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Working and volunteering


There are myriad volunteering organisations in the region, but be aware that so-called 'voluntourism’ has become big business and that not every organisation fulfils its promise of meaningful experiences. It is essential that you do your own thorough research before agreeing to volunteer with any organisation.

All Women’s Action Society Malaysia (www.awam.org.my) Aims to improve the lives of women in Malaysia by lobbying for a just, democratic and equitable society with respect and equality for both genders.

PAWS (www.paws.org.my) Animal-rescue shelter in Subang, about 30 minutes from central KL.

Zoo Negara It is possible to arrange to spend a day volunteering at Malaysia's national zoo.

Free Tree Society This organisation is always on the lookout for green-fingered volunteers to take care of its plants.

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