Volunteer abroad with us!
The INSPIRE Volunteer Abroad Program is an excellent opportunity for both youth and adults to get involved in a unique, informative and hands on experience in a completely different context than they are normally accustomed to.
After a successful 7 trips in 2019, we are excited to offer this program in several new and exciting locations in 2020.
Take a look below for more details and apply now!
Trips are for ages 18+ only.
Where do you want to leave your mark?
Dates of Program:
March 7 – 15, 2020
December 11 – 26, 2019
Malaysia is a Southeast Asian known for its beaches, rainforests and mix of Malay, Chinese, Indian and European cultural influences. The capital, Kuala Lumpur, is home to the iconic Petronas Twin Towers. Malaysia also home to 177,000 asylum seekers and refugees, amongst its 31 million population. Refugees are considered undocumented migrants under the Malaysian Immigration Act, and are at risk of arrest, detention, and deportation.
There are over 30,000 Rohingya registered with the UNHCR in Malaysia; however, it is expected that there are around 100,000 Rohingya who are not registered within Malaysia. This means they have restricted access to many basic services, including education. Many refugee children have missed years of schooling which greatly impacts their own future and that of their family. This project seeks to provide education to Rohingya refugees by opening a school near the beneficiary families.
Islamic Relief has been working since 2005. Having helped over 450k in Malaysia. This program is an Alternative Learning Centre for refugees, particularly Rohingyas. Focusing on providing education and life skills to Rohingya children from ages 7-17.
Volunteers will go on a 9 day journey learning and engaging with the Rohingya and Malay community to learn about their lives. The program will focus on giving an in depth understanding of the challenges faced by the refugee communities and the importance of giving them an education and hope to succeed.
The primary activities will include:
- Psycho-social activities focusing on team building and developing self-confidence
- STEM based activities to challenge in a fun and engaging environment
- Excursions with students to explore the local community
We will also get a chance to explore the beauty of Malaysia with trips to the Petronas Twin towers in KLCC, the gorgeous mosques of Putrajaya, and the hustle and bustle of Bukit Bintang.
All finalized applicants are required to raise a minimum of $3,500 CAD by Feb 29, 2020.
All the funds raised will be going towards Islamic Relief projects in Malaysia.
IRC will provide each volunteer with a fundraising package that includes tips on how to fundraise, posters, flyers, and pledge cards. Also, IRC will set up an online LaunchGood fundraising page for each volunteer to raise funds for their project.
All finalized applicants must pay a non-refundable fee of $300
All volunteers attending the trip are required to submit a vulnerable sector check prior to departure on the trip
IRC will cover your stay in Malaysia, including your accommodation, transportation, food and scheduled sightseeing activities.
Please note that flights are NOT included in this, thus the volunteer is responsible for purchasing their flights to and from Malaysia as well as mandatory health insurance.
The Inspire program aims to give volunteers an unique and eye-opening experience, where they are able to immerse themselves in a different context than they are normally accustomed to.
This program encompasses an opportunity to learn about the vulnerable communities and
the challenges they face. Volunteers are encouraged to apply what they have learned and to champion initiatives in their communities at the completion of the program. Islamic Relief will provide support and resources to those volunteers.
Letters of reference can be requested after the completion of the trip.