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School holiday activities - Volunteering

Do some volunteer work as a school holiday activity
CATS Classified In The Straits Times - June 17, 2010
By: Goh Mei Yi
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School holiday activities - Volunteering

Doing volunteer work with your children is a meaningful way to spend time together as a family during the school holidays. As volunteers, your children can learn and appreciate different people in society, and in the process, enhance their social awareness.

Before you start, consider the ages of your children and whether the activities are suitable. Keep in mind that some organisations have a minimum age limit for their volunteers. Other volunteer openings may require you to commit on a regular basis like working a fixed number of hours per week.

But given the reality of a packed schedule of a typical Singapore child, volunteering on an ad hoc basis may be more realistic and sustainable as a long-term project. Ad hoc volunteering can be in the form of fundraising on a flag day or taking residents of a home out for an excursion.

If you are not sure about which non-profit organisations operate in Singapore and the causes they support, you can turn to the directory of non-profit organisations by the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC).

You can also search for possible volunteering opportunities at the SG Cares website started by NVPC. This online portal is targeted at volunteers seeking opportunities and then matching their interest and availability with the respective organisations. Volunteers can choose the available positions that best suit their interests and schedules.

After signing up with the portal, volunteers have to go through orientation before doing their first session. To participate in volunteering sessions, children aged 12 and below must be accompanied by an adult. Youths aged 13 to 16 need to bring along a parent’s permission form for every activity they sign up for.

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