AFS Perlis were given the golden opportunity to host three AFS Volunteers, Mr. Perviaz Ahmad from AFS India, Srinagar, Kashmir, Mr. Abbas Saudek from Bina Antabudaya Samarinda Chapter, East Kalimantan, Indonesia and Mr. Elijah Daniel Batislaong Geanga from Luzon Island, AFS Philippines. They arrived in Perlis on the Sunday, 23rd November 2014 and will begin their journey to this small but enchanting state until 4th December 2014. They were hosted by Mr.Wan Shahidan Wan Senapi (Abbas), Mr.Hamlussalam Md.Dali (Perviaz) and Mdm Murshidah (Elijah) and immediate bonding were established with the respective family. It was raining heavily during the early visit and they observed the impending impact of flood in various low lying areas in Perlis. Few days later we were blessed with good weather and the anxiety of flood diminishes and we can continue to our planned programmed.
Our programme started as early as the daily Fajar prayer to various interesting mosques in Perlis such as the floating mosque in Kuala Perlis, Putra Mosque in Kangar , Masjid Al-Ariffin, Padang Katong and Masjid Behor Empiang.
A visit to Buddhist temple at Padang Sera was also arranged. Breakfast apart from that prepared by the host family also include eating out at the local friendly nasi lemak, roti canai and laksa stalls. On a serious note we arranged a visit to the two universities in Perlis , Universiti Teknologi MARA(UiTM) Perlis campus in Arau and Universiti Malaysia Perlis(UniMAP) in Pauh Putra. Discussions were held with universities officials and a tour of the campusses facilities especially the state of the art library facilities at UniMAP. They also appeared as guests appearing live “on-air” on UniMAP.fm radio station. We had daily lunch programmed sponsored by restaurants serving various local delicacies especially the “catfish” of Anjung Keli restaurant, traditional Malay cuisine of Restoran Sungai Bakong and seafood steamboat delicacies from Aura Steamboat and Grill. They also had the opportunity to be invited to three Malay weddings and “berkhatan” or circumcision ceremony which were widely held during the school vacation season.