Friends of Malaysia 

Malaysia Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) and other friends of Malaysia 

More than 3,300 Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) served in Malaysia from 1961 to 1983. They worked alongside Malaysians in education, health care, agriculture, community development, and in many other fields as equals, learning from each other, and forming enduring friendships.  This website is a record of the Peace Corps in Malaysia and of the achievements, contributions, and reflections of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs)  who served in Malaysia. 

All Malaysia RPCVs, their family and friends, and all Malaysians who knew PCVs are welcome to join Friends of Malaysia (FoM). It's free! Members receive Apa Khabar, a quarterly newsletter, connect with other Malaysia RPCVs, and contribute to a better world.  To Join, just click on Join Friends of Malaysia and fill out the short form. 



The funds raised by Friends of Malaysia support a small grants program for Malaysia non-profit and charitable organizations in Malaysia dedicated to helping vulnerable communities and other good works.  If you would like to contribute to FoM, please write a check, payable to “Friends of Malaysia,” and mail it to FoM Treasurer: Paul Murphy, 510 Little John Hill, Sherwood Forest, MD 21405.  FoM is a 501(c) nonprofit organization and donations are tax deductible. 


All of the interesting documents, photographs, and other materials posted on this site were contributed by RPCVs or accessed from public sources. Many of you may have Training Group documents, photos, or other materials that can be shared with others through the FoM website. Please contact


Friends of Malaysia is a volunteer organization with a zero payroll and virtually no overhead. There are many ways for members to contribute.

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News FROM THE National Peace Corps Association

Frinds of Malaysia is an affiliate organization of the National Peace Corps Assocation (NPCA), which is an association of RPCVs from all countries. NPCA has many programs for RPCVs to continue their life of service from online mentoring to recording an oral history. For more details see the National Peace Corps Association webpage. To receive the free NPCA newsletter and a free NPCA membership, click here. You can also sign up for a free digital subscription to the award-winning NPCA magazine WordView here.