find that the Aussies have a place among the top 10. Nothing surprising on that note, right?
It’s true that Australians are known for their wanderlust and never-ending desire to explore near and far. It’s not just about luxury holidays or beachside retreats, but they are also known to be responsible travelers and keen on experimenting different things while on a vacay. It is one of the main reasons as to why the preference for an Australian traveler has now shifted to a more responsible approach; they choose volunteer travel as a part of their expedition.
Over the last decade, Volunteering Solutions has hosted thousands of Aussies and we’ve closely observed that they are more interested to explore & volunteer in the Asian nations.
There are several reasons for them to choose Asia, of which some are mentioned below:
Keeping these factors into consideration, here are some of the best volunteering opportunities for Australians in Asia in 2020:
Bali is one of the most preferred destinations in Southeast Asia, and Aussies love to spend time in this picturesque Indonesian island. Being a part of this Conservation Program, you’ll get the opportunity to dive deep and get closer to the world underwater. It’ll be a meaningful opportunity for those who are keen on protecting marine life and contribute to the sustainability of the coral reefs. Volunteering Solutions, in association with The Indonesian Nature Foundation, is trying to build artificial reef structures such as fish domes, etc. and you can play a major role in this, by helping with constructing artificial reef structures, marine conservation education and helping to organize beach and reef cleaning sessions.
If you are from Australia and planning for a family vacation in Asia, then what can be better than volunteering in Borneo? The third-largest island in the world and the largest in Asia, Borneo has rich biodiversity and houses some of the unique species of plants & animals. Being a part of this adventurous journey, you and your family will get to explore the picturesque destination of Sabah in Borneo, walk through the rainforests, savor the tastes of delicious Malaysian cuisine, and work for the conservation of the natural habitat of animals like gibbons, orangutans, proboscis monkeys, sun bears, hornbills and the pygmy elephants. It’ll also be a learning experience for your children, who will definitely learn how to value nature and grow up to be responsible travelers.
If you are one of those who just love to be around kids, then you must definitely choose to be a part of the Childcare Program in Vietnam. The placement is provided at orphanage centers for disabled children and other childcare centers in Ho Chi Minh City. Each of these centers gave around 75-100 children and there’s ample scope for each volunteer to help out. All you have to do is, shower these little ones with your love and care, play with them, teach them some basic English & Maths lessons, and help them dream of a better future.
Volunteering in Vietnam can be a tranquil experience as the generic lifestyle in this country is pretty laid back and subtle. You’ll also get enough time during the weekends to head out and explore the breathtaking Ha Long Bay, which is also marked as a UNESCO Heritage Site.
The Philippines, as we mentioned earlier, is one of the most favored destinations amongst the Aussies! And if you are eager to contribute meaningfully towards the development of the health and living conditions of the underprivileged ones, then you can be a part of this program which aims to rectify and improve the malnourished condition of infants, especially, those born in lower-income communities in and around the city of Tacloban.
This project is more on the lines of public awareness and includes a feeding program for malnourished children as well. Volunteers have to organize seminars and workshops for the local and rural communities and enlighten them about the benefits of a balanced diet and maintaining nutritional plans. During your free time, you can head out to explore Tacloban City and other places in Leyte.
The name only might have got you excited! Ah, well, this is one of the most popular programs and we call it a ‘voluntour’ because it comprises the best experiences of volunteering & traveling! If you are craving for a beachside holiday in Thailand, yet feel like spending a couple of days with the Gentle Giants, volunteering for their well being, then this, definitely, is the program for you!
In just 2 weeks, travel to the picturesque town of Chiang Mai, located in Northern Thailand and volunteer with the elephants, taking care of them. Spend time with the mahout community folks and know-how they have devoted their lives for the wellbeing of the elephants. Later, travel to relax and rejuvenate by the beaches in Koh Samui before heading off to Koh Phangan island! Well, the party will continue thereafter!
These are just a few of the popular programs that we thought of suggesting to you, but there are more than 30 amazing volunteering programs available across different countries in Asia for you to choose from! In case you are confused about choosing the perfect destination, then you can take this Quiz and know where you must go!
We hope that you’ll have a truly incredible volunteering experience in Asia with Volunteering Solutions!
Riyanka is a traveler who is keen on exploring different parts of the world. She’s a travel blogger who’s equally passionate about photography. Her quest is to turn all her journeys into beautiful stories. Being a die-hard ‘mountain-aholic‘, her favorite destinations are all around the Himalayas! She can spend days gazing at the snow-capped mountains, binge on Maggi and lemon-honey-ginger tea, and reading Ruskin Bond books.
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