Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
A collaboration between Soroptimist International Damansara and Just Volunteers! Sponsored by Yayasan Azman Hashim. MALAYSIA
A programme to provide educational support and help improve literacy and spoken English among disadvantaged local children living in orphanages and Myanmar refugee children in an informal refugee school. Our volunteers also act as mentors to these children as well as to young adults living in a special facility.
The aim of the programme is to increase the self-confidence and help raise the educational aspirations of all those we serve.
In recent years volunteers have spent most of their time teaching the Myanmar refugee children. (These children have no access to formal schooling). Here we teach English, basic maths and other subjects, following a basic curriculum.
Volunteers also spend part of their week at one of the other homes. (Working week is 5 days and approximately 35 hours).
BBBB needs enthusiastic volunteers who want to make a difference in these children’s lives!
Volunteers are provided with a private room in a flat shared with other volunteers near the refugee school.
For volunteers who would like to volunteer and live in a traditional Muslim home for orphans this can also be arranged. This is a very worthwhile and fulfilling assignment for the right person.
As of October 2020 we have begun BBBB Online where our volunteers meet the children for a couple of hours a week without travelling to Malaysia.
16th January 2021
Maddie talks about how she has been dealing with an internship done entirely online and working from home – when she would otherwise have expected to be in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia working with disadvantaged local children. The experience is challenging for everyone but the attitude of the kids has made it a […]read more
13th January 2021
Charlotte is one of three interns working with our Building Bridges project in Malaysia for this academic year, providing mentoring sessions and fun English classes online – BBBB Online – for children at Rumah Aman, a Muslim children’s home in Kuala Lumpur. They work with small groups of children two or three times a week. […]read more
3rd July 2020
On Wednesday 1st July the kindergarten and nursery classes began again at the school with a total of 15 children turning up. Some of the children did not come due to fear among the families, however we are pleased that no one in the community has caught the virus. Most families still do not have […]read more
25th June 2020
Again, we would like to thank all those who have helped this community in their hour of particular need ! The community seem to be keeping in good spirits although the school management estimate that fewer than 15% of them have got their jobs back. Very understandably, the first jobs to open up are going […]read more
7th May 2020
Over recent weeks former volunteers from the BBBB programme have responded with enormous generosity to the plight of the refugee community. We want to express our deepest thanks to all! In Malaysia, as in countries around the globe, there has been a government enforced lockdown over recent weeks in response to Covid-19. This has meant […]read more
Eilish and Faye had to return to the UK a few days earlier than expected as the Corona Virus meant borders were closing across the world. Here Eilish reflects on the second half of their assignment and what the experience meant to her…… As I fell back into the routine of teaching I had to […]read more
She thought it could be useful for new volunteers if she described the average day at the refugee school…….. A typical day teaching at the Myanmar Refugee School Every day of teaching is different and will come with its own set of challenges but also the moments of excitement. Here is an example of what […]read more
Eilish and Faye moved into the new volunteers’ apartment this week and invited the children over to celebrate…….. On Friday morning the [refugee school] children took part in some team-building activities. They worked in small groups to achieve building the tallest tower using only marshmallows and spaghetti. They had just 10 minutes to construct a […]read more
Latifah took a gap year between graduating from Oxford and starting her career in law. After working for an NGO in HK she came to Malaysia for 3 months. If you are considering volunteering in Malaysia with the Myanmar refugee school you should certainly read this detailed blog by Latifah…….. PART I: My Experience at […]read more
9th April 2020
Eilish and Faye are both interns from the University of Bath working with the BBBB programme. We belatedly post a blog in which Eilish reflects on their first 3 months…….. My first three months in Kuala Lumpur with the BBBB programme: 1stSeptember- 29thNovember. Having been in Malaysia for 3 months now, my time as a […]read more
3rd August 2019
Priya, studying dentistry in the UK, has just completed her assignment at the refugee school in Kuala Lumpur…….. Teaching at MRCLC in Kuala Lumpur has been one of the most challenging yet rewarding experiences that I have had. I spent the last few weeks teaching English, Maths and Science to years 1 and 2 at […]read more
16th June 2019
Biaki, from India, just concluded her volunteering assignment in Kuala Lumpur, which she took up after finishing her Masters at Kings College, London…….. I spent two months volunteering at a school in Kuala Lumpur and I can say that the experience I had will remain unrivalled to any other for a very long time. My […]read more