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CONTENTS 4 Foreword 7 Mission & Vision Program Overview 8 Sending 10 Hosting 12 Training, Learning & Education Overview 14 Chapter & Volunteer Development Overview 16 Leadership 18 Acknowledgement






Program Overview: Sending

INTENSIVE & VERY SHORT PROGRAM In the year 2017, Yayasan AFS Antarabudaya Malaysia sent 17 students to two countries – Italy and Japan. For this year, MEXT scholarships from the Japanese Government were awarded to four students from Selangor, Penang, Terengganu and Kelantan respectively. We are currently looking to expand our programs to more countries for Intensive and Very Short Program in the near future. SEMESTER, YEAR & COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAM As at 2017, we have sent a total of 63 participants on the Semester Program and Year Program for both Southern and Northern Hemisphere (SH and NH cycles). For the SH cycle, 24 students on Year Program and 19 students on Semester Program have successfully completed the program. We hope to expand the list of countries for this program in future.


KENNEDY-LUGAR YOUTH EXCHANGE & STUDY PROGRAM A total of 45 students was selected as finalists for the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study Semester Program to the United States for the year 2017. The program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of State, provides scholarships for secondary school students from countries with significant Muslim population to spend up to a year in the United States. Participants serve as “youth ambassadors” of Malaysia, promoting mutual understanding by forming lasting relationships with their host families and communities. The YES Alumni played a big role in preparing students at a PreDeparture Orientation. The students were also invited to a Luncheon hosted by the US Embassy during their PreDeparture Orientation. This gave them the opportunity to meet and mingle with American representatives.

SCHOLARSHIP Below is a list of scholarships disbursed for 2016-2017: 1. YES scholarship Full scholarship to the United States on Semester Program – 45 recipients 2. YABM scholarship Partial scholarship on Year Program (Brazil, Chile, Germany) – 3 recipients 3. Mext scholarship Partial scholarship to Japan on Intensive Program – 4 recipients RECRUITMENT As part of the recruitment campaign for 2017/2018, chapters and volunteers had tirelessly visited schools to promote AFS programs. The school road shows conducted from the month of January until April had successfully attracted close to 673 applications.

2016/2017 recruitment period. However, there is an increase in numbers in some states, which shows that the AFS programs have reached a wider target audience over the last two months.

For the year 2017/2018, students have the option to apply for AFS programs by submitting their application through normal Overall, the student applications have mail. dropped by at least 15% from the 9

Program Overview: Hosting

The total number for hosting in 2017 is 68 participants; 45 school based participants and 20 participants for the 18+ community service program for both SH and NH cycles. As for the school based program, Japan and Italy were the largest sending partners. Germany remains the major sending partner for the 18+ community service program. In 2017, we hosted a school based participant from South Korea for the first time and it was a successful exchange journey for the participant. Besides that, the hosting highlights were our Festive Exchange programs where we placed students and participants with host families during major festive holidays. The Festival Exchange has always been a favorite experience among hosted students and participants. In addition, school based students also participated in an enrichment program, which is a two-week short term exchange (STE), where they had the opportunity to explore a unique and authentic cultural experience outside their permanent host communities. The STE is usually a highlight of the year program. The STE is conducted on both cycles, in March for the NH batch, and in September for the SH batch. Below is the breakdown of the Hosting Program in Malaysia for the SH17 and NH17 10 Batch.


Training, Learning & Education Overview: For the year 2017, the Training, Learning and Education team at AFS Malaysia carried out several initiatives in line with the organizational goals and objectives set out for the year. The initiatives focused on the continuous improvement for our stakeholders and efforts to provide as much learning opportunities as possible. As a growing organization in an ever evolving era, it is crucial that our stakeholders are fully equipped with the knowledge required to meet the demands of the new world be it for the benefit of the organization or for personal development.


Over the past year, we conducted the following workshops and training sessions for our stakeholders; 1) Seven ICL Level W Workshops across the country to train participants on the basic knowledge of intercultural learning 2) Two Orientation Facilitator’s Workshop to train participants on the fundamentals of facilitating an AFS orientation program 3) Training sessions and mentor programs online and in person on the implementation of the AFS Student Learning Journey Curriculum for orientation facilitators on the educational goals 4) Interviewers Workshop for AFS Malaysia Chapter & Alumni Leaders on how to carry out interviews for host families, home interviews and participants applying to join the AFS programs


Chapter & Volunteer Development Overview: These are some of the exciting happenings for Chapter & Volunteer Development: TRAINING & OVERSEAS OPPORTUNITIES YES Chaperon 2017 in New York, U.S.A. (Jan) YES Alumni & ECA Workshop in Washington DC, U.S.A. (Mar) ICL & ODC Responsible Workshop Retreat in New Delhi, U.S.A. (April) Writing Skills Workshop in Kuala Lumpur (April) Interfaith Harmony Workshop in Washington DC, U.S.A. (May) Digital Storytelling & End of Stay Orientation in Washington, DC, U.S.A. (June) Global Village 2017 in Pennsylvania, U.S.A. (June) PEACE Project volunteer on staff assignment in Brussels, Belgium (October) PEACE Project Staff Training (June – New Delhi; Dec – Brussels) Board to Lead | Governance Training in Madrid, Spain (November) ANNUAL EVENTS


• An event calender named Standardized Hosting Activities consisting of festivals and events was drawn up for chapters as a guide to conduct activities with their host families. • Chapter Presidents Meeting Both meetings were held during the 2 hosting cycles’ End of Stay Farewell Dinner • Volunteer Congress 2017 This year it was held back to back with the SH2017 End-of-Stay Camp. The theme “Rise as One” was a spillover inspiration derived from the SEA Games held in Kuala Lumpur. It served as a shout-out to all AFS volunteers to work together as one in line with the well-known phrase, United We Stand, Divided We Fall. Everyone had a hilarious time at the Appreciation Dinner because the theme “Throwback to the

70s” was one that many senior volunteers could relate to. Needless to say, all had a dizzy time enjoying to nostalgic music! We also received volunteers from Germany and Indonesia for the event where one of the highlights was the Cultural Race, somewhat similar to the famous reality show Amazing Race. • Best Chapters & Volunteer Awards Two of the 3 winners last year remained in the top rankings. Kedah Chapter moved up to second place while Penang Chapter was crowned as champion. New kid on the block, Johor Chapter took the third spot. For the first time since the Volunteer Awards was introduced, there was a tie for the Volunteer Inspirasi Senior won by two veterans who have been with AFS for more than 30 years combined. CHAPTER & ALUMNI UPDATES New Presidents for Bangi, Damansara, Johor, Pahang and Perak and Vice Presidents for Bangi, Damansara, Negeri Sembilan, Perak and Sarawak were elected. The succession Plan was well-executed. Two new AFS Intercultural Clubs were set up in schools in Johor Bahru and Tapah. AFS MAS Returnee AGM in July: A new committee were elected. Among the activities where Returnee Alumni was involved in: Relay for Life, YES Picnic, YES Conference 7.0, Gift of Sight, “Kita Bagi, Kita Buka” and Alumni Christmas Party. A major highlight was the MAS YES Alumni organized “YES Alumni Regional Workshop” in May. A total of 30 alumni from across the region & Africa participated in the annual event. INTERNATIONAL VISITORS Some international visitors paid courtesy calls to the National Office, notably AFS JAPAN Chair, ex-National Director, AFS BOLIVIA staff and AFS USA staff.


Leadership AFS Malaysia Board of Directors 2017

Khalilah Dato’ Mohd Talha Chairperson Dato’ Christopher Tan Chie Kiong Government Relations Elena Shamsuddin PR and Marketing Aminnudin Rezal Jaafar Brand Visibility & Corporate Funding Thiruchelvam A/L Subramaniam Chapter & Volunteer Development Shoba Devi A/P A Balakrishnan School Relations

National Office Atty Sulaiman National Director Annie Yap Assistant National Director/ Chapter & Volunteer Development Manager Jasmin Melan Program Development Manager Kuhan Kandiah Chelvanathan Training, Learning & Education Manager Nani Taha Program Manager Kautsar Ismail HR & Finance Manager Liyana Johan Chapter & Development Executive Nurhasliza Sahadi Digital Marketing & Creative Design Executive


Nadia Samsuddin Programs Executive – Kennedy Lugar Youth Exchange Study Program Siti Sophie Ismail Programs Executive (Sending Programs) Zainal Izuddin Saharudin Program Executive Hosting – School Based Farah Zulkifli Programs Executive (Hosting Programs) Mohd Fareez Jaafar Sidik Human Resource Administrator

Chapter Ampang Chapter Nuriah Manap

Negeri Sembilan Chapter Khoo Eng Foo

Bangi Chapter Zainuddin Hamzah

Perlis Chapter Hari Ram

Damansara Chapter Kesshmita Paranjothi

Pahang Chapter Wong Choo Ching

Johor Chapter Irene Chooi Ling Leong

Penang Chapter Datin Teo Hwee Ai

Klang Chapter Colin Poobalan

Perak Chapter Lucus Asirvatham

Kedah Chapter Rohaya Md Yusoff

Sarawak Chapter Bahtiar Afandi

Kelantan Chapter Anisah Abdul Halim

Terengganu Chapter Long Tin Piau 17

Acknowledgement EMBASSIES


Costa Rican Consulate Embassy of Austria Embassy of the Republic of Argentina Embassy of Belgium Embassy of Brazil Embassy of Chile Embassy of China Embassy of Denmark Embassy of Dominican Republic Embassy of Finland Embassy of France Embassy of Hungary Embassy of Italy Embassy Of Japan Embassy of Spain Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia Embassy of the Republic of Korea Embassy of the United States Embassy of Sweden Embassy of Switzerland High Commission of India New Zealand High Commission Royal Thai Embassy

Children Protection Society Penang Cheshire Home St. John Ambulan Penang branch Tadika Penang Buddhist Association Children’s Welfare Home Perak Society for the Promotion of Mental Health Rita Home Outward Bound School The Dementia Society (TDS) Perak Children’s Welfare Home Creative Media & Technology Hub UiTM (Universiti Teknologi Mara)



Ministry of Education Malaysia(MOE) *School Management Division *Special School Education Division *Curriculum Development Centre *Cluster/Fully Residential School Management Division *Co-curricular Unit *State Education Department (JPN) i) School Division ii) Curriculum Unit iii) Relations and Registration Unit iv) Academic Unit Ministry of Tourism Malaysia Ministry of Foreign Affairs Malaysia (MOFA) Ministry of Information, Communication and Culture Malaysia Immigration Department of Malaysia Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia (LHDN)


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