Last updated on 26 December 2019 at 05:14 pm
Want a Cultural Experience? – Become a Volunteer In Malaysia
Do you want to discover Malaysian culture? What better way to do it than volunteering and helping out the needy! If you think you are too old, or that volunteering abroad is too expensive, think again.
There are a lot of ways to discover Malaysian culture. You might know or have heard of people backpacking around some of the stunningly beautiful places that Malaysia has to offer. However, if you choose to do voluntary work you will receive an authentic experience, not to mention benefits like no other while working and living with the locals. Malaysia is a land of microcultures and no place is really ever the same.
There are so many ways to explore Malaysia. From volunteering with animals in this wildlife-rich country, or volunteering in an organisation with environmental impact, to living in the jungle with the indigenous population known as the Orang Asli, while teaching them English.
Whether you want something short-term or long-term, the opportunities are there. If you wish to feed your inner explorer with an exceptional and unforgettable cultural experience – a volunteer job in Malaysia may be just what you need, as long as you select the best organisation that suits your interests!
Unity in Diversity
As a volunteer in Malaysia, you will likely get to know its culture on a whole different level, than if you were to do a regular backpacking tour around the country. As a volunteer, naturally, you will be creating ties with the people you are working with and the community you are serving.
You will get hands-on experience and truly understand what it is like living in the heart of Southeast Asia. Life as a volunteer in Malaysia will give you hands-on & cultural-knowledge in unexpected ways that you can’t get from a regular 9 to 5 job.
Malaysia’s society stands for unity in diversity. This multi-racial and multi-religious society is known for their ways of living in harmony. Malaysia is generally known to consist of three main ethnic groups; Malays, Chinese and Indian. However, at the end of the day, despite their cultural, ethical and religious differences – they all consider themselves Malaysians. Discover a truly amazing experience of how these diverse people live in acceptance and tolerance towards one another and how each of these cultures and religions are celebrated and manifested peacefully with mutual respect.
Home to Those Who Chose Work That Matters
It is said, the moment you start giving back – everyone benefits. If you have never done volunteer work before, it might be something that could be very good for you. It is a challenge that only a few accept, but the ones that do are always full of gratitude towards their experience.
Work that matters provide you with life lessons, deep knowledge and sensitivity of other cultures. You will meet many new, amazing people and form strong bonds with people from different places and expand your international network. No doubt, your cultural backpack will be heavier after a volunteering experience here.
Malaysia is home to many volunteers who are both local and international, specifically those who choose meaning over money by contributing their service to create better circumstances for underserved communities.
One of the Best: Authentic Malaysian Cuisine
If you chose to volunteer in Malaysia you will also have the chance to eat a lot of delicious food. Malaysians love their food and there is a big possibility that you will too. Food is a big part of the culture and is a true testament to the diversity in the country where elements of the Malay, Indian, and Chinese cultures (amongst many others) make up the term Malaysian food. Food is something that brings the people of this diverse nation together.
Enjoy Malaysia’s delicious variety of foods such as the worldwide recognised national dish nasi lemak; coconut cooked rice with sides such as sambal (chilli paste), fried anchovies, boiled eggs, roasted groundnuts and cucumbers. A must-try for visitors!
Travel In Your Down Time
You might be wondering if it’s possible to travel while you work as a volunteer?
It all depends on your place of work, your budget, and whatever agreement you have with your host organisation. Most likely, you will have the opportunity to travel, and besides that, you will get some free time to do as you please.
In Malaysia, it is very common to use your weekends for small getaways to nearby places, islands, or even neighbouring countries. Travel costs in Malaysia are relatively affordable. If part of your bucket list includes travelling and getting to experience different landscapes, cultures, and lifestyles, save some extra money and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime!
Malaysia has a great selection of places to visit, as well as organisations to volunteer in. From pristine coral beaches, wildlife and rainforests, places of worship, beautiful waterfalls, stunning mountain views, to the amazing skyscrapers in the busy capital of Kuala Lumpur – this country really has it all plus a little something for each person.
Some of the most famous sights in Malaysia consists of Mount Kinabalu (situated in East Malaysia), and gorgeous islands such as Pulau Perhentian, Redang & Langkawi. The cities of Penang, Ipoh and Malacca are also very popular amongst travellers in Malaysia. This is just a small selection of many great places for you to visit.
There are a lot of ways to discover Malaysian culture while volunteering with different causes. Visiting Malaysia as a volunteer could become one of the best experiences in your life and it is an opportunity we strongly recommend you to grab with both hands, as it can give you moments, memories, and friends to cherish for life. If you’re keen to explore elsewhere, Asia is a beautiful continent, with so many fast-developing countries to volunteer in.
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