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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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BUNAC Working Adventures Worldwide

BUNAC

Explore South East Asia and teach as you go, gain skills on our professional internships in Hong Kong and Shanghai or conquer countries on a Multi-projects volunteering programmes. BUNAC has Asia covered!

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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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Outreach International

Outreach International

Volunteer to work in a ethical and responsible volunteer projects, with the full support of Outreach International. Outreach offer a personal service to help volunteers find the placement where they can offer the most and enjoy a rich cultural and personal experience throughout.

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TEFL Heaven

TEFL Heaven

Guaranteed paid ESL teaching positions abroad! An amazing experience that will give you the life skills and confidence to succeed in anything. Also a great way to make friends and travel abroad. Our TEFL course is a comprehensive & face-to-face 150 hour certification that allows you to teach English anywhere in the world. Placements in Asia, Latin America and Europe.
***Mexico doesn’t require a completed bachelor degree. Gap year students welcome to join.

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LoveTEFL

LoveTEFL

TEFL experts providing TEFL jobs, internships and an accredited TEFL qualification. LoveTEFL also provide support for all their teachers with orientation weeks, in-country support and professional and social development.

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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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Frontier

Frontier

Frontier has over 300 projects in countries throughout Africa, South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia, giving you unlimited adventures and excursions in beautiful locations.

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The Leap

The Leap

Voted Best Gap Year Company by the Sunday Times. Volunteering, Internships, Summer Gap and Equine placements across Africa, South America and Asia. All programmes contain their unique mix of projects, locations and challenges.

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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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