FAQ

GENERAL FAQ

  • When are Charisma Movement’s projects usually carried out?

Our projects are usually carried out in July and August.

  • Who can apply for the projects?

Any university students, fresh graduates (that have graduated less than 3 years ago) & post high school students are welcomed to join our programme!

It doesn’t matter where or what you are studying – we welcome student from any disciple to join our programme!

  • Do I need to be a Malaysian to be a volunteer?

No! We welcome students from all over the world to participate in our programme.

  • Do I need past volunteering experiences to apply? What should I include in my CV?

No, you don’t need to have volunteered in previous projects to apply for a spot in Charisma Movement’s projects. A normal, standard CV would suffice. This should include education, work experiences, awards & achievements, leadership roles and skills & interests.

  • What if I am unavailable throughout the duration of the project? Can I just commit part of the duration of the project? 

As the projects are already attenuated to only lasting for two weeks, it is compulsory for volunteers to be available throughout the project duration.

  • How do I go about fundraising?

Once you are selected as a volunteer, we will email you relevant information to assist you in your fundraising effort. The committee will provide you full support and will be there to guide you should you need guidance- a letter of endorsement can be provided upon request.

Here are some fundraising ideas to get you started – Bake Sale, Running a Marathon, Hosting a Dinner Party. Here’s a blog post on what our past volunteers did to fund-raise!

  • What happens afterward?

Sustainability is the forefront of UKECharisma, volunteers will learn how to think forward when they are making plans, considering cost, people, effectiveness and the changes that come with time. They will also have the opportunity to see their plan continued after they leave, and learn to take responsibility for the successes and difficulties they encounter as they go along. Hopefully friendships and shared experiences will transcend the years and you’ll want to come back for more!


Project Teringai-Tumunda FAQ

  • When will Project Teringai-Tumunda be held this year (2017)?

It will be held from 7-21 July 2017.

  • How much will it cost me to join Project Teringai-Tumunda?

Volunteers are require to fund-raise a minimum of £100 or MYR500 and pay for the travel cost to and from Kota Kinabalu.

  • Where will the money I fund-raised go to?

The money would be used to cover the transportation cost in Sabah, food and accommodation throughout your stay in the school, teaching material and other supplies needed during the project. The money does not include transport/flights to Sabah, or any other transport/expenses in KL.

  • Which schools are involved in the project?

The schools involved are SK Temuno Teringai Darat which Charisma Movement (formally, UKECharisma) have been working with for the past 5 years, as well as SK Tumunda Salimandut which was recently included into this project in 2016.

  • Can I select which school I want to be involved in?

No, as selection will be done by random. However we will consider requests if there are mitigating circumstances.

  • Will I be in the school throughout the whole duration of the project?

No, participants are expected to be in KL on 7 July 2017 for a compulsory training project conducted by Teach for Malaysia (TFM), and an internal planning session plus bonding time with the volunteers before heading to Sabah together on 9 July 2017. However, if volunteers are from Sabah/ Sarawak, special arrangements can be made.

  • Where will I be staying during the project?

You will be placed in a hostel alongside with the other volunteers throughout the programme.

  • Am I required to stay at the designated accommodation together with other volunteers throughout the programme?

Yes, you are required to stay at an accommodation which has been arranged by the committee to ease facilitation discussion among team members. Also, it will be an opportunity for you to make friends with all other volunteers.

  • Do I need any teaching skills in order to participate in this project?

No! All we need is a strong passion and the heart in helping and inspiring the children 🙂

*a comprehensive information pack will be released to the volunteers when the volunteers’ place have been confirmed.

  • What is the timeline of the application process? When will I know if I am selected for the project?

Volunteers application opens from 28 February-9 April 2017. Shortlisted applicant will be contacted via email for a get-to-know-you session via Skype after the application closes. Your place as a volunteer will be confirmed after the Skype session if we think your personality is a great match for our project. 🙂


Project Penyu FAQs

  • When will Project Penyu be held this year (2017)?

It will be held from 23-29 July 2017.

  • Where is the main location of this volunteering project?

It will be in Ma’Daerah Turtle Sanctuary, Terengganu. However, we will also have a one –day trip to a Mangrove Conservation site where we will learn more about nature there and plant some young mangrove plants.

  • How much will it cost me to join Project Penyu?

Volunteers are require to fund-raise a minimum of £100 or MYR500 and pay for the travel cost to and from Ma’Daerah Turtle Sanctuary in Terengganu.

  • Where will the money fund-raised be channeled to?

This will be channeled to cover the food, accommodation and travel expenses of the volunteers throughout the duration of the project in Ma’ Daerah (excluding travel cost to and fro Ma’ Daerah), Mangrove Sanctuary, to clean and beautify Ma’Daerah Turtle Sanctuary, for the school children, and towards the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF).

  • How do volunteers reach Ma’Daerah Turtle Sanctuary in Terengganu?

If you live in KL or Selangor, we will set up a meeting point where a Charisma committee involved in Project Penyu will pick the volunteers up en route to Terengganu using a rental van. Volunteers can opt to travel there on their own as well.

For volunteers living outside of KL or Selangor, you can either travel to KL/Selangor first and join us at the meeting point, or you would have to travel there by your own transportation (flight, bus, train, car). Unfortunately, we will not reimburse the transportation costs.

  • Will volunteers be able to interact directly with turtles?

Yes! Volunteers would help with the digging up and counting of turtle eggs, observing the hatching of baby turtles, guide them towards the sea at night, and (if you’re lucky) get to see female turtles laying their eggs during the darkest hour of the dawn.

  • Where will the volunteers be staying throughout the duration of this project?

Volunteers will stay in the hostel of Ma’Daerah Turtle Sanctuary.

  • What is the timeline of the application process? When will I know if I am selected for the project?

Volunteers application opens from 28 February-9 April 2017. Shortlisted applicant will be contacted via email for a get-to-know-you session via Skype after the application closes. Your place as a volunteer will be confirmed after the Skype session if we think your personality is a great match for our project. 🙂


Inspire Initiative FAQs

  • The budget of my project is xxx. How do I come about with that money?

The budget for your project will be heavily dependent on your plan of action, as well as the type of initiative that you are proposing. However, fret not, for we will be helping you with this throughout the entire process! To give you an example, last year’s Inspire Initiative project received their financial means for external sponsorships which we can aim to also do so this year. Failing that, there’s always fundraising!

  • I have submitted my project proposal. Does that mean that my project will be executed?

We will be screening all proposals submitted by applicants and an interview will be conducted to further discuss the details. Unfortunately, due to logistics restrictions, only one project will be selected and executed every year.

  • When should the project ideally take place?

Your project should ideally take place in August 2017, to allow us plenty of time plan and recruit volunteers for the project, without clashing with any of our project dates.

  • How will Charisma Movement support me in the planning and execution of my idea?

Charisma Movement support you in publicizing the event, providing volunteers and the logistics required. We will also be there to provide guidance, advice and support in any form possible, throughout the entire project process.

  • I have a great idea but I won’t be around/I do not want to coordinate the event. Can I still submit my idea?

Yes you may. However, we highly encourage the project initiator to take charge of his/her proposed project.

  • Can I submit more than one proposal?

Of course! In fact, we encourage everyone to submit as much ideas as possible!

 

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