This article originally appeared in Lightfoot Travel.
Live with a Mongolian family
Leave those skyscrapers behind and escape to the wilds of Mongolia for a holiday with a difference. Experience life on the Steppe for yourself. Live in a traditional ger, ride camels across the desert, learn how to cook Mongolian dishes or if you’re feeling brave, try your hand at Mongolian wrestling.
Plant coral in the Maldives
Once you’ve made a splash snorkelling with manta rays and diving with whale sharks, you can do your bit to protect the reef by join the coral protection and regeneration programme at Anantara Dhigu in the Maldives. Guests are given the chance to join the resort’s marine biologists and regenerate the area by planting coral in damaged reefs.
Go trekking in Bhutan
For an instant digital detox, pull on your walking boots and hit the mountain trails in Bhutan. Hike through forests of juniper, rhododendrons and magnolia, discover an ancient monastery, and trek through lush padi fields that line some of the world’s prettiest valleys.
Teach children English in Cambodia
If you want to give back while you’re on a trip to Cambodia, volunteer at the Shinta Mani hospitality school in Siem Reap. Set in the grounds of the Shinta Mani Angkor, students from underprivileged areas can learn English and gather the skills they to work in a hotel, whether in the kitchen, spa or front office. Visitors are encouraged to teach short lessons, play educational games with the children or chat to students about life in their country.
Look after pandas in China
That is right! You can help feed and look after China’s most famous furry creatures at a panda sanctuary near Chengdu. You’ll will be given the chance to prepare their snacks, clean their enclosures and learn more about the lengths t conservationists are going to to keep them off the endangered list.