Hello everyone! We are busy preparing for our 2013 trip to Malaysia and excited to share our experience with you! Currently, we are advertising the trip, hosting informational sessions, and beginning to process of selecting travelers. Likewise, the itinerary is coming together and Dr. Thana and I have resumed our planning. Stay tuned!
As you are completing applications and consider whether Malaysia is the trip for you or if you are ready for a trip to Malaysia, here is a PowerPoint I created to give you a sample of the trip and what you could expect.
About the Journey
On January 11, 2013, a group of Professional Counseling students will be making a 17-day journey to Malaysia with Dr. Kelli Saginak. The purpose of the travel is to explore and experience first-hand the mental health, disability, and educational issues, and culture and spirituality throughout Malaysian society. These include, but are not limited to: the effects of poverty and disabilities on mental health, wellness, and education; and the impact of the current political and cultural climate on the families and children of Malaysia. Students will also have numerous opportunities to engage in a variety of volunteer and staff development activities during the trip, as a means of broadening their experiences and understandings of counseling, mental health, and educational practices within Malaysian culture.
Pre-departure meetings - Jan. 7-9, 2013
This will be our preparation time in Oshkosh. Class activities will include an overview of our time and further details on each portion of our journey, information about cultural, spirituality, and societal pieces, preparation for serving and involvement with the places we are visiting, and final preparations.
PRFL CNSL 724 – Service Learning in Malaysia
Saturday, Jan. 12 - Arrive KL midday; Travel to Grand Seasons Hotel (http://www.grandseasonshotel.com/). Walk to sites within Chow Kit, such as the Chow Kit Wet Market, and Asian Heritage Row for dinner, or Kampung Baru Hawker Stalls.
Sunday, Jan. 13 - 8 a.m. Breakfast. Elephant Refuge; Indigenous Village; Dinner on the way back to KL.
Monday, Jan. 14 - 8 a.m. Breakfast 9 – 3 Nur Salam Center http://nursalam.bbnow.org/index.php
Lunch around Chow Kit 4 p.m. Sze Ya Taoist Temple Central Market (http://centralmarket.com.my/) Dinner – Kasturi Walk.
Tuesday, Jan. 15 - 8 a.m. Breakfast 9 – 3 Nur Salam Center Lunch around Chow Kit 4 p.m. Petronas Twin Towers (http://www.petronastwintowers.com.my/#) Dinner at or around the towers.
Wednesday, Jan. 16 - 8 a.m. Breakfast. 9 – 3 Nur Salam Center. Lunch around Chow Kit
4 p.m. Merdeka Square: St. Mary’s Cathedral, Sultan Abdule Aziz Building, State Palace of Malaysia. Dinner near or around Merdeka Square.
Thursday, Jan. 17 - 8 a.m. Breakfast 9 – 3 Nur Salam Center Lunch around Nur Salam Center. 4 p.m. Jamek Mosque Dinner – Pasar Malam Masjit Jamek marketplace.
Friday, Jan. 18 - 8 a.m. Breakfast. Travel to Pangkor Island.
Saturday, Jan. 19 - Tour the Island and Attractions.
Sunday, Jan. 20 - Check out of hotel; leave Island around 4 p.m. Return to KL, check-in Grand Seasons.
Monday, Jan. 21 - 8 a.m. Breakfast. 9 – 3 Nur Salam Center. Lunch around Chow Kit 4 p.m. Batu Caves. Dinner – on the way back to KL.
Tuesday, Jan. 22 - 8 a.m. Breakfast. 9 – 3 Nur Salam Center Lunch around Nur Salam Center. 4 p.m. Sri Mahamariamman Hindu Temple. Dinner – Mid Valley Megamall.
Wednesday, Jan. 23 - 8 a.m. Breakfast. 9 – 3 Nur Salam Center. Lunch around Nur Salam Center
4 p.m. Thean Hou Buddhist Temple. Dinner – Kampung Market.
Thursday, Jan. 24 - 8 a.m. Breakfast 9 – 3 Nur Salam Center. Lunch around Nur Salam Center 4 p.m. Police Sikh Temple. Dinner – Petaling Street Markets.
Friday, Jan. 25 8 a.m. Breakfast. Templer Park and Kanching Recreational Forest Afternoon/Evening free; possible evening at Central Market.
Saturday, Jan. 26 Check out of hotel. Depart from KL Airport – early afternoon departure.
We Will Want to Hear From You!
Unfortunately, we are unable to create a "Comments" page directly on this website. However, you will be able to post comments and interact with us on our Facebook page! Feel free to interact with us throughout our trip; however, remember that the time difference is 14 hours and our schedule is packed with volunteering, staff development and training, site-seeing, eating, shopping, and learning about the culture and spirituality of Malaysia. We hope that you will post comments, as we enjoy hearing from our friends and family back home! Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you soon!