Have you always wanted to travel to South Asia? We don’t blame you; for scenery alone, this area of the world – comprised of countries like Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh – is one of the most geographically diverse, with gorgeous beaches, bustling cities, and of course the Himalayas. Indian river valleys are home to some of the world’s oldest civilizations, and Hinduism – the world’s oldest surviving religion – was born here, as was Buddhism.
But rapid modernization and extremely high population growth (South Asia accounts for 3 of the world’s 10 most populous countries) means that this region also has dramatic levels of poverty and a growing demand for education, economic development, and community building resources. That’s where volunteers like you come in: by lending your time and skills to communities in need, you can make a real difference while exploring one of the most dynamic areas of the globe.
A few ways you can help include:
- Restoring ancient and beautiful Buddhist temples – and helping to build new schools and community centers to support education, health, and development
- Supporting women with education to fight poverty and learn about their rights in the workplace and within their community
- Teaching English as a second language, which is needed in many communities to support local tourism and business
Even though you may find yourself in a culture that’s very different from your own, the volunteer organizations below have your back and will provide you with all the resources you need – all while encouraging you to make a positive impact on people’s lives.
So, are you ready to find an adventure that will let you do good for a community in need in South Asia? Check out these great volunteer abroad programs – just a few of the many available to you right now!