Kedah is one of the 14 states in Malaysia. It is located at the northern part of Malaysia and one of the oldest city. Often referred to as the “Rice Bowl of Malaysia”, the largest producer of rice. Travelling around Kedah will let one marvel over the stretches of paddy fields (padi in Malay) and lush green rainforests on highland. Kedah, a land rich in history and natural beauty, it is an excellent destination for nature lovers and eco-tourist and history enthusiast.
Kedah YMCA has been established in October 2013. We have been actively promoting youth empowerment and community development projects since our inception. We had start our 1st GATN program with Taichung YMCA since January 2017. We offers you alternative tours that provide learning and sharing experience, care for the present and future, beneficial for the hosts and visitors, contribute to the development of local community and express solidarity with the less privileged in the visiting place. Welcome to Kedah!
NTA Home School for Refugee Children
The NTA School for Refugee Children in Alor Setar, Kedah began in 2012 when a humble living-room in a humble home was transformed into a place of learning. Since then, the school has moved to a more conducive location and has had nearly 200 students come through its doors. Today, the school is operational with 3 full time dedicated teachers managing 4 classrooms between them. Our intake for the year 2017 saw a registration of 100 refugee children, all of whom will remain with us in 2018 The school focuses on a simple yet wholesome education that focuses on the basic 3Rs and also basic living and social skills including hygiene, health, communication and confidence building. As of 2015, we also care for the nutritional needs of our children by providing them with 2 healthy meals a day, i.e. breakfast and lunch and ensuring that they receive nutritional supplements in school (multivitamins). This is to address the poor state of health and lack of nourishment the children are normally in when they first join us. NTA Schools for Refugee Children is independently funded and wholly owned by the Catholic Missionary Organisation , New Thessalonian Apostate.
Soup Kitchen is a restaurant setting which is open to everyone to provide daily free lunches for the urban poor and homeless in the community. Regular office workers and businessmen are welcomed, so as to remove the stigma from the poor and needy and to give them dignity. We want them to know that we care and they are accepted by the community at large.
Super Hope Training Centre
Super Hope Training Centre is a training centre for physically and intellectually challenged adults ranging from ages 16 to 55. We train them to acquire some basic job skills so that they can have financial independence. Depending on their mental and physical capabilities they are given the choice of working part time or full time but many choose to work five days a week from 10am - 4pm. The Foundation has currently five volunteers and four full time staff.
Orang Asli (Native) Settlement Community
About 5,600 Orang Asli live at Temenggor, made up of the Temiar, the Jahai and the Kinchu tribes. Short term of educational program had been carried out by the local/international NGO in different villages at Tasik Temenggor. As now, we are looking forward for the community projects such as planting, building school, solar project etc.
VOLUNTEER AT THE REFUGEE SCHOOL
Working closely with the NTA Refugee school, this school started in 2012 when a humble living-room in a humble home was transformed into a place of learning for refugee children. It focuses on simple yet wholesome education that emphasizes on the basic 3Rs, basic living, and social skills including hygiene, health, communication and confidence building. Volunteers can enjoy their time with the children while making positive impacts on their lives.
VISIT AN ORGANIC OYSTER FARMING
Learn more about nature conservation by visiting an organic oyster farm managed by a local organization. Get to know more about mangroves and its importance and role in maintaining the ecosystem, and converse with the people in the community who are involved in this initiative.
VISIT AN ORGANIC RICE FARM
Visit a remote organic rice farm located 60 kilometers north-east of Alor Setar. This community-oriented project was led by a retired military officer. The rice farm advocates for sustainable living through proper nutrition, and uses the System of Rice Intensification to produce rice efficiently. Aside from this, enjoy the beautiful scenery and peaceful living in the community.
VISIT THE PEOPLE WITH DISABILITY
SuperHope Training Centre is a training centre for physically and intellectually challenged adults ranging from ages 16 to 55. They will train them to acquire some basic job skills so that they can have financial independence.
ASSIST IN THE SOUP KITCHEN
Volunteers will have an opportunity to assist in the Soup Kitchen- a restaurant that serves lunch for the homeless.
Langkawi is an archipelago made up of 99 islands on Malaysia’s west coast. Surrounded by turquoise sea, the interior of the main island is a mixture of picturesque paddy fields and jungle-clad hills. Still, nature lovers will find the island just as agreeable as the shoreline is fringed by powder-fine sand and swaying coconut trees. The island is especially recognized for its excellent diving opportunities and this tropical gem hides a treasure trove of other exciting holiday opportunities. From the expansive Underwater World Langkawi along Pantai Cenang to the soaring Cable Car in Pantai Kok, Langkawi is an electrifying locale that keeps visitors coming back for more.
Lembah Bujang(Bujang Valley) / Merbok Mangrove Forest
The Lembah Bujang area, today being brought to light as an outstanding tourism destination, is home to beautiful rural landscapes, natural treasures of unique character and exceptional cultural heritage of major importance not only to the region and the nation of Malaysia, but to the humankind itself. Located in the very proximity of two major international tourism spots that are Langkawi and Penang in Malaysia, our Valley still safeguards the essence of Malaysia, its variety in people, culture and nature without major changes and developments - and we hope to make it ever better by preserving our environment while improving our offer to extend our welcome to You.
The Merbok Mangrove Forest (currently under evaluation as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve area) is a spectacular testimony to nature, its distinctive beauty, ecosystem value and contribution to the livelihoods of communities along the river. This mangrove safeguards some of the world’s most distinctive and critically endangered species, including the Eye of the Crocodile (“Beru Mata Buaya”) of which only 200 plants are remaining worldwide. Local social entrepreneurs cater for engaging visits to the riverside with mangrove re-planting activities, sunset dinning, birdwatching, educational visits, and much more.
Beris Lake is a man-made lake in Sik District, Kedah. It was formed with the construction of the Beris Dam, or Empangan Beris, which was completed on 10 August, 2000.
The dam provides water for drinking to Kedah and Penang, and serves as flood mitigation for the surrounding area. Route 175 island-hops over the lake. Beris Lake is tranquil and scenic. Beris Lake covers an area of 116 square kilometers. It submerges the surrounding terrain, which includes the now submerged Kampung Sungai Batang and Kampung Batu Seketol.
Alor Setar is the state capital of Kedah, on the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia. It is arguably the state capital on the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia that is richest in Malay culture. Despite the development and being the state capital, tourists are able to enjoy the scenic view of paddy plantations around the outskirts of the city. The city is home to the central state administration center and administrative center kota setar district in the city of muadzam shah and kedah the royal town of bandar ana bukit
Orang Asli (Native) Settlement
Orang Asli(lit. "Original people", " natural people" or " aboriginal people" in Malay) are the indigenous people of Peninsular Malaysia. Officially, there are 18 Orang Asli tribes, categorized under three main groups according to their different languages and customs.
Highlight of Package
Malaysia is multi races, culture, religions and language country. You can experience the beauty of harmony between different races and culture. You will be surprise with different languages in one sentence. You will fall in love with the different culture surrounding. You can taste different food/cuisine in a day. You will be enjoying the nature and the historical site while you are in the civilized place. As serve and not to be served, is the mechanism of volunteerism is all about.
how our tour program is become benefit to the local communities
The alternative tourism packages being developed by YMCA Kedah focuses on various services among is divers communities. Participants can have various activities with the refugee children through the NTA School for Refugee Children, service opportunity to learn about the plight of the homeless and assist the Soup Kitchen prepare, serve lunch for the destitute. Nature and heritage conservation is also one of the highlights of the GATN programs in Kedah. Through all these activities the GATN programs of YMCA Kedah aspire to introduce a new trend of travelling a sustainable and responsible kind. Your travel through Kedah GATN program help community people, refugees, children in our local society. Travelling GATN style is perhaps one of the best ways to get to experience intimately the country you are visiting.
Duration : 7 Days 6 Nights
Explore the nature by cycling around the paddies field to the river and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Experience the beautiful sunset along the Merbok River and visit the organic oyster farm. You can help with the oysters farm work and can learn about oyster farming. There is plenty of life and beauty for volunteers to enjoy in their free time, such as swimming in the river, exploring the mangrove in a kayak, or the village on a bicycle.
Visit to the Recreation Forest- Titi Hayun, Yan.
Pulau Sayak, another popular island getaway and provides great opportunities to enjoy stunning views of the sun setting over the horizon while slurping down a local dish of Mee Udang, noodles accompanied by a generous helping of fresh king prawns.
Duration : 10 Days 9 Nights
Be part of the volunteers to work on conservation of natural heritage and sustainable community-based rural development. Volunteers will help with the oysters farm and can learn about oyster farming. They also get to help with the construction, rice farming, and accommodating guests. They will be part of our family and will be sharing life here. We build mostly from scratch, using materials found around village and also brought in front of the mainland, making use of available natural resources, and growing our own food to sustain ourselves. Perma culture ethics and principles guide our development process.
Life in Pulau Bidan is an experience itself. On your own, isolated from society, you are fully responsible for your own well-being as well as the place you are living in.
Duration : At least 10 Days
Will adopt a project at the orang asli(natives) settlement at Tasik Temenggor, our local communities partner. Working together with community people and learn from community, share with community. You can get a chance to contribute yourself to the making sustainable community.
Duration : Can be arranged in any preferred option
To serve the local community, such as refugee children ministry, special children ministry, homeless ministry. You can do volunteer work for them.
Of course you can tour famous site such as Langkawi island, Penang Island, Alor Setar, Baling Hot Spring too.