Join us to renovate a traditional house into unique cafe while living with us at an organic garden in Malaysia

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  • Last activity: 09/02/2023



 Min stay requested: at least a week



  • Description


    Hi, I am Fifi and I live in a small town nearby Ipoh surrounded by organic fruit trees/veggies/farm. Few year ago, I got really ill and my asthma got worse so I decided to start living a healthier lifestyle. I started planting a garden full of organic herbs/veggies. However, due to the amount of works I needed to maintain this garden (it's quite a large area), it has been nearly impossible to do it alone therefore I decided that I will need workawayers help.
    I had also been planning a lot of other projects listed in my profile so I will be very grateful if anyone could help me with it.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    -TBH, my family is used to having my foreign friends staying at with us. They love to share their knowledge of Malay culture and treat everyone like a family. By the end of your stay, we hope you will be more familiar with Malay culture. You can also take this opportunity to tell us about your country and its culture (especially when the cafe is open because we will invite school kids to have cultural exchange for free).
    -My mom own a woodworking workshop (currently our family main business) so if you're interested in such, you get to see how the workers hand-carved the woods and build a gazebo (among the many things). You can also try to experience carving if time fits schedule as the wood workers aren't available all the times.
    -If you love gardening and prefer organic fruits/veggies, we can share knowledge and try to live a healthy lifestyle together. There is a kitchen garden so we can cook together everyday. If you are able to bring and share some seeds to plant for the garden, we are very happy to receive it.
    -Personally, I love learning languages. Right now, I'm learning Mandarin (self-study) and revising Korean/Japanese (studied them back in university days) so if I could get any extra help for these languages, that would be awesome! And of course, I can help with Malay language if you're up for it~ ;)

  • Help


    1. Simple task like planting trees/ veggies, water the garden, building compost area ..just about anything regarding permaculture and agriculture so if you have experience in this, you're much needed here. Basically this is the main focus right now.
    2. We have a traditional Malay house (refer to main picture) in need of repairing and decoration. We plan to open a cafe/event space for cultural exchange between the locals and workawayers.

    If you do not have any skills we needed (as mentioned above), you still can message us and maybe we can try to find something else for you to do =)

    The help we needed vary from time to time, we will let you know when u arrived at our place.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Malay: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    I am learning Japanese, Korean, Thai, Chinese so if you only can stay to teach languages, I wouldn't really mind

  • Accommodation


    [UPDATED 2022]


    -There is a tiny cabin for workawayers (+mattress and bedding). The cabin is ONLY for workawayers so it is your responsibility to keep it clean and tidy.
    -ONLY lunch is provided and you will not be eating the same meal everyday as we want you to learn some Malay traditional dishes; we have a kitchen garden so we will eat meals together. In case you have any food allergies or need to cook yourself, let us know preferably BEFORE arrival. If you're a vegan or vegetarian, I can still cook according to your diet. However, please note that in case you want to cook for yourself using your own ingredients, you have to MAKE SURE it is Halal because we are a Malay Muslim family. (No pork, no alcohol etc). There is a shared fridge at the kitchen garden for everyone to use, however, as mentioned, alcohol and non-halal foodstuff are stricly NOT ALLOWED both inside the fridge and also at the kitchen.

    -If you need to buy something, there is a 7-Eleven and other grocery stores nearby (5 minutes walk). A 24-hours laundry service shop is also available plus various chinese/malay restaurants within walking distance. On every Friday's night, there is a night market right outside the 7-Eleven shoplot. There is a new mall (Econsave) that just opened on July 2022 which is just about 3 minutes walk from the cabin.
    -PLEASE please make sure you bring/wear decent/properly covered clothes while staying here because this area is still a village and most people here are Muslims.
    - We have 10 cats and 2 dogs at the garden; during daytime the dog will not be around but at night they roams free (if u have allergy towards animals, it might be a little difficult)
    - PLEASE bring earplugs if you are very sensitive towards sounds at nights. The cabin is right beside a busy road. There are many chickens here too. Also, birds and all nature sounds one can expect from a large garden.
    - Weatherwise, it is hot and humid daytime meanwhile nighttime u can expect cooler weather. We will let you know the current weather for the time u are expected to come.
    - If there are anything you aren't sure about, please ask us beforehand.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    -We can explore Ipoh together if I have free time. My younger brother is especially good with nature hunting (he has his own team exploring Perak state; hills, mountains, cave, waterfalls etc) and you can follow him whenever he has his expeditions. He is also interested in learning about outdoor/environmental related stuff so it will be nice if you can share your experiences/knowledge and maybe learn from each other.
    -If you like river/waterfall, there is 2 nearby our place (bout 10min car drive). (picnic n family-friendly, not for rafting)
    -The main bus terminal of Ipoh (Amanjaya) is 8km away. You can use bus (every one hour) and Grab to get around. Ipoh is famous for its cave temples, white coffee, oldtown and local foods. ;)
    -In case you want to buy things that aren't available at the nearby shops, there is a new mall that just opened on July 2022, about 3 minute walk from our place. There are other malls like AEON which is 10 min by car.
    -You can reach Penang and KL by bus/train in few hours and spend your day off there too. Cameron Highlands is another popular tourist spot nearby; it's even doable for daytrip.

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    4 hours, 5 days

Host ref number: 661935968491

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