Ecotourism and Community Volunteering in Asia

Ecotourism, Community and Conservation Volunteering

Community-Based Ecotourism in Thailand, Laos and Nepal

Volunteer at the grass roots. Help the local community to benefit from an extra income! Help protect endangered wildlife and overexploited nature in Asia. Successful conservation work, wildlife protection and community-based ecotourism go together!

Get a Free Volunteer Week as an Eco Volunteer – affordable eco-volunteering with Openmind Projects.

Major tour operators take international tourists to exciting places in Asia but keep the major of the income for themselves. The local community only receive pocket money. Long-neck villages in Northern Thailand, promoted as genuine eco-tourism by tour operators, are mostly fake villages with hired locals, like a zoo!

Help local people; make them less dependent on tour operators. Train them to take care of tourists. Teach them English and skills to become a good guide. Help them understand what tourists are looking for! Prepare tourist information.

Community based eco-tourism is the best way to create local awareness about the benefits of conservation work and wildlife protection.

An ecotourism volunteer works to help local villagers and rice farmers to earn an extra income, whilst also protecting their environment! Watch a video about a Laos Eco Tourism Project made by some of our volunteers.

Ecotourism and Conservation Volunteer Work


What and where?

Our eco volunteers get involved in a variety of work as agreed on with the local community. Creating more awareness about the benefits of local conservation work and wildlife protection is always an objective.

Teaching English is important too. Village guides and host families who speak some English are more successful. A guided tour in English adds more value to the trek!

Volunteers can help build trails, improve tourist services and activities, offer trekking advice, and teach survival tricks in the jungle, such as extracting water from a vine and how to spot wildlife. 

Read about Phou Khao Khouai Mountains in Laos and about Gawaii Village in Nepal.

Community volunteers help develop handicraft and village products that can be sold to tourists. Volunteers also help villagers create projects where tourists can learn traditional skills, such as making rice baskets, weaving and more. 

Marketing-savvy Openmind Projects’ volunteers design ecotourism information, brochures, and websites in English, such as the Trekking Central Laos or Phu Wua Mountains in Thailand – now recommended by Lonely Planet!

Openmind Projects works with the National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department of Thailand. Contact us for more information about special activities and plans.

Openmind Projects won an international volunteer campaign, the ‘Little Big Project’, run by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). We won with our Marine Conservation Project in South Thailand. We donated the prize money, 5000 USD, to giant leatherback turtle research.

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