We Rise by Lifting Others

 

Each year, the Youth Expedition Project (YEP) sees students from across SP contribute their services to less-fortunate communities in the region. These YEP trips allow students to engage in meaningful volunteer work and experience an unfamiliar way of life.

We speak to some students who contributed their time and service to construction work and teaching English lessons in Luang Prabang, Laos, and Mekong Delta, Vietnam. They share about their experiences and learning takeaways!

 

 

 

On Day Five, I was in charge of conducting English lessons to children. I learnt that we should respect their language first before teaching them English. Our translator Mr Lee explained the importance of English to them, and how they can use it in their daily lives. Although the students were initially shy, they grew to become more receptive over time.

Harin Krysa Paramendaran, Year One Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering (DARE) student

 

 

Mekong Delta

Although my role was to teach the children, I was taught that one can derive great fulfillment from simple things. Seeing the kids smile and laugh from our simple activities made me feel very accomplished.

Fu Ye Kai,
Year One Diploma in Accountancy (DAC) student and Bedok View Secondary School alumnus

 

 

The experience of doing construction work has deepened my appreciation for those who help to build Singapore. It also made me realise the importance of teamwork especially in areas we have no experience in. I am proud to say that we managed to successfully build classrooms for Vietnamese children despite our lack of experience!

Peter Afandy, Year One Diploma in Infocomm Security Management (DISM) student and Gan Eng Seng Secondary School alumnus

 

 

 

Luang Prabang

 

I remember forming human chains to transfer heavy buckets of pebbles and cement from one place to another under the scorching sun and rain to carry out construction work. It was heart-warming to see everyone in the team look out for one another. Without the cooperation and contribution of every member of the team, we would not have been able to serve the community of Luang Prabang to the best of our ability.

Ong Jia Wei Mildred,Year One Diploma in Biomedical Science (DBS) student and Zhonghua Secondary School alumna

 

 

 

It was a fun experience painting the walls of the classroom! Each of us focused on the task that we were best at because we wanted the best outcome for the students.

Or Mei Han Amanda,
Year Two Diploma in Integrated Events & Project Management (DEPM) student and Xinmin Secondary School alumna

 

 

Through this trip, I realised how simple acts and gestures can bring great happiness to people. Our team taught the children simple English which they could use in their everyday lives. Although there was a language barrier, the children gave their best when learning. I will always remember how these children would greet us with big smiles and hugs whenever we entered the school.

Gabrielle Nethania Trisoeranto,
Year One Diploma in Computer Engineering (DCPE) student and West Spring Secondary School alumna

 

 

 

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