Travel to Malaysia and experience one of the most unique countries in the world. Malaysia is a tropical peninsula in southeast asia with a culturally diverse population made up of Malay, Chinese, Indian, and many indigenous ethnic groups. The country’s rich culture heritage is evident in the cuisine, architecture, and holiday festivities.
Participants will have the opportunity to serve at local orphanages and developmental centers, attend lectures and workshops, and exchange mental health expertise with local professionals. In addition, participants will visit local temples, mosques, and monasteries, explore rainforests, and tour natural wonders such as Batu Caves.
Counseling, Spirituality, & Service in MalaysiaTOURISM (2011-2015)
- Batu Caves.
- Orchid and Hibiscus National Flower Gardens.
- National Museum Negara.
- Islamic Arts Museum.
- Thean Hou Chinese Temple.
- Tatt Khalsa Diwan Gurdwara Sikh Temple.
- Sleeping Buddha.
- Templar Park and Kanching Recreational Rainforest.
SERVICE PROJECTS (2011-2015)
- Provide community service at Nur Salam safehouse for at-risk youth in Chow Kit District. For qualified participants, community service can be delivered in form of child centered play therapy using art, sand play, creative movement, and music. Paraprofessional participants can assist in facilitation of activities within scope of skill set.
- Collaborate with professionals at Nur Salam to exchange mental health expertise to address child trauma.
- Work alongside developmentally delayed individuals at Asian Community Center and brainstorm methods to assist in marketing crafts produced.
WORKSHOPS & LECTURES (2011-2015)
- Q&A session with Nur Salam director to gain awareness of efforts to combat child trafficking in Malaysia.
- Two day sand tray therapy training facilitated by expert clinician at - Help University.
- Workshop on the psychology and neurology of childhood disorders and treatments.
- Lecture by local Muslim spiritual leader at State Mosque in Shah Alam, Selangor.
- Lecture on Hinduism at Befrienders Center for Suicide Prevention.
- Lecture with Buddhist teacher at Bodhi Temple.
- Suicide prevention workshop facilitated by Mr. Ganga.
- Location: Southeast Asia.
- Language: Malay is official language, but English commonly spoken .
- Weather: Tropical and humid year around. Daytime temperatures range from 68F-90F.
- Currency: Ringgit (1 Ringgit = .26 US Dollar).
- Government: Federal constitutional monarchy; lead by Prime Minister.
- Religion: Muslim (61.3%) is the main religion followed by Buddhism and Christianity.
- Ethnicity: Malay (50.1%) is the main ethnic group followed by Chinese and Indian.
Course Competency Standards and GuidelinesCourse Goals and Objectives
Goal 1: Provide international experience to enhance multicultural awareness of social, political, and economic state of destination.
Objective 1: Visit historical, spiritual, and cultural sites.
Objective 2: Engage in cultural activities such as meals with locals, traditional festivities, and local markets.
Goal 2: Increase cross-cultural mental health awareness.
Objective 1: Attend lectures from local clinicians to gain understanding of local implementation of mental health interventions.
Objective 2: Attend professional development workshops.
Objective 3: Exchange mental health expertise with local clinicians.
Goal 3: Develop understanding of local underprivileged populations.
Objective 1: Engage in service at hospitals, orphanages, elderly facilities.
Goal 4: Earn CE credit.
Objective 1: Attend training.
Objective 2: Submit program evaluation.
Double occupancy room in mid-range hotel near shops, restaurants, and local cultural activities. Single occupancies rooms may be available for an additional fee.
FeesProgram fees include:
- Roundtrip, economy class airfare.
- Ground transportation to and from all activities identified in itinerary.
- Entry fees into activities identified in itinerary.
- Lodging in double occupancy room.
- 24 hour trip leader knowledgeable of local medical and crisis resources.
- Workshops, trainings, lectures.
- CE credit.
Program fees exclude:
- Ground travel to destinations not included in itinerary.
- Medical and travel insurance Passport.
- Immunizations recommended for destinations.
- Optional excursions.
- Food expenses and personal.
ItineraryDAY 1: Students will travel from Idaho Falls/Pocatello airports to Los Angeles.
DAY 2: Arrive in Kuala Lumpur (KL) (10:00 am Breakfast. 10:00 am Chow Kit Flea Market, Central Market. 12:00 pm Visit Genting Highlands, Elephant Refugee. 4:00 pm Batu Caves Temple Complex. Dinner at Tower food courts).
DAY 3: (8:00 a.m. Breakfast at market. 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Work at Nur Salam Center. Lunch around Nur Salam Center. 3:00 p.m. Visit Mosque in Shah Alam, Selangor. – Lecture by local Muslim spiritual Leader. Bukit Bintang Hawker Stalls for Dinner Class Process Meeting).
DAY 4: (8:00 a.m. Breakfast at Wet Market. 9:00 am – 2:00 pm Nur Salam Center. Lunch around Nur Salam Center. 3:30 pm Templar Park and Kanching Recreational Forest. Dinner at typical old town coffee shop).
DAY 5: (Breakfast on your own. 12:00 pm leave for Mainland. Stop at Sitiawan for lunch and tour city. Rest of the day on your own).
DAY 6: (8:00 am Breakfast at Wet Market. 9:00 – 2:00 pm Nur Salam Center. Lunch around Nur Salam Center. 4:00 pm Templar Park and Kanching Recreational Forest).
DAY 7: (8:00 am Breakfast at market. 9:00 am – 2:00 pm Nur Salam Center. Lunch around Nur Salam Center. 3:00 pm visit State Mosque in Shah Alam, Selangor – lecture by local Muslim leader. Dinner in Shah Alam Hawker Store. Central Market Kuala Lumpur).
DAY 8: (Breakfast on your own. 12:00 pm leave for Mainland. Stop at Sitiawan for lunch and tour city. Travel to Pangkor Island. Rest of day and Evening on your own).
DAY 9: (Breakfast on your own. Tour Pangkor Island using island taxi. Lunch at PEKAN Pankgor. Afternoon on the beach. Dinner on your own. End of day class process).
DAY 10: (8:00 am breakfast at market. 9:00 am – 2:00 pm Nur Salam Center. Lunch around Nur Salem. 3:00 pm visit Thai Temple, Petaling Jaya. 4:00 pm visit Suicide Prevention Center and attend workshop on suicide prevention in Malaysia conducted by Mr. Ganga. 6:00 pm Visit Hindu Temple in Petaling Jaya to observe a Hindu worship ceremony).
DAY 11: (8 a.m. Breakfast at Wet Market. 9:00 – 2:00 pm Nur Salam Center. Lunch around Nur Salam Center. 3:00 pm Sze Ya Taoist Temple, Sri Mahamariamman Hindu Temple, Central Market. Dinner – Kasturi Walk. Dinner around Central Market. Return to hotel at 8 pm).
DAY 12: (8:00 am Breakfast at Wet Market. 9:00 am – 2:00 pm Nur Salam Center. Lunch around Nur Salam Center. 4:00 pm National Museum, National Parliament, Orchid Gardens, and Hibiscus Gardens (National Flower Gardens).
DAY 13: (8:00 am Breakfast at Wet Market. 9:00 am – 2:00 pm Nur Salam Center. Lunch around Nur Salam Center. 4:00 pm visit “Little India”, walk to various temples in neighborhood. Dinner at Performing Arts Center Vegetarian restaurant (donation only). Visit “colorful” shops in the area).
DAY 14: (8:00 am Breakfast at Wet Market. 9:00 am – 2:00 pm Nur Salam Center. Lunch around Nur Salam Center. 4:00 p.m. National Monument & National Museum Negara, Islamic Arts Museum, Walk Around the Lake Gardens. Dinner in Petaling Jaya).
DAY 15: (9:00 am Breakfast at market. 11:00 am Visit the Tatt Khalsa Diwan Gurdwara – the largest Sikh Temple. Mr. Gurcharan Singh Sohan/Mrs. Mahinder, Central Market and revisit down town and flower market. Lunch at Little India. 2:30 pm Leave for Malaysian cultural dance performance at tourist visitation center. 4:00 pm Visit National Palace. Visit Southeast Asia’s largest Chinese Temple - Thean Hou Temple (65 persiaran endah, taman persiaran desa) and Chinese cemetery. Dinner at Mid Valley Mall. Return to Hotel at 8:00 pm).
DAY 16: (Catch flight to USA).
Requirements- Valid ID and passport.
- Participants must be at least 18 years old. Children 16 years or older may be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Spouses are welcome at same rate less fee for CE credit.