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CARE AND PHYSIOTHERAPY FOR DISABLED AND ABUSED WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN BORNEO IN MALAYSIA

Assist in this very worthwhile live-in residential care project to help children, and some adults, with mental, physical and emotional 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. If you're a fully qualified Physiotherapist, you'll be able to get involved with treatments.

The Home is a shelter for abused women and children, victims of rape and children with mental and physical disabilities. Only 5 of the 48 residents go to normal schools so one of your main responsibilities will be to provide additional support and care for the children during the day. You’ll help by talking, playing and reading with them.

SUMMARY: THE BASICS

Price: £1,395 (approx. US$1,850) for 4 weeks
£150 (approx. US$250) for each additional week.
Excludes flights. Please see Full Price List & Other Currencies
Duration: From 4 weeks, up to 6 months, subject to visa requirements.
Start Dates: All year round - you choose your start and finish dates.
Requirements: Minimum age 17. Some experience in the nursing or caring sector would be excellent, but is not essential. The only requirement is a big heart and a desire to provide care and support. It is however essential that you have patience and are willing to learn and understand the local perspective on handling disabilities.
What's included: Arranging your Programme
Full pre-departure support and assistance
Payment Protection insurance
Accommodation and Food
Meeting you at the nearest Airport
Transfer to the placement site
Return transfer to the airport
Local in-country team support and backup
24-hr emergency support
Certificate of Completion
What's not included: Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas.
Who can do this Project? This project is open to all nationalities and all ages over 17.
Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out, grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in caring for children, teaching or working with children overseas while doing voluntary work, projects abroad or study abroad.
Also available as a summer placement or short break in Malaysia or South-East Asia, or for those interested in TEFL teaching.

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT

  • An exciting opportunity to travel, see the world and experience a foreign culture first-hand.
  • New skills, more confidence and invaluable personal and professional development.
  • The enormous satisfaction of helping disadvantaged children and adults and knowing that you made a difference to them.
  • An opportunity to take a break from the traditional academic track or your current career path in order to gain life experience and global cultural awareness
  • An entry on your CV or Résumé that will enhance your career opportunities and make you stand out from the crowd.
  • Make friends, form relationships and build memories that will last a lifetime.
  • Opportunities to enjoy some exciting adventure and cultural activities while on your programme.
  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!

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Volunteers and some of the children at the Centre on the Care and Physiotherapy weork experience placement in Malaysia
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WORK CONTENT AND DESCRIPTION

At the Centre, 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 which are either orphaned, abandoned or have no proper home.

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. If you're a fully qualified Physiotherapist, you'll be able to get involved with treatments.

Only 5 of the 48 residents go to normal schools so one of your main responsibilities will be to provide additional support and care for the children during the day. You’ll help by talking, playing and reading with them. You will also assist with mealtimes and some times cleaning up after them. The main mode of communication is Bahasa Malaysia but English is widely spoken and used amongst the staff.

It has always been the goal of Bukit Harapan to aid the helpless so that they may find confidence in life again, see the reason to stay alive, stand on their own feet and forgive those who have hurt them, giving them the chance to look forward to the future.

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.

The home is also engaged in some outreach work to remote communities and a Rural Youth programme to help support individuals in the area and provide them with the skills required to care for those with disabilities.

Bukit Harapan relies heavily on public and private support to run as it supports 48 residents and 16 full-time and live-in staff, who do not have any fixed days off. The home is grateful that many individuals from middle to high-income brackets have been giving their support in the form of donating food essentials and other necessities to run the home. These are anonymous philanthropists who only wish to see the welfare of the home’s residents taken care of. However, the home is constantly in need of donors either in cash or kind to ensure the health and well being of its’ residents.

To sustain the livelihood of Bukit Harapan a nursery project has recently been initiated with the hope that sales from the plants and orchids will assist in the smooth operation of the home. An orchid mist house has been built with a herb garden in the pipeline. It is also part of the homes ‘green’ effort to rejuvenate the environment.

DAILY ROUTINE:

  • 08.00 am – 12.00 pm : Special Education
  • 12.00 pm – 12.30 pm : Lunch
  • 12.30 pm – 01.00 pm : Cleaning
  • 01.00 pm – 03.30 pm : Afternoon Nap
  • 03.30 pm – 03.45 pm : Afternoon Tea
  • 03.45 pm – 05.00 pm : Recreational Activities
  • 05.00 pm – 06.30 pm : Shower
  • 06.30 pm – 07.30 pm : Dinner
  • 07.30 pm – 09.00 pm : Free Activity
  • 09.00 pm : Bed Time
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Some of the very colourful play facilities at the Centre.
Volunteers assisting in the care and physiotherapy of the disabled children annd women Project in Malayia
Volunteers being shown how to assist in the care and physiotherapy of patients at the Centre.
The outside playground.
A volunteer giving assistance to a patient on the Care and Physiotherapy of Children Project in Borneo
A volunteer giving assistance to a patient
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ACCOMMODATION

The home was first established in 1989 and has recently moved to new premises built on land donated by the Sabah State Government. Its new location is just 15 minutes away from Kota Kinabalu. The home now consists of seven residential blocks, with 3 to 4 rooms each, to make up the dormitories for the residents and caregivers. It also has a Sundial school block consisting of five classrooms and an office. The main 2-storey block houses the dining, living, kitchen, laundry and staff room while the upper floor consists of an office, an interview room, visitors’ hall, store and bedroom with an ensuite.

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 quickly and will become part of the community at Bukit Harapan. You’ll be encouraged to join in with all activities and will be fully immersed into Malaysian culture in a very unique environment. This is a challenging but incredibly rewarding placement to take part in.

Wi-Fi / Internet: There is Wi-Fi in the accommodation which is FREE, but there are limits on the length of time of usage.

FOOD:
Food is provided on this project.

STAFF:
Some of the staff at Bukit Harapan are qualified care-assistants and others are ex-residents who have been successfully rehabilitated. For example;
HH, a 51 year-old orphan who is paralysed from the waist down and has been at the home for 15 years. Despite being wheelchair bound, he takes care of the garden, does minor maintenance around the home as well as care for the younger residents. HH is a very artistic person with great carpentry skills.
JJ, a 46 year-old orphan with learning difficulties. JJ helps in cleaning and sweeping around the compound. He runs errands for the home, as well as ferrying children to and from school and picking up food.

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The reception area at the Home.
The dining area at the Home. You'll live here during your stay and you'll very quickly immerse yourself in the very homely atmosphere!
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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

YOUR SAFETY, SUPPORT AND BACKUP:
Read important information about the Support & Backup you receive before you leave and during your programme.

Read about the Safety and Security measures we take to ensure your safety and wellbeing while on our programme.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT?

Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on your placement and on your return home.

The documents you'll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on your particular programme (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.

As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is different to what you're used to ... which, although one of the most exciting aspects of travelling, should be borne in mind. Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this wonderful opportunity!

On Arrival, Your Introduction to the Country

When you arrive, you'll be welcomed by Ronn. She is the Volunteer Co-ordinator, assisting Albert, our Malaysia Manager. Ronn will take you to your accommodation in Kota Kinabalu, where you will spend the first couple days of your trip. She will show you the nearby facilities such as banks, pharmacy, food and beverage outlets etc.

Albert will give you an evening induction (so you will be free to do some activities during the daytime). You will then be taken to your project and accommodation and introduced to everyone concerned. You will be made to feel very welcome by all!

Our projects in Malaysia (particularly the Orang-Utan Centre, which you must visit(!) are very popular and you are sure to have a wonderful time during your stay in Sabah. Your adventure has begun :-)

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Volunteer assisting a child on the Care and Physiotherapy project with Diabled and Abused Women and children
Volunteer assisting a child.
Some facilities on the Care and Physiotherapy project with Diabled and Abused Women and children
Some of the facilities used to help the children who have all sorts of needs.
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OPTIONAL ADD-ON ACTIVITIES:

Make the most of your time there! To help you do that, we've put together some exciting activities, courses and tours that you can add to your itinerary. These are designed to be fun, but also to enable you to learn, and expand your personal and professional development enjoyment ... but mostly for your enjoyment! :-)

Please note that all optional activities in Malaysia depart from Kota Kinabalu in Borneo. If you are doing the Sepilok Orang-utan Conservation project, this is only a 40-minute flight away. If you're doing a project on the Peninsula, it is a 2.5-hour flight from Kuala Lumpur.

CLIMB MOUNT KINABALU:
Kinabalu Park is Borneo's botanical paradise and home to the majestic Mount Kinabalu (4095.2 metres), the highest peak in South East Asia. On this three-day excursion you'll trek for about 6-8 hours over 2 days and will experience sunrise from the summit of Mount Kinabalu.

LEVEL: Moderate Trekking. No experience needed but see medical notes below
LOCATION: Departs from Kota Kinabalu
DURATION: 3 days and 2 nights
MINIMUM AGE: Climbers below 16 years old are considered Child and will be accompanied by a separate mountain guide. An extra guide currently costs an additional £55 GBP.
INCLUDED: 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners & 1 Supper, 2 Nights Accommodation, Entrance Fee, Return Airport/Hotel Transfer (Additional charges of USD 7 per person are chargeable for outskirt hotel pick-ups), Return Transfer (Park HQ - Timpohon Gate - Park HQ), Mountain Guide, Climbing Insurance, Climbing Permit, Mount Kinabalu Certificate and Certificate Holder, and English Speaking Support Team.
PRICE: £499.

This excursion must be booked and paid for at least 3 months in advance in order to secure the necessary permits. A super peak season surcharge (approx 150RM (£30 or US$45) per night) is also sometimes applied to bookings between June and September. You'll need to pay this locally.

Day 1: You’ll be picked up from Kota Kinabalu and make a scenic drive to Kinabalu Park, arriving late afternoon. You’ll meet up with our representative and then proceed to Sabah Park’s HQ, at 1,563 meters, where you’ll register for the climb, check into your hostel and have some free time to explore the park at your leisure Then dinner and return to the hostel for a much-needed early night!

Day 2: The hard work starts today! After a wake- up call at 7am, you’ll ‘gear-up’ and have breakfast. You’ll meet with your assigned Mountain Guide and proceed to Timpohon Gate for the start of the climb. You'll have a packed lunch and plenty of rest stops! You'll climb for 5-6 hours before reaching Laban Rata. You'll have the afternoon free to relax and recuperate. Dinner will be at the Rest House restaurant and you'll stay in the mountain hut (which has dormitory bunk beds).

Day 3: Very very early wake up call - at 1am! It will be worth it though. You’ll trek for 3-4 hours to reach the summit of Mount Kinabalu to witness the glorious sunrise. You'll then trek down to Laban Rata for breakfast, after which you'll trek down to the Timpohon Gate, then transferred back to the Kinabalu Park HQ to pick up your Certificate of Achievement!

MEDICAL NOTES: A high level of fitness is required and we strongly advise that you have a medical check before attempting the climb. If you suffer from any of the following, you are advised not to do this climb: hypertension, diabetes, palpitations, arthritis, heart disease, severe anaemia, peptic ulcers, epilepsy, obesity (overweight), chronic asthma, muscular cramps, hepatitis (jaundice) or any other condition/disease which may impact on your ability to complete the climb comfortably. If in any doubt, please consult your doctor. If you are an inexperienced climber you should seek further advice before participating.

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS: Although the majority of routes leading to the summit of Kinabalu require no technical climbing skills, some kind of training beforehand is important. It is important to remember that you will be hiking on surfaces with varying angles which may put lots of stress on your ankles and knees. It is also worth remembering that most of the injuries which occur on Mount Kinabalu happen on the way down. When climbing Mount Kinabalu, take a slow pace to allow your body to acclimatize to the altitude, as at 3000 meters, you only have 70% of the oxygen you would normally have at sea-level.

To climb Mount Kinabalu
You need to be in decent physical condition.
you must not have heart or lung problems.
You need healthy knees and ankles.
Take your time and know your physical limitations.
Consult your personal physician if you are taking any kind of medication or if you have any other health problems.

If you plan to take any medication during your climb, you must consult your doctor prior to departure. The effects of medications may vary with altitude and stress. All climbers should consult their doctor or a specialised travel clinic well in advance of their trip.

How Physically Fit I Should Be To Do The Climb? It takes a minimum of 2 Days and 1 Night to scale Mount Kinabalu. Day 1 kicks off bright and early via Timpohon Gate, a 5 to 7 hour brings you up to 11’000 feet above sea level for an overnight stay. The second day is slightly more to the technical side – there are parts where you will need to hold onto ropes at an angle of about 15 – 20 degrees inclination. If you are able to climb a flight of 12 story staircase up and down few times in a day with not much difficulties, that’s good enough to prepare you for Mount Kinabalu.

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1-DAY PADAS RIVER RAFTING (Grade 3-4):
Spectacular scenery and thrilling rafting experience, exploring the wild and untamed Padas River, with 7 exciting and challenging rapids.

LEVEL: Moderate. No experience needed.
LOCATION: Depart from Kota Kinabalu. Located on the Padas River, near Tenom, Sabah
DURATION: Full Day
MINIMUM AGE: 12 years old.
INCLUDED: Lunch, Hotel Pickup & Drop off for hotels in Kota Kinabalu (Additional charges of USD 7 per person are chargeable for outskirt hotel pick-ups) Land Transportation (Seat-In-Coach), English Speaking Guide, Rafting Equipment, Life Jacket, Certified River Guide, Certificate and Insurance. PRICE: £99.

The Padas River is situated in the interior of the south-western part of Kota Kinabalu. You’ll journey by bus for approximately 3½ hours through the countryside to Beaufort Town, where you’ll have lunch in a local restaurant. The rafting start point is only accessible by train, so included in the price is a unique journey in an antique train on the North Borneo Railway. You'll journey through the heart of Borneo to the start of your rafting adventure - a brilliant chance to see the spectacular, untouched scenery of this beautiful country and glimpse the local villages. Upon arrival, you’ll receive a full safety briefing before starting your 9km rafting adventure.

The river holds seven thrilling rapids to negotiate - you’ll work as a team and will have an experienced guide with you. The journey will undoubtedly be an awesome adrenalin rush, as you experience the ultimate white water class III and IV rapids. The route takes about 1.5 hours to complete. You’ll then have the chance to change out of your wet clothes and enjoy some light refreshment at the station, ready for your return train journey to Beaufort Town and bus trip back to Kota Kinabalu.

This excursion includes transfers to and from your accommodation in Kota Kinabalu, full safety briefing and equipment. Please note, this is a full day’s excursion and you won’t return to your hotel until at least 6.00 pm.

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DISCOVER SCUBA DIVING AT TUNKU ABDUL RAHMAN PARK:
A chance to scuba dive and observe the beautiful coral life. The perfect package for those who have never dived before. You'll be given a step-by-step guide to scuba diving, from learning how to suit up, to how to use your diving equipment properly.

LEVEL: Beginner. No experience needed.
LOCATION: Depart from Kota Kinabalu.
MINIMUM AGE: 12 yeaers old. DURATION: Full day.
INCLUDED: Pick-up & Drop-off from hotel in Kota Kinabalu (Additional charges of USD 7 per person are chargeable for outskirt hotel pick-ups), Lunch, Drinking water, Tea & Coffee & snacks, Park Entry Fee, Two Dives, Return Boat Transfer, Equipment Rental and Dive Master/Instructor. PRICE: £125 (Based on a minimum of 2 people)

The Tunku Abdul Rahman Park is a stunning marine park, that comprises of a cluster of islands including Pulau Gaya, Pulau Sapi, Pulau Manukan, Pulau Mamutik and Pulau Sulug. All of the islands have gorgeous white sandy beaches, shallow waters and fantastic coral gardens - and they are all only a 10 - 20 minute boat ride from the city of Kota Kinabalu!

The Discover Scuba Diving program introduces scuba diving in a highly supervised and relaxed manner, giving you just a little taste of the fascinating and thrilling world of Scuba Diving. The Discover Scuba package, conducted by PADI certified instructors at the nearby Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park’s Island, allows you to discover excitement, adventure, freedom and serenity. The Tunku Abdul Rahman Park is ideally suited to beginner divers providing shallow, sandy confined water environments which slope to slightly deeper coral reef habitats.

Learn basic safety concepts, put on equipment and swim around underwater in a closely supervised environment under the guidance of PADI certified instructors today!

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1-DAY TIP OF BORNEO & BAVANGGAZO CULTURAL VILLAGE TOUR:
An opportunity to experience the fantastic culture of rural Malaysia.

LEVEL: Gentle
LOCATION: Depart from Kota Kinabalu, 3 hours journey to northern Sabah.
DURATION: Full day
MINIMUM AGE: N/A (Infants under 3 years old are free of charge)
INCLUDED: Pick-up & Drop-off from hotel in Kota Kinabalu (Additional charges of USD 7 per person are chargeable for outskirt hotel pick-ups), Lunch, Entrance Fees, Land Transportation (Seat-In-Coach), and English Speaking Guide.
PRICE: £115 (Based on a minimum of 2 people)

ITINERARY: You'll journey through scenic countryside to the north of Kudat. You'll pass some spectacular scenery including paddy fields, traditional villages, plantations and local stalls selling handicraft and food items. On arrival at Bavanggazo village (where the Rungus community live) you'll have a traditional lunch, before visiting the community and their cottage industries - Seeing the Rungus Tribe still living in their longhouses is a fantastic once in a lifetime experience! The community is very enterprising - the main economic activities include producing honey and making gongs.

Before returning to Kota Kinabalu, you'll visit Simpang Mengayau, the northern most tip of Borneo, where the Sulu and South China Seas meet. On a clear day, you'll be able to see the outlying islands of the Philippines from this point! Spectacular!

If you take this tour on a Sunday, you may get the chance to visit the Tamu Besar (a bustling open air market in Kota Belud)

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The beach at Pulau Tiga Island at sunset.
View of the tranquil river.
Volunteer having a heart-to-heart debate with an Orang-Utan. The Orang Utan is probably winning!

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LOCATION | SIGHTSEEING:

KOTA KINABALU:
Kota Kinabalu, or "KK" (as it is locally known), is the capital of Sabah. KK is home to the International airport and this will be your first point of arrival in Sabah - it is a great place to start your trip and get used to the Malaysian way of life.

Although Kota Kinabalu is far less developed than Kuala Lumpur (its counterpart on the Peninsular), the people are very friendly and the atmosphere here is more relaxed. KK also boasts impressive markets, a beautiful mosque, restaurants and nightlife - a fun introduction to the wide variety of attractions that Sabah has to offer.

Just off the coast it is possible to see an array of beautiful islands which make up the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. Exploring the coral reefs and marine life in this underwater world is fascinating and day trips here can be easily arranged - most islands are less than 45 minutes away by boat. Once you arrive you will be amazed at how clear the water is and just how many different fish you can see. There are also many wonderful beaches to be explored on the islands!

If you are the outdoors type, a visit to Sabah isn’t complete without a climb to the summit of Mount Kinabalu (the highest peak in SE Asia). Standing at over 4000 metres, this is another of Sabah’s main attractions and the views from the top at sunrise more than make up for the two day climb. Afterwards you can soak your aching muscles at Poring where the sulphur hot springs provide a therapeutic bath.

Throughout the whole of Sabah you will find many local "Tamu", meaning market - the variety of fruit, vegetables, plants and handcrafted items on sale at cheap prices has to be seen to be believed!

THINGS YOU CAN DO:
Just off the West coast of Borneo, it is possible to see an array of beautiful islands which make up the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park – a protected area which boasts some of the best coral and unspoilt beaches in the area. Exploring the coral reefs and marine life in this underwater world is fascinating and day trips here can be easily arranged - most islands are less than 45 minutes away by boat.

Once you arrive you will be amazed at how clear the water is and just how many different fish you can see. There is excellent snorkelling and scuba diving (for both beginners and the more advanced) on these islands, as well as some wonderful beaches to be explored!

Take a trip on the North Borneo Railway, where you’ll travel through the heart of Borneo on a beautifully refurbished steam train. The journey meanders through villages, coastal towns, paddy fields, rain forests and rubber/coffee plantations. Passengers experience a glimpse into a bygone era, travelling along what used to be the ‘transport lifeline’ of Sabah – a great way to get a feel for the spectacular, untouched scenery of Borneo.

TRAVEL:

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Volunteers swimming in the ocean on Turtle Island.
Volunteers swimming in the ocean on Turtle Island.
Horseriding on the beach.
This row of statues on the bridge is well-known and just one of the many amazing sights to see in Malaysia.
Mount Kinabalu.
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REVIEWS AND FEEDBACK:

NIKITA SHARMA
Australian
Dive Resort Management Internship in Malaysia

Hi Ana, Despite some minor hiccups, it was a safe journey here! It's been about 5 days since I've been here at Bukit Harapan, and the staff have been so lovely and welcoming. They work incredibly hard, and I only hope that more volunteers can come and help out. I really urge you to try and attract more volunteers to this placement.

Getting used to a totally new environment is quite difficult, but with the care and support of the loving Bukit Harapan family, I'm sure I'll feel well and truly settled by the end of the week.

While I haven't been here long enough to see what Borneo has to offer, I'm enjoying the rich Malaysian culture and look forward to exploring it and it's surroundings further.

DAVID LLEWELLYN
British
Care & Physiotherapy for Disabled Women and Children in Malaysia

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. I have seen how the staff work every day of the week for little money and share a room with the children so get no privacy. They do not ask for holidays and never complain.

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."