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Teaching Children in Schools in Malaysia


Thank you so much for all your help before and during my placement. I had an unforgettable experience and enjoyed teaching at Goshen so much that I found it very hard to leave. Although I was the teacher, I learnt a great deal too. I am already missing everyone at Goshen but thankfully I have some wonderful photos that I can look at and reminisce.

The placement was even better than I had expected.  I remember that I took several books with me, because I expected that there would be very little to do in the evenings and that I would get bored very easily. This was not the case at all, many of the books remained unread, because if there wasn’t marking to do, or lesson plans, or generally just chatting with my fellow volunteers, there was always some sort of activity on the school grounds to get involved in. 

Sometimes I would go out for a run with a Kindergarten Teacher, or play badminton, sing songs with the dormitory girls, play with the children or even attempt karaoke at the teachers’ houses.

I thoroughly recommend that whilst in KK, you should definitely try and visit all the the Islands off the coast of KK – Manukan Island, Sapi, Mamutik… etc, I didn’t get to see them all, but the ones I did, I thought were beautiful, had amazing beaches, and brilliant snorkelling, you really can’t miss out on them. They are very easy to get to from the port, and if you have enough members in your group (6 or 8) you can go to whichever island you want at whatever time you decide. A perfect day on the beach.

The advice I would you give to someone who hasn’t done anything like this before is to be very open and understanding of the Malays and their religion and culture, try not to do anything to offend them, but if you do, they may not tell you directly since they dislike confrontation, so you need to talk to them to convince them of your friendship and trustworthiness. When someone is being indirect with you, it is very easy to treat them in the same way, avoid this and be as open and direct as you possibly can without being rude.

Don’t be afraid of joining in with strange customs, or attempting to speak their language, they may laugh – actually they definitely will laugh – but that is because they tend to laugh at most things, nonetheless, be confident and it will build respect and understanding.

Thanks again for all your hard work, it was very much appreciated

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