YOUR SAFETY, SUPPORT AND BACKUP:
Read important information about the Support & Backup you receive before you leave and during your programme.
Read about the Safety and Security measures we take to ensure your safety and wellbeing while on our programme.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT?
Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send you our Welcome
Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet
where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put
together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your Project Co-ordinator
for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well
as while you're on your placement and on your return home.
The documents you'll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide
and any manuals that may assist you on your particular programme (e.g. Teaching
Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all
we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome,
elegant and beautiful country.
As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is different to what you're
used to ... which, although one of the most exciting aspects of travelling, should
be borne in mind. Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in all our
destinations and will help you to make the most of this wonderful opportunity!
On Arrival, Your Introduction to the Country
When you arrive, you'll be welcomed by Ronn. She is the Volunteer Co-ordinator,
assisting Albert, our Malaysia Manager. Ronn
will take you to your accommodation in Kota Kinabalu, where you will spend the first
couple days of your trip. She will show you the nearby facilities such as banks,
pharmacy, food and beverage outlets etc.
Albert will give you an evening induction (so you will be free to do some activities
during the daytime). You will then be taken to your project and accommodation and
introduced to everyone concerned. You will be made to feel very welcome by all!
Our projects in Malaysia (particularly the Orang-Utan Centre, which you must
visit(!) are very popular and you are sure to have a wonderful time during your
stay in Sabah. Your adventure
has begun :-)
VOLUNTEERING WITH CHILDREN AND VULNERABLE ADULTS
SOME BACKGROUND ON THE PROJECT:
As well as protecting all our volunteers, Travellers Worldwide is committed to all
our projects and dedicated to practices which protect children and vulnerable adults
from harm. Read Travellers' Child Care and Vulnerable Adults Policy.
It started on January 9th, 1989 when a local church rector offered the use of a vacant house. So "Mama Anne" moved in with five Special Children and two helpers. It was a difficult start as the initial sum of RM6,500.00 donated by the previous Recto was depleting fast and expenses began adding up. Anne and the helpers had to do everything; give care, love, education and therapy to the children, marketing, cooking, housekeeping, plus meeting with families who have Special Children. It was however an exhilarating period to kick off such a project.
Today, the Home offers so much more! They provide Physiotherapy programmes: A full time physiotherapist is now employed and several support staff are living and working on site enabling therapy to be carried out 6 days per week.
They provide Special Education classes to children who cannot attend local schools because of learning difficulties, mental health problems, or physical or developmental problems. They also give professional training to youths from rural areas in the fields of care and rehabilitation of the handicapped. They are also involved in outreach work, lending support to poverty-stricken families, mothers and children in rural areas, with their help ranging from providing food essentials to getting welfare aids.
LOCATION | SIGHTSEEING:
Kota Kinabalu, or "KK" (as it is locally known), is the capital of Sabah. KK is
home to the International airport and
this will be your first point of arrival in Sabah - it is a great place to start
your trip and get used to the Malaysian way of life.
Although Kota Kinabalu is far less developed than Kuala Lumpur (its counterpart
on the Peninsular), the people are very
friendly and the atmosphere here is more relaxed. KK also boasts impressive markets,
a beautiful mosque, restaurants and nightlife - a fun introduction to the wide variety
that Sabah has to offer.
Just off the coast it is possible to see an array of beautiful islands which make
up the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park.
Exploring the coral reefs and marine life in this underwater world is fascinating
and day trips here can be easily arranged - most islands are less than 45 minutes
away by boat. Once you arrive you will be amazed at how clear the water is and just
how many different fish you can see. There are also many wonderful beaches to be
explored on the islands!
If you are the outdoors type, a visit to Sabah isn’t complete without a climb to
the summit of Mount Kinabalu (the highest peak in SE Asia). Standing at over 4000
metres, this is another of Sabah’s main attractions and the views from the top at
sunrise more than make up for the two day climb. Afterwards you can soak your aching
muscles at Poring where the sulphur hot springs
provide a therapeutic bath.
Throughout the whole of Sabah you will find many local "Tamu", meaning market -
the variety of fruit, vegetables, plants
and handcrafted items on sale at cheap prices has to be seen to be believed!
THINGS YOU CAN DO:
Just off the West coast of Borneo, it is possible to see an array of beautiful islands
which make up the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park – a protected area which boasts
some of the best coral and unspoilt beaches in the area. Exploring the coral reefs
and marine life in this underwater world is fascinating and day trips here can be
easily arranged - most islands are less than 45 minutes away by boat.
Once you arrive you will be amazed at how clear the water is and just how many different
fish you can see. There is excellent snorkelling and scuba diving (for both beginners
and the more advanced) on these islands, as well as some wonderful beaches to be
Take a trip on the North Borneo Railway, where you’ll travel through the heart of
Borneo on a beautifully refurbished steam train. The journey meanders through villages,
coastal towns, paddy fields, rain forests and rubber/coffee plantations. Passengers
experience a glimpse into a bygone era, travelling along what used to be the ‘transport
lifeline’ of Sabah – a great way to get a feel for the spectacular, untouched scenery