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Volunteer at a grassroots NGO in Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

  • Malaysia
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  • Last activity: 06/02/2023



 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks



  • Description


    Updated January 2023
    Min stay – 2 weeks to 3 months

    We are a local registered non-profit NGO on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur and are looking for some volunteers to help (multiple roles available – see below!). The NGO works in the local community to support vulnerable and marginalised groups including the elderly and disabled, children with special needs, refugees amongst others. We focus on social innovation and aim to create sustainable solutions for individuals and households so that they can be self-sufficient.

    Experience working in the sector is a bonus but not a requirement, however, it is critical that rules and guidelines are strictly followed when working with all beneficiaries who must be treated with respect, dignity, and compassion.
    We are currently looking for people to help with farming and gardening, social media and photography, and housekeeping and general help. A longer-term position is also available for an admin and project supervision role.

    As per Workaway exchange, your contribution is 5 hours a day and 5 days a week ie 7am until 2pm each day (breakfast and lunch within this time) and the rest of the day is free!

    Please see the Help section for details on each.

    Accommodation and Location
    I am Shyam, I am the CEO and live at the same property where volunteers will stay with my 3 rescue dogs and cat who are the leaders of the house! They need lots of cuddles so please only enquire if you are comfortable around animals.
    We are situated in a suburb called Ampang, a small mixed-race village (Kampung) setting about 8kms from Petronas Twin Towers. You can reach the city easily by bus during your free time. You will be staying at a volunteer residence which is a traditional village house with basic amenities (see details below in Accommodation section).

    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!

    Expectations for volunteers
    Please only enquire if you have taken all the necessary steps to keep yourself safe and are fully vaccinated (we may need proof of vaccination). We have a strict safety policy, and we look for workawayers who are mature, professional, proactive and able to learn quickly and follow instructions. As an NGO we really seek people who will have added value and wont need too much guidance!

    Discipline and respect are the key words here so if they don’t describe you then 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 local culture and customs. You must have a broad mind for cultural differences as we work with people with all kinds of backgrounds.

    - We have a curfew from midnight to 7am.
    - Volunteers are required to cover their knees and shoulders at all time. Female volunteers, please wear your bras.
    - No drugs allowed in the house (including medicinal marijuana).
    - No footwear allowed inside including indoor slippers

    Thank you, we hope to hear from you soon!

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities.
    You will be able to experience life in a small and diverse community in Ampang, while learning about the food culture of Malaysia where we can show you many new dishes. You can also learn about the social development in the area and how we are trying to support in a sustainable way.

    The roles available are:
    1. General role for housekeeping and food preparation (minimum 2 weeks) - everyone
    2. Social media – someone to promote us online and take photos of projects and activities (minimum 2 weeks)
    3. Vegetable farming – we are in the process of starting a vegetable farm and would appreciate someone with prior experience (of Asian farming if possible!). 3 weeks minimum with potential to extend.
    4. Project oversight and administrative role for the NGO. 3 to 6 month position, however, a 1 month starting period to ensure suitability. Potential for a small allowance to help with some expenses. Individual would have priority for a private room where possible but not guaranteed!

    We are equipped with:
    - Dorms with up to 4 people per room with fans in every room. Depending on the number of volunteers you will get your own room where possible and rooms will be split by gender but this may not always be possible!
    - 1 Western toilet, 2 outdoor showers
    - Communal kitchen (see more details below)
    - WIFI
    - Services nearby include a night market 2 times per week, gym, laundromat, restaurants, supermarkets and bus stations.

    You can cook for yourself in the shared kitchen, or collectively with other volunteers. Basic cooking items (oil, salt, pepper, rice etc.) and breakfast items (oats, tea, coffee etc.) are provided and other items can be bought at the local supermarket or night market which is very cheap.

    Food is a huge part of Malaysian culture so we may also have the opportunity to cook together and share meals and recipes!

    What else…
    Above anything else, we seek to help the people around us and to do that to a high standard we must be a cohesive, friendly and generous group of individuals who share the common goal of helping other people – and animals!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • 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 new dishes, how to run a hostel and volunteer programs, learn about refugee issues, language practice, sustainable goals and social enterprise.

  • Help


    House keeping, tourism, simple DIY, pet care, vegetable planting, gardening, composting etc

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Malay: Fluent
    Tamil: Fluent

  • 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

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads


  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    park at the side of the curb/road

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    5 hours per day for 5 days a week or 10 working days

Host ref number: 321112694254

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