We are excited to invite you on an exciting adventure in Malaysia—in Kuching, which is located in Sarawak province on the island of Borneo. We will also spend a night in Kuala Lumpur at both the start and end of the trip, giving everyone a brief chance to experience one of Asia’s most exciting cities. Our team will be diverse in all ways; no previous construction experience is necessary—only a willingness to listen, learn and work.
Tropical, resource-rich Malaysia is a nation of two geographic regions. Peninsular Malaysia borders Thailand and boasts large cities and an active agricultural, industrial and service economy. The other half of Malaysia is located across the South China Sea, bordering Indonesia, Brunei and the South China Sea, south of Vietnam.
The entire land mass of Malaysia is about the size of the U.S. state of New Mexico. Its climate is tropical, with annual monsoon seasons in the southwest from April–October and in the northeast from October–February.
Kuala Lumpur is the pride of Malaysia. It is the capital and main port of entry in and out of Malaysia. It is known as a modern capital, having been chosen to be the country’s new capital only a few decades ago.
About Habitat for Humanity Malaysia
HFH Malaysia built its first house in 1999 in Kuching, Sarawak. There are affiliates in Kuching (1999), Kuala Lumpur (2003) and Kota Kinabalu (2004).
HFH Malaysia works in both semi-urban and rural areas, building houses along with renovations. It also seeks community partnerships to obtain land for needy families. In rural Sarawak, for example, nearly one-third of Habitat’s target group consists of families with insufficient incomes to build on their own land or families who are unable to afford other housing programs.
Habitat affiliates use various construction methods: raised floor construction with timber; concrete slab construction with hollow blocks and modular house construction with polystyrene panels. The average house size ranges from 50 square meters up to nearly 60 square meters.
Types of construction for volunteers
Volunteers will help build wood-frame houses on stilts with hollow block walls and cement plaster finish. Habitat Malaysia uses various construction methods, including raised floor construction with timber; concrete slab construction with hollow blocks and modular house construction with polystyrene panels.
Saturday, April 17: Depart for Kuala Lumpur (may require leaving Friday evening).
Sunday, April 18: Travel day, arrive in Kuala Lumpur.
Monday, April 19: Travel to Kuching; welcome and orientation with local staff member; visit project sites and families; welcome dinner.
Tuesday–Friday, April 20–23: Breakfast; work from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. with lunch on site; dinner; special events throughout the week.
Saturday–Sunday, April 24–25 (free days): Activities in local area.
Monday–Thursday, April 26–29: Breakfast; work from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. with lunch on site; dinner; special events throughout the week.
Friday, April 30: Work half-day; farewell with families.
Saturday, May 1: Travel to Kuala Lumpur; free time in afternoon; team farewell dinner.
Sunday, May 2: Depart for home.
Most teams stay in a local hotel with air conditioning; participants share double-occupancy rooms and private bath.
Trip cost includes: donation to the Habitat host program and HFHI; meals; accommodations; transport (including trip participant air fare between Kuala Lumpur and Kuching); medical emergency evacuation and trip cancellation insurance; some local cultural activities and team coordination and orientation materials. A small portion of the team leader’s trip costs are included in the trip budget. The trip cost does not include trip participant air fare from home to KL, any R&R activities or visa and exit fees (not applicable for all destinations).
Boots and Ramsay Walker have been involved for several years with the Global Village program, volunteering as team members and team leaders primarily in Europe and Asia. Boots’ involvement with Habitat for Humanity includes a year spent working full-time in Thailand—her native country—as national Global Village coordinator. Although this will be their first GV trip to Malaysia, they have previously led more than a dozen recent GV teams to several other Asian countries, such as Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, India and Mongolia.
For more information about this GV trip, contact Boots and Ramsay via e-mail at email@example.com.