Ayesha, Thamali and Kasun, from General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, took six weeks from their vacation for a Global Volunteer Experience in Malaysia with AIESEC. They worked in Pertubuhan Pusat Kebajikan Destiny Centre, which provides day care support and pre-school education for the Myanmar refugee children in Malaysia. According to the figures of UNHCR, there are close to 180,000 registered refugees in Malaysia and over 150,000 of them are from Myanmar. These refugees can’t provide their children with proper food and education since they cannot officially work or even have a bank account inside Malaysia with their refugee status. There are several places such as the Destiny Center in Malaysia.
Volunteers from several different countries volunteered in this project teaching the kids English and basic Mathematics. They also assisted the staff with their meals and all the other activities in and around the Destiny Center. In their off days, they traveled all over the country with other exchange participants visiting places like Malacca, China town, KLCC Aquarium, Batu Caves, the Twin Towers and more. They even had the opportunity to cross the border in to Singapore and visit the Universal studios, the Gardens By The Bay and many other exciting places.
Here's what they had to share about their experience
Thamali’s Volunteer Experience
“I went far away from my home country. Though I was not in my home country, I didn’t feel like that. Malaysia became my home for one and half months. After a long run of my life as an undergraduate my life turned to a new side. I spent best days by teaching cute little children and exploring the country and a new culture. Pertubuhan Pusat Kebajikan Destiny is the place where I went to make the impact and also it’s the place which made a definite impact on myself as well.
This place gave me a lot. Love, hospitality, affection, neatness and so many qualities were practiced to my life. Destiny gave me new experiences throughout this time period. It added a different meaning to my life. I understood the powerful bond between teachers and students and the things that can be done from that bond to the society. Most unforgettable thing is the smiling faces of those little flowers.
AIESEC gave me these wonderful and unforgettable days of my life. Traveling with AIESEC exposed me to new cultures in different countries. I felt the importance of human connections as I felt a foreign country as my home. This became the perfect opportunity to get self satisfaction to my flowing busy life. Thanks AIESEC and Destiny for giving me unforgettable memories and thousands of experiences to my life.”
Ayesha’s Volunteer Experience
“After the monotonous and stressful academic time period at university, I got to know about AIESEC volunteering projects in a different country, Malaysia. Since it was my first visit to another country, initially it was really a challenge for me to work as a volunteer in a different country.
Pertubuhan Pusat Kebajikan Destiny Centre was where I worked as a volunteer, teaching kids Maths and English for 6 weeks. It was a great experience to my life as I met new friends at the centre. I learned different things about the culture. Further, I was able to share my knowledge with little kids and I got the opportunity to travel around the country to explore. Though we worked hard continuously throughout the day, we never felt tired as we spent time with kids. It was a great pleasure to work with kids teaching them, looking after them, feeding them and playing with them.
I got the opportunity to visit Singapore too. We enjoyed our volunteering a lot, not only working but also tasting different food, visiting so many places and exploring the rich culture of Malaysia as well as Singapore. The time I spent during the volunteering period is unforgettable. It helped me a lot to develop my skills and knowledge. I’m so grateful to have been a volunteer with AIESEC.”
Kasun’s Volunteer Experience
“Volunteering is the best way to explore the world and learn about its different cultures. It teaches you to look at the world through different eyes, opening them to new wonders. It is not easy to find words to describe what I have experienced while volunteering internationally for 4 weeks in the Destiny School for unprivileged children in Malaysia. I found a family and new friends. I had a chance to Interact with 3 to 9 years old kids from different cultures.
As a volunteer there, I taught Basic English and Mathematics for refugees. It helped me realize that we can be happy with so little. I helped teach the children about proper hygiene such as bathing on a regular basis and changing their clothes daily. In addition, I helped clean the accommodation area (classroom, washrooms, kitchen) and ensure a safe, workable environment for the kids by cleaning.
I was able to learn about different cultures and taste different food. I was also able to brush up my English spoken skills, teaching skills and how to work with kids. Further, I learnt how to act on time and how to keep my surroundings clean. I think this will be a turning point in my life. This volunteer experience has made me reevaluate my needs in life. I have found a true inner happiness and peace during my stay. It was very difficult to leave that place and kids. Because I loved everyone so much.”