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TEACH DELIGHTFUL CHILDREN IN BORNEO IN MALAYSIA

MALAYSIA

TEACH DELIGHTFUL CHILDREN IN BORNEO IN MALAYSIA

Teach in a rural(ish) village on the island of Borneo in the South China Sea. You'll teach in a primary and secondary school, located in Tamparuli, which is about 1 hour away from Kota Kinabalu.

English is taught in all schools, but in rural areas the children have no opportunity to speak the language outside the classroom, so they get very little practice in pronunciation and speech. Their exposure to you is very beneficial to them and raises their grades, which is a big plus given that in the rural areas, the passing rate of English is only 60%.

"I really had the best time out there, I achieved all the things I wanted to, and feel a better person because of it. I would definitely do it again ... Thanks for all your help, I had the best time ever!" Paula Cullen

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SUMMARY FACTFILE
Start Dates All year round - you choose your start and finish dates, but subject to school term dates.
Duration From 4 weeks, up to 6 months, subject to visa requirements.
Requirements No experience or qualifications necessary, just lots of enthusiasm.
Price Full Price List
What's included Arranging your Program,
Full pre-departure support and assistance,
Payment Protection insurance
Meeting you at the nearest airport/station
Return transfer to the airport
All accommodation
Food
Transfer to the placement site
In-country team support and backup
24-hr emergency support
Certificate of Completion.
What's not included Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visa.
Who can do this Project? All our projects are open to all nationalities.
Unless otherwise stated, you need to be aged between 17 and 70+
Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out, grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in teaching or working with children overseas while doing voluntary work, teaching projects abroad, or study abroad.
Also available as a summer placement in Malaysia or South East Asia, short breaks or for those wanting to do TEFL teaching.

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT:

  • An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into Asia and the Malaysian culture!

  • The enormous satisfaction of helping children and knowing that you made a difference to them.

  • New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional development.

  • An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head and shoulders above most others in the job market.

  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!

TEACH DELIGHTFUL CHILDREN IN BORNEO IN MALAYSIA
Taking a break!

TEACH DELIGHTFUL CHILDREN IN BORNEO IN MALAYSIA
View from the School

WORK CONTENT:

The school where you'll volunteer is in Tamparuli, which is located about 1 hour away from Kota Kinabalu. The school has primary school students aged from 6–12 and secondary school students aged from 13-17 (pre-University) age and teaching can be arranged in any one of these areas.

You'll usually work about 10 – 15 lessons per week, and you'll be in demand wherever you go! The school day usually runs from 07.30 to 1.30pm, Monday to Friday, during which time you'll be asked to teach or assist with lessons.

As formal lessons take place in the mornings, the afternoons are a time for you to become involved with additional activities that interest you, such as Sports. You'll be given a timetable of lessons and will have the freedom to plan and take your own classes (with assistance, if required).

Your main focus is on assisting with conversational English but you may also be asked to help in other areas, not just sport, but also Drama, Maths and Music, if you have an interest in these.

Some of the classes will be conversation-based and some tuition-based. You'll work with groups or individuals, formally and informally outside the classrooms. You'll receive plenty of assistance from the School Principal and the teachers until such time as you have gained confidence in your own abilities.

The school is keen for you to become involved in school life and many volunteers with additional interests are encouraged to make use of these. In the past, volunteers have produced the end-of-term play, led drama or music groups, and arranged sports tournaments. You will be given a lot of freedom to arrange such activities.

The academic year runs from January through to November.

School Term Dates for 2018:
Term 1: 2 January to 16 March (school break from 17-25th March)
Term 2: 26 March to 25 May (27th April, 10th,11th & 21st May are Public Holidays. School break from 26 May-10 June)
Term 3: 11 June to 24 August (school break from 25 Aug – 2 Sept)
Term 4: 3 September to 23 November (school break from 25 Nov to 31 Dec)

Please compare the above dates to your teaching placement as teaching is not available during School Holidays.

If you don't want to teach in a conventional school we also have some placements in other centres and institutions. For example, we could arrange for you to work with children who have mental disabilities such as down syndrome, or if you have practical skills you could teach vocational subjects such as woodwork to young male adults who have not successfully completed conventional schooling, or who have severely underachieved.

Please speak to us for more information if you would be interested in either of these options.

TEACH DELIGHTFUL CHILDREN IN BORNEO IN MALAYSIA

TEACH DELIGHTFUL CHILDREN IN BORNEO IN MALAYSIA

TEACH DELIGHTFUL CHILDREN IN BORNEO IN MALAYSIA

TEACH DELIGHTFUL CHILDREN IN BORNEO IN MALAYSIA

ACCOMMODATION:

Accommodation will be with a local host family and you’ll participate in their way of life. Because you'll be in a rural village environment, you'll become involved in the local life. Very often this is one of the most attractive aspects of our placements in different cultures because you get to experience the country in a way that you would never be able to do as a tourist.

You may have your own bedroom or be required to share with another Travellers volunteer. You will have shared living accommodation and bathroom facilities.

There is a surprising amount of action in the evenings in Malaysian villages, including coffee shops, karaoke bars, and bustling open-air markets that are fascinating!

 




ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Got any questions? Please email us: info@travelersworldwide.org

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT:
Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put together to facilitate preparations for your adventure!

Your Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on your placement and on your return home.

The documents you'll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on your particular program (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.

As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is different to what you're used to ... which, although one of the most exciting aspects of travelling, should be borne in mind.    Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this wonderful opportunity! 

On Arrival, your Introduction to the Country:

When you arrive, you'll be welcomed by Ronn. She is the Volunteer Co-ordinator, assisting Albert, our Malaysia Manager. Ronn will take you to your accommodation in Kota Kinabalu, where you will spend the first couple days of your trip. She will show you the nearby facilities such as banks, pharmacy, food and beverage outlets etc.

Albert will give you an evening induction (so you will be free to do some activities during the daytime).
You will then be taken to your project and accommodation and introduced to everyone concerned. You will be made to feel very welcome by all! 

Our projects in Malaysia are very popular and you are sure to have a wonderful time during your stay in Sabah. Your adventure has begun :-)

  

Feedback on Teaching Children Projects in Malaysia

Travellers' Malaysia Manager Albert and friends!
Travellers' Malaysia Manager Albert and friends 


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TEACH DELIGHTFUL CHILDREN IN BORNEO IN MALAYSIA

OPTIONAL ADD-ON ACTIVITIES:

WhiWhile on your placements, you can also book some Optional Add-Ons to make the most of your Travel Experience.

PADI Open Water Diving Courses
Climb Mount Kinabalu Excursion
Day Tours around Borneo
Turtles and Primates Excursion

This project can also be combined with any of our other projects in Malaysia, Thailand or South-East Asia - thus doubling your adventure and enjoyment! Our recommended comindations are Thailand or Sri Lanka, Malaysia or the Pandas in China!


LOCATION, EXPLORING AND SIGHTSEEING:

KOTA KINABALU

Kota Kinabalu, or "KK" (as it is locally known), is the capital of Sabah. KK is home to the International airport and this will be your first point of arrival in Sabah - it is a great place to start your trip and get used to the Malaysian way of life.

Although Kota Kinabalu is far less developed than Kuala Lumpur (its counterpart on the Peninsular), the people are very friendly and the atmosphere here is more relaxed. KK also boasts impressive markets, restaurants and nightlife and is a fun introduction to the wide variety of attractions that Sabah has to offer.  

Just off the coast it is possible to see an array of beautiful islands which make up the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. Exploring the coral reefs and marine life in this underwater world is fascinating and day trips here can be easily arranged - most islands are less than 45 minutes away by boat. Once you arrive you will be amazed at how clear the water is and just how many different fish you can see. There are also many wonderful beaches to be explored on the islands!   

Facing inland, it’s possible to see the peaks of Mount Kinabalu in the distance. This is another of Sabah’s main attractions and the views from the top at Sun rise more than make up for the two day climb. Afterwards you can soak your aching muscles at Poring where the sulphur hot springs provide a therapeutic bath.

Throughout the whole of Sabah you will find many local "Tamu", meaning market - the variety of fruit, vegetables, plants and handcrafted items on sale at cheap prices has to be seen to be believed!

THINGS YOU CAN DO

There is excellent diving and snorkelling on a number of islands surrounding Sabah. The Semporna Islands Marine park, located towards the south of the island, is one of the best. Here you will find Sipadan Island, the most famous within the park and classified as one of the worlds top dive sites.

Sipadan is an oceanic island shaped like a mushroom - it was formed by living corals growing on top of an extinct undersea volcano. Due to its geographic position it is at the center of one of the richest marine environments in the world - both the diving and snorkelling here are outstanding!

Rebecca Decant told us about her experiences of some of the excursions that took part during her placement.

"Sipadan (diving/snorkeling) - We all stayed on an island near Sipadan island called Mabul. We had a practice scuba dive the day we arrived to get us used to the equipment. In the evening we walked around the small island and met lots of local children who obviously hadn't seen many foreigners. Early the next morning we took a boat to Sipadan where some people snorkeled off the beach, which was quite small but the reef was huge! I scuba-dived for the first time and it was the best thing I have ever done I think (except work with Orang-Utans obviously!). The teachers were really good and helped us when we struggled to get the breathing right.

We got about 45mins underwater and saw the beautiful reef, turtles, millions of fish and some white-tip sharks. The rest of the day was spent relaxing on the beach and snorkeling. You could see the same snorkeling as you could diving, but the experience of diving was well worth the few extra pounds!"

TRAVEL:
To read about Travel arrangements and what happens when you arrive in your new country, please click here.

Support & Backup: To read about the excellent Support & Backup we provide before you leave and during your program, please click here.

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