We need help and we are accepting volunteers again!
Due to COVID 19, we have shifted our focus to disaster management by sending food aid to needy communities. Apart from the emergency food aid, we have also pivoted towards working on our farm. We are looking for some help with the following:
1. The non profit is based at Ampang and has a volunteer residence which is a 5 room village house. The tasks to clean the place clean includes sweeping, moping, raking leaves, washing the yards etc
2. We have 3 resident dogs and 2 resident cats - tasks include feeding, cleaning up after them and loads of cuddles.
3. We have an urban farm in the city that is a project to teach ex convicts how to grow their own food. Tasks include weeding, ploughing, planting, composting etc.
4. Emergency food aid
We just received a funding to deliver emergency food and medicinal aid and baby supplies to 900 families. Tasks include helping pack, distribute, data entry, research etc
Please only enquire if you have taken all the necessary steps to keep yourself safe. We have a strict safety policy and would prefer workawayers who are professional, possess self control and can grasp logic. Please read the full text below to have a better understanding about our preferences. Thanks!
P/s USD3 fee is waived until further notice.
We are a registered 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, working with Afghan Refugees helping them build small businesses allowing them to become financially stable until they are resettled, working at an Afghan community centre to hold classes and events, a Farm to Fork initiative, amongst a range of others!
Please list which skills you have/role(s) you would be interested and your length of stay when applying. Please be aware there is a 3 week minimum when staying with us.
Although everyone likes the idea of teaching refugees, helping homeless people, and other 'glamorous' volunteering but don't want to do tasks such as research, data entry, admin, etc. to ensure the cohesive running of the NGO. By choosing to come here 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 this Workaway with an open mind.
QUALITIES YOU MUST POSSESS:
- 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.
LOCATION AND ACCOMMODATION
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 basic 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.
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!
Please note that if you are not comfortable with dogs or cats, our home is NOT suitable.
A typical day will look like this (however, this may change depending on the project you are assiting with) :
7 am - 8 am -- wake up / Breakfast
8 am - 8.30 -- Housekeeping
8.30am -- short meeting to plan the day
9 am - 3 pm – volunteer activities
After that, its your free time.
We have 3 resident dogs and a cat. In between, they would love some cuddles and play time
This schedule is followed 5 days a week.
WE ARE EQUIP WITH:
- bunk beds mixed dorm style with fans in every room
- 1 Western toilet, 2 outdoor showers
- Communal kitchen
- Night market 2 times per week
- Gym Nearby
- 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
ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY:
- 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).
- No footwear allowed inside including indoor slippers
Breakfast - We provide coffee, tea, toast, eggs, butter, kaya and jam.
Lunch & Dinner - You are allowed to cook in the kitchen. We provide some necessities to cook (cooking gas, cooking oil, salt, soy sauce and some spices only) for volunteers to self cook from Monday to Sunday. Volunteers are required to buy vegetables of their choice to cook. You can cook as a group or individually but please clean the kitchen after you are done.
Kindly note that the NGO groceries are bought fortnightly and managed by the volunteers to prevent waste to last 2 weeks.
If you want something more like meat, 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.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Eco Projects
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
An opportunity to learn the food culture of Malaysia, learn how to make a few new dishes, how to run a hostel and volunteer programs, learn about refugee issues, language practice, sustainable goals and social enterprise.
Indoor work: 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: activities with the local Afghan community, helping Afghan refugees set up businesses, assisting with tours run by homeless people, working on an urban farm (3000+ sq meters) for a farm to fork initiative.
Fan-equipped dorms with bunk beds are available for four volunteers per room. The house has one indoor bathroom and two outdoor showers.
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.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.
This host can provide space for campervans.
More than two
Five hours per day for 5 days a week, minimum 3 weeks or 15 working days
In developing countries (Where most hosts are involved in charity work or community development) some of our hosts may ask for a small donation to help the host family or charity (often less then 5 dollars per day) Workaway will allow this listing when the donation goes directly to the family or charity and is just to cover the cost of the volunteer‘s stay. (This will be clearly marked on the host listing).
We will strictly not allow listings posted by agents, “middle men” or projects who we feel are looking to profit from a volunteers stay.
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