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About Volunteers in Asia

For the past 45 years, Volunteers in Asia (VIA) has sponsored programs that help bridge the gap between Asia and the United States. VIA first started at Stanford University, where students spent the summer assisting with various Asian programs. The project was successful and more students joined. During the Vietnam War, the program grew substantially, expanding to national recruitment. VIA now sends about 40 volunteers to Asia and brings about 250 Asian students to the United States annually.

VIA volunteers teach English to students, ages 11 and up, at a variety of different institutions and work for local nonprofit or nongovernmental organizations in China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Indonesia. Whether you choose the long-term or summer program, you will have ample opportunity to study the language, get to know the locals and explore the land.


Summer: open to current college students and recent graduates. Long-term: open to college graduates who speak and write English with native fluency and who are excited about cross-cultural exchange.

Volunteers in Asia

Volunteers in Asia Headquarters
Volunteers in Asia
965 Mission, Suite 751
San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: (415) 904-8033


Number of Interns: 21 to 50
Compensation/Benefits: Program Fee, Stipend, Unpaid
Duration: N/A
Academic Level: College Freshmen, College Sophomores, College Juniors, College Seniors, Recent College Graduates


Los Angeles, CA