Be a Fellow

Volunteer with ASEAN’s leading NGOs & we’ll arrange your visa, flights, and stay.

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50 Fellows. 10 NGOs. 4 months. 1 mission.

Build up ASEAN’s nonprofit ecosystem & create social impact

You have the opportunity to join the 3rd batch of VIP Fellows & put your experience and skills into practice to help an ASEAN nonprofit organisation amplify its impact. Based on your skillset and experience you will be assigned to a nonprofit organisation in South East Asia and spend 4-months together with 4 other international Fellows to develop and implement a social impact framework. Do you think you have what it takes?

Experience Asia

Stay in South East Asia for 4-months with a group of likeminded professional volunteers.

Work on meaningful projects

Work with ASEAN’s leading nonprofits & put your skills to use for those in need.

Fully paid program

Your job is to create serious social impact. We’ll take care of everything else for you.

VIP Fellow Alumni

More than 100+ global volunteering professionals have gone before you

This is the 3rd year of the VIP Programme. Whereas the first 2 years the programme focused on Malaysian organisations, but this year, due to high demand, registrations are open to the entire ASEAN region. See some of the previous Fellows who have experienced the VIP Programme before you.

Daniel Shimabukuro


Luis Bracamontes


Helane Chan


Fatma Younis

See all previous Fellows

Important dates for Fellows

Everything you need to know about the VIP Programme as a Fellow

16 June – 16 July 2017

Deadline for online submission of application of Fellows

Submit your application before 16 July if you want to participate in the VIP Programme. You can start your application here.
21 July – 30 July 2017

Interviewing and matching

You will receive an invitation for a Skype interview. After that we’ll match you with a Host that is looking for your specific skillset and experience.
21 July 2017

Announcement of successful candidates

If you made it through the application process you will receive an official invitation letter on behalf of the Malaysian government, and the VIP Team will get in touch with you to arrange your visa, flight, stay, etc
19 August – 20 August 2017

Arrival in Malaysia

You are expected to arrive in Malaysia on 19 or 20 August. We’ll arrange your pickup from the airport and bring you to your hotel.
21 August – 25 August 2017

Induction workshop

The first week you will receive hands-on training together with all the other Fellows and you’ll meet your Host Organisation as well.
23 August 2017

Launching ceremony

Together we’ll kick off VIP 2017 at the Ministry of Finance (prepare to celebrate!).
28 August – 15 December 2017

Placement and impact projects

Your placement at your Host Organisation starts. You will either stay in Malaysia or another South East Asian country for 4 months.
16 October – 22 October 2017

Midterm review

The VIP Team is here for you 24/7 throughout the programme. And we’ll come to visit you for a mid-term review late October.
11 December 2017

Submission of final report

After your placement, you and your group of Fellows will submit detailed Impact Report to the VIP Team detailing your project and its impact.
14 December – 15 December 2017

Final presentation and closing

You and your group will present your project, its development, implementation, and impact to all VIP Fellows and the Malaysian government.
16 December 2017 onwards

VIP alumni network

You will be added to the VIP Alumni group so we can stay in touch.

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.”

Questions & answers

If you’re interested in becoming a Fellow for VIP and if you fit all the eligibility criteria, then request your application form here and we’ll send it to your email inbox right away.

Once you have submitted your application it will take 3-5 working days for us to get back to you. If your application is accepted you will be invited for a Skype interview with the VIP team.

You can submit your application between 16th June – 16th July. Applications submitted after 16th July will be kept in view for VIP 2018.

You will receive an official invitation letter, and you’ll start onboarding together with the VIP Fellows team.

Yes. Your visas, flights, accommodation, stipend is arranged for you and fully paid for by the Malaysian government.

What you’ll be spending your time on

Here’s what you’ll be spending your time on as a Fellow:

  • Training & workshops 1 week
  • Project implementations 7 weeks
  • Social framework development 7 weeks

Do I qualify to become a Fellow?

These are the criteria you must meet in order to qualify as a Fellow

  • You have a minimum of 3-5 years working or volunteering experience
  • You have at least a Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent
  • You are proficient in English (reading, writing, and speaking)
  • You are able to commit full-time to the 16 week programme
  • You are willing to work with low-income populations & demonstrate good interpersonal skills
  • You are committed to returning to your home country upon completion of the Fellowship

Become a Fellow today

Work with ASEAN’s leading NGOs & create meaningful impact

Become a Fellow

  • You’ll volunteer with ASEAN’s leading NGOs for 4 months
  • Your flights & visas fully taken care of
  • Your accommodation arranged for you
  • You’ll even receive a monthly allowance
  • Your job is to help your Host Organisation create more social impact
Become a Fellow