KickStart A Sustainable Community at our Bamboo Centre in Perak, Malaysia

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  • Description

    Description

    We were formally established in 2013 after successfully operating our guesthouse and organizing activities in and around Sungai Siput. Although we are small business but somehow or rather, we are the leading in bamboo enterprise in the country with visions as a social enterprise, encouraging villagers and volunteers alike to participate.

    At our compound, we conduct training and workshops on various aspect of bamboo from planting, harvesting, treatment, furniture and building construction. We also provide bamboo consultancy services for fellow bamboo entrepreneurs, structural engineers, designers and architect in approaching bamboo.

    We sell bamboo seeds and seedlings for bamboo plantation and landscaping and treated bamboo poles for construction. We also produce and sell bamboo bikes and furnitures, and available for hire for constructing structures like gazebos, chalets, villas, etc..

    Here in Sungai Siput, Perak, we have a bamboo workshop where we craft our products. As lovers of this precious green gold, our place cultivates bamboo from A to Z, from growing, harvesting, treating and crafting/building and we are never reluctant to share our knowledge and skills to passionate volunteers. There is also a nursery with many different species of bamboo for us to explore and a little bamboo farm that houses 36 species of Bamboo surrounding our compound. It’s also living ground for parts of our staff in addition to being a guesthouses.

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    Come and assist us in kick starting a sustainable community with our staff and volunteers! We are looking for dedicated and keen helpers to share their knowledge about community living with us (i.e. making information signs and develop and taking care of a volunteers’ guide book) and develop models and guidelines regards permaculture to kickstart our sustainable living project. In exchange, we offer training in bamboo construction — you will have the chance to have hands on experience with making various items from bamboo, as well as getting a broad understanding of how diverse bamboo can be. Our goal is to set up a space that is environmentally friendly which helps bring more attention to a sustainable way of life, setting an example in our small community.

    Volunteers with experience in building and construction will be given priority. Adaptability is much appreciated, we do it guerrilla style here! Be mentally and physically prepared to face the jungle setting and dive straight into the field.

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    This humble village is a majority Malay-muslim community, therefore, modesty is key, especially with dressing. We would appreciate it if you wear appropriate modest clothing, mosquitos are another reason to cover up. Sleeveless tops and shorts for female are inadvisable.

    ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES are prohibited with no compromise — volunteers caught with alcoholic beverages within our base will have their volunteer program terminated and will be asked to leave immediately.

    Our village is very welcoming and hospitable and we are excited to invite foreigners to get a taste of our culture.
    Locals speak decent English and are better at understanding English. Getting engaged with them is a good way to learn basic Malay and they are very happy to teach you some (and it’s easy to pick up).

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Farmstay
    Other
    Help with Eco project
    Animal care
    Helping with Tourists
    Charity work
    Language practice
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet
    Teaching

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We run an official training facility for bamboo furniture constructions in Malaysia. We have experience in working internationally with other bamboo lovers and are very keen to share our knowledge with our volunteers. Seasonally, we have certified workshops which our volunteers could participate for FREE!

    Our sanctuary is located in a small Malaysian village so the experience you will get will be an authentic insight into our culture — it is a simple life here of doing simple things, supplemented by 30% more oxygen in the air produced by the bamboo. This patient, deep focus is a value that one can learn from the simple life here and are very much needed in practicing effective communal living and cultivating virtue and patience throughout one's life.

    We often collaborate with the Orang asli, our Malaysian indigenous tribes who live in the jungle not far from us.

  • Help

    Help

    DEAR TRAVELLERS, we are not taking in any volunteers until November as we are occupied with other projects.

    Cleaning and maintenance of compound must be done by all volunteers every few days.

    *️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️CURRENT PROJECTS —

    1) BAMBOO ADVENTURE CAMP, Kampung Lambok

    Estimated date — Mid November

    Target Completion — 2 months

    We are involved with establishing a bamboo adventure camp by a river just 15 minutes away from our base. The project is a Veteran Association and locals' private effort to expand the tourism industry in this small village with pristine natural landscape.

    BUILDING BAMBOO RAFT HOUSES: The adventure camp will feature bamboo raft houses floating on the river which will be mainly used for fishing and shrimp netting and trapping, available for locals and visitors alike to rent.

    BUILDING BAMBOO RAFT: The bamboo raft will be motorised to increase mobility throughout the river.

    ADDITIONAL STRUCTURES: Building other bamboo structures such as gazebos, chalets, etc.. are in discussion.

    REQUIRED SKILLS : Structure building, construction or woodworking experience and resourcefulness. Training will be provided.

    Send us a message with "I AM A BUILDER" as the subject for speedy replies.

    2) ADVANCED BAMBOO BUILDERS' WORKSHOP

    Estimated date — 19th-23rd November or 26th-30th November (TBC)

    We are organizing a Bamboo Workshop where participants can learn the technicalities of working with bamboo, we organize these series of bamboo workshops regularly. This coming workshop is catered to locals but we are open to also tutor fellow volunteers.

    ASSISTANCE WITH ORGANIZATION: During the event, we need help with minor things like setting up, ushering guests, maintaining cleanliness throughout the workshop, and cleaning up post-workshop.

    REQUIRED SKILLS : Construction, Building, Woodworking, or Carpentry experience required, in addition to attitudes of reliability, attentiveness and diligence.

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    General Help (ON HOLD) —

    MAINTAINING VOLUNTEERING PROJECT: Our project is very new. If you’re experienced in volunteering at different communities and you are enthusiastic about helping us set up the core structures of our project, you are invited to be involved.

    COMMUNITY LIVING: We require a guide book which that puts communal living models to practice. You can help us add more knowledge. When you first arrive read the guide and you can get an overview of what’s currently going on and what you can help with. We still need signs and descriptions which will help new volunteers, staff and visitors to navigate through our place and understand our practice.

    GARDEN/COMPOST: We already have a bamboo nursery and a few fruit trees, lemongrass, etc. You can help us water the plants and take care of the compost. If you have particular interest in organic and permaculture gardening you’re very welcome to share your knowledge with us and help us develop our gardens.

    NATURAL BUILDINGS: You have the opportunity learn more about bamboo construction and learn and get involved. We build furniture, houses, bikes, etc.

    LANGUAGE EXCHANGE: A very beautiful way to engage with our local villagers is to set up a language exchange where volunteers can teach a group their native language in exchange to learn Malay. We believe setting up a language exchange routine would be a very beautiful way to experience our local culture.

    WORKSHOPS: If you have specific skills to share to a group you can help us offer workshops which are open to locals for free or based on donation. It can be anything from earth care to natural crafts. You can refer to previous workshops in the guide book but also put your new workshop into the book so new volunteers can continue running it.

    EVENTS: We’d like to promote the homestay and our community by organizing events. These can be bigger, for a weekend or just one day. Whatever concept you’d like to have for your event, we’ll try to accommodate your idea (concerts, open mic, hand crafts, natural cosmetics, cooking, etc.).

    PROMOTION: To make our project more accessible to others we’re relying on updating our social media and website regularly. You can help us organize photos and content for that and also develop ideas about how to promote events within the local area. The Sunday market could be a good place for example.

    BAMBOO BAND: We have various instruments made from bamboo and some of our staff are really talented musicians. Our dream is to put together a bamboo band.

    ART PROJECT: Spread your creative wings and decorate our place with your art. We’d like to show the different potential that bamboo and other natural resources have.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Malay, English

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We provide accommodation as we have bamboo dorm rooms complete with toilets, beds and community kitchen. Our dorm room style accommodation makes it difficult to accommodate to couples who prefers to stay in a private room. We do take in couples who meet our criteria, but only apply if you're okay with living in separate dormrooms.

    Hot water, coffee and tea is available at all times. Volunteers are encouraged to approach meal breaks with a communal attitude as it is more sustainable to put working as a unit to practice. We provide basic raw ingredients like rice, eggs, toast, vegetables and local fruits.

    Local vegetable markets are within walking distance and there is a very cheap local restaurant right across the street, expect to spend about 1.50USD a meal on average at local restaurants and stalls.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Volunteers have their off day on the weekends. We may ask you to work on weekends depending on events but will replace the off days.

    Our place is some 20 minutes away from Kuala Kangsar, the royal town of Perak state, where the Sultan's palace is. Kuala Kangsar at at one time was the British administrative district, many tourist attractions, historical landmarks. Ipoh is 45 minutes away. We have a 4WD vehicle, a motorcycle and a few bamboo bikes to move around with. At times we also conduct leisure exploration into the jungle, night markets and aboriginal villages.

    Past volunteers have found it interesting to interact with villagers, sample foods at nearby stalls, scavenging for vegetables, fruits and ingredients to cook wit, as well as woodworking as volunteers have a whole workshop at their disposal and we provide the materials. We encourage these sort of social and creative activities and would not prefer volunteers to spend a lot of time in their rooms and not participating in the happenings of our community and the village.

  • 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

    5 hours a day, 8:30 am to 1:30 pm, 5 days a week










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