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Why volunteer abroad?

People choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons. For some it offers the chance to give something back to the community or make a difference to the people around them. For others it provides an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge. Regardless of the motivation, what unites them all is that they find it both challenging and rewarding. By making the choice to volunteer, you unlock a whole dimension to yourself that could just lie dormant and untested your entire life. You get to experience life in another country. There are gains that will vary from individual to individual in terms of discovering depths of respect, understanding, compassion, maturity; inevitably, it leads to a re-appraisal of oneself and what is truly important. In our opinion (and those of most of our volunteers), to get involved at a grassroots level is infinitely more helpful and far more rewarding than a simple donation.

Why volunteer with VIP?

VIP is not just about volunteering. In 16 weeks you’ll create a framework for your Host Organization, a framework that will be used in creating long lasting social impact and we’ll provide you with a budget for that.

What skills or qualifications do I need?

VIP is not just about volunteering. In 16 weeks you’ll create a framework for your Host Organization, a framework that will be used in creating long lasting social impact and we’ll provide you with a budget for that.

Can I see comments and feedback from previous volunteers?

Absolutely! We love receiving feedback from volunteers, and we’re regularly sharing new testimonials and photos on our website.

Will mobile phones work, and will there be a signal?

Mobile phones are now widely used almost everywhere. Local mobile phones can be bought, or a SIM card purchased for use in an unlocked phone brought from home. Short term phone or data SIM cards are inexpensive and well worth getting, especially if you are volunteering for an extended time.

If I have friends or family over to visit, can I get time off?

You will have five (5) days off during the placement, excluding weekends and we make every effort to be flexible, but please be mindful that you are making a commitment to volunteer and the local people have made arrangements accordingly.

ABOUT VIP

What is Volunteering for International Professionals?

VIP is a four-month fellowship designed specially for professionals on career breaks who wish to volunteer in Malaysia and was initiated by the Malaysian government to create a large pool of talented professionals, who are passionate about sharing their expertise and experiences globally, as expert volunteers to contribute towards nation-building.

How do I volunteer with VIP?

If you’re interested in applying for VIP please request your application form here.

Do I have to pay a fee to be part of this programme?

No. There is no fee involved for applicants to be part of this programme. If you are successful, the programme will cover your visa, return air travel (Home Country-Malaysia-Home Country) and also flights to ASEAN countries (if you’re posted to other ASEAN countries besides Malaysia), accommodation, provide a monthly stipend of RM1,500 and basic insurance coverage.

Do I get to choose the impact project I want to work on?

Yes, you are encouraged to apply for impact projects which are relevant to your expertise and interest. The VIP Secretariat & Selection Committee will give this careful consideration when they make their final decision. Final decisions on shortlisting and project allocation will be a prerogative of the VIP Secretariat and the Selection Committee.

If my expertise is not as listed on the website, can I still apply?

Yes, you may if your profile and motivation match the project. We encourage you to convince the Selection Committee by stating your motivation/ interest in the video/ essay, which is part of the application form.

What kind of NGOs will I be working with?

Some of the best in Malaysia and South East Asia. VIP has a wide network of NGO partners, some of which you’ll be working with directly.

ACCOMMODATION

What is the accommodation like?

Week 1 : When you’ll arrive and throughout the Induction Week, Fellows will be placed in a single or twin sharing room in a hotel.

Week 2 – Week 16 : At your respective project sites, International Fellows will be placed in a rental house/ apartment in non-sharing rooms (single occupancy) near to the project site. There are projects that don’t require Fellows to be based near the project site throughout the project duration (i.e. live in Kuala Lumpur but travel to project site as and when there are activities). This will be advised by the Host Organisation but all costs will be covered under the project budget.

APPLICATION PROCESS

How do I apply?

You can request for your application form here and send it together with your CV and motivational video or letter.

How long does it take before my application is processed?

The full selection and matching process will last one (1) month but you will be updated every step of the way.

When can I start? When should I apply?

Application opens on 16th of June 2017 and ends on 16th of July 2017. If everything goes well, we expect you to be here by 20th of August 2017.

VISAS, INSURANCE, EMERGENCIES

Do I need a visa?

Yes you do. And we will provide the necessary supporting documents but it will be your responsibility to apply and get your visa. We will reimburse your fee once you submit the receipt. Please take note that we only reimburse the visa fee. The programme doesn’t cover for any transportation cost or agent in securing the visa.

Do I need insurance?

Yes. You most certainly need travel insurance and VIP Secretariat will provide you one for this program.

What about Malaria?

For travel to Asia make sure your doctor knows exactly where you are traveling so they can prescribe the right anti-malarial medication. Malaria prevention medication should be taken according to your doctor’s instructions before, during and after a visit to affected areas. Malaria is a serious tropical disease, which is spread by night-biting mosquitoes which transmit a parasite. Avoiding getting bitten is important and usually, the most effective means to prevent the disease. Long sleeved shirts and trousers should be worn in the evenings and insect repellent can be used in areas with mosquitoes. If the area where you are volunteering has mosquitoes, use a mosquito net at night. The most effective nets are those infused with an insect repellent like Permethrin.

With a little common sense and some precautions, the chance of getting Malaria is very small. If you suspect you have malaria, see a doctor as soon as possible. Symptoms include chills, fevers, headache, nausea and vomiting.

Should I get any vaccinations?

It is up to your own discretion. However, we recommend you get the following shots: MMR, DTaP, Typhoid, Hepatitis B. You can find more information about vaccinations for Malaysia here .

Do I need a visa?

Yes, and VIP Secretariat will arrange the necessary visas for you, just make sure you send us the documents in time.

There are some basic general principles:

You will need a current passport and it is recommended that you travel with a passport that has at least 6 months validity. You should make sure you have at least 2 free pages for visas. Always check that for any country that you are making connecting flights through to see if you need a transit visa. Always travel with your passport and documentation available to you, plus have a copy in your bags and available to you through your email account. It is the responsibility of the traveler, not VIP, to make sure that the relevant visas and/or permits are in place. However, we will have a local support team available to assist you with any questions you might have.

COMMUNITY & SUPPORT

What if I have more questions?

Let us know, send us an email

Can I talk to people who have gone through VIP?

You can see all VIP success stories on the Volunteer Stories. Alternatively, to talk to a real person, use the email and let us know that you’d like to speak with a volunteer one on one and we’ll make it happen!

What is Volunteering for International Professionals?

VIP is a four-month fellowship designed specially for professionals on career breaks who wish to volunteer in ASEAN and was initiated by the Malaysian government to create a large pool of talented professionals, who are passionate about sharing their expertise and experiences globally, as expert volunteers to contribute towards nation-building.

How do I apply to be a Host Organisation for VIP?

If you’re interested in applying to be a Host for VIP, please request your application form here

How long does it take before my application is processed?

Kindly refer to the schedule for Host Organisation here

When can our Organisation apply?

Application opens on 12th of May 2017 and ends on 31th of May 2017.

Do Host Organisations have to pay a fee to be part of this program?

No. There is no fee involved for applicants to be part of this program. If you are successful as a Host Organisation, you have the opportunity to benefit from seed fund of RM10,000 per project to cover expenditure.

Who will we be working with?

Your Organisation shall receive and host five (5) individual VIP Fellows made up of professionals from diverse background, nationalities, and expertise assigned by the VIP Secretariat. Each team will then work closely together with the Host Organisation to make an impact on the community.

What if I have more questions?

Let us know, send us an email