Where passion meets momentum
Work with ASEAN’s leading NGOs & create meaningful impact
Work together on ASEAN’s most pressing social issues
The Volunteering International Professional (VIP) Fellowship Programme is an initiative by the Malaysian government to create a large pool of talented professional, who are passionate about sharing their expertise and experience with nonprofit organisations, to contribute towards nation-building in ASEAN countries.
As a Host Organisation you’ll have the opportunity to host 5 professional volunteers with 5+ years of working experience relevant to your organisation, and work together on developing & implementing a social impact framework using a MYR10,000 seed grant provided by Malaysia’s Ministry of Finance. Learn more about becoming a Host.
As a Fellow you’ll be placed with a Host Organisation relevant to your area of expertise for a period of 4 months. During this period you’ll work with a group of 4 professional volunteers from around the world on helping your Host Organisation to create more social impact. Your 4-month stay is paid for in full by the Malaysian government, visas, flights, accommodations, and monthly stipend included. Learn more about becoming a Fellow.
A unique opportunity for Nonprofits
Will your organisation be the next VIP Host?
Featured impact projects
Project: Project Haus
Host Organisation: Saora Industries
Project: Solar Academy
Host Organisation: SOLS 24/7
Project: Power to the Children
Host Organisation: SUKA Society
An experience of a lifetime for professional volunteers
What previous Fellows said about their experience at VIP
- DANIEL SHIMABUKURO International Fellow, Community Development Through Innovative Batik Products
"Empower Malaysia has diversity, uniqueness and a magic balance holding it all together. My project challenge was to find such balance to fulfil the needs and wishes of the stakeholders. Through VIP, I was finally able to find my path to balance impact and business, career and purpose, expectations and outcomes."
- HELANE CHAN International Fellow, Green Accelerator
"Upon graduation, I’ve always wished for an opportunity to challenge myself technically while contributing in the sustainability field. VIP has it all, with the bonus of meeting passionate like-minded others as well as travelling abroad!"
- Gayatri Unsworth Local/Malaysian Fellow, Empowering the Visually Impaired
“The VIP programme has been an amazing, eye-opening journey for me and an experience that I will always hold dear and remember fondly as it has allowed me to fulfil my personal goal of using my education, skills and expertise to give something back to society.”
- ANGELA SMITH International Fellow, Project WHEE!
"Enpowering the youth of today will make a brighter future for everyone and the VIP Fellowship Programme has made it possible for Project WHEE to expand its impact and enable young Malaysian to learn and grow from the inspirational organic farmers of Kelantan."
- ANNA SKOWERA International Fellow, Pua Kumbu Community Project
“The experiences and memories from staying with extremely welcoming Local community in the longhouse, is something I am very grateful for. Thanks to VIP Fellowship Programme, I have learnt many new things, had amazing adventures and met passionate people from all over the world.”
- ELIZE VAN REENEN International Fellow, Lembah Bujang Eco Park
“VIP Fellowship Programme allowed me to get to know a beautiful part of Malaysia, and to collaborate with amazing people to contribute to regional development while preserving natural and cultural heritage.”
- AWALUDIN SHUTI Local/Malaysian Fellow, Creating Livelihood for the BoP community
“Being a part of the VIP Fellowship Programme has formed my personality to become more of a human. Knowing the difficulty of others even when we ourselves are in trouble, it fuels my passion to continue to be in social work environment. The presence of other Fellows has allowed me to do more humanitarian work.”
- ASIA MESHACK International Fellow, Project HAUS
“It’s been a privilege to have the opportunity to dialogue with the communities of Sarawak about their lives, livelihoods and community needs.”
- ASANAI PAINIRAN International Fellow, Birth of A Hero
“It is an experience that I will never forget. To be with the boys everyday and see them grow from day one till the end is something that I will cherish for the rest of my life. The feeling is indescribable and I am proud to be part of this programme.”