Kaya Gap Year: Community Volunteering in Asia



Grab the opportunity during your gap year travels and spend some of your time volunteering on a range of fascinating community projects in India, Thailand and the Philippines. 

Begin your gap year by travelling to India and select one of three locations; the hills of Himachal, the hustle and bustle of Jaipur or the beaches of Goa. Take in the country’s amazing culture and all the sites and sounds whilst volunteering. You can chose a number of options and even combine some so pick from working on women’s empowermentchildcare or teaching placements. All work with slum areas and poorer disadvantaged communities so you will really get to the heart of India’s people.

Next head to Thailand to volunteer on our grass roots community and conservation initiative based in rural Chiang Mai. The project aims to support the local government in developing basic healthcare provisions education, a community based agroforestry project and ultimately to reduce poverty to the members of the community including ethnic Thais, Hmong, Lahu Lisu and Karen peoples. Volunteers can really make an impact by sharing their skills or by lending a hand to aid development of community services in this culturally and geographically rich Thai province.

Finally, head to the Philippines where you will be welcomed with open arms. Tacloban was one of the communities hit by Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. Communities have been focusing their efforts of rebuilding and the city has rebuilt and repaired many of its structures, although many will not be replaced. Join us and participate in a community nutrition project, helping to make and distribute nutritious meals, assist carers at a childcare centre or if you have the skills and interest help in rural clinics. Whatever your interest, you are sure to gain an amazing insight into different cultures in Asia and the community initiatives taking place to support them.

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