Volunteer Experience | Teaching

Malaysia: Language & Cultural Exchange

Kuching, Malaysia

Description

Location: Kuching, Borneo, Malaysia

Duration: Minimum 2 weeks – the Introductory week is required

Start Dates: Project is on-going, and you can join at any time, depending upon availability. Placements start each Monday

Cost: €225 Euros per week – see Costs section for more details

Includes: all food, accommodation, airport pickup, orientation and all project related activities

Does not Include: flights, travel insurance, visas and vaccinations

Benefits:

  • Get to know the amazing island of Borneo, its people, culture, food and environment
  • Flexible placement, tailored according to your interests and abilities.
  • Teach alongside local staff in a school full of hungry-to-learn kids!
We also offer Paid Teach Abroad placements with TEFL training.
Costs Explained

Introduction

Malaysia is a beautiful country filled with contrasts – culturally and geographically diverse, with dynamic cities and peaceful beaches, authentic small villages and pristine rainforests. Essentially split between the mainland peninsula and the island of Borneo, Malaysia is incredibly ethnically and spiritually diverse with a combination of Malays, Chinese and Indians and indigenous groups practising many religions from Buddhism, Islam and Christianity to Hinduism and Taoism.

This project takes place in a beautiful Kuching setting and provides an opportunity to interact with the local children who enjoy immensely the contact with foreigners. If you love children and would like to make a difference in their lives, you can help them improve their English skills and develop various new interests through teaching a variety of English-based subjects.

Kuching is the capital city of Sarawak, one of two Malaysian states on Borneo and the gateway to its many natural wonders. It’s a charming and enticing city with old colonial architecture juxtaposed with modern towers. It offers a lot to see and do and provides easy access to the nearby attractions.

Introductory Week

Monday
Start this action-packed off well with a filling breakfast, after which you will receive and introduction to the week ahead. After lunch, we’ll take you on a walking tour around Kuching, exploring all the sights, sounds and colours that make this town come alive. The evening will be full of fun with a welcome party!

Tuesday
Today you’ll explore Kuching by bike, followed by a boat trip along the river before ending the day with an authentic Malay dinner.

Wednesday
What would a culture week be without learning the local lingo? Today you will be given a short lesson in Bahasa Malaysia, as well as learn about traditional culture and local customs, all of which will come in very handy once you start your volunteer projects.

Thursday
Your cultural education continues as we visit a local village taking in the architecture and the food. After lunch we head to gorgeous Damal Beach to watch the sun set.

Friday
Malaysia and Borneo are world famous for it’s many natural wonders and endemic wildlife. Today we’ll visit the beautiful Semonggoh Wildlife Park and Fairy caves, before returning to the volunteer house in the evening for dinner.

You can find further details on the Introductory week page.

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Daily Life

The core aims and objectives of this project are to help school children build their confidence and improve their level of English, which will help them in many ways in the future. A standard week will consist of preparing lesson plans and teaching children at a local school. You will also be able to teach a whole class either on your own or with other participants at the local school, while at the same time experiencing a uniquely different lifestyle.

Specific tasks in the program may include:
•        Creating lesson plans
•        Managing English conversation and grammar exercises
•        Teaching informal English classes
•        Engaging in activities such as music, songs and games

A typical day: You will leave the centre between 7 – 8 am in the morning or 1 – 2 pm in the afternoon depending on the schedule and you will be teaching at the kindergarten/school for approximately 2-4 hours.

You will be expected to work five days a week, and will have the weekends off, giving you plenty of time to go on excursions around the country or to relax and unwind.

All information about the project and various sites will be provided to you by our local coordinator on arrival. You will not be allowed to select projects and are required to join ongoing projects or carry out work as required by the local community.

***The schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.***

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Travel & Accommodation

You will be staying in a standard semi-detached typical home located in a residential area called Kali Garden in Kuching. The lockable rooms are shared between 4 to 8 people on a single-gender basis and are furnished with fans and shared bathrooms. Wifi is available in public areas.

There are three meals provided during weekdays and two meal on the weekends. Malaysia is famous for it’s cuisine and you can expect a very diverse and flavourful combination of meals including noodles, fried rice, cereals, vegetables and fruit. Tea, coffee and purified water are available in the house.

There is a small park behind the house where you can jog and exercise along with the residents. There is also a Malay village and a fishing village nearby. Within a 2 kilometer radius of the house you can find a supermarket, a gym, swimming pool, salon, laundromat, cinema, money exchange, ATM, sim card shop and photocopy shops.

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Requirements

  • Minimum age 18.
  • Passion and enthusiasm to get to know the country and lots of energy and creativity.
  • No previous skills are necessary, however, you will need to speak English at a conversational level.
  • Minimum 2-weeks commitment, the Introductory week is required
  • Necessary vaccinations.
  • Necessary flight & visas.
  • Full travel & medical insurance. Full assistance will be provided in getting everything you will need ready if you choose our Premium Support.

Costs

€225 Euros per week

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** All payments incur a 5% bank transfer fee
*** Placements are confirmed with a 1 week deposit

What’s Included:

Project Fee includes food, accommodation, airport pickup, orientation, in-country support and project activities.

Private rooms are available for an additional €100 per week.

What’s not included:

Flights, insurance, visas (if applicable) and vaccinations. Full assistance will be provided in getting all these arranged if you choose our Premium Support.

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We understand there’s a great deal to plan and organise for your trip. When booking a Placement, many of our participants choose to purchase our Premium Support Upgrade to benefit from the expertise, knowledge and experience of our Project Coordinators.

We can provide the personal advice you need to ensure your trip is organised with excellence and planned with efficiency; ensuring the very best experience possible. Read more about how we can help you.

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