Volunteer service contributes to the well-being of an individual or a community and is usually coordinated by a non-profit or public sector organization. These positions rarely offer any salary or wage, but in some cases offer accommodation or other benefits in exchange for work. Volunteering offers perspectives into local cultures and lifestyle, and a chance to work with people from around the world, and exciting new experiences.
Volunteering is an excellent way to spend your time in Malaysia, as there are numerous volunteer opportunities available at several different locations, from urban to rural, on the coast and in the jungle. Although unpaid, some volunteer positions offer perks like free room and board and sometimes travel around the country. The application process varies largely and depends on the organization. Most groups require a formal application and a personal statement.
Technically, foreign nationals are not allowed to volunteer on a regular tourist visa. Instead, a visa that permits volunteer work must be acquired. Some organizations may assist with visa acquisition. It's wise to discuss the best course of action with the organization directly.
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Many volunteer programs also handle visa arrangements and include insurance coverage in their program fees or as part of their compensation. If they do not, you will need to shop around for rates and coverage. Ask for a letter of introduction and prepare to shop around for best rates and coverage.
Consult our section on 'International healthcare & Medical Insurance' to find out more about your options. You might also look at our other articles on Summer Jobs and Internship abroad on the left column of this page for other opportunities.
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