*please note that the community we will be visiting has yet to be finalised - but the training session @ The Compass (Epic's Office) has been confirmed. We will confirm the community we will be working with 2 weeks prior to the mission. Thank you and happy Pathfinding!
What are Pathfinders?
EPIC is recruiting Pathfinders - individuals who are looking to use their time and skills to communicate with everyday people on the ground, gathering important information to pave the way forward for communities to develop.
Through understanding someone's aspirations and struggles, we can best find ways to mutually support each other. Join us on our journey to better inform the world and its decisions to build a more co-operative and resilient future for all.
What's our purpose?
We want to give people the opportunity to explore a hidden part of Malaysia through the lenses of the Orang Asli families of Kampung X [We are currently in the midst of confirming things with villagers we are in touch with and will announce the specific community closer to the mission date). With the villagers' guidance, we’ll be seeking to understand their current living conditions together with a team of passionate volunteers.
The information gathered and relationships built will become a basis for us to work together with these families to support them in achieving a higher quality of life - on their terms. This is the perfect opportunity to enjoy beautiful sceneries, explore a culture different to your own, meet new people, and be part of an Epic community.
We welcome everybody to join us as a Pathfinder! Although there are some qualities that would help you become a supporter of this particular community:
Prior experience is not required. We’ll equip you with the necessary skills with a training session on Friday, 12th of October, a couple of days before you head out to the village to apply them on the Sunday, 14th of October.
What will we be doing?
A morning-long engagement in an Orang Asli village where you’ll be meeting the villagers - people with their own unique cultures and aspirations.
Prior to actually going to the village, we will be having a casual get-together (training session) where we'll conduct basic cultural training about Orang Asli culture, and hands-on technical skills related to data collection & household assessment using EPIC’s tools and methods. We will be conducting discussions and activities related to cultural humility, communication & listening, critical thinking, and development, just to name a few.
What's the itinerary?
The pathfinding mission will happen on the 12th and 14th of October. The following is our itinerary:
12th October- Pathfinder Training [Only compulsory for NEW Pathfinders)
Location: @The Compass 20, Jalan PJS 11/18, Bandar Sunway, 47500 Petaling Jaya, Selangor @8 pm - 10pm
14th October- Meeting with the villagers
The agenda for the meeting will be confirmed two weeks before the mission. The village will be no more than 2 and a half hours drive from KL.
Location: To be announced two weeks before mission
Departure @The Compass at 7.00am OR Other carpooling locations to be announced
We will be carpooling to the village on Sunday.
For any enquiries, please contact our liaison:
We hope to accomplish these outcomes:
1. Create deeper ties between rural orang asli and city people
2. Clear information that would help articulate the village conditions so that greater appreciation towards their resilience could be cultivated but at the same time help attract the right support required