Program & Schedule
As a participant on our Special Kids project, you will work at a Special Needs School in Taiping where you will be required to assist and attend to various activities with the kids. This program is best suited for enthusiastic individuals who would like to help and support these mentally and physically challenged kids in various age groups. This program offers the participant a challenging environment as well as an ideal opportunity to give your assistance where it is most needed.
The core aims and objectives of this project are to help the school children to build their confidence and improve their language skills, which will help them in many ways in the future. A standard week will consist of preparing lessons and teaching children at a local school or community centre. You will also be able to teach classes either on your own or with other participants at the local school, while at the same time experiencing uniquely different individuals. Specific tasks of the program may include creating lesson plans, teaching basic greetings, conversations and grammar and using music, art and painting and fun games to teach English.
It is not mandatory for you to have prior experience and knowledge in working with children with special needs. However, if you have specialized qualifications and experience your assistance and guidance will be most welcome for the kids as well as the teachers. If you are a professional psychologist, therapist, or physician you will be able to provide training and guidance to the staff of the school and also assist in making lesson plans and study materials etc.
You will be teaching at the school for approximately 2-4 hours. You will be expected to work five days a week, and will have the weekends off. During weekends you will have plenty of time to go on excursions around the country or relax at the residence. All information about the project and various sites 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 work as required by the local community.
Aims & Objectives
The aim of this program is to help the kids grow in their confidence and learn better English which will help them in many ways in the future.
Monday to Friday
Everyday after breakfast, you will leave the centre to the school where you will work from 8.45 am to 12.30 pm. Your tasks at the school will include doing various kinds of educational and fun activities in the classroom or sensory room, providing assistance with mobilizing students and feeding students, assisting teachers in the classes.Please take note of the school holidays as well as public holidays. During such times, construction, painting or renovation work continues, with the option to join special classes and English camps that are regularly requested by the local community
Participant Criteria & 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
There are no additional requirements.
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.
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.
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.
From this location we do not provide free transport to other locations.
Name: Federation of Malaysia
Population: 31 million
Capital: Kuala Lumpur
Language: Bahasa Malaysia
Currency: Malaysian Ringgit (MYR)
Time zone: MST (UTC +8)
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.
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.
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.
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 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!