Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Building Bridges Beyond Borders (BBBB)

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

Madalena is finding online teaching much more interesting than she expected

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 […]

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13th January 2021

Volunteering in Malaysia – not in Malaysia!

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. […]

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3rd July 2020

Latest update from the Refugee School in Kuala Lumpur

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 […]

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25th June 2020

Update on Developments at the Refugee School in KL

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 […]

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Crisis for BBBB supported Myanmar Refugee Families

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 […]

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After returning home Eilish reflects on her time at BBBB in Kuala Lumpur

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 […]

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In Early March Faye Finished her Placement at the BBBB Programme

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 […]

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Children from the Myanmar refugee school play marshmallow tower game

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 […]

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Latifah volunteered with BBBB and is now back in her native HK

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 […]

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Eilish and Faye have been teaching the Myanmar refugees for 6 months

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 […]

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Priya finishes her summer assignment in Malaysia

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 […]

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Biaki Thinks Back Fondly on her Two Months in Malaysia

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 […]

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