Where passion meets momentum

Work with ASEAN’s leading NGOs & create meaningful impact

Highlights of VIP 2017


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Why VIP?

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.

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A unique opportunity for Nonprofits

Will your organisation be the next VIP Host?

VIP has worked with 20+ Host Organisations during previous cycles. Due to the immense success of the programme we are currently seeking for nonprofits in South East Asia who are interested in growing their organisation’s impact through the VIP programme. Request the application form today to submit your organisation to become a Host.

An experience of a lifetime for professional volunteers

What previous Fellows said about their experience at VIP

  • GABRIELA ANAYANCY APARICIO CHAVEZ International Fellow, Project 1 - Xtreme Academy

    "VIP has helped me to treasure professionalism and commitment. It was hard to stay strong since the conditions were very different from what I am used to, but I am proud to say I not only endured and stayed through the whole project, but also learned to enjoy it. I take with me a sense of achievement and I believe I have grown more conscious about my own abilities and my students’ potential."

  • VANIE NATHAN Local/Malaysian Fellow, Project 2 - F2O (Providing Sustainable Livelihood to Orang Asli Community)

    "VIP helped me to connect with others with skills and knowledge through volunteering for VIVA F2O. Indeed, this has been a new and valuable experience for me. The VIP Programme also helped me increase my social and relationship skills with International Fellows, and it is a wonderful feeling when we contribute a little of our skills and knowledge to impact and create a difference in someone’s life."

  • THIVIYA PANIRCHERBAM Local/Malaysian Fellow, Project 4 - Mobile Food Empowerment

    "VIP has helped me to achieve one of my goals which is to help society, especially those underprivileged children from various low income backgrounds. Being involved in this programme, I believe I have helped them in many ways, especially in the F&B sector. As per our objective, we really empowered the B40 youth-at-risk to become employed in F&B."

  • HAN HOONG CHEW Local/Malaysian Fellow, Project 5 - The Unseen Tours of Kuala Lumpur

    "The VIP Fellowship Programme has helped me in various aspects. The one that I appreciate most is that it provides me a platform to impact the society of Malaysia in a sustainable approach. Making a sustainable impact requires guidance, expertise from different elds, and supportive teammates; and the VIP Fellowship Programme has it all. Thanks to this experience, I now have more con dence in myself to be a change maker of the nation."

  • TUAN MUHAMMAD AMIRUL ASHRAFF TUAN IZHAM ROS Local/Malaysian Fellow, Project 7 – BTOP Sports Academy

    "Thank you VIP for this opportunity, for giving me a chance to help the community. This programme was able to make a big impact not only to the community but also to myself. I would recommend VIP to my peers as this is the kind of programme that is able to open our minds, make an impact on the community and together, build a better future for generations to come."

  • AARON EZEKIEL EDWARDS Local/Malaysian Fellow, Project 8 – Tourism Academy

    "The VIP Programme has helped me understand the importance of social entrepreneurship in shaping a more balanced society. It has also taught me about the bene ts of volunteering - both towards professional and personal development. I will de nitely recommend the programme to professionals out there who are still nding their place, but only the ones daring enough to have their lives and world view changed!"

  • 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."