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 No
  • Lockable rooms Yes
  • Hot shower Yes
  • Private bathroom Yes
  • Bed linen Yes
  • Towels No
  • Mosquito protection Yes
  • Fan Yes
  • Air conditioning No

Program & Schedule

Support will be given to several kindergarten projects in Kuching for local children of about 4 to 5 years old who are right at the start of their school careers, all mainly from poor villages.

They will all be excited to see you and exceptionally welcoming, due partly to the natural and genuine friendliness of all Sarawakian, especially children, but also the fact that you will be one of the few westerners they have met!

The kindergarten is informal, same as kindergartens worldwide, and the children will want to play with you more than be ‘taught’ in a formal sense. Your help and assistance will help the kids grow in their confidence and learn better English which will help them in many ways in the future.

Aims & Objectives

The aims & objectives is to help the kids grow in their confidence and learn better English which will help them in many ways in the future.

Schedule

Monday to Friday

You will leave the center between 8 and 9 in the morning depending on the school. Expect to teach for 3 6 hours. Lunch will be served at the school and you will leave the school each day at around 3 or 4 in the afternoon.

Please take note of the school holidays (12-16 Mar, 28 May-12 Jun, 10-18 Sep & 26 Nov-31 Dec) as well as public holidays. During such times, 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

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:                18

Maximum age:                -

Minimum English level:        Basic

CRB required:                On Signup

Passport copy required:        On Signup

Resume copy required:        No

Required qualification:        None

Additional Requirements

No additional requirements.

Living & Location

Sarawak makes access to Borneo’s natural wonders and cultural riches a breeze. Kuching, the capital of Sarawak, is simply unique. No other city in Malaysia has such a romantic and unlikely history, nor displays its charms with such an easy grace. Kuching goes about its own business in a relaxed manner that hasn’t changed in 160 years.

Accommodation is a standard semi-detached house in a residential area called Kali Garden in Kuching. This is one of the typical homes. A small park behind the house is where residents jog and exercise. There is a Malay village and a fishing village within the vicinity.

Furthermore, there is a refrigerator which you are welcome to use to store food and beverages.

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 mee kok lo (noodles and vegetables 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, fresh fruit, etc. Tea, coffee and purified water is available at the house. We do not recommend that you drink water straight from the tap.

Facilities

Supermarket, Gymnasium, swimming pool, saloon, Laundromat, cinema, money exchange, ATM, sim card shop, and photocopy shops are all located within a 2 kilometers radius.

Activities & Events

No scheduled activities outside the program.

Sights & Surroundings

  • Fairy Caves
  • Semenggoh Nature Reserve
  • Mount Santubong
  • Bako national park

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!