06 Apr '11, 12am

More Singaporeans are becoming 'voluntourists' - taking annual leave to do volunteer work in third-world countries

More Singaporeans are becoming 'voluntourists' - taking annual leave to do volunteer work in third-world countries

Singaporean Jasmin Samat Simon, 47, volunteering with the Singapore International Foundation's Words On Wheels programme in Vietnam. The mobile library project offers village kids a window to the outside world. -- ST PHOTO: JUDITH TAN AN INCREASING number of Singaporeans are taking their own annual leave and paying their own way to do volunteer work in third-world countries year on year. They teach English, provide medical services, build homes and help conserve the environment. An international study showed such numbers grew seven times between 2003 and 2007 in the latest figures available. [email protected] Read the full story in Wednesday's edition of The Straits Times.

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Singapore/Story/...

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