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Volunteer in Asia with Plan My Gap Year – an award-winning, international volunteer abroad organisation with programs across the whole of Asia. PMGY provides safe and trusted programs overseas, with a wide range of volunteer projects in BaliCambodiaIndiaNepalSri LankaThailand & Vietnam.

PMGY Asia is located in various settings across the continent, including Cambodia’s quaint village of Bakod and the bustling capital of Vietnam, Hanoi. PMGY programs start on two dedicated start dates every month. Our projects in Asia run throughout the year and volunteers can participate in our programs from 1-24 weeks. Volunteers in Asia are provided with an extensive pre-departure support service, airport pick-up, orientation, meals, accommodation and local support.

BALI CHILDCARE VOLUNTEERS

Stay in the rice bowl of Bali in the traditional town of Tabanan and give that most precious commodity of all, your time, to children desperate to learn!

FROM 375 USD

2-16 WEEKS

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BALI ENGLISH TEACHING VOLUNTEERS

Teach English in this amazing location set amongst rice paddies and local culture. Invest your time in Bali’s children and ensure their future is bright!

FROM 375 USD

2-16 WEEKS

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BALI MEDICAL VOLUNTEERS

This first-hand experience in the Balinese healthcare system will be an eye opening introduction to the mix of traditional and western medical practices.

FROM 435 USD

2-4 WEEKS

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BALI WILDLIFE RESCUE VOLUNTEERS

Help rehabilitate and establish the well-being of over 100 different endangered animals whilst participating on the Bali wildlife program.

FROM 270 USD

1-16 WEEKS

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CAMBODIA CHILDCARE VOLUNTEERS

Get involved in a fantastic education initiative that makes an important contribution to the lives of children in the Takeo province.

FROM 390 USD

2-24 WEEKS

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CAMBODIA ENGLISH TEACHING VOLUNTEERS

Teach English at a community school providing disadvantaged children with the tools to gain meaningful employment and break the cycle of poverty.

FROM 390 USD

2-24 WEEKS

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INDIA CHILDCARE VOLUNTEERS

Volunteer at a childcare project in India and become truly engaged in the daily lives and development of these underprivileged children.

FROM 360 USD

2-24 WEEKS

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INDIA DISABLED CHILDREN VOLUNTEERS

This is a fantastic project for anyone interested in contributing to the lives of children with learning difficulties in a country packed with natural beauty.

FROM 360 USD

2-24 WEEKS

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INDIA ENGLISH TEACHING VOLUNTEERS

Use your creativity and enthusiasm to help children in primary and secondary schools in India reach their full potential by teaching them English.

FROM 360 USD

2-24 WEEKS

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INDIA MEDICAL VOLUNTEERS

Gain practical medical experience and insight on PMGY’s medical program in India, whilst bringing support to some of Delhi’s poorest people.

FROM 360 USD

2-24 WEEKS

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NEPAL CHILDCARE VOLUNTEERS

Contribute your time and affection in making a difference to the lives of neglected children in this visually arresting, off the beaten track destination.

FROM 375 USD

2-20 WEEKS

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NEPAL ENGLISH TEACHING TO MONKS VOLUNTEERS

Make a positive impact during your time in this gorgeous country. Teaching enables young people to have a much better future through education.

FROM 450 USD

2-20 WEEKS

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NEPAL ENGLISH TEACHING VOLUNTEERS

Make a positive impact during your time in this diverse country. Teaching English enables children to have a much better future through education.

FROM 375 USD

2-20 WEEKS

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SRI LANKA CHILDCARE VOLUNTEERS

On this uncrowded, exotic and developing island there are many vulnerable children in much need of volunteer's care and support.

FROM 270 USD

1-24 WEEKS

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SRI LANKA DOG RESCUE VOLUNTEERS

Get involved in making a real difference to the lives of street dogs in Sri Lanka. Help do your bit to ensure they have a bright future!

FROM 300 USD

1-24 WEEKS

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SRI LANKA ELEPHANT VOLUNTEERS

If you love elephants you will love this! Elephants in their natural habitat combined with meaningful research represent a perfect match!

FROM 705 USD

1-12 WEEKS

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SRI LANKA ENGLISH TEACHING VOLUNTEERS

Teach novice Buddhist monks or children displaced by the Tsunami. English is a valuable skill that will greatly enhance their future career prospects.

FROM 270 USD

1-24 WEEKS

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SRI LANKA FAMILY VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE

Do something different and amazing with your family and give back to a local Sri Lankan community whilst immersing yourselves in the culture and lifestyle.

FROM 675 USD

10 DAYS

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SRI LANKA MEDICAL VOLUNTEERS

Gain invaluable medical experience, an opportunity not to be missed in this gorgeous part of the world by those pursuing a career in medicine.

FROM 300 USD

1-12 WEEKS

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SRI LANKA MENTAL HEALTH & PSYCHOLOGY VOLUNTEERS

Using a combination of lectures, meditations, consultations and community projects, further your awareness of mental health in a new culture.

FROM 300 USD

1-12 WEEKS

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SRI LANKA RENOVATION & COMMUNITY WORK VOLUNTEERS

Get stuck into community life in Sri Lanka. Get your hands dirty helping with renovation and community work across local temples, schools and hospitals.

FROM 270 USD

1-24 WEEKS

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SRI LANKA TURTLE CONSERVATION VOLUNTEERS

Help protect and rehabilitate at-risk sea turtles whilst also taking part in community development projects. Experience a different side of Sri Lanka.

FROM 300 USD

1-24 WEEKS

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SRI LANKA VOLUNTEER & ADVENTURE EXPERIENCE – UNDER 18s

Do something life-changing by discovering the real Sri Lanka. Spend two amazing weeks exploring and volunteering in this hugely inspiring country.

From 750 USD

2 WEEKS

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THAILAND CHILDCARE VOLUNTEERS

Volunteer your time to support and assist with the daily care, learning and interaction with children in a suburb of Bangkok.

FROM 435 USD

2-12 WEEKS

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THAILAND ELEPHANT VOLUNTEERS

Work closely with rescued Asian elephants in this inspiring elephant sanctuary in Thailand. If you love elephants, this experience is not to be missed!

FROM 540 USD

1-12 WEEKS

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THAILAND ENGLISH TEACHING VOLUNTEERS

Assist local teachers at a school in Thailand and help the students learn basic English and life skills before they enter grade school.

FROM 435 USD

2-12 WEEKS

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THAILAND WILDLIFE RESCUE VOLUNTEERS

Help preserve and protect these inspiring animals at this wildlife haven. Become part of a mission to rescue wild animals from neglect and abuse.

FROM 510 USD

1-12 WEEKS

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VIETNAM CHILDCARE VOLUNTEERS

Help these children receive the vital care and education they desperately need, encouraging them to lead more independent and productive lives.

FROM 465 USD

2-24 WEEKS

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VIETNAM ENGLISH TEACHING VOLUNTEERS

Teach English in Vietnam, bring new ideas to the classroom and help students at government schools and community classes improve their English.

FROM 465 USD

2-24 WEEKS

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VIETNAM MEDICAL VOLUNTEERS

A fantastic opportunity to gain experience and insight into the Vietnamese medical system. Learn from staff and get involved in supporting their work.

FROM 630 USD

2-12 WEEKS

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VIETNAM NGO VOLUNTEERS

Volunteer at a local NGO in Vietnam tackling issues such as health and human rights utilising your skills within a very stimulating environment.

FROM 465 USD

2-24 WEEKS

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INDIA INTRO EXPERIENCE

The India Intro Experience is an enriching, inspiring and unforgettable travel and volunteering adventure which will shift the way you see the world!

FROM 510 USD

2 WEEKS

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NEPAL INTRO EXPERIENCE

Sample the best Nepal has to offer across Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan. From rafting and trekking to lake views you won't miss a thing!

FROM 675 USD

2 WEEKS

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REAL INDIA EXPERIENCE

This volunteer travel program will take you around India's Golden Triangle and down to the serenity of Kerala. Life-changing experiences guaranteed!

FROM 1,230 USD

4 WEEKS

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REAL NEPAL EXPERIENCE

This epic adventure includes 28 days exploring colourful Kathmandu, trekking the Himalayas, bicycle tours in Chitwan and volunteering in Pokhara. Phew!

FROM 1,125 USD

4 WEEKS

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REAL SRI LANKA EXPERIENCE

Do something life-changing discovering the real Sri Lanka. Spend four amazing weeks exploring and volunteering in this hugely inspiring country.

FROM 1,050 USD

4 WEEKS

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REAL THAILAND EXPERIENCE

A group volunteering and adventure trip that will take in central, north, east and south Thailand in a whirlwind 28 days guaranteed to blow your mind!

FROM 1,485 USD

4 WEEKS

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REAL VIETNAM EXPERIENCE

Have the time of your life on this adventure to Vietnam. Combing grass-roots volunteer work with undoubtedly the best travel itinerary around. It's epic.

FROM 1,275 USD

4 WEEKS

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SRI LANKA INTRO EXPERIENCE

Join this journey to discover the best of Sri Lanka, exploring the fascinating Cultural Triangle, beautiful Hill Country and the chilled out South Coast.

FROM 735 USD

2 WEEKS

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THAILAND INTRO EXPERIENCE

An amazing group adventure taking in the best of Southern Thailand, home to some of Thailand's most spectacular scenery and best beaches.

FROM 735 USD

2 WEEKS

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REAL ASIA ENCOUNTER – SRI LANKA, INDIA & NEPAL

Sri Lanka, India and Nepal! We can’t think of a more sublime combination of exotic and fascinating countries to volunteer in over 6, 9 or 12 weeks.

FROM 1,485 USD

6-12 WEEKS

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REAL SOUTH EAST ASIA ENCOUNTER – VIET, CAMBODIA & BALI

If weeks spent volunteering around one of the most colourful parts of the world sounds enticing, then this combo of Vietnam, Cambodia & Bali is ideal.

FROM 1,575 USD

6-12 WEEKS

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REAL TASTER ENCOUNTER – SRI LANKA, INDIA & BALI

Our top destinations mixed into one trip! Don’t miss your chance to sample and a make difference in sleepy Sri Lanka, inspiring India & beautiful Bali!

FROM 1,485 USD

6-12 WEEKS

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ULTIMATE ROUND THE WORLD ENCOUNTER

An epic journey across 10 enthralling destinations and 4 breathtaking continents. If you are looking for the ultimate trip, then this is your Encounter!

FROM 5,775 USD

20-40 WEEKS

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WHY VOLUNTEER IN ASIA WITH PMGY?

Most Affordable – PMGY’s programs in Asia offer people the chance to make a difference, through low fees and high-impact projects.

 

Best Support – Our international and local teams provide extensive around the clock services to assist you every step of your PMGY adventure.

 

Safety Prioritised – With safety a PMGY number-1 priority, we have taken all necessary precautions to ensure our programs are as safe and structured as possible.

 

Extraordinary Experiences – With PMGY, you have the opportunity to truly immerse yourself in amazing cultural and travel experiences, ensuring you leave with unforgettable memories.

 

Friendships for Life – Your PMGY experience not only opens up a doorway for new experiences and exciting memories, but also life-long friendships when meeting new people from around the world.

VOLUNTEER IN ASIA PROJECTS

VOLUNTEER PROJECTS BALI

 

 

BALI CHILDCARE VOLUNTEERS

As a childcare volunteer in Bali, you can make a positive impact in the local community of Tabanan. From supporting daily care, organising crafts and creative activities, to teaching English through songs and music. You’ll have the opportunity to volunteer with children in Bali between 1-8 years old, giving them an amazing head start before they begin formal schooling.

 

BALI ENGLISH TEACHING VOLUNTEERS

As a volunteer teaching English in Bali, you will encourage students by developing skills and achieving their future goals. Conversing with fluent, native speakers greatly improves student’s English language skills, a tool essential for future employment. The ability to speak English has become essential as a language to learn for Balinese people to move forward in life. As a result, it enables them to have direct contact with tourists, enhancing the country’s recognition and visibility on a global stage.

 

BALI MEDICAL VOLUNTEERS

As a medical volunteer in Bali, you are offered a fantastic opportunity to gain experience and insight into the Indonesian healthcare system. This program allows you to learn from local staff in a hospital setting, get involved in community projects, as well as experiencing more traditional medical practices involving herbal remedies, cultural beliefs, meditation and holistic healing.

 

BALI WILDLIFE RESCUE VOLUNTEERS

As a Bali wildlife rescue volunteer, you will help to care for a variety of different species of animals, who may be endangered, poached or displaced from their natural habitat. Help with rehabilitation, enrichment and improving the wellbeing of each animal at the wildlife rescue centre. Get involved in additional opportunities to focus on environmental sustainability, plastic pollution and increasing awareness in the local communities.

 
 

VOLUNTEER PROJECTS IN CAMBODIA

 

 

CAMBODIA CHILDCARE VOLUNTEERS

As a childcare volunteer in Cambodia with PMGY, you will educate and work with children between the ages of 4-7 years at a time before they begin formal schooling. International participants with children in Cambodia help to brighten up the lives of young children in Takeo Province. As a childcare volunteer in Cambodia organise educational activities and games that will positively promote stimulation and productiveness in young ones.

 

CAMBODIA ENGLISH TEACHING VOLUNTEERS

As a volunteer teaching English in Cambodia with PMGY, you will encourage students to develop a skill that will help them achieve their future goals. Conversing with fluent, native English speakers greatly improves their language skills, essential for future employment. This project, therefore, provides the perfect opportunity for a volunteer teaching English in Cambodia to put their leadership skills into practice and make a profound impact in a teaching position.

 
 

VOLUNTEER PROJECTS IN INDIA

 

 

INDIA CHILDCARE VOLUNTEERS

As a childcare volunteer in India, you will brighten the days of young ones, making an important contribution to their lives. As a volunteer with children in India, you will act as role models to underprivileged individuals. Our participants coordinate fun activities and assist with tasks such as homework, to make a positive impact on local Indian communities. Above all as a volunteer with children in India, you will be assisting with the general childcare and daily activities at the volunteer placement.

 

INDIA DISABLED CHILDREN VOLUNTEERS

As an India disabled children volunteer, you will help care for children with special needs. As a volunteer with disabled children in India, you will assist local staff in essential education and support sessions. On this volunteer community work, you will brighten the days of young ones, making a vital and important contribution to their lives.

 

INDIA ENGLISH TEACHING VOLUNTEERS

As a volunteer teaching English in India, you will encourage students to develop skills, helping to achieve future goals. Conversing with fluent, native English speakers greatly improves student’s language skills, essential for future employment. This project provides the perfect opportunity for India English teaching volunteers to put leadership skills into practice and make a profound positive impact within poor communities in India.

 

INDIA MEDICAL VOLUNTEERS

As a medical volunteer in India with PMGY, you will have a fantastic opportunity to gain first-hand experience and insight into Indian health care. Medical volunteers in India work with highly trained local staff. This gives individuals exposure and tuition that you are unlikely to obtain in your own country. If you are thinking of a career in healthcare or studying a health-related subject, joining PMGY’s India medical programs will offer you essential first-hand experience that will assist in your career development.

 
 

VOLUNTEER PROJECTS IN NEPAL

 

 

NEPAL CHILDCARE VOLUNTEERS

As a childcare volunteer in Nepal, you can contribute your time and affection in making a difference to children facing poverty or neglect. You will become part of the family as you integrate into their daily lives. Encourage learning through creative and stimulating educational activities as well as assisting in day-to-day care. From helping with homework to supporting the maintenance of the children’s home, you will be spending time surrounded by the natural beauty of our rural locations.

 

NEPAL ENGLISH TEACHING TO MONKS VOLUNTEERS

As a volunteer teaching English to monks in Nepal, you can experience a fascinating culture. Live within a Nepalese Buddhist monastery and learn about a whole new way of life in this unique experience. You’ll be joining the monks’ daily routines and practising meditation before the sun rises, ready for a day of sharing knowledge and helping these communities to learn English.

 

NEPAL ENGLISH TEACHING VOLUNTEERS

As a volunteer teaching English in Nepal, this project is the perfect opportunity for you to make a positive impact, whilst immersing yourself in the fascinating local culture. From kindergartens to primary schools, you can lead classes and assist lessons to educate and inspire the next generation, preparing them for a better future.

 
 

VOLUNTEER PROJECTS IN SRI LANKA

 

 

SRI LANKA CHILDCARE VOLUNTEERS

As a childcare volunteer in Sri Lanka, you can make a vital contribution to brighten up the daily lives of children from challenging backgrounds. From supporting educational development and encouraging a positive lifestyle, you can play a key role in making a positive impact on the local community. The projects we work with provide a vital safety net for these children. The more help and encouragement they can get from participants, the better and brighter their future.

 

SRI LANKA DOG RESCUE VOLUNTEERS

Being a dog in Sri Lanka is a tough life. One of the first things you’ll notice as a Sri Lanka dog rescue volunteer is the vast number of strays wandering the beaches and streets. Lack of food, shelter and care can dramatically reduce the lifespan of a street dog, as well as the rising problem of rabies in Sri Lanka. Help protect and care for these wonderful canines and improve the animal-human relationship in the community.

 

SRI LANKA ELEPHANT VOLUNTEERS

As an elephant volunteer in Sri Lanka, you will play a key role in education, research and conservation of Asian elephants. Based in the central province, Wasgamuwa National Park is famous for hosting a large number of wild elephant herds. Participants will engage in a wide range of conservation techniques to see how these elephants live and mobilise in their natural setting. Help provide solutions and education to the conflicts that exist between the elephant population and multiple villages located within the area.

 

SRI LANKA ENGLISH TEACHING VOLUNTEERS

As a volunteer teaching English in Sri Lanka, you will help to dramatically boost future opportunities available for young people. Having the ability to speak English is a valuable tool, especially for career prospects and achieving future goals. Above all, conversing with fluent English speakers can encourage students to develop this essential language skill. If you are enthusiastic and have lots of positive energy then this is the project for you!

 

SRI LANKA MEDICAL VOLUNTEERS

As a medical volunteer in Sri Lanka you can gain valuable medical experience in a new culture, an opportunity not to be missed in this gorgeous part of the world! If you are looking for a learning experience or would like to pursue a career in the medical field, then this program is the ideal way to give you an insight into the Sri Lankan healthcare system.

 

SRI LANKA MENTAL HEALTH VOLUNTEERS

As a mental health volunteer in Sri Lanka, you can gain psychology work experience and learn about mental health in the developing world. This program is designed for those currently studying in the field of psychology or mental health. Meanwhile, providing an opportunity to gain insight and awareness within a range of settings in the healthcare system. The mental health needs of Sri Lanka have continued to increase in recent decades. However, mental health services have struggled to respond to such developments.

 

SRI LANKA RENOVATION VOLUNTEERS

As a Sri Lanka renovation volunteer, you can make a positive impact in the local community of Ambalangoda. This is a great opportunity to help out whilst immersing yourself in the local culture. From Buddhist temples, government hospitals and primary schools, you can assist the local community with renovation in a number of different settings.

 

SRI LANKA TURTLE CONSERVATION VOLUNTEERS

As a Sri Lanka turtle conservation volunteer, you can protect and rehabilitate sea turtles whilst also helping at community development projects . Many species of turtles are under threat and at risk of becoming endangered, hence there is a great need for wildlife conservation efforts. Raise awareness of plastic pollution, care for injured and disable turtles and release freshly hatched babies back into the wild, safe from natural risks and local poachers.

 
 

VOLUNTEER PROJECTS IN THAILAND

 

 

THAILAND CHILDCARE VOLUNTEERS

As a childcare volunteer in Thailand with PMGY, you will help to brighten the days of young ones, making a vital and important contribution to their lives. The first few years of a child’s life are fundamentally important. This time is critical for forming the foundation that helps shape their future health, happiness and learning achievement. As a childcare volunteer in Thailand, you will have the opportunity to think and act creatively to positively influence young ones in Thailand.

 

THAILAND ELEPHANT VOLUNTEERS

As an elephant volunteer in Thailand with PMGY, you will have the unique chance to work behind the scenes to care for rescued elephants. Eager and passionate participants are required to assist with the general upkeep of the project throughout the year. The centre works to rescue and rehabilitate elephants within Thailand. With our team on this Thailand volunteer program, you will have an amazing chance to help care for these gentle giants.

 

THAILAND ENGLISH TEACHING VOLUNTEERS

As a volunteer teaching English in Thailand with PMGY, you will work with students to develop a skill that will help them to achieve their future goals. Conversing with fluent, native English speakers greatly improves their language skills, essential for future employment. Teachers in Thailand have the opportunity to put their leadership skills into practice, making a profound impact across schools in Thailand.

 

THAILAND WILDLIFE RESCUE VOLUNTEERS

As a PMGY volunteer with wildlife in Thailand, you will have the unique opportunity to work behind the scenes to care for animals. Enthusiastic and passionate participants are required to assist with the general upkeep of the project throughout the year. The centre works to rescue and rehabilitate animals within Thailand. With our team, you will have an amazing opportunity to care for a wide variety of rescued wildlife.

 
 

VOLUNTEER PROJECTS IN VIETNAM

 

 

VIETNAM CHILDCARE VOLUNTEERS

As a childcare volunteer in Vietnam with PMGY, you will work to brighten up the lives of young children, making an important contribution to their daily lives. Our local team and participants work with a range of organisations in and around Hanoi. Our international participants provide vital support and care for children and young adults in NGO care centres, kindergartens and hospitals.

 

VIETNAM ENGLISH TEACHING VOLUNTEERS

As a volunteer teaching English in Vietnam with PMGY, you will work to encourage students to develop skills that will help them to achieve their future goals. Conversing with fluent, native English speakers greatly improves their language skills, essential for future employment. This project provides the perfect opportunity for international participants to teach English in Vietnam, putting their leadership skills into practice across schools and communities in Hanoi.

 

VIETNAM MEDICAL VOLUNTEERS

As a medical volunteer in Vietnam with PMGY, you are offered a fantastic opportunity to gain a first-hand insight into the Vietnamese health care system. On the medical volunteer in Vietnam program, you have the chance to learn from local staff within Vietnam’s leading paediatric hospital. If you are thinking of a career in healthcare, or you are studying a health-related subject at university, this program will offer you essential first-hand exposure to assist in your career development.

 

VIETNAM NGO VOLUNTEERS

As a NGO volunteer in Vietnam, you will work to help tackle issues, such as health and human rights, in and around Hanoi. As an NGO volunteer in Vietnam, you will utilise your skills within a very stimulating environment, helping to support an NGO in a developing country. This project provides the perfect opportunity for international participants to put leadership skills into practice and make a profound positive impact on the project.

FLIGHTS & TRAVEL INSURANCE

Flights

 

After confirming your place on a PMGY volunteer program, we strongly advise that you book your flights as early as possible. This will help ensure that you get the lowest airfare. You can choose to book your flights independently or we can help you with arranging them. PMGY has a wealth of experience in travelling to and from our host countries. This means that we know the most affordable ways to travel and the best airlines to use. PMGY have an ATOL Licence to ensure any flights booked through us are financially secured by the Civil Aviation Authority. If you would therefore like any assistance booking your flight, you can request an optional flight quote during your online application. Alternatively, feel free to contact us on the phone or by email.

 

You arrival airport and date is dependent on the PMGY volunteer opportunities in Asia that you join us on:

 

🇮🇩 Tabanan – To volunteer in Asia on our Bali volunteer program, you should book your flights to Ngurah Rai (Denpasar) International Airport on the Sunday start date. The airport code is DPS. Volunteers in Bali can arrive at any time on their designated Sunday start date.

 

🇰🇭 Bakod Village – To volunteer in Asia on our Cambodia volunteer program, you should book your flights to Phnom Penh International Airport on the Monday start date. The airport code is PNH. Volunteers in Cambodia can arrive at any time up to 7pm on their designated Monday start date.

 

🇮🇳 Faridabad – To volunteer in Asia on our India volunteer program, you should book your flights to Indira Gandhi International Airport on the Sunday start date. The airport code is DEL. Volunteers in India can arrive at any time on their designated Sunday start date.

 

🇳🇵 Kathmandu, Chitwan & Pokhara – To volunteer in Asia on our Nepal volunteer programs, you should book your flights to Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu on the Sunday start date. The airport code is KTM. Volunteers in Nepal can arrive at any time on their designated Saturday start date.

 

🇱🇰 Ambalangoda – To volunteer in Asia on our Sri Lanka volunteer program, you should book your flights to Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo on the Saturday start date. The airport code is CMB. Most participants can arrive at any time on their designated Saturday start date.

 

🇹🇭 Pathum Thani – To volunteer in Asia on our Thailand volunteer program, you should book your flights to Suvarnabhumi (Bangkok) Airport in Bangkok on the Saturday start date. The airport code is BKK. Volunteers in Thailand can arrive between 7am-8pm on their Saturday start date.

 

🇻🇳 Hanoi – To volunteer in Asia on our Vietnam volunteer program, you should book your flights to Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi on the Wednesday start date. The airport code is HAN. Volunteers in Hanoi can arrive at any time on their designated Wednesday start date.

 

Travel Insurance

 

Having an appropriate travel insurance policy during your time abroad is essential. It is therefore mandatory for all of our international participants to be appropriately covered across all of their trip dates. Although most of our participants experience a smooth ride during their time overseas, occasionally things may go wrong. Having a travel insurance policy in place helps you effectively deal with any problems you may encounter during your time away.

 

Plan My Gap Year Ltd is an appointed representative of Endsleigh Insurance Services Ltd, authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). We have partnered up with the insurance company Endsleigh to create an affordable and comprehensive optional policy. This has been designed with our international participants in mind, to cover our participants for all of their travel essentials. The policy is available to anyone across the globe, up to the age of 65 years. The document will cover you for your time on any PMGY destination and any onward travel (excluding the US and Canada).

 

If you’d like to purchase PMGY travel insurance, you can add this option on during your online application. You can also add this to any upcoming trips with us by getting in contact via telephone or email.

PRE-DEPARTURE SUPPORT

Our International Team will work hard to provide extensive levels of support in the build-up to your trip. From our online chat service to email support and telephone conversations, our team are always ready to help. All international participants with PMGY will receive a Volunteer Handbook. This detailed hand guide will provide you with all you need to know in the build-up to your trip. From visa guidance to suggested packing lists, this will be the ultimate guide, helping you plan for your trip abroad.

 

We have Facebook groups for each of our destinations. Here you can find members of our international and local teams, as well as past, present and future participants. These pages, therefore, provide a great forum for participants to network, share experiences and community updates year-on-year.

 

Sometimes it can be difficult to picture yourself abroad without yet being there. We, therefore, do our best to further manage expectations before you arrive through a variety of informative and action-packed videos on our PMGY Vimeo channel. These clips help provide you with a visual perspective of what you can expect during your time volunteering with us. Our webinars are not to be missed either. Running on selected Tuesdays, at 4pm UK time, our International Team provides invaluable advice for your upcoming trip. Each webinar covers something different. Our pre-departure webinar covers all of the essentials you need to know and do before joining us abroad. Our program preparation webinar is more project-specific, with advice and information for the time you will spend on placement. Finally, our safety webinar offers you some top tips on how to manage your safety and wellbeing across the pond. For those who are simply interested in learning more about PMGY, our team also run an introductory webinar. This provides an introduction to the organisation, our background, goals and opportunities overseas.

 

Teaching and childcare volunteers may wish to take their program preparation even further, through a 60 hour online TEFL course. This is the perfect introductory course for working with children and teaching English abroad. Participation in this course enables international participants to acquire key skills whilst working towards an internationally accredited certificate.

PROJECT LOCATION AND DURATION

🇮🇩 Tabanan – Our Bali volunteer program is based in Tabanan, around 1.5 hours away from Ngurah Rai (Denpasar) International Airport. Tabanan is the capital town of the regency of Bali with the same name. It is referred to by many as the ‘rice bowl of Bali’. Parts of Tabanan regency lie in Central Bali and others in the west. Tabanan regency is best known for its rolling green landscapes and hills. It is also home to Mount Batukaru – Bali’s second-highest peak at 2,276 metres. Tabanan town itself is a very commercial town, with no shops or entertainment facilities aimed at visitors or tourists. Despite this, the town offers all the amenities you need as a participant, such as banks, hospitals and shops.

 

🇰🇭 Bakod Village – Our Cambodia volunteer program is based in a rural village called Bakod, around 2 hours away from Phnom Penh Airport. Bakod is a small traditional village, based in the regional province of Takeo. The region is far away from the main tourist trail and backpacker destinations. However, these can still be accessed easily by a volunteer in Asia across the weekends. The village is located within Takeo province, around 7km from its centre. Takeo borders the provinces of Kampot to the west, Kampong Speu to the northwest and Kandal to the north and east. Its southern boundary is the international border with Vietnam.

 

🇮🇳 Faridabad – Our main India volunteer program is based in Faridabad, located in the New Delhi region of North India. The city is close enough to absorb the influence of New Delhi. On the contrary, it is also far enough away to offer a quieter setting. Together, these factors mean that Faridabad is a comfortable location to live and work for a volunteer in Asia. There are some interesting temples and local parks in Faridabad for you to visit, as well as markets and shopping malls. There are also a handful of cinemas for you to catch a Bollywood flick, should you fancy!

 

🇳🇵 Kathmandu, Chitwan & Pokhara – Our Nepal volunteer program is located across Kathmandu, Chitwan and Pokhara. Each location is unique in its own way. Kathmandu is Nepal’s capital and only major city. It is a bustling metropolis, rooted in history and rich in culture. Filled with temples, palaces and courtyards, the unique architectural heritage and religious influence make the city a fascinating location. A 7 hour bus journey from Kathmandu, Pokhara is located 200km west of the capital. Set around the Phewa Tel Lake and surrounded by mountains, Pokhara is a humbling location. Finally, Chitwan is located in the vast flat and fertile Terai region, close to the Indian border. Its location offers a different landscape to that of Kathmandu and Pokhara, which are closer to the Himalayas.

 

🇱🇰 Ambalangoda – Our childcare volunteer project on the Sri Lanka volunteer program is based in Ambalangoda, on the south-west coast of Sri Lanka. It is approximately 2.5 hours away from Colombo Airport. Ambalangoda is a quaint ocean-side town. It is traditionally a fishing community but is famous for being the major production centre for demonic wooden masks.

 

🇹🇭 Pathum Thani – Our childcare volunteer project on the Thailand volunteer program is located just north of the country’s capital, Bangkok. Pathum Thani is a traditional university province, famous for being home to most of the country’s universities! The province is old, heavily populated by the Mon people. The region is filled with temples, parks and areas to experience Mon culture.

 

🇻🇳 Hanoi – Our Vietnam volunteer programs are based in the north of Vietnam in Hanoi, around 30 minutes from Noi Bai Airport. As the capital of Vietnam, Hanoi does not disappoint and will impress you on so many levels. It has all the attractions a visitor could want, but in no way is Hanoi touristy. With an array of cultural sites and some of the best markets in South East Asia, there is something for every participant.

PMGY VOLUNTEER IN ASIA LOCAL TEAMS

PMGY’s volunteer in Asia program is run by our dedicated and experienced in-country local teams.

 

All staff have been fully vetted by our International Team. The committed local community network provides the structure for your stay with us as a volunteer in Asia. Our local team will arrange your accommodation, meals, airport pick-up, in-country orientation and 24/7 emergency support. Whether you are teaching English in schools, working with children or interning at the hospital, our local team will support you as a volunteer in Asia. Our team provides a great framework for you to enjoy a unique volunteering experience with us in Asian countries.

ORIENTATION

Upon arrival into your specific program, you will receive an orientation from your in-country team. This day will usually be broken down into two components. The first portion will usually be dedicated to all the theoretical aspects, from ‘dos and don’ts’, to safety aspects, project information and team introductions. The remainder of the day is usually used to introduce you to the local area. The local team will teach you how to locate every essential you may need during your time. They will also be able to help you arrange your money and a local SIM-card. Please note that the exact itinerary of the orientation will vary from country-to-country.

SAFETY

If you have not travelled much before, it is really hard to know what to expect. When anticipating their time overseas, many international participants (and their loved ones) are often concerned about safety and security. Although we can never guarantee experiences to be 100% trouble-free, we have taken all necessary precautions to ensure our programs are as safe as possible. Every program that PMGY offers has been personally inspected and selected by a director of PMGY. We have lived in the accommodation, experienced the orientation and worked on the projects. Through our frequent visits and daily communications, we have built strong, trusting relationships with our local staff.

 

In the unlikely event that something was to happen, participants have various layers of support available to them:

 

• Volunteer in Asia Local Team
• Project Staff
• PMGY International Team

 

Projects are monitored on an on-going basis to gauge volunteers’ experiences. With the help of participant feedback, we are able to continually improve our placements and volunteer opportunities. Security and safety are frequently assessed as part of this. We ask our participants to raise any concerns with our local or International Team. This ensures that these can be addressed and/or resolved as readily and appropriately as possible.

 

Through pre-departure and in-country guidance, we do our best to prepare our international participants for their time in Asian countries. All participants are provided with a comprehensive safety briefing during their orientation period. Our local teams will go through everything from project introductions, to emergency procedures, how to use local transport and cultural differences. During this period, our team also provide participants with a full list of the important contact numbers.

 

Listed below are some general safety tips:

 

• Be modest with the amount of jewellery worn in public
• Do not drink tap water
• Be cautious of beggars or crowds. Incidents can occur when is confusion to distract you.
• Be cautious about removing money in public
• Always try to know where you are going before you attempt long journeys. Be especially careful at night
• Use reputable transport only. Our local staff will be able to recommend some during orientation
• Try to keep in groups at night and never walk alone along dark, empty streets
• The recognised tourist areas can be considered potentially high-risk areas for pickpockets and thieves
• Leave your valuables behind before a night out in the town
• For traffic safety, always keep looking to the left and right and walk slowly when crossing the road
• Do not accept drinks or food from strangers

TRANSPORT TO PROJECT

🇮🇩 Tabanan – On the Bali volunteer program, the cost of your project transport is included in your Program Fee. Some of our overseas projects are within walking distance of our Volunteer House and some are not. PMGY will take you to and from projects that are not within walking distance. This will usually be via minivan or private car.

 

🇰🇭 Bakod Village – On the Cambodia volunteer program, the cost of your project transport is included in your Program Fee. However, the main volunteer in Asia project is located on the same grounds as the accommodation. Participants therefore only have a short walk to project each day. Participants based at our second school will have a short journey to the project each day via tuk-tuk or mini-van. This will take around 20 minutes from the Volunteer House.

 

🇮🇳 Faridabad – On the India volunteer program, the cost of your project transport is included in your Program Fee. Our team have their own private transport networks that will transfer you to and from the volunteer in Asia projects every day. If not within walking distance, you will travel to and from the project by either tuk-tuk or minivan. This service is included in your Program Fee.

 

🇳🇵 Kathmandu, Chitwan & Pokhara – On the Nepal volunteer program, most of the volunteer projects in Asia are in close proximity to the accommodation. This means that in many cases, volunteers in Nepal can walk to and from the placement each day. The monastery projects are based on the site of the accommodation. When participants are staying with host families, the project is usually around a 15-20 minute walk from the accommodation.

 

🇱🇰 Ambalangoda – On the Sri Lanka volunteer program in Ambalangoda, the cost of your project transport is included in your Program Fee. Your transport will usually be by tuk-tuk, but sometimes by private car. Journeys can usually take anywhere from 10–45 minutes each way. However, this will ultimately depend on which project you join as a volunteer in Sri Lanka.

 

🇹🇭 Pathum Thani – On the Thailand volunteer program, the cost of your project transport is included in your Program Fee. The distance to the volunteer project in Asia is dependent on the specific setting you are allocated during your time. Projects close to the Volunteer House will usually be up to a 20 minute walk away. For projects further afield, the local team will arrange any necessary transport. This cost is included in your Program Fee.

 

🇻🇳 Hanoi – On the Vietnam volunteer program, the cost of your project transport is included in your Program Fee. Most of our volunteer programs in Asia are located within a 1 hour commute of the Volunteer House. Participants will either be provided with a bus pass in-country or be reimbursed their travel fares on a weekly basis. The bus station is around a 10 minute walk from the Volunteer House.

VOLUNTEER IN ASIA REQUIREMENTS

PMGY welcome volunteers in Asia of all nationalities and backgrounds. The minimum age to join the program is 17 years and there is no upper age limit. All participants need to have a good level of English, although it does not need to be your first language. You do not need to speak the local language. However, you will find that learning a few words in your days with us in will go a long way!

 

All volunteer in Asia participants must be able to provide a clean criminal background check in advance of volunteering with us abroad. In general, no formal experience or qualifications are required for the projects, just lots of energy, enthusiasm and preparation!

 

In order to confirm your place on a PMGY program, you need to pay your Registration Fee of 249 USD. The remaining fee is then due no less than 60 days prior to your program start date. During this period if you need to make a change to your trip (destination, program or date) then this can be facilitated free of charge.

 

Please check out our Application Process for more info on how to join our volunteer projects overseas.