1. How do I become an AYVP volunteer?
To become an AYVP volunteer, you must first be qualified for the programme, depending on the thematic area for the year. 50 applicants will be admitted, and subject to endorsement by the respective Ministries of Youth. There are 3 rounds of selection:
|Round 1||Round 2||Round 3|
|Technical Knock-out||Leadership experiences and skills||English competency and level of interest displayed during phone interview|
2. How do I apply for the ASEAN Youth Volunteer Programme?
Complete all the “required fields” on the online form. You are supposed to receive a confirmation email afterwards.
3. What will be covered by the Secretariat?
The following will be funded: round-trip fare, materials and transportation on site, accommodation and food during the programme. You will only need to ensure that your passport has a validity of 6 months and above, visa (please refer to the Malaysia Immigration website for visa requirement), proceed to the airport of departure in your home country and pay for the necessary airport tax. Please also prepare pocket money for the duration of your stay.
4. What if I am currently studying/working, do I have to attend all 4 weeks?
AYVP follows a 4-week modality which every volunteer must attend from start to finish. Accepted applicants will be sent an offer letter which they may submit to their universities or companies as reference for their applications of leave. Special cases may be considered, subject to discretion of the AYVP Secretariat.
5. What are the activities that will take place during the programme?
The first week consists of orientation on ASEAN which the activities consist of ice-breaking, ASEAN identity building, methods in the thematic area involved and leadership skills. Weeks 2 and 3 will see community immersion at the project sites, where various volunteer activities will be held. Volunteer will specifically engage with the local schools and communities to work collaboratively to ensure conservation and preservation efforts are sustainable and impactful. The last week will focus on site debriefing, project management workshop, group reporting, project planning, presentation of video documentaries and the preparations for the multi-stakeholders Closing Ceremony.
6. What are the thematic areas covered by AYVP and what are the past and future programmes?
Following and supporting the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community of ASEAN Secretariat, AYVP has identified 8 thematic areas of action necessary for the development of the ASEAN Community:
- The Environment and Climate Change
- Protecting ASEAN’s Heritage
- Disaster Risk Reduction
- Rural Development and Poverty Eradication
- Social Entrepreneurship
- Youth-friendly Health Services
- Education Development
- Sports and Recreation
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (The National University of Malaysia – UKM) as the permanent secretariat for ASEAN Youth Volunteer Programme (AYVP) under the auspices of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Malaysia, hosted the inaugural programme in 2013 which it was on the thematic area of the Environment and Climate Change involving 100 youth leaders working in 4 community sites. Learn more about it here. Following the success of the inaugural programme, the second AYVP programme continued with its theme on “Protecting ASEAN’s Heritage.” While in 2015 saw AYVP on its third year programme, replicated the environmental theme similar to the theme adopted at the inaugural AYVP in Malaysia two years back in Cambodia, the first outside of Malaysia. Read about the volunteer’s journey here.
7. When will AYVP be implemented in my home country?
The first and second programmes were hosted by Malaysia, since the AYVP Secretariat is hosted by University Kebangsaan Malaysia (The National University of Malaysia – UKM), with the support of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Malaysia. In the coming years, AYVP will be replicated and implemented in other ASEAN countries, in partnership with local stakeholders. For 2015, AYVP has set foot in Cambodia with the theme of The Environment and Climate Change. For 2016, AYVP tackle Disaster Risk Reduction theme in the Philippines and in Indonesia in 2017. For 2018, AYVP will be implemented in Malaysia with the theme of Protecting ASEAN’s Natural Heritage.
8.What happens after the programme?
Volunteers are expected to take what they have learned from the programme and implement their own community projects in their respective home countries, based on the thematic area involved. They will be guided by the AYVP Criteria for Impactful and Sustainable Community Engagement. The most deserving proposals will be awarded start-up grants and online mentoring.
Volunteers are expected to take what they have learned from the programme and implement their own community projects in their respective home countries, based on the thematic area for that year. They will be guided by the AYVP Criteria for Impactful and Sustainable Community Engagement which covers:
(i) Community Partnership and Involvement,
(ii) Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships (NGOs, government, industry, university),
(iii) Enhancing Youth Competencies (ASEAN Identity, Youth Leadership, Gender Equity),
(iv) Sustainability of the project and
(v) Support from the Ministry of Youth in respective countries.
The most deserving proposals will be awarded start-up grants of up to USD2000.00, supported with online mentoring.
9. What are the perks of being part of the AYVP Alumni Network?
Having completed the 4-week programme, volunteers will be automatically be part of the AYVP Alumni Network. AYVP Alumni gain access to exclusive alumni events, their details shared with the Young Southeast Asian Leaders (YSEALI) and may be sent as representatives to other international youth programmes as part of the capacity building effort. Selected alumni will also be granted the title of “AYVP Social Media Ambassadors” who co-manage AYVP’s online presence in Facebook, and receive online capacity building in social media.
10. Who is behind AYVP?
The ASEAN Youth Volunteer Programme (AYVP) is a Malaysian owned programme under the auspices of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Malaysia, developed and implemented by the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (The National University of Malaysia – UKM) as the permanent secretariat. Its strategic partners are Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ministry of Culture & Tourism, Ministry of Education – Malaysia, the ASEAN Secretariat. In every host country where an AYVP programme is implemented, AYVP also works with local strategic partners such as government institutions, NGOs, and Universities.