Aiming to fully immerse participants in the Malaysian culture, this program is action-packed and full of cultural and lifestyle activities. A perfect week to acclimatise you to your new surroundings before your volunteer project begins, it has been carefully designed to give you the best possible experiences of Sarawak and its people. You can expect to enjoy a sensational cuisine, guided walks around Kuching town, cycling trips, boat rides along the river, a visit to a local market and an exploration of ancient caves, among other fantastic experiences. A trip to a local village will introduce you to the culture, customs and lifestyles of the local people, and you will even have an opportunity to learn some words and phrases in Bahasa, the local language! In addition to developing your knowledge and understanding of the local area, the week is also great for beginning to adapt to the tropical climate prior to starting on your volunteer project. This is important as the heat and humidity will be very different from the weather you are used to at home.
Arriving in Malaysia on Sunday, you will be met by a coordinator at the designated meeting point who will arrange for you to be transferred to the accommodation centre. Once there, your activities for the week will begin.
Beginning your day with a delicious breakfast, you will then meet other participants and the coordinators during a morning of introductions. After breaking for lunch, you will be taken on a tour of Kuching where you will experience the landmarks and cultural highlights of this spectacular town. When all the official paper work and introductions are completed, you will spend the evening with others at the project for a fun-packed welcome party.
An active day awaits you beginning with an exciting bicycle tour of Kuching in the morning, followed by a relaxing boat trip along the river in the afternoon. A scrumptious Malayan dinner finishes off your day in a traditional way.
A fantastic day of immersion into the local culture and lifestyle is arranged for today. You will be learning some useful words and phrases of Bahasa, the local language, and finding out about traditional culture and customs. Pay close attention to the things you will learn as they will be very useful when you interact with locals on your volunteer project.
A visit to the local village in the morning, will give you a chance to witness the culture and lifestyles of the locals. Also you will be able to find out about the history, architecture and local cuisine. A tasty lunch will be provided before you set off on the second half of your expedition, taking you to the delightful Damal beach where you will hopefully get the chance to experience a glorious sunset.
Friday’s activities will take you to visit the incredible Semonggoh Wildlife Park where you will experience the wonders of nature first hand. After that, you will go on a magical journey through the Fairy caves, also known as Gua Pari. The sheer scale of this cave, illuminated by a huge opening and naturally occupied by birds and bats, is certain to leave a lasting impression on you. Back at the accommodation centre, you will be served dinner before relaxing for the evening.
A visit to the local bazaar will introduce you to the wonderful variety of local produce brought along by the local farmers. Following this visit, the rest of the day is yours to enjoy a time of relaxation and reflection on the week’s activities.