SOLS 24/7: Volunteer in Malaysia with our Community Centre
84% Rating
(15 Reviews)

SOLS 24/7: Volunteer in Malaysia with our Community Centre

Made possible through a partnership between SOLS 24/7 Malaysia and the Better Malaysia Foundation, the Community Centre project (previously known as Project 100) aims to bring free education to Malaysia’s underserved communities by establishing community education centres throughout the country.

Each community centre is managed by Community Centre Manager and volunteers who live in the local community for one to two years. Through the Community Centres, the CCMs provide free English, computer, leadership and character building classes to underserved people.

Community Centre also serves as a nationwide network, enabling Corporate Social Responsibility, disaster relief and awareness programs to reach a large audience easily and effectively.

Training in the SOLS 24/7 Language systems provided.

Locations
Asia » Malaysia » Kuala Lumpur
Asia » Malaysia
Length
3-6 Months
6-12 Months
1 Year+
Language
English
Starting Price
$0.00
Currency
USD
Price Details
All volunteers will be provided with free internal transport, accommodation and food during their training. Once they have departed to a centre, SOLS 24/7 will provide a living allowance and food allowance per month.

Community Centre Manager will receive an allowance on a monthly basis and a bonus at the completion of their contract.

Questions & Answers

I had enough time to travel around Malaysia, I mostly did it visiting other educational centers from SOLS around Malaysia and they also gave me the opportunity to travel to Cambodia to visit the Main School. We had 10 days leave plus holidays during Christmas and New year's eve. I also traveled to towns nearby Kuala Lumpur during the weekends.

Program Reviews

  • Impact
    83%
  • Support
    80%
  • Fun
    91%
  • Value
    83%
  • Safety
    81%

Program Reviews (15)

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Angello
Male
31 years old
Calama, Chile.

SOLS A WAY TO DISCOVER A NEW CULTURE AND HELP OTHERS

10/10

It was Saturday morning and I was ready to take my bags and depart to a new adventure. It was about one and a half months, since I arrived in Malaysia. I made good friends and met wonderful local people. To be honest it was a bit sad to leave, but I had to do what I had to do. Help the ones in need. We travelled around three hours to Perak and from then on we moved deep into the jungle. The landscape was only palm trees and many different types of insects, vines, flowers, butterflies and more. I come from the driest desert in the world, so this was one the most amazing things I've ever done. Once we arrived to Ampangan Sungai Woh. I was in shock, the place I was about to live looked like heaven to me. Beautiful bamboo made houses, a wonderful river and many kids looking curious and shy at the same time. We had a conversation previously with the leaders of Ampangan Woh, so they were waiting for my trainee and me. At the beginning I thought: would I be able to stay in the jungle without all the things I was used to in daily basis in the city, like a toilet, shower or a washing machine? However, I experienced many life changing situations during that year. I promised myself to write all my experiences in a book in the future.
One thing I can tell you. I’m not the same person, I’m more confident about my skills and I learned I have an amazing ability to adapt to different types of situations, regardless how difficult they may seem.
“A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you.” C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

How can this program be improved?

I think they are doing pretty good but perhaps they could create a programme in South America to help the poor and the youth without opportunities.

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Duha
Female
Khartoum, Sudan
Other

Project 100 Science of Life Studies 24/7

8/10

Being a part of the project 100 diverse and dynamic team from all over the world is a really amazing experience! The friendships i made, the love and respect everyone has for each other is wonderful!

How can this program be improved?

It would be the training, I believe that more efforts can be done to improve the training for new comers.

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Maroua
Female
24 years old
Paris, France
Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Paris

SOLS 24/7 Malaysia gave me my chance!

9/10

As a part of my Bachelor Degree, I decided to join SOLS for an internship of 6 months.
In January 2015, I joined the Communications and Marketing department in the HQ in Kuala Lumpur.
This experience reveals to be the best experience in my life and the place where I have learned the most so far!
An incredible organization with amazing goals; a crazy, fun, dynamic and very inspiring Director.
A really supportive and professional Manager, who gave me the chance to share my experience and take part in the big projects.
An awesome and international young team with people from all around the world where I have experienced a totally new and innovative management.
I highly recommend SOLS for the people who are looking for an enriched working and life changing experience.

Response from Science of Life Studies 24-7

Thank you for your time, passion and commitment to SOLS 24/7 Malaysia!

You truly were a great asset to the organization and we miss you dearly. Please do stop by if you are ever in Asia again!

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Justin
Male
24 years old
malaysia ( Kuala Lumpur )

Best life experience

9/10

I was relocated into an orphanage home at the young age of 15 because of some problem at home in Johor, I completing my PMR and SPM in Kuala Lumpur. With dreams of being Graphic Designer. I had to find an answer to the questions: What will I do after high school? Where will I go? That’s where SOLS 24/7 Changemaker program came in. After the two month training, I has managed to learn so much about Graphic Design and Coding. I'm so proud to have been a part of SOLS 24/7 family. Now i'm working in office as Graphic Designer and more. I love what am I doing now.

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Sila
Female
24 years old
Kuala Lumpur
Other

A once in a lifetime experience

10/10

I've had the best time with the communications team! Every day I learned something new and was facing challenging tasks as well. Coming to work gave me such a homely feeling. Why do I think this?
Mainly because of the amazing people I've met along the way. We are all so different, but by helping and supporting each other, we are evolving every single day. I honestly never thought that I would be this happy with my internship.
SOLS is evolving fastly, but realistically at the same time. The programs are sustainable and truly make a difference in the rural areas. That is why I have so much faith in P100. One of the most important things I've learned here is work ethics. I've learned that hard work pays off and if you do a good job, you will get recognized for it. It's all about determination and motivation to keep improving yourself, so that you can keep improving your skills, be a good team worker and be prepared for future challenges in your work life.
When I first came here, I was aware of my strengths and weaknesses. But when I had given a task I thought I couldn't handle, I was hesitating to get started. Now, I never think 'no i can't do this' as the first thing. I always give it a try and push myself. Only in this way can I keep learning. I guess my experience here made me realize this.

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Jaran
Male
24 years old
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Monash University

Family Feeling

9/10

This program is an amazing experience, I think this Project is amazing because we get to be exposed to so many cultures at a very short period. It helps individuals to be able to socialise with people from all over the world and understand the cultures better. I think i have not only gained friends from my time with SOLS, but i have actually gained a family. The people in Project 100 is very supportive to one another, very nice and there are very nice moments that can be spent together.

Its never only about work with SOLS, its all about the experience thats not only related to your division, seeing the different situations people are placed in, enjoying the social life and amazing food surrounding the office

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Very
Female
32 years old
Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
Other

A happy SOLS employee

10/10

Hi! I have been volunteering with SOLS for the last 6 months and no one asked me to become Baha'i or pray or do anything I don't want to. Saying that people in SOLS are having arranged marriage is a really bad interpretation on what is actually happening. People come to SOLS from all over the world, fall in love, decide to get married and stay in Malaysia. In many cases SOLS offers them jobs so they stay and work for the NGO for longer time.
The English system has it's challenges but it under constant reviews and improvements and considering that I have visited many SOLS centers I can freely say that those people speak English. SOLS Malaysia doesn't organize prayers where SOLS Cambodia does, but for the educational purposes. No one is obliged to join those prayers and in case that you don't want to participate no one will push you to it.
When it comes to nepotism and favoritism, it is also not true because everyone is treated equally. Some people fit better, some people needs more time to adjust to working policy, but no one has ever been discriminated based on their race, gender or nationality. SOLS is very welcoming organization, opened for everyone with a good heart and wish do help to poor communities.
If you come in the middle of the nigh and don't announce your arrival, it will be hard that someone will know that you are here. It never happened that we had someone that got lost in Malaysia or someone that had an accident because SOLS is always very clear with instructions of how to reach the HQ.
I think that my experience in SOLS is really valuable, because I have learned so many things. My needs were always accommodated and even though SOLS (as any other NGO) is not perfect in many things, I learned how to be flexible and how to adjust myself to their working style.
People I met in SOLS I will remember for whole my life, I made some real friends and had an amazing time in Malaysia, same time working, having fun and learning so much.

Response from Science of Life Studies 24-7

Dear team member,

We are truly touched by your words, thank you for believing in us!

Hope to continue to improve, innovate and focus on what is truly important- service above self, education for all and empowerment to reach our full potentials.

Have a blessed week ahead =)

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Saikrishna
Male
57 years old
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Other

I Think Not!

1/10

I was with the program for 3 months...the first month left to my own, even upon arrival having to wake someone up to let me in! The religious overtones were too much for an organization which professes to be "non-religious". Conversion, fasting, and "community" arranged relationships/marriages...sounding a bit like a CULT! Then yes the message has been received. The "program" while good and has success needs to be edited and revised by Native English Speaking individuals.

The organization is full of nepotism and favourtism. All senior staff and management are part of the Baha'i Community started by the founders. I did not meet anyone in the organization's management that was not of the faith. If a strong personality was brought in they quickly found their way out to a DISTANT centre with little or no support. I was a victim of theft at the SOLS dorm, with nothing done to assist in the recovery of the items.

There are many FREE volunteer opportunities out there! Many of the volunteers also had to pay for there time at SOLS.

Response from Science of Life Studies 24-7

Dear Rick, truly sorry that you were not able to appreciate your time with us.

We do believe in allowing each student and volunteer the freedom to practice their own beliefs which is how you were able to have a lovely Hindu, 'Ponggal' celebration with the students in our Kuala Lumpur Youth Development Centre and how the Buddhist monks are always warmly invited to conduct prayers for our buddhist students during special days in our Phnom Penh centre. As many Asian cultures still hold strongly to religious beliefs and practices, we encourage independent investigation of the truth and to have respect and understanding towards all religions. Many misunderstanding and tensions arise from fear and ignorance of others beliefs, to create a culture of love and unity, we feel it is imperative to create an environment where universal principles are recognized and similarities between religions are able to be appreciated.

Regarding nepotism and favouritism, we feel sorry that you felt unappreciated for your work with us. Thank you for taking the time to be involved in our projects, albeit for a shorter time span. If you do have the interest, please do research a little deeper and speak to our team members, many of whom come from different faiths. Our top management consists of Muslims, Christians, Hindu and Buddist individuals who are passionate about making a difference across 5 countries. Do seek clarification from any members of management regarding any feelings of injustice you may have.

Also, if you are still in contact with any of the volunteers who did have to pay for their time with us, please ask them to contact us as we would like to clarify what they paid for. We do not put payment to volunteer in our programs as we feel the volunteers are paying with their time, effort, flexibility and passion.

Wishing you the best in your future endeavours.

If there are any queries or questions, please do reach out to us, our contact details are on the website.

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SOLS
Male
42 years old
London, UK
Other

Volunteer beware

4/10

The more time I spent at SOS 24/7, the more I disliked it. I worked in the office, and every day I was exposed to the chaotic management, disorganised environment, in addition to undermining and even bullying of the demotivated staff and volunteers.

Member of Project 100 were usually sent to far-flung Malaysian districts with little training and very limited ongoing support. Volunteers would sometimes be recruited for projects that did not exist.

The teaching system has had success and great potential, but the materials were in need of an overhaul by native English speaker. Attempts to enhance the system or materials were usually rejected.

Crucially, what is not revealed to you in advance is that SOLS 24/7 has strong religious beliefs - namely the Baha'i faith - that underpin its entire philosophy. There's nothing wrong with that necessarily, of course. But when an organisation is presented as non-religious, it should be just that.

Twice-daily prayers, mandatory for pupils, should not feature at schools nor training centres. Pupils should not be co-erced into religious fasting. Religious fasting should not be disguised as part of the 'SOLS program'. Religious iconography should not be visible throughout schools and training centres.

But they all are.

It's little wonder the tens of students and volunteers have converted to the Baha'i faith. There is barely a long-term volunteer or member of staff who is not now Baha'i, across Malaysia, Cambodia and Timor Leste. Those who do not want to "Baha'i-ify", leave sooner rather than later.

Response from Science of Life Studies 24-7

Dear B,

Project 100 has grown by leaps and bounds, with our Community Development Officers and volunteers receiving 3-4 weeks of training, in class observation and field trips. Our target group are those in need, and as such we target rural and urban poor communities. These do have the tendency to be ‘far flung’ in certain cases as if we were based only in developed areas, we would not be reaching our objective.

CDOs also have IT resources with teaching videos, education movies and soft copy resources to help with their lesson preparation. Community Coordinators, divided by states visit and stay with CDOs for as long as necessary to provide feedback and support. Our CDOs are also provided with smartphones (by the organization) and are able to contact their peers, their CCs and the HQ 24 hours a day.

Our materials are constantly reviewed, and we as firm advocates in life-long learning, we will never be done tweaking, assessing and improving both our books and ourselves on a personal level.

We do wish to differ on the statement that SOLS 24/7 as an organization does not reveal its strong spritual beliefs, as all volunteers and staff who apply through the proper channels and speak to us via online or face-to-face interview are given a very clear understanding of what ‘non-religious’ and ‘religious’ title implies, especially in Asia. In fact, our online application form has a ‘SOLS Principles’ segment at the end that requires an applicant to read and understand the above.

To help understand the definition of a non-religious organization, we do suggest you research the terms, ‘religious organization’, faith-based organization’ and see the differences between the two. SOLS 24/7 does not fall into either category for a variety of reasons, which if anyone wishes to clarify with us, we will be happy to explain in detail.

I believe we have already explained our mission to promote love and unity, which in religious-sensitive Asia often is compromised by archaic misunderstandings or political manipulation. Our students frequently fast according to their individual beliefs at all times of the year, and no student is expected to fast unless they understand the scientific benefits of fasting.

Regarding the religions of our team members, we tend to not spend any time obssessing as to a person’s religious beliefs and as an organization we tend to focus on the individual themselves: their skills, passion and actions rather than on fitting them into a religious box. Upon reflection, our Malaysian board actually has more of our Muslim brothers and sisters on it than any other religion. And our trustees also are a very nice blend of all major religions being represented. Funnily enough, those who claim that we are religious seem to be more concerned about people’s religions than we are!

To end it, our organization has been blessed to be working with the governments of Cambodia, Timor Leste, Malaysia and Laos, including international organizations such as USAID, UN and many others. We have been thoroughly checked, vetted and observed for the past 14 years and continue to grow in impact thanks to our kind supporters, volunteers, team members and friends. As all humans err, we do apologize if your time with us was not a happy one, and we do hope that perhaps in the future we will be able to meet again as friends.

With kind thoughts.

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Ana
Female
32 years old
Belgrade

An amazing opportunity for everyone who wants to make a change!

10/10

No matter if you apply as a CDO (teacher) or you apply as a volunteer, project 100 is more than great experience! This is one of the rare programs I managed to find in south east Asia for which I didn't have to pay participation fee, but I actually had salary accommodation and food. Project 100 is aiming to reach underprivileged communities in Malaysia and reach children and adults that are willing to learn English. What makes it specially unique is that SOLS24/7 teaches English on special self developed teaching methods that gives fast results in just 3 months.
I would recommend this program to everyone, it is a real life changer for volunteers as well as for the communities volunteers work with!

How can this program be improved?

I needed more informations before I started to teach, but eventually I managed to find my own path and get to the methodology quickly.

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bolniczarka
Female
32 years old
Malaysia, KL
Open University in Ireland

Amazing program/ great opportunity to help others

10/10

Being with SOLS247 is an experience of a life time. You are not only helping poor people by teaching them English but you are also involved with the community life. Volunteering with SOLS gives you opportunity to meet people from all over the world and also to experience the real life of local people.

How can this program be improved?

Program is perfect.

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Tracey
Female
42 years old
Malaysia
University of Greenwich

Life Changing Experience

8/10

I came to Project 100 6 months ago as a 'Changemaker' for SOLS 247. I had completed a TEFL course and made a decision to re-direct my life in the pursuit of doing something good and helping others. I also thought it would be nice to do that somewhere warm and beautiful like Malaysia.

I was fully trained over 4 weeks, in a specialised Science of Language System which has been successfully used to teach thousands of students in under privileged communities in Cambodia, Timor Leste, Malaysia, Laos, Japan and India. The revolutionary SOLS system enables people to speak English within 3 - 6 months. I couldn't wait to try it out.

My initial training involved being taught Bahasa Melayu using the SOLS system. This taught me how to use the system and another language at the same time, which was brilliant. After that I was educated about Malaysian communities and sent out to an orphanage in a remote district in the north.

I taught English for 4 months and true to their word, the SOLS system does work! It is difficult to describe how rewarding it is to go into a community who speak no English, entirely integrating with them and committing your all to contribute to improving their quality of life, opportunities and confidence. The love and acceptance and learning I received was the greatest remuneration I have ever received. I also got a reasonable stipend for living costs and my food and accommodation for free.

I have had plenty of opportunities to visit the many sights and attractions around Malaysia and since I intend to fulfil my one year commitment, I have no doubt I will experience many more delights before I am through.

I would recommend this volunteering commitment to anyone who wants to be a 'changemaker' and help yourself through helping other.

Response from Science of Life Studies 24-7

Thank you so much for your kind thoughts, Tracey!

We do miss you and hope that all is well and blessed.

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Imogen
Female
24 years old
United Kingdom
University of Hertfordshire

Internship with SOLS 24/7

9/10

Since joining SOLS 24/7 5 months ago I have been an intern in the communications department and it has been a great experience so far.

As of yet I have gained many new skills through practicing social media, strategy, photography, writing articles, event planning, networking and more as each day there are different events occurring.

I have particularly loved having the opportunity to visit the centre's to understand what I am marketing and create content for articles. It is truly inspiring seeing the CDO's working with the community and how the students respect and admire their teachers.

Though it is difficult covering a variety of roles and different projects, as a person it has helped me become more adaptable and flexible when working.

For those who are looking to intern for project or company where each day is different, and to know that everything you do is for a good cause I highly recommend joining SOLS 24/7.

How can this program be improved?

Knowledge of events, outings or projects can be very last minute so other work can be pushed aside as it is no longer a priority. It is important as an employee to be flexible and be prepared to have to cancel or rearrange meetings or plans.

Response from Science of Life Studies 24-7

Dear Imogen,

Thank you for committing your time and effort with us!
An NGO life is different from that of a typical business and we hope you were able to be fully immersed in all aspects of the organization.

You are very welcome to visit SOLS 24/7 in any country we may be in, and know that you not just a friend, you are SOLS family =)

Wishing you the best in all future endeavours!

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Nur
Female
42 years old
England
Other

An educational revolution

9/10

I was very impressed with the educational programs which created such positive impact to communities. Within 3 months, most students were able to converse in basic English and use basic computer programs. Most students were very motivated to learn as their education programs encourage students to interact and build their self-confidence.

Furthermore, I feel that their methods are very cost-effective. I do not see a lot of wastage going into unnecessary administration, equipment or amenities. Money is allocated to where it is supposed to be, and that is to educate the people.

I also had so many opportunities to get to know the community. I made friends with neighbors, chatted with them, visited their houses and got involved in village festivals and events. This experience was certainly the best way for me to learn about the local people and culture.

The project managers were also very helpful. They were always willing to listen to my challenges and gave me support when I needed them. I became quite good friends to some of them.

Malaysia is also such a wonderful country. Malaysia is truly Asia...you can visit KL which has all the attractions of a city, you can go to the islands in Malaysia for holidays, or even visit waterfall and climb hills over the weekend. Not to forget, the rest of Asia is so easily accesible via Malaysia because of AirAsia. So you can make trips to other countries in Southeast Asia during your holidays.

I really had a wonderful time. A really great experience that I will never forget.

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George
Male
24 years old
United Kingdom
Newcastle University

South-East Asian Teaching Adventure!

10/10

Today racial and religious disharmony is more prevalent than ever and has led to a break down in society in many parts of the world. What is so special about SOLS is that through education and empowerment, students and teachers of many different religions and nationalities can live and study together in love and unity.

I could always see that there is a benefit of working with people in a way that can contribute to the betterment of society and not necessarily in an office. I thought that getting involved in teaching was a natural way to achieve this goal.

Leaving my comfort zone and making the move to do social work in Asia has expanded my skills set on so many levels. Through working as an English and motivation teacher, every day your character can become more refined in terms of humility, confidence, compassion, leadership and communication skills.

Response from Science of Life Studies 24-7

Thank you for your kind comment, George!

We truly appreciated your time with us as a volunteer in Timor Leste and Malaysia!

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SOLS 24/7 is an award-winning humanitarian organization, committed to serve, educate and empower poor and underserved communities.

As a tax-exempted, not-for-profit organization, registered in Malaysia, SOLS 24/7 Malaysia works through various education and social empowerment programs towards transforming underserved communities to develop their true potential

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