Your school trip has the power to change lives. Leave a positive legacy in Asia as you exchange skills – and smiles – with local communities excited to meet you.

Across Asia, our dynamic community service projects allow you to make a lasting impact within the communities you visit. You might work alongside local villagers to build a new classroom, help a class of children learn maths and English, or pitch in to restore a natural ecosystem. Whatever your project, it’s an experience your students will never forget – and neither will the people they’ve supported.

The community project is where our students’ lasting learning occurred. By being challenged, they developed resilience, persistence, teamwork, cooperation, initiative and patience. And at the end of the project, we saw the villagers’ huge, grateful smiles. Knowing that the house we built will stay in their family for generations will forever be one of the most rewarding moments in our students’ lives.

Ben RobbinsPhysical Education Teacher, Geelong College

Loreto Kids Charity

Where

Southern Vietnam

Our partnership

Since 2003, we’ve worked with Loreto Kids Charity, a registered international NGO reducing poverty through education and outreach to children and families in remote and rural areas.

How you’ll help

You’ll work with schools and community organisations in rural and remote Vietnam, building educational infrastructure and encouraging children to learn.

Provincial Women’s Committees

Where

Mekong Delta and northern Vietnam

Our partnership

For 16 years, we’ve collaborated with provincial women’s committees throughout Vietnam’s Mekong delta region and remote northern provinces. Through our relationship, we directly assist communities with their priorities in promoting family health and wellbeing and community building.

How you’ll help

You’ll work alongside local communities in to build houses, agricultural projects and other community infrastructure.

Cambodia Rural Student Trust

Where

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Our partnership

The Cambodia Rural Student Trust is a registered NGO sponsoring students from rural areas to attend high school and university in Siem Reap. They cover students’ education, health and dental care, life skills courses and a living allowance.

How you’ll help

You’ll contribute to education projects, like helping teach English and social entrepreneurship), building simple accommodation, and funding and distributing health care packs.

Hill Tribe Communities

Where

Chiang Dao province, Thailand

Our partnership

For almost two decades, we’ve worked directly with Thailand’s northern hill tribe communities – such as the Lisu, Aka, Karen and Lahu groups in Chiang Dao province. Thailand’s mountainous north is home to over a dozen ethnic minority groups who live traditional lifestyle.

How you’ll help

You’ll work in solidarity with hill tribe groups to implement agricultural projects, irrigation systems and community water reservoirs in order to drive sustainable economic development.

Yangon Bakehouse

Where

Yangon, Myanmar

Our partnership

Yangon Bakehouse is a popular café whose apprenticeship program educates and empowers women by training them in vital job skills.

How you’ll help

You’ll visit the Yangon Bakehouse training café to learn how vocational skills, internships and a strong team culture support women to become economically empowered, educated and active in society.

KOTO Trust

Where

Myanmar

Our partnership

Established in 2001, KOTO Trust advocates for better international awareness of local issues in Myanmar. Despite the country’s recent democratic advances, Myanmar’s people remain vulnerable to human rights violations that accompany conflict.

How you’ll help

You’ll engage with advocates to learn about national issues and help spread the word by encouraging local governments to act on community-priorities. You’ll work directly in safe, government-supported efforts.

Kinabatangan Wetland Restoration Project

Where

Sabah, Borneo (East Malaysia)

Our partnership

The Kinabatangan Wetland Restoration Project cleans an invasive weed from the local waterways. The weed chokes critical wetland habitats, stagnates freshwater lakes and swamps and causes traditional fishing grounds to flood.

How you’ll help

You’ll work alongside local villagers in an ongoing effort to clean Kinabatangan Wetland and learn more about this fragile environment and the challenges it faces.

Forest and Habitat Restoration

Where

Sarawak, Borneo (East Malaysia)

Our partnership

Since 1999, we’ve worked with local NGOs to restore habitat in degraded floodplain forests – a natural resource affected by prolonged, widespread drought and wildfires.

How you’ll help

You’ll take part in an integral, hands-on conservation program to restore the forest. You’ll also visit a nearby palm oil plantation to understand the impact of palm oil development on native forests’ fragile habitat.

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