Kedah is a state of Malaysia, located in the northwestern part of Peninsular Malaysia. Often referred to as the ‘Rice bowl of Malaysia’, travelling around Kedah will let one marvel over the stretches of paddy fields (padi in Malay) and lush green rainforests on highland. About two thirds of the state is still forested with some open to the public as recreational parks. Rubber, oil palm and fruit plantations cover the edges of these forests. Kedah has a mixture of kampongs (villages), fishing villages, small urban centres and many nature parks that are sure to indulge its visitors.
The YMCA in Kedah is a newly established YMCA but has been actively engaged with APAY in the promotion of Alternative Tourism. The rich network and dedication of Kedah YMCA to community development programs has enabled itself to be active in various GATN initiatives. Aside from the programs, YMCA Kedah also delight itself with the presence of its youth volunteers who are enthusiastic in dedicating their time and services in hosting sending groups.
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.