Care for Malaysian Disabled and Abused Children
from £1195 GBP
to £1795 GBP
This is deserving and very worthwhile live-in residential care project where you'll help children with mental, physical and emotional disabilities as well as some young adults and abused women/children.
The place where you'll assist is a publicly funded residential home near Kota Kinabalu offering care for the underprivileged and helpless community. It serves as a shelter to abused women and children, victims of rape and children with mental and physical disabilities. Some of the children have multiple disabilities and need close attention most of the time. There is a varied range of disabilities including; Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy, Attention Deficit Disorder, Learning difficulties, Paralysis and Deafness.
The children are given the necessary care and love (some on a one-to-one basis) according to their physical and emotional needs - bathing/washing them, feeding and general care (e.g washing of clothes, room cleaning and sweeping, cooking and playing). The home is constantly alive with the caregivers tending to the needs of the 48 residents, 33 of whom are either orphaned, abandoned or have no proper home.
Each child is given an Individual Education Plan (IEP) according to his or her needs. They then follow a special educational programme that is modified or particularized for those students with special needs, such as learning differences, mental health problems, or specific disabilities (physical or developmental). Modifications can consist of changes in curriculum, supplementary aides or equipment, and the provision of specialized facilities that allow students to participate in the educational environment to the fullest extent possible. Students may need this help to access subject matter, to physically gain access to the school, or to meet their emotional needs. Support is targeted to the needs of the individual student and can be short or long term.What you'll gain from doing this Project:
- An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into oriental Malaysian Borneo.
- A wide variety of new skills, more confidence, a greater understanding of a different culture, and invaluable personal and professional development.
- An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head and shoulders above most others in the job market
- The enormous satisfaction of helping disadvantaged women and children and knowing that you made a difference to them
- And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!
This is a live-in volunteer programme, so you’ll be accommodated on site and will live, eat and sleep at the Home. In this way you’ll get to know the staff and children and will quickly become part of the community at the Home. You’ll be encouraged to join in with all activities and will be fully immersed into Malaysian culture in a very unique environment.What to do next
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If you’d like to apply for this project. Visit our website and complete the application form. As soon as we receive it, we’ll liaise with you and then start making your travel adventure happen.
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This placement can be extended for any length of time (many of our volunteers do!), subject to availability and any visa restrictions that may apply.
If you’d like to extend once you’re there, you can do so at a minimal cost per additional week
All the time
This placement would suit:
Someone who has some specific skills in nursing, physiotherapy, IT or has an arts & crafts background. However, if you don’t have any of these skills but you’re very enthusiastic about getting involved, we can probably assist you. You’re very welcome on this project if you are disabled.
Do you accept non UK citizens?
Do you accept applicants with disabilities?
“It feels so unique to be helping people with a bad start to life, and all this experience is done in a culture I knew nothing about ... By living in this environment I have learned how the Malaysians care more about the group than the individual. Also, I have learned how fortunate us Westerners really are, and I hope I will use this information to fully appreciate everything.
There are 46 children here, all with a sad story, so it really opens your eyes. It is good because you do not have to be able to speak much of the language with the children, you just need the able to make them laugh and play games. Imagine walking into a room with lots of children running at you all incredibly happy to see you. For example, with me they scream ‘Brother’ when I walk into a room. They are all happy which is rewarding.
This is a worthwhile placement in which you generally make a difference not just to the children but to yourself. You make other people happy, and in return learn a lot about the culture and how fortunate we are in the Western World. I will never forget it and have no regrets.”
~ by David Llewellyn
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