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Sample Volunteer Abroad Projects — Singapore

Xu- Bo works very closely with a number of NGOs and host organizations. Available volunteer sites amy change depending on availability but we work diligently to find an appropriate placement that best matches your skills, preferences and capabilities. Opportunties are available in many areas and may include:

Rescue centre for Wild Animals:

The volunteer will work on rescuing and caring for wild animals. This project will work with Singapore's largest center with 11 professional staff. Philospohically, the center believes in respect and compassion for all animals. You will help the centre to improve the living conditions for the animals and educate people about animal abuse. This volunteer opportunity is 5 days per week for 8 hours per day. The center is lacking manpower and would greatly appreciate volunteers support.

This project aims to:

Volunteer work:

Please note that all volunteers must be up to date with their Hepatitus A, B and Tetanus shots.

Wildlife Gaurdians:

Assisting in animal care duties: Preparing food, Cleaning enclosures and providing animal enrichment, Assisting in daily operations and maintenance of the center, which includes gardening, and guiding visitors around the center.

Gardening and Housekeeping:

Gardening and maintenance activities at the center include: Tending to the organic garden and pond, Trimming the grass and weeding and tidying the center's shop, and Keeping the store room and volunteer house neat and orderly.

General Administration:

This job includes running errands at the center, such as sending monthly greeting to the centers donors, posting mail, typing up petition signatures and making badges and merchandise for sale.

Captive Animal Welfare:

Assist the center staff in conducting observations of the welfare of captive animals in zoos and marine parks.

Cruelty-Free Living:

Researching the availability of "cruelty-free" prodcts in Singapore, this includes: Writing to companies asking about there animal-testing policies, Writing to supermarkets and shops asking them to stock cruelty-free and more humane products.

Wildlife trade:

The center is continously conducting under cover investigations into the illegal wildlife trade, and they could use volunteers help while conducting these investigations. This would include working with traders towards the elimination of the sale of illegal animals and animal products. Collaborating with TCM community on the elimination of the use of wild animals in TCM (Traditional chinese medicine).


Delivering our education programs to schools by participating in skits, assisting in educational activities, talks, and school visits to the center.

Events, Fundraising, and Road shows:

Assist in the centers road shows with outreach, education and fundraising. Provide manpower and or logistical support to help the center with these events and the centers fundraising campiagns.

Other projects:

The center can also use more specialized skills such as IT, Design, Legal, and veternary expertice. Or any specialized skills you wish to contribute to the center!

All volunteers who are working with animals must have been vaccinated against Hepatitis A and B and Tetanus. They must take these shots in their home country before coming to Singapore.

Any volunteer working with animals must forward the center the necessary vaccination certificates for the following vaccinations (before departure for Singapore):

1.) Hepatitis A, 2 doses taken out of 3 doses

2.) Hepatitis B, 2 doses taken out of 3 doses

3.) Tetanus, 1 dose taken


The center usually has staff order lunch and dinner to the office, but they are all vegetarians. If you want to eat meat, you can walk to the nearby food court and have lunch or dinner there. These meals, both at the office or at the food court, are not covered by the program and will have to be paid for by the volunteer. Breakfast is also not included in the program fee. Each meal should cost around 3 to 5 Singapore dollars.

Gardening and housekeeping:



Centre for People with Disabilities:

The volunteers will work in the Chesire house which was founded in 1957 with the aim to provide a home for the care of the seriously disabled people who have limited or no financial means of support and whose families, if any, are unable to provide adequate care. The home aims to provide a 'home' in the truest practicable sense. The Care, Rehabilatation, Encouragement, stimulation and happiness of the residents and clients, all of whom are seriously disabled adults. The residence are of both sexes, and various ages, races, and creeds.

This residentail home has 66 residents and 34 day care clients.The house provides a rehabilitation program to enable the physically disabled to achieve their optimum level of indepence. They receive nursing care, physiotherapy and occupational therapy, training in daily living skills, handicraft, computer practices as well as social and recreational activities.

Volunteers will work from 9:30-5:00 from Monday to Friday. You will be supervised by the volunteer coordinator in home.

Volunteer activites:

The volunteer activities may include:


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