INVOLVE Travel

Special Needs Education

Taiping, Perak, Malaysia show on map

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As a volunteer on our Special Needs Education, you will play an important role in assisting with English lessons for students at a Special Needs School. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

This project is well suited to volunteers who are passionate about engaging with and supporting students with a range of physical and mental disabilities.

With 100 students typically between the ages of 3 and 20 years-old, only 10 teachers and permanent staff members, this project can present a challenging environment, so a willingness to provide support wherever your help is most needed will ensure that you get the most out of your volunteer project.

Your tasks may include running activities in the classroom or sensory room, providing assistance with mobilizing students and feeding students.

You are not required to have previous experience to assist with classroom activities, however it is required that you have qualifications and experience to provide specialized care and training. Experienced physiotherapists can assist students who have physical disabilities and qualified psychologists and special needs care physicians are able to assist in providing training for the permanent staff.

Typical day

Monday - Friday, you will leave the volunteer centre 8:50am. You can expect to spend about 4-5 hours teaching throughout the day from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. Lunch break around mid day and you will leave each day at around 1:00 or 1:15pm.

Details on Arrival

This project is available January through November annually with the start date on every Monday. Arrival on the Sunday prior to the start date.

Pick-up from Penang International Airport 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.

Free-time activities

During the weekends, volunteers have free time to relax and explore the local area or other parts of Malaysia. There are plenty of things to do and see near Taiping, including palaces and museums, trekking through national parks and caves, and relaxing in the city garden of Taiping. For those volunteers interested in traveling further afield, there are many great destinations to choose from, including Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Sabah and beach destinations, such as Pangkor Island and Langkawi Island.

Swimming
Sightseeing
Shopping/Souvenirs
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Sports

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Nil
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:30 - 13:00

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Before your journey

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On-site services

Services by INVOLVE Travel

To support the operation of the project

Accommodation
Meals
Transportation to placement
Materials
24/7 in country emergency support
Dedicated coordinator

Airport Pickup at Penang International Airport

It is advisable to arrive on the Sunday prior to start date. The arrival airport is Penang International Airport with the following detail:

  • Airport - Penang International Airport
  • Meeting point: Penang International Arrival Hall
  • Meeting time frame: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
It is possible for pick-up outside the time frame with additional fee, price on request.

Accommodation

Volunteers will stay in shared rooms in a homestay in the town. The rooms are single-gender and accommodate 4-6 people, with a shared western-style toilet and hot water for showers. A supermarket is also located nearby if volunteers wish to purchase their own food items.

Dorm Room Youth Hostel
Food & Beverages

Monday - Friday breakfast & lunch

Saturday & Sunday breakfast only
12 meals per week

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Penang International Airport (PEN) in Penang. We assist you to find cheap flights to Malaysia.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Malaysia provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Malaysia you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Malaysia.
Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$ 400
5 weeks
$ 500
6 weeks
$ 600
7 weeks
$ 700
8 weeks
$ 800
9 weeks
$ 900
12 weeks (max. stay)
$ 1,200
Average fees
$ 100 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Taiping, Perak/Malaysia between 4 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. INVOLVE Travel will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Malaysia.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with INVOLVE Travel during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or cash at arrival at the project site.
  Asia South-Eastern Asia Malaysia  Taiping, Perak, Jalan Wan Rashdi

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