MV Training

Training to be a Volunteer

If you are interested in being a volunteer, please send an email to  You will be invited to attend the Newcomer’s Information events.  These invitations are sent out twice a year and the events provide an opportunity to meet Volunteer Guides, to ask questions and to tour the Muzium.

Prior to being offered a place on a Training Course, all applicants must formally commit themselves by signing the ‘Guide Commitment’ as follows :

  • to attend the full 16 week training programme
  • to read the background training material provided as part of the course
  • to deliver three presentations relating to Muzium artefacts to fellow trainees without the use of notes
  • to provide a hard copy of each of the three presentations
  • to attend three guided tours of the Muzium prior to graduation
  • to provide positive and meaningful guided tours to visitors to the Muzium for up to two years after Graduation.
  • to man the front desk at Muzium Negara for up to two years after Graduation.

In general terms, you will need to guide at the museum once a month. As the MV is a volunteer organization, you will also be encouraged to get involved in research, the schools programme and in the creation of pamphlets and booklets for use in the museums.

There is no restriction on the nationality or age of applicants. The courses are delivered in English and Japanese. There is also a French language group that organizes tours in French.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is The Training Objective ? To present Volunteer Guides with a broad understanding of the fascinating and complex culture and history of Malaysia to support the provision of guided tours of the Muzium.

When Is The Training Carried Out ? Two parallel sixteen week training course in English normally commence each September on Tuesday and Saturday mornings, i.e. trainees can choose to attend the course on one of either Tuesdays or Saturdays.  Training in Japanese is also available and is carried out on Wednesday mornings.

 Where Is The Training Carried Out ? Training is carried out in Muzium Negara Meeting Rooms and also within the Museum.

What Happens After Completion Of Training? Upon successful completion of the training programme, Volunteer Guides attend a Graduation Ceremony where they receive their Graduation Certificates.

Who Provides The Training ? Guide Volunteers, Muzium Negara Staff plus outside experts with specialist knowledge.

What Tasks Do Volunteer Guides Undertake ? Guide Volunteers are involved in one or more of the following areas :

  • Guiding – presenting free scheduled tours plus on-demand tours of Muzium Negara: guiding special  exhibitions, presentations and visits.
  • Schools Programme – organising special tours of Muzium Negara for school children plus presentations about Malaysian culture in schools.
  • Research – locating and organising material to help fellow Guide and School Program Volunteers; helping with material for the publication of booklets for the general public and for children; helping with the translation service and providing information for Special Exhibitions.
  • Operations & IT – supporting general administration requirements; administering the MV Library; maintaining ‘mvmqueries’ e-mail; maintaining the MV Website.
  • Communication – assisting with the production of the MV Newsletter, MV Press Releases and media events.

Where Can I Find Out More Information ? All queries and expressions of interest should be forwarded to

24 thoughts on “MV Training

    • HI Cindy,

      Please email mvmqueries @ for the application form.
      We are having a coffee morning at the Museum on Thursday 16 June at 10am if you want to find out more.

    • Dear Zafrani Arifin,

      Thanks for your interest in the MV. The training programme runs over 12 or 13 sessions and is a series of lectures (and practical talks by trainees) on various important parts of Malaysian history and various key artefacts. It is designed to qualify the trainees as volunteer guides in the National Museum and Textiles Museum.

      Best regards, Lorien Holland (MV Communications)

    • Dear Jasmin Zain,

      Thanks for your interest in the MV training programme for September 2011. Please send an email to and you will receive all the details on how to apply and the criteria for application.

      Best regards, Lorien Holland (MV Communications)

  1. Hi! Good day to you. I’m interested in the” MV Training” for year 2011. How can I get the application form and is there any requirements? Many thanks.

    • Good afternoon Goh Ket Peng,

      Thanks for your interest in the MV training programme for September 2011. Please send an email to and you will receive all the details.

      Best regards, Lorien Holland (MV Communications)

    • Dear Nicholas, Many thanks for your mail. I am glad you are interested in joining our MV Training programme. Our next information morning is this week, Tuesday May 24 at the Muzium Negara from 10am-12noon. Please click on the “2011 Training” tag at the top of the page for more information about the morning and also about how to join the training programme. Many thanks, Lorien (MV Communications)

  2. Dear Si/Madam,
    I would love to volunteer for the 2011 Docent Training Programme. Kindly please notify me for the next coffee morning and also detail of the programme. How do i go about registering? Is there application form please?
    Lookin forward to contribute my time at the muzeum.
    Thank you

    • Dear Jesasokan,
      Many thanks for your mail. Our next information morning is this week, Tuesday May 24 at the Muzium Negara from 10am-12noon. Please click on the “2011 Training” tag at the top of the page for more information. Many thanks, Lorien (MV Communications)

    • Dear Phebe,

      Thanks for your message. At present, there is training in English and Japanese, with some additional training in BM and French. As the MV are all volunteers, it depends who agrees to devote their time to this project as to what languages are available. Thanks, lorien (MV Website)

  3. Hi

    I have just got back from New Zealand. I have been a Volunteer Guide at the Auckland War Memorial and Museum Guide since October 2010. But now back in Malaysia. I would love to continue my passion in museums by being a volunteer guide with the Malaysian Museum.

    Do contactt me for next information meeting, and/or let me know when is the next intake of guide training course, so I may start training if at all possible.

    Thank you.

    Maggie Kim Hong Goh

    • Dear Maggie Kim Hong Koh,

      Many thanks for your mail, and how thrilling to have someone from Auckland joining us. The training programme starts in September and finishes in January/February. Please can you send a mail to and they will add you to the list of people who want to join the next training session in September 2012. You can also join the MV Facebook page. Many thanks, Lorien Holland (MV website)

    • Thank you for your message. You must be 18 to volunteer, but there is no upper age limit. Thanks, Lorien

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  5. Hi, I am interested in your programme above. I have email to apply for it. I have recently move to KL from Sarawak. I am interested to know more about your programme. Is there an info day to explain about this programme like this Saturday, 24th May for example? I hope i still can join. Out of all the volunteer programmes available this is the one that caught my interest the most. Please let me join. :) Thanks.

    Regards, Glory

  6. Good day…I’m Zaim from Kuala Lumpur…I’m interested to join this MV programme…may I know is there any fees required in this training programme and how can I register to join this MV programmes?

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