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Asia Gap Year Destination Guide



Vietnam Ha Long BayAsia is the world’s largest continent and South East Asia is home to some of the most popular destinations for backpackers and gap year travellers. Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia and Laos continually prove to be the most popular destinations. Any traveller here will be in for an experience of a lifetime with the continent’s magical cultures and beautiful landscapes waiting to mesmerise any backpacker coming here.



Gap Year Working in Asia

Asia has so many opportunities for gap year travellers as it is a continent that has variety and contrast from jungles to deserts, from remote rural villages to vibrant towns, there is something to capture any traveller’s imagination to achieve their gap year goal. There are many volunteering opportunities in these destinations for those on a year out looking to do something that contributes to a developing country, and you can also teach English as a foreign language (TEFL) while you are there if English is your mother tongue.



 
 

Companies that can help you find gap work in Asia

 
International Volunteer HQ

International Volunteer HQ

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ) is the world's leading volunteer travel organization, providing affordable, safe and responsible volunteer programs in over 30 different destinations around the world. With program fees starting from just USD 10 per day, IVHQ is the volunteer organization of choice for thousands of volunteers every year.

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Kaya Responsible Travel

Kaya Responsible Travel

Over 250 projects across 26 countries in Asia, Africa & Latin America. Choose to work with wildlife & environmental conservation or community projects. Skilled & unskilled positions from 2 weeks to 6 months.

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Pure Exploration – Immersive Adventure Travel Experts

Pure Exploration - Immersive Adventure Travel Experts

Global leaders in experiential travel and adventure education, our world-wide program destinations have been carefully chosen to challenge and inspire, and the immersive ‘learn to self-lead’ structure of the programs provide a wonderful space to gain confidence, focus on what’s important, and even find future career paths. Hike, climb, camp and explore beyond the beaten track in New Zealand, Patagonia, Nepal, Africa, Central & South America.

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Raleigh International

Raleigh International

Experience the real Nepal or Malaysian Borneo with Raleigh International. Raleigh expeditions aren’t holidays. They’re challenging and life-changing. If you’ve got the motivation and dedication to make a difference, we want to hear from you.

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EA Ski & Snowboard

EA Ski & Snowboard

Want to work as a ski or snowboard instructor? EA Ski & Snowboard are now recruiting intermediate to advanced skiers and snowboarders to join them on one of their instructor internship courses. Choose from more than 30 locations across Canada, Japan, USA, Switzerland and New Zealand to learn, earn and play this winter. Get a guaranteed paid job offer, gain an international qualification and receive world-class training. If you’ve been thinking about a gap year in the mountains, a career break, or looking to fast-track your snow sports career, we have a course to suit you. Visit our website to see if you qualify for an EA course and start planning your next adventure.

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Pod Volunteer

Pod Volunteer

Volunteer at an award winning non-profit organisation arranging ethical and supported projects at animal sanctuaries, conservation and community initiatives around the world. The expert and friendly Pod Volunteer team are here to help you and have all volunteered themselves!

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Gili Shark & Marine Conservation project

Gili Shark & Marine Conservation project

Gili Shark & Marine Conservation project is a small grassroots volunteer organization dedicated to marine and land conservation throughout the Gili Matra Marine Reserve in Indonesia through scientific research and data collection.

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Useful Advice and Information on Travelling to Asia

We have put together general information about taking a gap year to Asia to ensure that you can make the most of a working holiday there. Information includes:

VietnamCountry Guides to Asia

We have developed three country guides to Asia to help you decide where to take a gap year and look for gap work. Our country guides include Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam.



AccommodationAccommodation in Asia

Accommodation in Asia includes hotels, resorts and hostels which are all affordable for independent travellers.


Getting AroundGetting Around Asia

Asia ia a huge continent to get around, why not read our guide on how to travel and plan your journey before you go?



FlightsFlights to Asia

Read our guide on booking flights to Asia.




Angkor Wat TemplesTop Things To Do in Asia

There are so many things to do in Asia... and we name a few!




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