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Located in the heart of Southeast Asia, Malaysia is the melting pot of cultures and religions with a diverse population consisting of different ethnic groups such as Malay, Indian, Chinese and other ethnic minorities.

Malaysia is composed of Peninsular Malaysia and the states of Sabah and Sarawak on the north coast of the island of Borneo, 640 kilometers (400 miles) across the South China Sea. The exotic, tropical islands and lands of Malaysia holds some of nature’s treasures with some of the most beautiful beaches on the planet and a collection of unrivalled rainforests and national parks. With a population of over 30 million, multiculturalism has made Malaysia a gastronomical paradise and home to hundreds of colourful festivals.

During the thirteen-day programme, you will be put together in a group and will be involved in activities that will help to develop your survival and leadership skills. From engaging with others, learning the knotting techniques, building a raft, learning the climbing and belaying techniques, and many more.

This programme also encourages tolerance and to accept differences, teaches you how to cope with pressure and acquire leadership and teamwork skills under changing, demanding and unfamiliar circumstances.

Highlights include:

  • AFS Introduction to Global Competence
  • Kayak Expedition
  • Campcraft and Camping
  • Wall Climbing
  • Maps & Compass Lesson
  • Trekking Expedition
  • Rafting
  • Overnight Stay with Local Host Family
  • Community Service Project


Accommodation for participants will be in dormitories set around the slopes, from where one obtains a fabulous view of the sea below and island of Pangkor across. Students will be placed in a dormitory that is equipped with pillow, bed sheets, blanket, and a shared bathroom.

Eligibility Requirements

Age requirements: Participants must be aged between 15-17 years old

What's included in your experience

  • Airfare
  • Airport Pick-up
  • Housing
  • Meals
  • Medical Insurance
  • 24/7 Emergency Support
  • Field Trips
  • Cultural Tours
  • Assistance with Application Process
  • Visa Application Assistance
  • Continuous Support
  • Worldwide Presence
  • 70 Years Experience

What you are responsible for

  • Vaccinations
  • Visa and Passport Fees

Let AFS guide your intercultural adventure

Kick-start your future with AFS and discover who you really are, make new lifetime friendships and immerse yourself in a fascinating intercultural experience.

This programme begins at your home country with a pre-departure orientation and continues with orientations, other supported learning activities and facilitated conversations which will help you maximize your experience, cope with the challenges of navigating a new culture and community as well as gain knowledge, skills, and a global understanding throughout your time abroad, and as you return to your home country. AFS volunteers will be there to support and guide you and your host family the whole way through.

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