• Malaysia
    • Kuala Lumpur

Program Details



Price Details
All accommodation, meals and materials required are included in the cost of your volunteer fee. A discount for longer term volunteers can be discussed depending on the length of your stay. Please email Shyam for further details - shyampriah@gmail.com
May 24, 2016
Apr 18, 2016
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About Program

Volunteers will be involved in a variety of teaching activities with refugee and special needs children and young adults.
The refugee school caters to approximately 60 students aged between 5 and 18 years old from countries such as Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Myanmar and Nepal. Volunteers will be teaching English, Science, Maths, Physical Education and any areas of particular interest.

The special needs school caters to children and adults aged between 7 and 36 years old and seeks volunteers to nurture and educate students with cerebral palsy, autism and Down's Syndrome. We aim to enhance the life skills of the students by a range of activities including craft, music, gardening and art therapy. Volunteers will also be involved in taking the students swimming twice a week in order to increase their physical mobility.

Programs available starting with a two week minimum commitment up to three months. Custom programs are also available, please email for info.

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  • Impact 5
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  • Fun 4.8
  • Value 4.8
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Yes, I recommend this program

Simply an amazing experience

The Yellow House is a very special place and the experience you can have there is simply great! This was the first volunteer I had when I first started my trip in Asia and so I will always be thankful to Shyam for giving me the opportunity to be part of her project, even just for a little while. During my traveling I've been here more than once and every single time has been great! If I am in KL for any reason, this is the place I want to be, because I know that I will feel like at home but at the same time learning some more about life and helping.
During my stays (which were always between one and two weeks), I have been helping with different projects and twice a week we used to go to the swimming pool to help the Special Children of Ampang. This is an experience that I would recommend to everyone! Is amazing how just have a swim with people with different abilities can bring so close to them and have a real and simple contact with the human being, at the most basic level. It's just about helping, swimming and playing with them but soon you will discover that actually everybody is the same in the pool! so you just have to enjoy your time because is something that you will remember for a long time! The first time I went to the pool was in November of 2014 and the last time in March 2016, and I have to say that it was so good to see the children again and that they actually made a lot of progresses and they had become such good swimmers!
The Yellow House is simply a must for me... You have to go there once and see what it is all about also because you will enjoy so much more your stay in Malaysia in general. In Ampang you can see a real part of Malaysia with all the food, the smells and the people that make part of this beautiful country.

48 people found this review helpful.
Yes, I recommend this program

overwhelming experience

I did my first volunteering experience in Malaysia at the Yellow House.. and it was such an impact in my travels and life… that I came back again, and again, and again.
Shyam and her project are inspiring by themselves. She gives you the opportunity to discover a different Kuala Lumpur, a more human side of it, and also, she opens the doors to discover yourself in this world.. as a little seed ready for changing this world. I got the chance to help in different areas and activities, and I must say that swimming with children and adults with different abbilities blew up my mind. They are the smartest and nicest persons I have ever met. They will be the ones teaching you about life, while you are encouraging them to keep swimming, keep paddling, and kicking the water….
And it was amazing to see the progress these kids have done as months passed by. I came back 3 times since then; it is hard to explain the joy of seeing each other again, and my heart jumping of happiness because they still remembered me, but moreover I was so proud of them and their improved work: watching them being the owners of that world: “THE SWIMMING POOL” all for themselves.. being equally happy and skilled.
Shyam is totally devoted to all the projects and this way of life… sharing her energy, and smiles, and whatever she has, to anyone that needs her, and that is something that you will feel since the moment you step on at the YELLOW HOUSE front yard.
She will also give you the opportunity to teach any Subject that you are skilled at (from English, Maths, Science, Literature, till Arts) to Refugees and at the Special School, sharing what you most love to those that most need your help.
It is overwhelming the way she talks to everybody, but specially to homeless people when she wash their hair: the way she makes eye contact with them, she listens to what they are saying, and make them smile and laugh… She gives them that human contact, and the DIGNITY that the society have stolen to them…
This is a unique space, where you will be knocked by different realities and ways of living, surrounded by the crazy city of KL… You will understand the mix of cultures, and their smells, flavors, colors… You will end up loving every part of it, and what is best… you will be part of something, that is more than a 2 weeks experience; because you will be so connected and in love of what you and Shyam, and the others volunteers are doing, that you will be committed for life to the project.

What would you improve about this program?
I can t find a thing that I would change at the Yellow House...
46 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Fulfilling experience

I work as a special education needs teacher back in Spain and working with the special children is close to my heart. In my line of work, I find children with autism and other mental disabilities are wrongly understood. These children are wonderful and sensitive. My 2 weeks at Yellow House started with an introduction at school and I found just this small act of introducing the volunteers to the children first shows how much effort and thought Yellow House has put into making both the children and volunteers comfortable. This really told me that my 2 weeks is going to be amazing. I also got to swim with the special kids and helped bake cookies. These little activities help them coordinate their thoughts and exercise their fingers to be more agile.
Overall, it was a fantastic experience. It was great to have a sense of being able to give back to the Yellow House community as well. It just took a small bit of individual effort, but when you add the small bits all together, the result is a home away from home that is a a great place to stay.

42 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

A way to have fun and experience something amazing

The YH experience goes beyond having fun in a beautiful country, meeting wonderful people and becoming part of a community. It has tough me to extend my limits, and do things that will be starting me off a new path in my life. Teaching in the special needs school, cutting hair of homeless and feeding them gave me something I will carry forever. I am so happy that I had a chance to stay at YH, and I think everybody should try it, for 2 weeks, or for longer....and Sham....well she is beyond wonderful....go see yourself, you will LOVE it!!!!!

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Yes, I recommend this program

This project is amazing!

I volunteered with Yellow House while traveling to South East Asia. The 2 weeks I spent working with Shyam and the Yellow House hostel was incredible. I taught English, Maths and Science at the refugee school while I was here. I was also involved in their other projects such as homeless people and socially responsible work being done to assist those living in poverty. I would highly recommend this project to anyone looking to experience another side of Malaysia.

What would you improve about this program?
Can't think of anything to change. I was very comfortable.
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Questions & Answers

hi! I do not have a certificate, but I did not theach with YellowHouse KL while being there. We played with special needs children under local teacher supervision. regs, Gabor