Community Based Ecotourism and Conservation Volunteering in Asia
Community Based Ecotourism in Thailand, Laos and Nepal
Volunteer at the grass roots. Help the local community to a welcome 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 bring international tourists to exciting places in Asia but keep the major part of the tourism income. The local community only get the pocket money. Long neck villages in North 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 English, how to be 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 while they protect their environment! Watch a video about a Laos Eco Tourism Project made by our volunteers.
Ecotourism and Conservation Volunteer Work
What and where?
Eco volunteers get involved in a variety of work as they agree with the local community. Creating awareness about the benefits of local conservation work and wildlife protection is always an objective.
Teaching English is important. 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, trekking advice, survival tricks in the jungle, like extracting water from a vine, how to spot wildlife.
Community volunteers help develop handicraft and village products for sale to tourists or for tourists to learn to make rice baskets, weaving, 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, 5000 USD, to giant leatherback turtle research.