Central, South and South-East Asia

Career breaker's picture in the Nepalese Himalayas

These regions offer a wealth of diverse career break opportunities. South Asia and South-East Asia are great for volunteering and backpacking, while Central Asia has more opportunities for adventure travel (there are a few volunteer opportunities there too).

Central Asia includes the Middle East and most of the '-stan' countries, South Asia is India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, etc and South-East Asia covers Thailand to the Phillipines and down to Indonesia.

Some useful Asia facts for career breakers:

  • If you want to do paid work in this region, teaching English as a foreign language is your best bet.
  • Volunteer opportunities in South and South-East Asia tend to focus on community projects and working with children. This enables you to get a real feel for the country, as you will be living and working amongst the locals.
  • The different religions across the region will have a big impact on your travels, especially if you're lucky enough to be there at festival time!
  • Backpacking and overland travel are popular in South and South-East Asia, whereas adventure tours are a good bet for Central Asia and the Middle East (they keep you safe, and enable you to be responsible).
  • OMG, the food!

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Career break organisations with opportunities in Central, South and South-East Asia

Social Starters

Long and short-term volunteer projects for professionals, focusing on social entrepreneurship.
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Raleigh International

Expeditions and volunteer placements in Borneo, Costa Rica & Nicaragua, Nepal or Tanzania with a wide range of roles for volunteer managers.
Go to Raleigh International website Find out more
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WorldTeach is a volunteer-sending organisation which focuses on teaching and education.
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Amanzi Travel

Specialist tailor made trips in Africa, where you can help on wildlife conservation, medical, orphan care and teaching initiatives, join incredible overland trips and take wildlife management and game ranger courses.
Go to Amanzi Travel website Find out more

Friends for Asia

Varied and meaningful volunteer placements and internships in Thailand, from 2 weeks to several months.
Go to Friends for Asia website Find out more
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Oyster Worldwide

Voluntary or paid work from 2 weeks to a year, including volunteering with animals, teaching English, medical placements, sports coaching, jobs in Canadian ski resorts and farm work in Australia.
Go to Oyster Worldwide website Find out more
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Responsible and sustainable volunteer placements around the world.
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Cross-Cultural Solutions

Short-term volunteering programmes in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America - options for families available.
Go to Cross-Cultural Solutions website Find out more

i-to-i TEFL

i-to-i are a leading online TEFL course provider that are internationally recognised and accredited worldwide.
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Get your internationally-recognised TEFL qualification from this fully accredited provider of TEFL courses - free job placement service included.
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Kaya Responsible Travel

Sustainable, ethical volunteer placements in 27 countries in Asia, Latin America and Africa - courses in languages, diving and other activities available, plus special placements for couples and families.
Go to Kaya Responsible Travel website Find out more
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Travellers Worldwide

A variety of flexible volunteer placements abroad, including teaching, sports, conservation, work internships and language and culture courses.
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Projects Abroad

A wide range of volunteering placements in 27 countries in the developing world, including teaching, orphanage work, conservation and medical programmes.
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TEFL courses combining practical skills training with authentic teaching practice, to develop confidence and ability in the EFL classroom.
Go to SEE TEFL website Find out more
Global Volunteer Network

Global Volunteer Network

Responsible, ethical and budget-friendly volunteer opportunities worldwide - a wide range of projects and roles is available.
Go to Global Volunteer Network website Find out more