Ecotourism and Community Volunteering in Asia
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 majority of the income for themselves. The local community only receives 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 good guides. 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 while 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.
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.
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, 5,000 USD, to giant leatherback turtle research.