Grassroot community NGO needs help in Ampang Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia



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This listing is a Last minute host. They have let us know that they are looking for help immediately as well as at other times of the year.

 Min stay requested: at least a week

  • Description


    We are a non profit NGO focusing on social innovation to help individuals have a sustainable future. We have a number of projects including working with homeless individuals to get them into work and off the streets, community engagement with homeless people to end their stigma, training homeless people/marginalised individuals (LGBT, Single Mothers, etc.) to be tour guides to end the cycle of poverty, working with Afghan Refugees helping them build small businesses allowing them to become financially stable until they are resettled, teaching English to refugee children, working at an Afghan community centre to hold classes and events, amongst a range of others!

    Below are some of the roles we are currently looking for (but if you have something else you think you can offer please let us know!) :

    - Community Engagement officer for the homeless - This can be anything from Yoga, Salsa Dancing, Gardening, Origami, Haircutting, language lessons...the possibilities are endless!  

    - English teaching refugee children (volunteers required from 25th June onward)

    - Website Content (Wordpress editor)

    - Digital Content Editor/Social Media assistant

    - Counsellors/Psychologists

    - Marketing strategists

    - Funding/Grant writing/Strategy managers

    - Business/product development

    - Accounts/bookkeeping  

    - Feral Dog Catcher (with experience)

    - Housekeeping

    Please list which skills you have/role(s) you would be interested and your length of stay when applying.

    Although everyone likes the idea of teaching refugees, helping homeless people, and other 'glamorous' volunteering but don't want to do tasks such as cleaning, data entry, admin, etc. to ensure the cohesive running of the NGO. By choosing to come to the House you are putting the needs of our beneficiaries before your own wants/desires and expecting to volunteer your time without self gain. We have had some volunteers come with a "Western Saviour Complex" who only want to come and do the jobs where they feel empowered or that make a good story, please leave this behind and approach the House with an open mind.


    - reliable, resourceful, results orientated

    - excellent leadership qualities

    - able to get along with all types of personalities and cultures

    - able to listen and follow instructions.

    - mature and no drama

    Discipline and respect are the key words here and if you are someone who is lazy and messy and with an attitude, please give this a pass.

    Your behaviour influences a lot of the local people's ideas about the western world so we ask you to be sensitive to culture and customs. The local people will appreciate your sensitivity towards their culture, lifestyles and beliefs. Be respectful at all times and offer your assistance to your host or staff whenever possible. You must have a broad mind for cultural differences.


    We are situated in a suburb called Ampang, a small mixed race village (kampung) setting about 8kms from Petronas Twin Towers. Our neighbours comprise of Malays, Chinese, Indians, Indonesians and some aborigine people too. We are well connected and close enough to the city but still far enough to see wild civet cats and hear the crickets at night. You will be staying at a volunteer residence which is a traditional village house. We have basical facilities at the house but considering our beneficiaries often do not have a roof over their head we are lucky to have what we do. If you are looking for a luxury stay this place may not be for you.

    Please note that if you are not comfortable with dogs, our home is NOT suitable.

    Our home is not a hotel and we would appreciate volunteers to respect that before arriving.Since we do not have a maid, housekeeping is a shared duty with other volunteers and will take 15 minutes to complete. To stay here you must not be afraid to get your hands dirty!

    A typical day will look like this (however, this may change depending on the needs of the project!) :

    7 am - 8 am -- Breakfast

    8 am - 8.30 -- Housekeeping

    8.45am -- short meeting to plan the day

    9 am - 1 pm – volunteer activities

    Lunch & planning for following day

    After 3 is your free time.

    This schedule is followed 5 days a week. If you come as a couple we cannot always facilitate you both being off on the same days as we first need to ensure that the project are fully staffed.

    We have 3 resident dogs and a cat. In between, they would love some cuddles, play time and a weekly bath.


    - bunk beds mixed dorm style with fans in every room

    - 1 Western toilet, 2 outdoor showers

    - Communal kitchen

    - WIFI

    - Night market 2 times per week

    - 24 hour laundromat nearby

    - 24 hour restaurants nearby

    - Supermarkets nearby

    - 5 minute walk to bus stop with buses to Chinatown, Central Kuala Lumpur, and LRT station every 10 minutes


    - We have a curfew from midnight to 7am.

    - Female volunteers are required to cover their knees and shoulders at all time. Please wear your bras.

    - No drugs allowed in the house (including marijuana).

    - It is highly impolite to wear footwear in Malaysian houses. So no footwear allowed inside including indoor slippers


    Groceries are provided for self cook from Monday to Sunday. We provide groceries/vegetables and volunteers are welcome to self cook. We live as a community so whoever cooks has to cook for everyone and everyone who doesn't cook helps by cleaning up. Food is mostly vegetarian, meat can be purchased with your own money. Kindly note that our food is bought once a week and managed by the volunteers to prevent waste. Unfortunately we can't cater for specific diets e.g gluten free, vegan, etc. when buying food for volunteers.

    If you want something more like milk, peanut butter or fruits, you can buy them for yourself at the local store but these come under your own personal purchases.

    Thank you, we hope to hear from you soon.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Helping with Tourists
    Charity work
    Language practice
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    An opportunity to learn the food culture of Malaysia, learn how to make a few local dishes, get involved with street people project's KL where we train homeless people and marginalised communities (former convicts, urban poor, LGBT+, etc.) to be tour guides, how to run a hostel and volunteer programs, learn about refugee issues, language practice, sustainable goals and social enterprise.

  • Help


    Indoor work: Art projects, DIY, cleaning, internet publicity and social media, cooking for the house, website maintenance, accounts and paperwork, marketing, pet care, etc.

    Outdoor work : gardening, composting, general DIY

    Offsite work: Street Salon and soup kitchen, daily engagement activities with the homeless, washing and playing with adoptable dogs, activities with the local Afghan community, helping Afghan refugees set up businesses, assisting with tours run by homeless people, and swimming with special needs children.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English (always), Malay (always), Tamil (always)

  • Accommodation


    Fan-equipped dorms with bunk beds are available for four volunteers per room. The house has one indoor bathroom and two outdoor showers.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Ampang is a short bus-ride away from Kuala Lumpur, which has all the amenities of a big city. Nearby are the tourist attractions Batu Caves and hot springs. It is possible to visit places such as the Cameron Highlands, Ipoh and Penang on days off.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Five hours per day for 5 days a week, minimum 1 week or 5 working days

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    This host charges a fee

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    $3 per day

Host ref number: 321112694254