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Local English Teaching Supporter

Kuching, Malaysia show on map

Agency | Global Nomadic

Teach alongside local staff in a school full of hungry-to-learn kids during this flexible placement which is tailored according to your interests and abilities.

The project

This project takes place in a beautiful Kuching setting and provides an opportunity to interact with the local children who enjoy immensely the contact with foreigners. If you love children and would like to make a difference in their lives, you can help them improve their English skills and develop various new interests through teaching a variety of English-based subjects.

Introductory week

Monday
Start this action-packed off well with a filling breakfast, after which you will receive and introduction to the week ahead. After lunch, we’ll take you on a walking tour around Kuching, exploring all the sights, sounds and colours that make this town come alive. The evening will be full of fun with a welcome party!

Tuesday
Today you’ll explore Kuching by bike, followed by a boat trip along the river before ending the day with an authentic Malay dinner.

Wednesday
What would a culture week be without learning the local lingo? Today you will be given a short lesson in Bahasa Malaysia, as well as learn about traditional culture and local customs, all of which will come in very handy once you start your volunteer projects.

Thursday
Your cultural education continues as we visit a local village taking in the architecture and the food. After lunch we head to gorgeous Damal Beach to watch the sun set.

Friday
Malaysia and Borneo are world famous for it’s many natural wonders and endemic wildlife. Today we’ll visit the beautiful Semonggoh Wildlife Park and Fairy caves, before returning to the volunteer house in the evening for dinner.

The location

Malaysia is a beautiful country filled with contrasts - culturally and geographically diverse, with dynamic cities and peaceful beaches, authentic small villages and pristine rainforests. Essentially split between the mainland peninsula and the island of Borneo, Malaysia is incredibly ethnically and spiritually diverse with a combination of Malays, Chinese and Indians and indigenous groups practising many religions from Buddhism, Islam and Christianity to Hinduism and Taoism.

Typical day

The core aims and objectives of this project are to help school children build their confidence and improve their level of English, which will help them in many ways in the future. A standard week will consist of preparing lesson plans and teaching children at a local school. You will also be able to teach a whole class either on your own or with other participants at the local school, while at the same time experiencing a uniquely different lifestyle.

Specific tasks in the program may include:

  • Creating lesson plans
  • Managing English conversation and grammar exercises
  • Teaching informal English classes
  • Engaging in activities such as music, songs and games

A typical day: You will leave the centre between 7 - 8 am in the morning or 1 - 2 pm in the afternoon depending on the schedule and you will be teaching at the kindergarten/school for approximately 2-4 hours.

You will be expected to work five days a week, and will have the weekends off, giving you plenty of time to go on excursions around the country or to relax and unwind.

All information about the project and various sites will be provided to you by our local coordinator on arrival. You will not be allowed to select projects and are required to join ongoing projects or carry out work as required by the local community.

***The schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.***

Details on Arrival

Project is on-going, and you can join at any time, depending upon availability. Placements start each Monday.

Free-time activities

Kuching is the capital city of Sarawak, one of two Malaysian states on Borneo and the gateway to its many natural wonders. It’s a charming and enticing city with old colonial architecture juxtaposed with modern towers. It offers a lot to see and do and provides easy access to the nearby attractions. There are many nature parks nearby which you can explore, beaches to swim on and adventures to get into when you are not volunteering
Water Sports
Swimming
Diving/Snorkling

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 (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Required Documents
Necessary vaccinations. Necessary flight & visas. Full travel & medical insurance.
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Passion and enthusiasm to get to know the country and lots of energy and creativity..
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

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Before your journey

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On-site services

Services by Global Nomadic
  • food
  • accommodation
  • airport pickup
  • orientation
  • in-country support
  • project activities.
Airport Pickup at Kuching International Airport
We will pick you pat Kuching International Airport
Accommodation

You will be staying in a standard semi-detached typical home located in a residential area called Kali Garden in Kuching. The lockable rooms are shared between 4 to 8 people on a single-gender basis and are furnished with fans and shared bathrooms. Wifi is available in public areas.

Private rooms are available for an additional £100(please ask for $ equivalent) per week.

There is a small park behind the house where you can jog and exercise along with the residents. There is also a Malay village and a fishing village nearby. Within a 2 kilometer radius of the house you can find a supermarket, a gym, swimming pool, salon, laundromat, cinema, money exchange, ATM, sim card shop and photocopy shops.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages
There are three meals provided during weekdays and two meal on the weekends. Malaysia is famous for it’s cuisine and you can expect a very diverse and flavourful combination of meals including noodles, fried rice, cereals, vegetables and fruit. Tea, coffee and purified water are available in the house.
Internet Access
Good 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 Kuching International Airport (KCH) in Kuching. 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)
$1,400.00
5 weeks
$1,750.00
6 weeks
$2,100.00
7 weeks
$2,450.00
9 weeks
$3,150.00
11 weeks
$3,850.00
24 weeks (max. stay)
$8,400.00
Average fees
$350.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Kuching/Malaysia between 4 weeks and 24 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Global Nomadic 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 Global Nomadic during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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