You’ll start your gap volunteer road trip from Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia. Then you will continue your journey to Perak the old tin mining city, full of heritage buildings left behind by British. This will be followed by a trip to Penang Island (a UNESCO site), finally Langkawi Island in northern Malaysia.
Kuala Lumpur has been transformed from a tiny town into a huge commercial city. The diverse terrain offers many of ways to keep cool within tranquil lush rain forests, urban parks and precipitous mountains.
Perak was once the important centre for tin mining in Malaysia and has a temple set in a huge cave in the limestone outcrops. A castle or ruined mansion in Perak was used as a setting in the 1999 film Anna and the King. Perak offers excellent culinary choices.
Penang Island is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. The island embraces modernity while retaining its traditions and olde world charm in the form of its multiracial populace and well-preserved heritage buildings.
Langkawi, officially known as the Jewel of Kedah, is an archipelago of 104 islands in the Andaman Sea, some 30 km off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia. The islands are a part of the state of Kedah, adjacent to the Thai border.
On your arrival in Kuala Lumpur you’ll transfer to our Centre where you’ll receive a brief introduction, then dinner. On Monday you’ll visit Bukit Bintang where you’ll learn Malaysian languages, cultures and traditions. Bukit Bintang (Bintang Walk) is Kuala Lumpur’s trendiest shopping and entertainment district, offering everything from five-star hotels to all-day restaurants and vibrant nightclubs.
On Tuesday you’ll visit Central Market & Chinatown. Central Market is a centre for Malaysian culture, as well as art and crafts. It was first created in 1888. Day or night, visitors keep coming to either dine on the famous street foods here or to get some good consumer bargains.
On Wednesday you’ll visit Batu Caves’ Hindu Temple and climb 272 steps to explore the three main caves (Temple Cave, Dark Cave and the Art Gallery Cave) and a few smaller ones. You’ll also visit the KLCC Twin Tower or Petronas Twin Tower. On Thursday you’ll transfer to Perak and be given a brief introduction then dinner. Friday will consist of a visit to Kuala Sepetang and the Mangrove Sites. You can also take an alternate bus & boat tour around Kuala Sepetang for eagle sighting before visiting one of the best preserved mangrove forests in the region.
Saturday is for historic site visiting and Sunday for relaxing.
You’ll be working on a gap volunteer Community Service Project, either teaching or helping in the construction or renovation of local community libraries, orphanages, school, etc. On Saturday you’ll return to Penang Island. This involves getting a train to Butterworth and ferry to the Island. On Sunday you’ll visit the Escape Adventure Theme Park. This re-introduces the play and values of yesteryear.
On Monday you’ll visit Morning Market, Little India & City Walk. Chowrasta Market or Pasar Chowrasta is one of the two community markets in inner George Town. The name comes from Hindi and Urdu “Chowk” meaning “market street”. Little India bears many similarities to market streets in Chennai, Mumbai or Delhi.
On Tuesday you’ll transfer to Langkawi Island by ferry. Wednesday is for cultural site & temple visits, including Mahsuri’s tomb. Thurday and Friday are Beach Days at Cenang. Enjoy water sports, such as parasailing, water skiing or a trip on the banana boat. You can also do a little shopping and people watching. Saturday is departure day.
***This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances***