18 Feb '12, 10am

More Singaporean youths volunteer overseas: National Youth Council: SINGAPORE - More young Singaporeans

SINGAPORE - More young Singaporeans - most of them students - are going overseas for volunteer work, and the National Youth Council wants to get more young working adults on the bandwagon. It is doing so by making its grant programme more flexible in terms of volunteers' time commitment, and by creating more value-added project opportunities that fit better with working adults' skills and interests. Some of the work volunteers do overseas include helping to repaint village schools and set up facilities such as libraries. That was what a multi-cultural group of 22 volunteers did in Punjab, India. But the group learnt early on that things don't always go according to plan. Project leader Jaspal Singh said: "The paint did not arrive for, I think two days. Every time we called the person, strangely, (he'd say) ... he's one hour away." So for team leaders, managing volunteers' ...

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