• January 20 - March 2, 2019
  • Fully Funded

The eMpowering Youths Across ASEAN is a partnership programme between Maybank Foundation and ASEAN Foundation that consists of mentoring, regional leadership training, and overseas local community projects. The community projects will be incubated to be scaled up in the coming years as social enterprises across the region to become the foremost initiative in Southeast Asia for catalyzing youth participation and impact on their communities. The programme is initiated with the realization that the future of ASEAN is in the hands of youths, and their energy and creativity can be channeled into challenging and meaningful activities to strengthen community bonds, encourage volunteerism and philanthropy, and generate innovative solutions to socio-economic challenges.

The programme aims to make a sustained and positive impact on ASEAN youth empowerment and ASEAN community building efforts. More specifically, this programme has the objectives to:

  • To promote volunteerism, social innovation, and awareness of ASEAN
  • To create an alternative career path for youths
  • To raise awareness among ASEAN youths on social causes
  • To improve social and economic well-being of ASEAN communities through social enterprises


Each accepted participant will be grouped with 9 other accepted participants from the same country of origin and each group will be paired with an overseas partner Civil Society Organizations (CSOs). Prior to the overseas project, groups will go through an online learning series and regional training in Thailand (January, 2019). Overseas local community project will be located in Indonesia, Malaysia, or Cambodia.  Check the official website for the possible focuses which the CSOs might be working on.

The ASEAN Foundation was established by the ASEAN Leaders in December 1997 during ASEAN’s 30th Anniversary Commemorative Summit to help bring about shared prosperity and a sustainable future to all 10 ASEAN Member Countries, namely, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam.



Accepted participants will receive:

  • A fully-funded orientation and capacity building prior departure to the community project.
  • Return flight ticket from home country to the volunteer location
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner), and local transport
  • A grant to implement the two weeks overseas local community project

The programme organisers will not cover the following:

  • Local transport from the participants’ home to the airport
  • Any other expenses not directly related to the programme


  1. Age of 19-35 years old by applicant’s next birthday (2019)
  2. Citizens of ASEAN Member States
  3. Fluency in English, as mentoring, trainings, and general communication during the programme will be fully conducted in English, participants are required to be able to have verbal and written fluency in English.
  4. Full commitment themselves to one-week regional training from 20 to 25 January 2019 and two weeks overseas volunteering project on from 17 February to 2 March 2019
Eligible Regions: ASEAN Member States

Application Process

Apply online through the given link.

Application Deadline: November 18, 2018

Application ClosedOfficial link

For Further Queries

For further inquiries please contact ASEAN Foundation by email on [email protected]
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