Last updated on 26 December 2019 at 05:14 pm
Why you should volunteer abroad in Malaysia
Life as a volunteer in Malaysia could go on to be one of the best experiences you will have in life. It is generally known amongst a society that people who volunteer in Asia are likely to crave for a new lifestyle, one they aren’t familiar with. For Westerners, the experience as a volunteer in Southeast Asia can be quite an upheaval. The food, weather, accommodation, culture, religion, and customs of society are all very different, and in the beginning, they might be in for a shock and will definitely require some time to adapt.
However, the chance and experience to be a volunteer in Asia are still on a lot of peoples bucket list, despite the stereotypes of it. The adventure, the numerous benefits and the proof of character that comes from being a volunteer in Asia are what attract people, year after year.
As a volunteer in Asia, you will have a humble experience. Leaving the comforts of home to be part of a volunteer programme abroad more often than not means you will go to grassroots/rural areas. In some, if not most instances, these areas will also be where you will be accommodated.
What does that mean to your life as a volunteer in Asia? Well, simply put your life will change. Maybe it will be a change of heart, maybe you find your call in life to work for something meaningful rather than the endless chase after money, or maybe nothing feels like it is changing at the moment but once you have completed your stay, you look back and realize how much you have changed.
Besides that, let’s say you volunteer in Southeast Asia, maybe Malaysia. Imagine not being from there, and joining an extended programme for 6-12 months.. Meeting new people from all over the world is something you are almost guaranteed to experience during your stay as a volunteer in Asia. New friends from new cultures that you can learn a lot from. Do you know why you want to volunteer though?
Cultural Melting Pot
So now you wonder; okay, if I choose to volunteer in Malaysia, what will it be like?
Well, to begin with, Malaysia is one of the largest countries in Southeast Asia and is considered by many to be Asia in its truest sense, since it is the most culturally diverse and generally developing countries in the region. This makes Malaysia a great destination for those who want to volunteer in Southeast Asia.
As a volunteer in Malaysia, you will be living in a country that consists of 3 large ethnic groups; Malays, Chinese & Indians, and a multitude of smaller ethnicities. Besides this, a large number of expats from western countries and the middle eastern region have settled down there.
This makes for a multicultural atmosphere out of the ordinary. This is something that you most likely will not experience in the same sense if you chose anywhere else to volunteer in Asia.
What will life be like?
The general impression of foreigners who volunteer in Southeast Asia is that they enjoy the laid back lifestyle and culture. In Malaysia, as we mentioned, the general circumstance is that you will be living amongst people from many different cultures. However, it is also dependent on which kind of volunteer opportunity you are looking for. You will experience less of the multiculturalism mentioned if you go to rural areas in and around the jungle. Placed in these areas are where the people known as Orang Asli live.
Orang Asli are the indigenous people of Malaysia. These communities are normally served when one volunteers in Malaysia for educational volunteering purposes in rural areas.
When volunteering in these areas, life as a volunteer will be very different from the ones who chose to volunteer in a bigger city such as Kuala Lumpur. If you ever wondered “why volunteer in Asia?’’ you might as well wonder ‘’why not volunteer in Kuala Lumpur’’ since this vibrant city has elements of so many Asian cultures and you will have the chance to experience them all once you are there. Future volunteers, make sure that your work matters though.
Where to volunteer in Malaysia?
There are so many places to volunteer in Malaysia. It’s a matter of finding a cause that you advocate for, and what you’re passionate about.
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Here at SOLS 24/7 for example, we can facilitate one of the most transformational life experiences you can have. You can have a positive, impressive impact where it is needed the most. Underserved people, impoverished societies, and many other vulnerable social groups are in much need of your expertise.
If you are also looking for shaping the future of humanity in a positive way, look no further than SOLS 24/7’s various projects. From empowering young students with technology for better learning to making the switch to green fuels and a more sustainable environment, SOLS 24/7 aims to recreate a more enlightened society we can all live more happily and content.
If you want to volunteer in Malaysia and are passionate about helping underserved communities while being a part of an international organisation with employees from all over the world – SOLS 24/7 is the place to be.
The question is – will you be a part of it? Will you answer the call to transform your life and others’ as well? If so, apply today to be part of our volunteering programs. It might just be the best decision of your life.
Stepping out of the comfort zone as a volunteer in Malaysia
Since we are talking about SOLS 24/7, one of the opportunities our NGO offers people looking for a life-changing experience as a volunteer in Southeast Asia is the chance to work in community centres. The Orang Asli communities previously mentioned are beneficiaries that our organisation works a lot with. Their wellbeing, future and opportunities are matters very close to the heart of our organisation.
Through different sponsorships, our organisation has managed to establish community centres in several different areas of Malaysia where Orang Asli communities are found. Our centres offer free education to the people in these villages. Through these centres, many barriers, such as age and gender, have been broken down and native speakers have learned to communicate in proper English without having any previous knowledge about the language.
All of this would not have been possible to achieve without the many volunteers who have joined forces with us through time. Both international and local volunteers have been stationed at our community centres and have created a huge impact through the methodology and teaching materials provided by our organisation.
All volunteers in these areas have been committed long-term and changed lives in underserved communities across Malaysia. It has been a very unselfish act from their end, since these volunteers, regardless of their motives, have left all comfort they previously knew to work and live in rural areas for the benefit of people who had nothing but their gratefulness to give in return.
Community Centre Managers and Volunteer Teachers are still being scouted for since such jobs don’t apply to everyone. Only the ones who see the benefit of sacrificing their own long-term comfort to empower the underserved succeed in these positions.
It is crucial to select the best organisation to volunteer with. It will affect your entire experience in Asia.
Why volunteer abroad?
Volunteering abroad gives you the opportunity to see different places in the world while participating in meaningful work. Especially in this region, you will have the opportunity to travel around if your budget allows it since countries are very closely connected and regional flights are relatively cheap.
The living costs are also very affordable here, and if you are not expecting any luxuries, this region consists of amazing countries you can volunteer in such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand – to name a few.
However, luxuries and high living costs are rarely factors you see connected to anyone who chose to volunteer in Southeast Asia or anywhere else for that sake.