Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur

Welcome to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia!

Discover the gamut of multicultural and multi-ethnic melting pot of Malaysia in the Garden City of Lights! Kuala Lumpur the capital of Malaysia, is a bustling sleepless metropolitan of constant changing contrasts and embraced in a thriving city-wide garden of trees and lights. Formed humbly from a tiny village on the great Klang River, it flowed from the northeast of Selangor as it converged with one of its greater tributary, the Gombak River. For more than two centuries, from its humble village beginnings, this city of equanimity faced headstrong progressing through colonialism, floods, fires, wars and a historical national independence movement to become a seasoned and evolved contender of capital cities in the developing world. We in Malaysia, welcome you to the home of cultures and nature.

Your Home Away From Home, the YMCA of Kuala Lumpur

The YMCA of Kuala Kumpur was an early participant in this city’s evolution, established with the concern of 39 young men on 1905 when they gave their names to vouch in their desire to form a branch of the YMCA for Klang Valley.  Over the years, YMCA of Kuala Lumpur has seen numerous activities been generated, thrive and impact the youth. YMCA of Kuala Lumpur have numerous fun and sporting activities and interesting classes to attract youth to develop their body, mind and soul through wholesome, healthy activities. Upon introduction of the G.A.T.N program in 2012, YMCA of Kuala Lumpur took the challenge of hosting their first group in 2013. Through G.A.T.N, YMCA of KL has been packaging programs geared towards socio-cultural education, collaborative philanthropic work and social cause-driven adventures. They are offering different immersion themes under one objective- to introduce a sustainable and responsible kind of tourism.

 Come to explore the City of Kuala Lumpur with us at YMCA KL!

KUALA SELANGOR NATURE PARK
: Rainforest Reserve Community

When a wildlife habitat area in Kuala Selangor was proposed to become a new golf course in 1987, MNS stepped in and instead established it as a nature park. Now the Kuala Selangor Nature Park or KSNP thrives as a tourist destination and educational resource, instilling interest and understanding for the area’s unique habitats. It has since become a sanctuary to many species of flora and fauna such as the endangered Silvered Leaf Monkey (Presbytis cristata) which KSNP has adopted as its logo.

Participants also get to enjoy the Mangrove walkway which takes you into the heart of the mangrove forest where you will get up close and personal with the flora and fauna that are unique to this habitat. Situated only 20km away from the heart of KL’s city centre, the KSNP is an ideal place to escape to where a greater appreciation for the environment among the public can be encouraged. YMCA Kuala Lumpur have brought a few groups of volunteers including YMCA Macau in August 2016 to understand benefit of mangrove tree and experience how to plant the trees.

TURTLE CONSERVATION VOLUNTEERING PROJECTS
: Rainforest Reserve Community

Nowadays, humans are excluded from variously designated sanctuaries for nesting turtles. At these sites, the eggs are dug up immediately after the turtle has laid them and reburied in sealed-off hatcheries on the beach. Burying the eggs in the sand of the correct temperature is crucial as warm sand produces more females, while cooler sand favours males. When the hatchlings emerge, they are released at the top of the beach and they scurry to the sea is supervised to ensure their safe progress.

There are several officially sanctioned opportunities to watch nesting turtles on the east coast beaches and islands, including at Cherating, Pulau Perhentian Besar and Pulau Tioman (at Juara Beach). Apart from turtle hatchery management and monitoring of nesting females, other activities at this haven for turtle nesting include education and awareness, especially for the local schoolchildren and community.

The YMCA Kuala Lumpur GATN is currently building collaborations for holistic work camps with these turtle conservation projects

DeafBeat and Deaf Community 

Being one of Kuala Lumpur’s most progressive community development hub for the Deaf, Pusat Jagaan ‘Y’ (PMY) was formed in 1981 with the objective of to provide fair opportunities for the Deaf Community to develop and achieve their fullest potential. The PMY branches out into the youth-led Deaf Club, internationally known Chinese Drum team called DeafBeat and the active childcare centre for Deaf kids called the Pusat Jagaan ‘Y’. DeafBeat have been with YMCA Kuala Lumpur since 2007 and have 10 members in the group and Pusat Jagaan ‘Y’ currently have 30 children.

VOLUNTEERING / WORK

BRICKFIELDS STREET FEEDING 

Assist in getting ready from preparation to serving of food to the homeless and poor community in Brickfields.

TURTLE CONSERVATION VOLUNTEERING PROJECTS

Learn about turtle conservation and assist the staff with the project.

Volunteers get involved with the project, support the staff, and can do their own activities.

  • Morning beach walk patrol for nesting
  • Morning boat patrols for nesting
  • Release of any hatchlings *
  • Re-Nesting and new found turtle nests *
  • Keeping JTP ship-shape and ready
  • Day time guiding visitors
  • Day time helping staff if needed
  • Relax & Recreation activities
  • Night beach walk patrol for nesting
  • Night monitor hatchery
  • Collecting new nests for protection *
  • Other activities depend on what is currently going on.

Note:  (*) activities are turtle dependent.

FIELD TRIPS

HISTORICAL JOURNEY TO MALACCA CITY:
MALACCA HERITAGE & HISTORIAL TRAILS

Learn and explore the historic of Malacca through the building built during the Portuguese, Dutch and British Colonial by foot.

KUALA LUMPUR HERITAGE TRAILS

Learn and explore the historic of Kuala Lumpur through the building built during the British Colonial by foot.

CULTURAL EXCHANGE / HOMESTAYS

HAJI DORANI HOMESTAY IN MALAY VILLAGE

Experience how the local Malay community living lifestyle in in Malay Village by staying with host family.

Learn to how make basket weaving, kuih bahulu (Asian Madeleines), fish catching at the paddy field, batik painting and lots more.

LIVING WITH MAH MERI TRIBES OF CAREY ISLAND

Join the Spirit’s Day and learn to make Bunga Moyang (Flower of the Spirits) as offering to the spirits on a giant symbolic Mah Meri cone.

GAWAI DAYAK SARAWAK HARVEST FESTIVAL IN KUCHING
  • Preparation a week or a few days before Gawai
  • Assisting in collecting harvest from the fruit farms and other farms.
  • Participate in the village ceremonies.

WORKSHOP/CLASS

LEARNING BASIC SIGN LANGUAGE

Learn the Sign Language in KL YMCA. Learn to communicate with local or deaf community in Malaysia when joining in one of our packages.

LEARNING SECOND LANGUAGE

Pick up a second or third language in KL YMCA. Learn to communicate with local or deaf community in Malaysia when joining in one of our packages.

KUALA LUMPUR HERITAGE SITES

The walk will give you a view of architectural contrasts, standing side by side while modern buildings have sprouted around them. Insta-worthy views of the Gombak and Klang Rivers converging around the Jamek Mosque, and the grand series of Moorish or Indo-Saracenic Revival pre-independence buildings surrounding the green carpet of the Merdeka Square, where the Independence of Malaya was announced on 31st August 1957.

CHINATOWN (PETALING STREET) & CENTRAL MARKET

The Central Market was once an open and thriving wet market in 1888 towards the mid-1950s. In 1986 the wet market was relocated and the current building was walled and now houses local art galleries, creative studios and craft products. Immerse all five senses into the endless colours of Chinatown’s bustling sounds and delectable smells of the one Street that has become central to reflecting the core unquenchable entrepreneurial and adventurous charisma of Malaysians.

BATU CAVES

Batu Caves is not only a limestone hill but it houses a series of caves. In the caves, there are temple caves where the local Indian Hindu community will be doing their respective prayers based on occasions, celebrations and festivals like Thaipusam and Deepavali. To reach the top of the hill into the main entrance of Temple Caves, visitors will need to climb up 272 steep steps. The caves were dedicated to Lord Murugan. At the base of the hill, there are two cave temples known as Art Gallery Caves and Museum Caves. In both the caves, visitors will be able to see Hindu statue and painting and shrines that tell the story of Lord Murugan's victory over the demon Soorapadman. 

KUALA SELANGOR

A coastal town 50km northwest of Kuala Lumpur, it was the old royal capital of Selangor with settlements from as early as the 16th century under the Malaccan Empire. Its population consists of a harmonious number of Malays, Indians, Chinese and tribal natives named Bumiputeras.

MALACCA HERITAGE SITES

For 600 years, it was a major trading in Asia. In 1400, it became a capital Kingdom before the arrival of Portuguese, Dutch and British. At one point in history, 84 different languages were spoken in the Malacca during its prime time. In July 2008, Malacca along with Georgetown, Penang, cities on the Strait of Malacca was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Baba Nyonya Museum portrait it the history of the Chinese Peranakan (Chinese lineage) where mix marriage between the Chinese and local community and Portuguese Settlement where the Eurasian (Portuguese lineage) settle down through marriage with the local community.

KUCHING THE FIRST CITY OF HARMONY

Kuching’s city centre is well preserved and very compact. The narrow, bustling streets are crammed with shops selling all manner of goods, from the mundane to the exotic. There are ornate Chinese temples, many fine examples of colonial-style architecture, a beautiful waterfront and a number of interesting museums, including the historic Sarawak Museum. You can try local delicacies such as deer meat and jungle fern, drink a glass or two of tuak (local rice wine), or feast on a vast array of seafood dishes Kuching has an unusual name – the word means “cat” in Malay. Kuching was declared as "City of Unity" by One Malaysia Foundation for racial harmony that existed in the city because of cross-racial marriages, multi-racial schools, fair scholarship distributions and balanced workforce patterns.

THAIPUSAM / THAIPOOSAM

When: Annually, January - February

Thaipusam or Thaipoosam is a festival celebrated by the Tamil community on the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai (January/February). It is mainly observed in countries where there is a significant presence of Tamil community especially Malaysia. Devotees will carry milk pot as offering or kavadi and spikes pierced on their body while climbing up 272 steps stairs into the temple cave.

DEEPAVALI / DIWALI

When: Annually, October - November

Festival of light, celebrate by the Hindu community in Malaysia. A celebration of the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance and hope over despair. During the celebration, people will dress up on their best outfit, light up diyas (candles and lamps) inside and outside of the house, participate in a family prayer to goddess Lakshmi, family feast and exchange of gifts.

WESAK DAY / BUDDHA PURNIMA

When: Annually, following the Chinese Lunar Calendar 15th Day of Fourth Month.

Is a celebration of Buddha’s life; birth, enlightenment and death. There will be sermon, prayer and bathing of Buddha on the eve and actual day. The celebration observes by Buddhist and some Hindu in Malaysia. In Kuala Lumpur, a 12km float parade will be held starting and ending at Buddhist Maha Vihara Malaysia, which is located down the road from YMCA of Kuala Lumpur. The parade usually starts in evening until night. Devotees will be holding their lighted candle and participate in the parade.

HARI RAYA AIDILFITRI / MUSLIM EID HOLIDAYS

When: Annually, following the Muslim Calendar 1 Syawal

A celebration celebrates by Muslim worldwide to mark the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. It is a customary in Malaysia, where the Malays Muslim will return to their respective hometown to celebrate with their family members. They will be greeting each other Selamat Aidilfitri or Selamat Hari Raya. A small ceremony will be held where the younger family members will be asking forgiveness from elder family members by saying ‘ Maaf Zahir dan Batin’ which mean “Forgive my physical and emotional” (wrongdoings)".

GAWAI DAYAK FESTIVAL (HARVEST FESTIVAL)

When: Annually, for two months from May to June. Official holiday on 1 June (Sarawak only).

The mode of celebrations of Gawai Dayak varies from place to place and preparations begin early. This includes the provision of brewing of local liquor, especially rice wine (tuak) at least a month before as part of an offering ceremony as well as for serving guests. Participations in preparations can begin a week before to the eve of Gawai, with ngelulun pulut or pangkang (making of glutinous rice roasted in the bamboo logs) used as part of an offering ceremony and served along with traditional dishes like manok pansoh (chicken stewed in the bamboo logs) over an open fire. Depending on the village and tribe, a Dayak village would begin their Gawai with a Christian Mass and, or proceed to their Ruai (Village Hallway or open Village Hall) to re-enact their cultural Dayak offering with ceremonious dances and cultural elements for the Dewa Padi (God of Rice). Soon after, Dayaks will welcome visitors served with tuak before entering their homes or longhouse regarded as masu pengabang (loosely translated to ‘entering the doorway’).  This is a good time to visit Sarawak and have a taste of its local culture by being part of the festivity.

CHRISTMAS DAY

When: Annually, 25 December and the whole month of December for YMCA KL

Christmas is celebrated by Christians of many denominations throughout Malaysia and has always been a season of giving, including sharing with the communities and neighbours. In YMCA KL, Christmas begins in October with the call out for Donors to the Christmas Wishing Tree where the gifts donated will be presented to the Beneficiary Children from various Homes and Communities attending the YMCA KL Community Children’s Christmas Celebration. Preparations include many visits to the Community Homes until the celebration day. Other activities by YMCA KL include the delivery of gifts to Community Homes and to Hospital Wards of specific Medical Institutions. Clubs and Groups also take turns singing Carols at our Hostel Lobby.

 

HOW OUR TOUR PROGRAM IS BECOME BENEFIT TO THE LOCAL COMMUNITIES

Activities are conducted by a Local Nature Guide/ Local Turtle Conservation Staff / Local Tour Guide/ Host families and ceremonies are conducted by the Mah Meri / Dayak Tribe Members, giving them more opportunities for work as Guides for the Incoming Teams. Activities are conducted with attention to Low Carbon Footprint, as the activities will be carried out in the Reservation Park/ Beach Area/ Local Communities. All Entry Fees will be used for Sustainable Research and Development Projects / Programs meant to continue work on the Turtle Conservation Centers, to sustain the tribe income at the same time to share about their cultural and heritage to visitors and to sustain the income for the sites, museums, host families and village’s entrepreneurship programs.
For Deaf Community Immersion, activities and learning will be conducted in-house and in local sites around Kuala Lumpur by the YMCA KL Staff, Sign Language Instructors and Deaf Volunteers, giving them more opportunities for work as Guides for the Incoming Teams. All fees will be directed towards the development of the Deaf Community under Pusat Majudiri ‘Y’.
Meals are served by host families or purchase from local stalls, cafés and restaurants.Participants will be staying in YMCA Kuala Lumpur Hostel or Homestay for certain package or low carbon footprint accommodations.

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION & SUSTAINABILITY ADVOCACY

BELUM – TEMENGGOR RAINFOREST RESERVE tOURISM

AVAILABLE FROM FEBRUARY – OCTOBER(Dry Season)

 Minimum Range: 5 DAYS 4 NIGHTS / Minimum Participants: 10-15 pax

  • Learn and experience how a resort adopted 3R Concept & Sustainable Architectural Design.
  • Learn more about the nature in the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia and see the wonders of "crown-shyness".
  • Learn and experience how you can be part of the nature in protecting the coast of Malaysia through Mangrove planting.
  • Activities include either trekking, caving, camping or a combination of a few jungle activities.
KUALA SELANGOR NATURE PARK tourism

AVAILABLE FROM FEBRUARY – OCTOBER(Dry Season)

 Minimum Range: 5 DAYS 4 NIGHTS / Minimum Participants: 10-15 pax

  • Learn and experience how a resort adopted 3R Concept & Sustainable Architectural Design.
  • Learn more about the nature in the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia and see the wonders of "crown-shyness".
  • Learn and experience how you can be part of the nature in protecting the coast of Malaysia through Mangrove planting.
  • Activities include either trekking, caving, camping or a combination of a few jungle activities.
TURTLE CONSERVATION VOLUNTEERING tourism

AVAILABLE FROM APRIL– OCTOBER(Dry Season)

 Minimum Range: 5 DAYS 4 NIGHTS / Minimum Participants: 10-15 pax

  • Learn & Experience on Conservation of Turtle.
  • Awareness Education & Outreach.
  • Nest Protection.
  • Research and Data Collection.
  • Join the Turtle Conservation Volunteering Project.

Holistic Cultural Learning

LIVING WITH MAH MERI TRIBES OF CAREY ISLAND TOURISM

AVAILABLE FROM FEBRUARY - MARCH(specifically for Hari Moyang Puja Pantai)

 Minimum Range: 5 DAYS 4 NIGHTS / Minimum Participants: 10-15 pax

  • Learn from one of the aborigine tribe’s culture and heritage in Peninsula Malaysia.
  • Experience their culture by involving in:
    • Welcome ceremony
    • Wedding Ritual
    • Jo – Oh Mask Dance
    • Origami Workshop
  • Homestay accommodation around the villages
HOMESTAY IN MALAY VILLAGE & EXPLORING SEKINCHAN TOWN TOURISM

AVAILABLE ALL YEARS

 Minimum Range: 5 DAYS 4 NIGHTS / Minimum Participants: 15 pax

  • Spend the days with Malay community in the
  • Experience in fish catching & basket weaving.
  • Hands-on participation in farming with the host family .
  • Spend the days in the farm helping in farming.
GAWAI DAYAK SARAWAK HARVEST FESTIVAL IN KUCHING TOURISM

AVAILABLE MID MAY - JUNE

 Minimum Range: 5 DAYS 4 NIGHTS / Minimum Participants: 10-15 pax

  • Learn about the history of Sarawak and the cultural heritage of Dayaks.
  • Immerse into the daily life of the Dayak in the longhouse or village homes by living in a homestay with Dayak families.
  • Help harvest bounties of fruits from the farms and fields as a daily activity.
  • Assist families in the many preparations for the Gawai festival.
  • Encounter the special spiritual ceremonies of thanksgiving to the ancestors on Gawai morning.
  • Be part of the villages where local Dayaks are tightly knit and take you in as a family member.

FRIENDS WITH DISABILITIES

JOURNEY TO THE SILENT WORLD TOURISM|
(Deaf Community Advocacy)

AVAILABLE ALL YEARS

 Minimum Range: 5 DAYS 4 NIGHTS / Minimum Participants: 10-15 pax

  • Learn to communicate with the hard hearing community.
  • Watch a performance by our DeafBeat team.
  • Get to experience on how to manage a Chinese Drum.
  • Outing activities with the community .
  • Spending time with the deaf children at our Pusat Majudiri Y.

LEARNING FROM UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE

HISTORICAL JOURNEY TO MALACCA CITY TOURISM

AVAILABLE ON SPECIFIC MONTHS Depending on Holiday/Occasion

 Minimum Range: 5 DAYS 4 NIGHTS / Minimum Participants: 10-15 pax

  • Historic City of the Straits of Malacca.
  • Learn about the early settlers of Malaysia in Malacca.
  • Visit historical sites & museums.
  • Enjoy authentic local cuisines by Eurasian and Baba Nyonya (Peranakan).

If you are interested to know more about the Alternative Tourism programs of YMCA of Kuala Lumpur, you may contact them through:

Programmes Dept. at the YMCA KL

95, Jalan Padang Belia, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: +603-22741439  |  international@ymcakl.com  |  programmes@ymcakl.com