Culture

 

Learning

 

Leisure

 

Community engagement

 

Physical demand

 

  • All meals included Yes
  • Free beverages Yes
  • Persons per room 4-8
  • Wifi in public areas Yes
  • Laundry facilities No
  • Safety box Yes
  • Lockable rooms Yes
  • Hot shower Yes
  • Private bathroom No
  • Bed linen Yes
  • Towels No
  • Mosquito protection No
  • Fan Yes
  • Air conditioning No

Program & Schedule

The Restoration and Renovation project supports small village communities in and around Taiping. It aims to restore and renovate buildings that are essential for the growth and development of the local community. We generally work on schools, centres, playgrounds and public libraries and support local families by improving living conditions. Our project helps relieve them of some of the stress and pressure that they are living under. You will work under a local foreman (coordinator) who provides guidance alongside local families and other participants. The project involves hard physical and manual labor, as you will be laying bricks, doing carpentry, painting, laying tiles, and landscaping/gardening.
All information about the project and various activities will be provided to you by our local coordinator on arrival. You will not be given project preference and are required to join ongoing and existing projects or carry out other restoration and renovation work as required by the local community.You should be interested in working hard under sometimes hot and difficult conditions and getting your hands dirty.

Aims & Objectives

The aim of this project is to test your teamwork and creative skills through a new and fun challenge!

Schedule

Monday to Friday

After breakfast, you will be off to the school. You will then be organized into groups and be briefed on your tasks by our coordinator and the school’s staff. Expect to do heavy work at the site for 4-5 hours per day with a lunch break in between. Lunch is always at a nearby roadside restaurant and stops at the local town can be made on the way back to the accommodation.

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

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:                18

Maximum age:                -

Minimum English level:        Basic

CRB required:                No

Passport copy required:        On Signup

Resume copy required:        No

Required qualification:        None

Additional Requirements

Due to the active nature of this program, a decent level of fitness is required.

Living & Location

Taiping is a town located in Larut, Matang and Selama District, Perak, Malaysia. With a population of 217,647, it is the second largest town in Perak after Ipoh, the state capital.

Taiping is a town located in Larut, Matang and Selama District, Perak, Malaysia. Taiping took over Kuala Kangsar's role as the state capital from 1876 to 1937, but was then replaced by Ipoh. Its growth slowed down after that, but in recent years the town has been developing rapidly again. Perak State Museum is located in the town.

Taiping also receives some limelight for being the wettest town in Peninsular Malaysia. The average annual rainfall is about 4,000mm in Taiping while the peninsula's average is 2,000mm – 2,500mm. Its unusual rainfall has also led to a fertile collection of flora and century-old rain trees in the Taiping Lake Gardens.

Accommodation in Taiping has comfortable rooms with shared bathroom.

Food Arrangements

Malaysian food is tasty and diverse and you can expect to experience a myriad of flavors and meals during their stay. Typical dishes include wanton noodles (noodles and pork dumplings either dry or soup), nasi goreng (fried rice and vegetables) or roti canai (is a type of Indian influenced flatbread found in Malaysia. Breakfasts are varied and and include toast, cereals, etc. Tea, coffee and purified water is available at the house. We do not recommend that you drink water straight from the tap.

Facilities

The centre is surrounded by plenty of shops, banks, atms, 7-11, supermarket and a shopping mall within 5 minutes walking distance.

Supermarket, salon, Laundromat, money exchange, ATM, sim card shop, and photocopy shops are all located within 1 kilometers radius.

Activities & Events

No scheduled activities outside the program.

Sights & Surroundings

The working week is Monday to Friday and you will have weekends off. For many people, this will be a once in a lifetime trip to Malaysia, and they generally take advantage of the weekends to explore the surrounding area.

After a tiring work, you may visit Bukit Merah Water Theme Park by the beautiful lake to enjoy sunset view and even try to taste the freshness of coconut water and also ABC (Ais Batu Campur), local dessert with local food at the stalls.

On weekends, you can try to do a visit or do some other activities such as :

  • Taiping, Perak one of the oldest town in Malaysia where the first train station was built in the 19 century.
  • Night market
  • Wet market
  • Kuala Sepetang, for eagle sighting  and mangrove site visit

With ETS train service often available, it is possible to head further into the field for your weekend. Other destinations where you can go explore are:

Kuala Lumpur– Malaysia’s capital city where the Twin Tower is located

Penang Island – Georgetown which was founded by British in 1786, is currently a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Transportation

From this location we do not provide free transport to other locations.

Quick Facts

Name:                Federation of Malaysia

Population:        31 million

Capital:        Kuala Lumpur

Language:        Bahasa Malaysia

Currency:        Malaysian Ringgit (MYR)

Time zone:        MST (UTC +8)

Country Information

Malaysia is one of the most culturally and geographically diverse countries in the world. It is filled with contrasts, and it is here where you meet friendly people from different cultural backgrounds in the either vibrant cities, beautiful beaches or even in tiny authentic villages in the rainforests of Borneo.

Climate

Malaysia boasts a tropical climate, temperatures usually range from 26°C to 32°C year-round. However, as many of the countries in the area, sunny days get interrupted by monsoon season that occurs between November and February in Borneo and the east coast. Likewise, the rest of Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur region) gets showers from April to October.

Culture

Malaysia is a wonderfully diverse country. Malays make up 52% percent of the population, while Chinese are also abundant covering a 27% percent. Indians make up 9% and the rest is covered by indigenous people (Orang Asli) and the portuguese clan in Maleka.

Religion is incredibly varied as well. In Malaysia, you will find Islam, Buddhism, Christianity, Taoism, Hinduism and many other faiths scattered around.

Gastronomy

Malaysia is an incredibly diverse country and so is its cuisine. With a blend of Malay, Chinese, Indian and even portuguese cuisine, there is at least a dish in the country that will suit even the pickiest palettes.

Malay Cuisine

Malay Cuisine is characterized by its use of spices, ranging from cinnamon, coconut milk, star anise, fresh herbs and more. Malay dishes are mostly curries and stews. Staple dishes include Nasi lemak, a typical breakfast that consists of rice cooked in coconut milk or cream topped with peanuts, cucumber and chilli and Rendang, which is meat stewed in curry paste.

Peranakan or Nonya cuisine

A blend created by Malay and Chinese communities. Some dishes to try are Ayam pongteh, which is chicken flavored with soy bean paste, dark soy sauce and sugar. Another dish is chilli crab!