The Global Student has relationships with a number of indigenous communities in Sarawak and Sabah, Malaysian Borneo.
In Sabah, we work regularly with PACOS, a Kadazan community-based organization dedicated towards supporting indigenous communities in Sabah. Students have worked on community projects in indigenous land rights, rural health, and community development, in addition to volunteer projects that improve the facilities at Community Learning Centres in remote villages.
The rural health program is targeted at any student specializing in the health sciences field, including nursing, physio, dental hygiene, nutrition, OT, Paramedicine and especially those students who wish to work in the rural or indigenous health sectors.
Student’s work with local villagers and the PACOS trust to educate residents on health and sanitation standards, providing basic health provisions from a range of disciplines, as well as health promotions to children. Previous groups have worked in schools to promote the importance of brushing of teeth and dental health.
While on placement student will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in rural village life and engaging with the local community.
Programs are open to a range of disciplines with projects designed for the betterment of the community. There is a wide scope for any program to be customised for a particular discipline, upon agreement with the local community.