Virtual Volunteer is one of the ways that we can increase the accessibility and inclusivity of AIESEC towards Malaysia by enabling more leadership developmental experiences during this Movement Control Order (MCO) period.
It allows volunteers to commit their time and services away from the physical site of an organisation project or campaign. Virtual volunteers work over the internet via computer, tablet or phone to provide their skilled services to support a cause that is important to them. This initiative is allowing local youth the opportunity to be a volunteer on a virtual opportunity which addresses one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 4 weeks, alongside other Local Virtual Volunteer participants. The aim is to empower young people to develop one or more Leadership Qualities by volunteering together with other local volunteers.
"It was my great pleasure to be a volunteer in “Share the Future Virtual Volunteering programme that is organised by AIESEC in UNMC through AIESEC in Malaysia.
My experiences have provided me with numerous opportunities to be involved with diverse people and situations, make mistakes, learn from them and teach those around me what I’ve learned. Making these mistakes, and having these experiences has helped me in my journey of discovering who I truly am as well as evolve as a person. This experience was very fulfilling to me, and I personally felt it was my duty to inspire those students, as they are our future leaders. If I could positively impact at least one of those students then I’d be exultant with my choice to volunteer. Some benefit of this programme is I made a new friend all over the world and I really don’t regret giving my time for this volunteering programs. I loved every single second of this."
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"Through this programme, I managed to hone my learning curve and interact closely with the students that are from different backgrounds. Besides, we also have to collaborate with other virtual volunteers to organise a cross-cultural event. Through this programme, I have inculcated and imbued a sense of mutual respect and effective communication between a student and a teacher.
I also gained valuable insight into other country’s cultures and cooperated with other members in delivering a decent class to the students. I feel like I have a sense of responsibility to lead someone and guide them the right way. As a conclusion, I truly recommend this programme to all students to participate, especially if you are very concerned about your budgets or travelling. Just like conventional physical volunteering, you can still make a great impact on the communities around you that are desperate for education entities."
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“It seems like it was only yesterday that I have met this bunch of amazing Exchange Participants (Eps) from Korea, Canada, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, Thailand, Taiwan, Vietnam, Thailand and the US! During the first four weeks of my journey, I was appointed to be an English teacher in Hanxi Elementary School, which is an aboriginal school for Atayal tribe, in Yilan county of Taiwan. Atayal is the third-largest indigenous group of Taiwanese aborigines. I never expected that such a strong bond could be built between me and my students, even my host family, in just four weeks of my global volunteering journey!
I can’t believe that I have already left this place, and I am no longer their teacher, ever again. These little kids will never know how much they meant to me. they are truly the sweetest. I can still remember how they shouted my name from far on the first day itself and how tightly they hugged me as they sent me off.
It was so heart-warming that the locals have treated us in a way as if we were part of the Atayal tribe. Words can’t describe how grateful I was to have such lovely and affectionate Taiwanese dad and mom in Taiwan, they made us feel like home and loved us unconditionally. Right before we left the school, the students have left me with the most heart-breaking question,
"Are you gonna come back soon?", my heart breaks a little knowing that I might not have the chance to be back here, ever again. My global volunteering journey in Hanxi Elementary School has been incredibly inspiring, Atayal has been amazing, Taiwan has been so beautiful. The heartrending part of the journey was parting, but the pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again! It is tough to imagine how you could leave an impact in just 6 weeks, but not until you get yourself out of your comfort zone and leave your mark on this world!”
SAW YIN YING
Year 2 Biomedical Sciences student
Taiwan | Camp & Conference-U-impact Project
Global Volunteer Ambassador 2018
“My exchange journey taught me things I least expected to learn. I had firm plans. I wanted to help the children fighting cancer. Turns out they helped me more than I could ever. I found that everyone around me were not as different as I perceived them to be. Initially, everyone seemed to care more about their stay in Sri Lanka and exploring the place. But all it took was one conversation to get to know a person. The fragile and sensitive girl turned out to be battling depression.
The girl who seemed incredibly excited for adventure was scared in her room. This made me realise that I should take a harder look before I come to a conclusion. When I was speechless in the hospital, the children I met were excited about the next day. The people in the hospice didn’t need my consolation. Language barriers did not prevent me from connecting with the children. In fact, they were more excited to meet people from all over the world. I could also add a few Sinhalese words they taught me to the list of things I learnt from this experience. Today, I flip through the journal I had with me and find a beautiful drawing from Tharu, one of the children I was closest with. I see the bright sun, the smiling red flower and know that there’s a tiny soul that I can think of, a smile that I can cherish. I find notes my friends wrote about the tiny things I never noticed about myself.
It was truly an experience of the unexpected.”
Year 1, Psychology student
Sri Lanka | Project Faith
“Joining the Global volunteer programme was definitely one of the bravest things I’ve ever done. Never in my wildest imagination would I thought of going to a foreign country alone. Not only did I stun my parents and friends, even I couldn’t believe it, and a few months later, there I was, embarking on a journey into a foreign country all on my own. It’s difficult to compile all the wild range of emotions that I’ve felt throughout my journey. I’ve experienced a roller coaster of emotions from uncertainty to homesick, from nervous to excited and slowly falling in love with this country along with its people.
At first, I was really shy but because of the warm hospitality given by my host family, I became more excited and confident that I can continue with this journey till the end. My project focuses on teaching English to school students around Southern Sulawesi and the project members comprised of members from Malaysia, Indonesia, China and Czech Republic. Each week, we would teach different schools in different province. The objective was to improve their English language by using various interactive teaching methods. However, because each school and each class consist of different grades (and different behaviours), I had to adjust the content of my teaching based on their understanding. Luckily, I wasn’t alone. I had a wonderful team consisting of both local and international volunteers to help me, especially when it comes to translation (Malay language and Indonesian language is very different sometimes!)
As a psychology student, I learn that individual differences are real and can be very difficult to understand. Hence, volunteering as a teacher taught me to understand the different needs of my students and offer my best assistance to help them. It taught me how to be confident in myself and how that confidence can project change into the life of others. So yes, global volunteer definitely changed me into a better person and gave me a glimpse of how much change one person can bring into this world.
The moment that really impacted me was in Polewali Mandar, a province located on the Western part of Sulawesi. The school that I taught was made of wood and the floor was bare ground. The school itself was built on top of a hill so that students from the nearby villages can access it better and yes, there's no signal coverage anywhere near this place including the village that I live in (My parents almost lodged a police report and my friends started a #prayforIrfan campaign on social media because I went 'missing' for 4 days). The journey to the school took us almost an hour from the nearest village with a mountain jeep across various geographical terrains including rivers, mountains and unpaved roads. My initial thoughts during the journey was that the students must have zero understanding in English considering how far the school is from civilisation. Surprisingly, the students were quite good in English and most of them are just 5 to 6 years old. Their enthusiasm in learning despite the challenges they faced really touched me and made me realized that the paths to success doesn’t depends on all the riches of the world. All it takes is mere courage and the determination to succeed.
Before my visit, I always thought that Indonesia was just another developing country which shares a similar culture like Malaysia. But after my volunteering experience, I realised that they are very smart and polite compared to Malaysians. Their way of thinking is more advanced and the amount of respect they give to each other never cease to amaze me. Not to mention they’re very good at driving (But very dangerous!). Their street food is also very cheap and delicious!
This exchange journey has pushed me outside of my comfort zone and challenge me to think out of the box when problems arise. Hence, I think it’s important for all youth to experience a different cultural experience so that they can improve themselves and possibly influence others to make even the smallest change in the lives of others.”
Year 2, Psychology student
Indonesia | EDUNESIA - Big Smile for Makassar 3.0 project
“This project has offered me not only valuable experiences, but life lessons which I found useful as I prepare to step into the real world very soon. Going to China had my eyes opened when I realise just how important we all are in shaping a better world. When I volunteered for two NGOs in China, I learned the many ways we could go about in shaping a better and more sustainable world.
The first NGO I volunteered for was the Shenzhen Youth Federation of Entrepreneurship Promotion. This organisation essentially taught me how important youths are in moving a country forward, particularly in terms of its economy. As the most vibrant demographic group of any society, youth ideally should contribute by giving out ideas which are crucial in this ever-changing world.
Youths are or should be energetic in participating in international and national forums so not only could they express their ideas but lead as they are in fact the leaders of tomorrow. The second NGO I participated in was the Shenzhen Information Accessibility Research Association. Likewise, this participation left a huge impact on myself because I realised that in this ever-changing world, there are some of us who are still left behind due to some physical limitations. For this NGO we were basically given the opportunity to host and design events that aimed to create awareness on how important information accessibility is for the disabled people. This way the benefits of a society’s development will be inclusive of everyone regardless. It goes without saying that my experience in China has been made even more memorable and exciting with the friends of different cultures and backgrounds I made there. Thanks to this programme I have been able to make long lasting relationships with people while working on projects with long lasting impacts. Thank you AIESEC.” MOHAMMAD UQAIL ESA
Year 1, Finance/Accounting/Management (FAM) student
China | Peace Pie-Youth Action in the NGO