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REBECCA FERGUSON
British

Teaching Children in Schools on a voluntary program in Malaysia

         

I gained so much from this placement. This placement just really opened my eyes to a completely different world, it made me realise how unimportant material things are. I think the teaching part has also made me more confident.

It also introduced me to that part of the world which has given me confidence to go travelling there next summer. The best thing was the lovely, friendly people in the school - the teachers and the students. Everyone was welcoming and really made me feel at home.

Would you recommend this placement to anyone else?

Yes, definitely.

What type of person do you think this placement would suit?

People who want to experience something totally different from their life back home. People who want to experience a completely different culture and country and who want to be made to feel welcome in a different country. Also people thinking about teaching in the future.

Can you describe a typical day?

Started school at 7.20 then school finished at about 1, unless you worked in the kindergarten and then it was about 11.30. After school finished we then had the afternoon to ourselves where we attempted to sunbathe but just got too sweaty after about 30 minutes so usually gave up! Lunch was provided by our cook/mother - Monica who was lovely but cooked too many chicken nuggets.

Sometimes we would go to the nearest town and buy cool, refreshing drinks called Sagus...which were lovely. Or we would go to the river and swim in it...the afternoons were generally quite unexciting because most Malays sleep in the afternoon because it is so hot and the fact that they have to get up for 7!

In the evening we would usually have lots of visitors, usually the dorm boys and the teachers so we would go and play badminton with them...or just spend time talking to them which was nice. We would also do any marking if we had any to do! 

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