Selamat Datang ke Malaysia! Welcome to Malaysia!

We would like to welcome you to Malaysia, here we have gathered a few of the most frequently asked questions a participant would have before coming here

Where is Malaysia?
Who are Malaysians?
What is the official language of Malaysia?
Imagine living in Malaysia …
What does AFS Malaysia offer?
AFS Malaysia activities

Where is Malaysia?
Malaysia is in South-eastern Asia, peninsula and northern one-third of the island of Borneo, bordering Indonesia and the South China Sea, south of Vietnam.

It's a bubbling, bustling melting pot of races and religions. Where Malays, Indians, Chinese and many other people live together in peace and harmony. With such a unique heritage, there is a constant procession of delightful festivals, celebrations and feasts for all to enjoy.

Who are Malaysians?
The Malay is Malaysia's largest ethnic group, accounting for over half the population and the national language. With the oldest indigenous peoples they form a group called bumiputera, which translates as "sons" or "princes of the soil.” Traditional Malay culture centers around the kampung, or village, though today one is just as likely to find Malays in the cities.

One of the Malay Kampung in Kuching Sarawak

The Chinese traded with Malaysia for centuries, then settled in number during the 19th century when word of riches in the Nanyang, or "South Seas," spread across China. Though perhaps a stereotype, the Chinese are regarded as Malaysia's businessmen, having succeeded in many industries. When they first arrived, however, Chinese often worked the most grueling jobs like tin mining and railway construction. Most Chinese are Tao Buddhist and retain strong ties to their ancestral homeland. They form about 35 percent of the population.

Indians had been visiting Malaysia for over 2,000 years, but did not settle en masse until the 19th century. Most came from South India, fleeing a poor economy. Arriving in Malaysia, many worked as rubber tappers, while others built the infrastructure or worked as administrators and small businessmen. Today ten percent of Malaysia is Indian. Their culture -- with it's exquisite Hindu temples, cuisine, and colorful garments -- is visible throughout the land.

The oldest inhabitants of Malaysia are its tribal peoples. They account for about 5 percent of the total population, and represent a majority in Sarawak and Sabah. Though Malaysia's tribal people prefer to be categorized by their individual tribes, peninsular Malaysia blankets them under the term Orang Asal or "Original People." In Sarawak, the dominant tribal groups are the Dayak, who typically live in longhouses and are either Iban (Sea Dayak) or Bidayuh (Land Dayak). In Sabah, most tribes fall under the term Kadazan. All of Malaysia's tribal people generally share a strong spiritual tie to the rain forest.

What is the official language of Malaysia?
The official language of Malaysia is Bahasa Melayu.

Imagine living in Malaysia …
Leading a multi racial lifestyle with new family, friends and a completely opposite lifestyle

> Living in a country where YOU are exotic
> Stepping inside another culture and experiencing all the bits normal tourist miss
> Challenging yourself and learning more about who you are
> Getting so good at a foreign language that you even dream in it
> Doing your part to make a difference and to create a peaceful planet.
> Having a once in a lifetime adventure that will CHANGE YOUR LIFE

What does AFS Malaysia offer?
> AFS Year Program
> AFS Semester Program
> AFS Intensive Program
> AFS Very Short Program
> 18+ Community Service Program ( 6 months & 1 year ) 
> AFS Educators Program

AFS Malaysia activities
> Short Term Exchange
This 2-week event is for the school-based participants after they have spent about
   9 months on the program.  Participants get to choose from a few destinations to
   experience the enrichment program.

> Optional Trip
As the name suggests, this is optional and participants are required to pay for the
   trip.  It is usually to the islands in the East Coast for 3 days 2 nights where they will
   be chaperoned by AFS volunteers.

> AFS Camps & orientations throughout the year
   The first of the camps is called Arrival Orientation in the capital city for up to 4 days.     
   It will end with the Handing-Over Ceremony of students to the chapters and their     
   host families.

   Mid-stay Camp will take participants out of their community and are conducted at  
   national level.  This is the time for participants to evaluate their program and
   assess the issues with the camp volunteers up to the halfway mark.

   End-of-stay Camp is the “finale”.  It is an especially crucial event because
   participants are to reflect on their year, being oriented about going home and to
   expect possible reverse culture shock.

> Cultural activities
Malaysia being a country rich with multi cultures, multi races & multi religions bring
   forth a wide variety of cultural activities to be enjoyed.  This include Thaipusam,
   Wesak, Chinese New Year, Hari Raya Aidil Fitri, Deepavali, Christmas to name a

> Chapter level activities
Delayed Orientation at chapter level will take place between 4 - 8 weeks after
   arrival. Some of the popular activities carried out at chapter level range from visiting
   community homes, trips to surrounding cultural & historical sites, pot lucks,
   handicraft learning as well as cultural immersion activities.