No. of Hours: 2 hours of Check-In + 6 hours of programme + 2 hours of Check-Out = 10 Hours
Date: 16 December 2018 / Sunday
Category: Service Learning

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Client: Care Corner Family Service Centre @ Christmas Admiralty) “Give Thanks”

Date: 6 December 2018, Thursday, 1 PM – 11 PM

Time of Event: 6 December 2018, Thursday, 4 PM – 9 PM

Check-In: 6 December 2018, Thursday, 1 PM – 3 PM, 2 Hours

Check-Out: 6 December 2018, Thursday, 10 PM – 12 AM, 2 Hours

No. of Hours of Activities: 6 Hours

Total Hours including Check-In & Out: 8 Hours

Camp Chief: Mohammad Ali Ashraaf

Project Manager: Yu Ling and Nithiya

What is the programme about?

  • The programme is mainly about the community celebrating Christmas with those invited families that do not have a good income by the Senior Social Worker, Juanna Sia, Event Organisers, Daniel Herwan, the Guest-of-Honour, Mr Khaw Boon Wan who is the Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure & Minister for Transport MP for Sembawang GRC and also Care Corner Singapore Ltd CEO, Mr Yap Poh Keng. Hence, giving them some toys and prizes to bring back home at the same time foods and drinks to eat.

At 1 pm to 4 pm, I had check-in together with packing logistics and transporting logistics to the venue. Their venue where activities, ceremony, foods and drinks are at Blk 720A(Link House) & Hard Court, Woodlands Ave 6, Singapore 730720. Along with me, other than Ali, Yu Ling and Nithiya, there are also others participating in this programme who are Elaine, Vincy, Jenny, Nadirah, Nisa, Rafiqi and Sahri. Each of us has certain roles to contribute to this programme. There are a total of 5 stations for invited families to participate in the activities to earn prizes. The 5 stations are Blessing 5 who will be conducted by me, Ping The Pong who will be conducted by Jenny, Archery Combat who will be conducted by Nisa, Minefield who will be conducted by Nadirah and lastly, Beat The Goalie who will be conducted by Sahri. Whereas Nithiya, Yu Ling and Elaine will be walking around to make sure everything goes smoothly.

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At 4 pm to 5 pm,  is where we set up our logistics at the venue. Discussion of placing,  how it will be conducted and how will the participant be placed at is being considered in that period of time.

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At 5 pm, Registration of Beneficiaries and Sponsors will start to arrive to the carnival activities.  There will be around 200 pax. So between 5 pm to 6.45 pm,  they will try out the carnival activities. When they participates in the activities, they will receive a prize each.

At 6.45 pm to 7 pm,  all the guests will be seated and also most importantly, the arrival of Guest-of-Honour, Mr Khaw Boon Wan, the Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure, Minister of Transport, Cluster Director,  CEO of CAMP Challenge and BOD. They are all the VIPs

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At 7.05 pm,  welcome address will be by Care Corner Singapore Ltd CEO, Mr Yap Poh Keng.

At 7.10 pm, it will be the launch of Community Fridge by the Guest-of-Honour. Mr Khaw Boon Wan will unveil the cloth and the sign on the plaque,  together with the representative from RC Zone “E”, Care Corner Singapore Ltd,  Mitsubishi Electric Asia Pte Ltd.

At 7.20 pm,  presentation of Appreciation Plagues to Sponsors by the Guest-of-Honour.

At 7.35 pm will be dinner

At 7.45 pm will be Guest-of-Honour to tour the Community Fridge at block 718 and Departure of Guest-of-Honour.

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At 8 pm,  it will be the First Blessing Draw which is also known as Lucky Draw. It will be the bottom 30 prizes. The reason why is it blessing and not lucky is because they do not believe in luck.

At 8.20 pm will be the Magician Performance.

At 8.50 pm will be the Second Blessing Draw

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At 9 pm,  will be the closing and reformation of Blessing Draw. The closing song that WJLL be played where everyone will sing together is called ” Feliz Navidad.”

At 9 pm to 11 pm will be debrief for the whole programme, packing of logistics and bringing it back to CAMP Challenge to unpack logistics.

What I’ve saw and learnt?

I’ve saw that those that were invited,  some are there are not from a well known family.  Which also bring across that this whole event is about Christmas.  And all those prizes that have been given out during the day,  be it the participantioj of activities or blessing draw. But I saw that they are happy to receive those gifts.  Because they cherish the things they receive.  Even if not useful,  they will give it to their relatives or siblings or family. But either way, it’s hard to see throughtout our daily life. And I’m honoured to be in this event,  to help out and conduct the activities.

No. of Hours: 2 hours of Check In + 35.5 hours of programmes + 2 hours of Check Out = 39.5 Hours
Date: 6 December 2018 / Thursday
Category: Service Learning

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Client: PERTAPIS Centre for Women and Girls (100% subsidized)

Date: 27-30 November 2018, Tuesday – Friday (3 days 2 nights camp)

Time of activity: 28 November, 9.30 AM – 30 November,  11 AM

Check-In: 27 November, 10 PM – 12 PM, 2 Hours

Check Out: 30 November,  11 AM – 1 PM, 2 Hours

No. of Hours of Activities: 35.5 Hours

Total Hours including Check-In & Out: 39.5 Hours

Camp Chief: Zul Fadhli

Project Manager: Yu Ling

What is the programme about?

  • Their camp objectives are resilience, leadership, teamwork and bonding.
  • Background: They are centres that their students have family problems, personal issues, depression etc. The person who works there to take care of them is known as staff.
  • They are of 12 to 17 years old. There are also 54 pax along with 5 staff that are coming for the programme.

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At 10 pm, I had checked in the CAMP Challenge at OPS Room. What does check-in mean? Check-in means that we have to meet up for a briefing about how does the programme carry out. What do we need to prepare for logistics and who take on which roles. So with that, we discussed how will Day 1 goes and what’re our roles. Hence I’m the Station Instructor. In this programme, It’s not me, Camp chief and Project Manager alone, there are still other associates. Their names are Nisa, Winnie, Nadirah, Qhalis, Marcus, Rafiqi, Yaya, Sahri, Maisurah.

  • Activities for Day 1
    • Low Elements
    • Lunch
    • Race Against Time
    • Wash Up / Check-In
    • Debrief
    • Dinner
    • The night Incredible Race
    • Next day briefing & Supper

There is 1 short break in between the check-in, the main purpose is for each and every one of us to plan out and also understand the flows of the activities that will be carried out on that day.

Hence, after we come back after the short break, we have a better clearer of understandings, at the same time Team Instruction can let everyone know what’s their plans, likewise for the station side. It’s similar like cross sharing. If there is anything needed to be changed by hearing others pieces of advice, this is where it will be useful at the same using this time to understand how the flow going to go, it is really important. So that we can get everyone to be on the same page.

DAY 1

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At 9.30 am, they arrived CAMP Challenge and proceed up to the Legacy Hall 2 and 3. Our Camp Chief, Zul come upfront to give the opening speech.

At 10 am, Low Elements will be conducted by the Team Instructors which is Nisa, Winnie and Nadirah. The participants are all split into 3 teams. Team 1 is Nisa, followed by Team 2 is Winnie and last but not least Team 3 is Nadirah. For the Low Elements, they did Thrust Fall, Mohawk Walk, Whale watch and Vertical Spiderweb. I’m a Station Instructor. Hence, during the activities, all station side were task to look over the safety, during that period of time, I saw frustration, laughter and happiness.

Why do they feel that way?

Frustration is because some does not want to lose because there is timing to hit. However, when they over hit the time, some teammates were frustrated. At the period, at some point, their teammates were either daydreaming or not contributing in this activities, hence frustrated. During the activities, the sun was scorching hot, they were frustrated and irritated.

Laughter is because they are enjoying the activities, and whatever they do, they feel like everything is going smoothly. At the same time, they must have also seen their friends doing something funny.

Happiness is because they accomplish their mission of finishing the activities, followed by the whole Low Elements. After Low Elements is also lunch, they are hungry, hence they are happy and excited too.

At 1 pm is their lunch. Meal briefing is conducted by Nadirah.

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At 2 pm, Race Against Time is then conducted by Rafiqi who is the Station Master of the activities. There are 7 different activities in Race Against Time which are Lucky 5, Ping The pong, Marble Box, Turning Point, Chopminoes, Charades and Giant Skip. The above 2 photos are the formation of how are the activities been placed. During this activities, each team are split into 2 sub-teams, Hence, from 3 teams it will become 6 teams. In each sub-team, there will be team A and B respectively. Which is 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B. Each sub-team there are instructors tagging along with the team. I’m tagged along with Team 2B, from there, when the activities start, we ran, time, shout a lot. During that period, I noticed that there’s 1 girl who named Zana. I saw that she’s always left out, but in my eyes, why she want to leave herself out is because she feels that she’s a big size and others will do better than her, she wants to be in one corner and let others try out the activities.

At 5.30 pm is their debrief. During their debrief session with the Team Instructors of how the day went. At that point in time, I got this mindset of stepping in Team 2 conversation, mainly is because of Zana. I do not wish to see Zana keep staying in her own world and not interacting with their friends at the same time helping out with their team. At the very moment, Winnie gave a question asking, “How many percent do you think you guys commit in this team?” Most of the people gave 70% to 80%. However, Zana gave 30%. The next question that Winnie ask is, “What is the reason behind it?” When it comes to Zana, she does not know what reason to give, as though her mind is blank out. Hence I gave her time to think. At this moment I step in and strongly point out Team 2B, while Team 2A listen. I asked, “During the race against time, who was fed up? Raise up your hands if you’re fed up.” Majority people from Team 2B raise up their hands. After that question, I asked the reason behind it. Most of the people say that some people do not cooperate, does not help, does not want to listen. Hence, I go back to Zana again, what’s her reason behind it, why did she say 30%? She still does not want to answer. next, Winnie said, if Zana does not want to answer, nobody from Team 2 will collect their food. At that moment. I told them this, “What is a team to them? Why do they still call themselves a team when their friends are lacking behind, why none of them steps in and gives a helping hand to them? Those that are always upfront, have you ever try to give others a chance? Has everyone of you ask each and everyone of your team if they are alright? Because in my point of view, Zana is not alright, in her mind, she looks down on herself that because of her size, she feels that she could not do it. Hence, she let you guys just try those activities instead of her. Have you guys actually encourage her? Because during the activities, you guys not only didn’t encourage her, but you guys scold her. So is this a team? Now, Zana, I need you to say your reason why do you say 30% instead of having a high percentage.” Afterwards, I walk away. During dinner, I went to ask Winnie what is her answer. Winnie said, because all the while she was in her own world, that is why she did not really commit in the activities at the same time interact with their friends. But afterwards, after she told us, during dinner, she made an improvement that she actually starts to open up and talk to her friends. I was pleased because at least I made an improvement and let her open up, which is an achievement for both Zana and me.

At 6 pm it’s dinner. Meal briefing is conducted by Winnie.

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At 7 pm is The Incredible Race that will be held at Sembawang Park at night.  What do they have to do is to go to 4 different Zone which is zone A, B, C and D. Each zone there are 4 different pictures. In each picture, they have to go there retrieve question and they will have to say the answer to the respective instructors that is tagged along with the team. After each zone, they have to complete the Challenge Station. While walking to the Sembawang Park, out of a sudden a girl went to cling her hands over me, I was shocked. I asked her what happen, she said that she was afraid of the dark. At that period, my heart was happy because these little things show that my team is trusting me. In other words, it’s similar like how they are entrusting me their life to me. During the walking process, she shared to me her stories that she will be going back to court next week. I was shocked, I asked her what happen at the same time thinking if I can make things better, at the same time, seeing if I can make her life better and improve character. She shared to me that she hates insects like lizard, cockroaches, grasshopper. However, most of their friends turn out to know about her weakness. Hence, her enemies, or what I could say that the bullies came to find her, trigger her with cockroaches and lizard. At the point of time, she was afraid. However, a few moments later, her fear turns to be in an angry mood whereby she would not be able to control her body and tried to fight back by fighting. At last, she really fights. While I heard the stories, I advise her to try to not fight, that’s once. The second is that, if your enemies were to use this method to trigger you again, do note that tries to be brave and strong, prove to them you are not scared of insects which slowly, make them think that you are not scared the insects. From there, they will think that they are just wasting time as their motive wasn’t achieved. Hence, this will make them think that you are not easily bullied. Stand strong and firm with your base. And promise me not to fight? Because if you were to heed my advice, you would not think about using your fist at the same time you can see the change that you would not be dropped out of school too. This is the time, the time you had in camp to improve yourself. During the activities, the same thing, I’m tag with Team 2B, during running and walking to respective zone, I saw improvement in Zana where she actually starts to contribute in the activities at the same time talking with her friends. Although at some point of time she wants to rest, I allow her, but most of the time, despite her size, she actually didn’t give up and consistently following us, which includes running. Which I was pleased and thankful for Winnie for allowing me to talk to the Team 2 about what I said. Other than Zana, I see that everyone is also on the same page, instead of being lazy, they actually run and find questions which I’m pleased and happy. Because I didn’t waste my time talking to them.

At 9.30 pm will then be next day briefing and supper. From then on Team Instructors will take over in bringing back to dorms. For the Station Instructors side, we will walk around to make sure they are alright as 10 pm is their lights out. So by then, we need to rush them to sleep, after they settle down, all the instructors will head to the office for debriefing and briefing for the next day flow.

DAY 2

At 7.30 am is their rise and shine. However, they were told to wake up at 6 am in the morning is because they are Malay, hence their religion is that they have to wake up early to pray. During Day 1, I forgot to mention that before lunch and dinner, they got to pray too.

What obstacles did I face during the period where they have to pray?

It’s time management. Although we know that they need to pray, however, we did not really count the amount of time where they have to wash their face, hands, arms, legs and feet and also wearing shoe and slipper. All those details inside can make a major difference in the flow. All though it feels like we are on the ball, however, base on the time, we snowball but still on the ball. But through this programme, I learn new things about their religion and some of the participant’s experience, at the same time I’m sure that I gave impact to them.

At 8 am is their breakfast. Meal briefing is conducted by Nisa.

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At 9 am is their High Elements, their high elements stations are Balancing Beam, Burma Bridge, Rock Wall, Postman Walk and Parallel Wire. During the High elements, same as yesterday, I took Team 2B. At the start of preparing to wear a harness and helmet. Remember Zana? The one that I talk about yesterday. Because after the Personal Protection Device (PPE) by Rafiqi as his the Station Master for High Elements, I saw Zana was standing at one corner with her helmets on while staring her friends wearing their harness and helmets excitedly. I went over to her side and question her, “Why didn’t you wear your harness too?” At first, she did not one to response me back. One of her friends went over and question her the same question I asked her, her friend told me that she’s scared. Hence, I persuade her that, “Most of them are scared too, you’re not alone. Everyone is also wearing their harnesses, they are trying to feel how it’s like to be up there, at the same time, those who are having fear, they are also trying. So if they can so can you. When you are scared, everyone of your friends including your friends will cheer for you. When you reach the maximum height where it’s your limit, instructors will bring you down. Since I’m in your team, So I will bring you down personally.” After she hears my talk, at first she wasn’t confident enough and hence, she still did not dare to try. After wearing, we head out to try out the elements. My team first element is rock climbing. So Zana was the last. Around 30 minutes later, the second last went up and climb. While the second last person from my team was climbing, Zana came over and asked me this, “Are you will bring me down later when I reach my limit?” I replied, “Yes.” She asked me again, “But I got no confidence in you because later on, you will fly.” Hence, I told her this, “Do you trust me? Do you trust your friends? If you do, listen to me, if I were to fly, do not worry, besides both of us, there are your friends and my instructors who will help to bring me down, at the same time make sure you land safely. Do not feel the burden and look around, there are 2 or 3 people who have a similar size to you, they willing to try at the same time trust their friends and instructors. Listen to this, I do not need you to climb up all the way, all I need is you to try instead of giving up. Because if you give up, you will never experience how it’s like to climb up. Yes, it’s tough, but with us backing you, I believe you can at least overcome the fear and try to climb, climb up 1 or 2 step is also fine. At least you tried, and I’m proud of you.” After she hears, she asked me this last question, “Okay if I climb the rock wall, promise me that you would not let me climb the high element as it’s much higher compared to the rock wall.” And I agreed. At last, she went to wear a harness and helmets. While she was wearing, I was glad and proud of myself that I’m able to persuade her and it feels like a big accomplishment for me as a station instructor. Because I’m able to gain trust from my team which is what I’m happy about.

At 12 pm is lunch. Meal briefing is conducted by Winnie.

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At 1 pm is Archery Combat which is conducted by Sahri as he is the Station Master for the Activity. During Archery Combat, they had lots of fun. Despite having them to shout at their opponent’s team, “CHEAT!” They still have lots of fun because they do not wish to leave the arena, hence at some point in time, it’s just stubborn.

At 4 pm is debrief. This is where Team Instructors take over in debrief, wash up and campfire preparation.

At 7 pm its dinner. Meal briefing is conducted by Nadirah.

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At 8 pm where everyone had been waiting and practising for, which is campfire! It was lit! The Emcee’s of the campfire are Nisa, Nadirah and Winnie which is also the Team Instructors. Although during the campfire, we did stutter at some point in time, because of the team we have here, luckily we are able to overcome it. In the very end, because it was also Nadirah’s last day of an intern, Nadirah was told to sing up front as she has a nice voice at the same time, she knows how to play the guitar too.

At 9.30 pm will then be next day briefing and supper. From then on Team Instructors will take over in bringing back to dorms. For the Station Instructors side, we will walk around to make sure they are alright as 10 pm is their lights out. So by then, we need to rush them to sleep, after they settle down, all the instructors will head to the office for debriefing and briefing for the next day flow.

DAY 3

At 6 am in the morning is their rise and shine. The same thing, they will go and pray like how they did in Day 2. The only difference is that after they pray, they will need to pack their bags, bring all of their stuff from the dorms back to the function hall.

At 9 am it will be breakfast. Meal briefing is conducted by Tricia which is me.

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At 9.40 am it will be a mass photo taking session.

At 10 am will be the 3 UPS which is Wash Up, Pack Up and Clean Up. There are 3 different venues to clean. The 3 different venues are Dorms, Legacy Hall – Legacy Hal toilet (Function hall that they have been using the past 3 days 2 nights) and Low Element Ground – Hardcourt. After their cleaning, Team Instructors used the remaining to do debrief and talk to them.

At 11 am is closing where certificates will be given out. Afterwards, they start heading to their bus, watching them go is something that it’s a little unbearable because at first, our project manager, Yu Ling, she told us that we have to beware because they will hug us. After I heard that, throughout the 2 days I was worried. But when it’s on the third day, seeing them start leaving makes it feel weird at the same time when having to get a hug by them it feels as though it’s a comfort.

During our check out, Yu Ling told us this after hiding us for 3 days is that they will only hug you when you shower them lots of love and care. When I heard that, at first was a shock at the same time it made me reflect that actually they weren’t that bad, it’s just the experience made others doesn’t dare to talk and hang out with them. However, in the Pertapis Centre, it feels like whatever it is, they can handle and learn how to bond and make friends. Which is what I was happy.

What do I feel?

I feel that regardless whether am I visiting them the first time, although it was my first time experiencing and handling these people, I get to learn a lot and really put all out till my throat soars. I feel that I’m benefitting the community because having to be able to persuade Zana 2 times and also persuading the girl who will be having court next week.

No. of Hours: 4 hours 30 mins
Date: 11 October 2018 / Thursday
Category: Service Learning

Date : 14 September 2018
Time : 1500 hours – 1700 hours
No. of hours : 4 hours 30 mins
Client : Fuhua Secondary School (NCC)
At 1330 hours, we had check in at OPS room with my camp chief, Ali and my project manager, Nithiya. Alongside with me was my intern mates and also Fattah. For check in, we were given more information of our client and what we are going to do for our programme. We are going to do coastal clean up with our client. Once we were done with check in, we headed out to prepare our logistics for our programme.
The logistics needed for our coastal clean up is :
– 17 triple kayaks
– 3 double kayaks
– 4 single kayak
– 61 paddles
– 1 tow rope
– 70 Personal Flotation Device (PFD)
We transferred all the logistics onto our lorry and transported it to Sembawang Park and align all the logistics neatly. Once that it done, we wait for our participants to reach Sembawang Park before we can start with coastal clean up.
The Team Instructors(Tis) for this programme is Maisurah and Nadirah. Station Instructors was me, Sahri, Tricia and Fattah. The Tis lead the participants to Sembawang Park and assemble them under the shaded area so Jessie can start on her briefing.
For the briefing, Jessie introduced to them the PFD and how to properly wear a PFD. Once that is done, she send them down to do water confidence. Reason being why we do water confidence is to check if the PFD is working and also to see the confidence of the participants in water. After water confidence is done, they proceed back up to get their kayaks and paddles and bring it down to launch off.
Jessie is leading the participants so she will be upfront. Once all have launched off from shore, they will start picking up rubbish that they find in the sea. After that is done, Jessie will put up her paddle which means raft up. During raft up, Jessie gave a short briefing to them letting them know that they will kayak further because there isn’t much rubbish for them to pick up.

  1. After all is done, they will paddle back to shore and carry their kayaks and paddle back up and stack it up nicely. Once all is settled, the participants and Tis will head back to campsite for wash up and closing. After closing is done, we will send them off and have our own check out.
    Challenges that I faced :
    The challenges that I faced during this programme is that it was tiring for me as the currents of the waves were going against us so it was hard to paddle back to shore.
    What I learned :
    What I learned from this programme is that we all play an important part when it comes to the cleanliness of our country. Picking up litters in the sea can make a difference as it lowers the risk of the animals in the sea.

No. of Hours: 1.5 hours of preparation + 3 hours of programmes = 4.5 hours
Date: 18 September 2018 / Tuesday
Category: Service Learning

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Client: Fuhua Secondary School (National Cadet Corps)

Date: 14 September 2018, Friday

Time of activity: 3 PM – 6 PM

Time of preparation: 1.30 PM – 3 PM

No. of Hours: 4.5 Hours

Camp Chief: Ali

Project Manager: Nithiya

What is the programme about?

  •        Kayaking Coastal Clean Up

At 1.30 PM, I had checked in the CAMP Challenge at CELL. What does check-in mean? Check-in means that we have to meet up for a briefing about how does the programme carry out. What do we need to prepare for logistics and who take on which roles. So with that, After our check-in, the remaining time we did, we went to pack logistics which means more of carrying kayaks, paddle, Personal Floatation Devices (PFDs) and Water Tumbler up the lorry, and the lorry will drive it from CAMP Challenge to Sembawang Park, as the Kayaking coastal clean up programme will be held there. The back and forth trip for the lorry to bring the Kayaks is about 3 trips which take up to 1 hour and 30 mins. The photos at the bottom shown will be the logistics needed to be brought.

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And now, other than me and the Camp Chief and the Project Manager, there are also other crew which is known as instructors with me, their names are, Nadirah, Nisa, Maisurah, Sahri, Fattah, Jessie ( Station Master), Sheena (Driver), Huz (Safety Boat and Photo and Video)  and Jessie (Safety Boat). And now here’s another point, instead of knowing what roles we have, there’s also formation for us to follow. The formation is called Diomand Formation. Which means all the participants have to be inside the Diamond at any point in time. This is also to take care of their safety. As our responsibility is big because their lives are on our hands. So whatever happens, we have to always be there to save them. The photo at the bottom will be the roles and instructors name of who take which roles.

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But before everything happens, Nadirah and Maisurah will be the 2 main people to bring the participants over to the Sembawang Park. Because of they both of 2 roles which are Team Instructor and Station Instructor. How do they go? Nadirah will be in front leading them to walk and not let the participants walk in front of her, at the same time, at the back will be Maisurah who has a task of not letting participants walk behind her, only in front of her.

At 2.30PM, the participants have arrived at Camp Challenge Campsite. They did their Hydration, Energy, Attire, Refilling of Water Bottles, Toilet Breaks & Safety Checks (H.E.A.R.T.S) that is conducted by Nadirah and Maisurah before they start heading off to Sembawang Park.

At 3 pm, the participants have arrived at Sembawang Park for their kayaking coastal cleanup. The briefing was done by Jessie. After that, base on the roles we have split ourselves, we assist it accordingly and help our participants to their kayak and head off towards the water venture to start off the coastal cleanup.

While on the sea, there were times when Jessie calls for raft up. Raft up means that when Jessie put her peddles up, which means its a sign of gather which is also known as raft up. During raft up, all of the participants will join their kayak side by side. During the raft up, we share on what some of the participants have collected as part of their clean up. A pair shared that they pick up a huge destroyed container, while the rest pick up as many litters such as plastics and wrappers. the photo shown at the bottom will be the picture of how the participants joining their kayaks side by side. Because as for what we know about the participants, the participants have their own knowledge of kayaking as they all have their  1 – Star Kayaking Certified.

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After Jessie put her paddles down, this is where the participants will be excited and disperse themselves. The photo shown below is where they are excited and they disperse.

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After kayaking, Ali shared the importance of keeping the environment clean. After that, we head back to Camp Challenge Campsite for wash up before sending them off back to their school. This time around, Sahri was tasked to also joined in to lead them back to the campsite as the participants are all guys, having Nadirah and Maisurah taking care of pushing them to shower faster isn’t enough. Hence, Ali told Sahri to tag along and take care of them to check guys toilet are they done or not done.

 

Challenges faced:

There isn’t as much as litter as thought so Ali explains on how clean Singapore is and we should maintain the cleanliness whether on sea or on land. But there’s also another main thing that it might not so many little is due to the high tide at that point in time. Hence, there isn’s much litters too.

 

What I feel:

Honestly saying, having kayaking coastal clean up is a good choice and also a good programme, as for me, Singapore can be clean, at the same time dirty.  But having the effort to clean is another thing because every one of us is lazy. But when comes to act, although it needs time and effort. But in our heart. If we really did an act, it’s a good effort and throughout, I did help to spot rubbish and guiding them which way to go. As we have our very own formation to follow. So my task is like a simple task, Take care of participants, guide my partner which is also known as a student leader who is in the same kayak as me on where to go, and lastly spot rubbish for them to pick up. But at the end of the day, I had lots of fun at the same time it allows me to recap on Kayaking, as I myself have 1-Star kayaking certified. Hence, it’s been long since I’ve touched kayak and paddle with the kayak.

 

No. of Hours: 3
Date: 17 September 2018 / Monday
Category: Service Learning

Client: Fuhua Secondary School (National Cadet Corps)

Time: 1500 hours – 1800 hours

 

At 1330 hours, i had check in at Camp Challenge, CELL with my camp chief, Ali & project manager, Nithiya. Alongside with me we have The crew (Jessie, Huz & Jenny), Nad, Mai, Nisa, Tricia & Fattah. During check in, we briefly went through on programme’s contents and roles.

The activity was Kayaking (Coastal Clean up). Ali & Nithiya was on land while the rest of us was on safety kayak ensuring the participants safety. We had 1 hour 30 mins to transfer the kayaks, personal floatation devices (PFDs) & paddles from Camp Challenge Campsite to Sembawang Park.

At 1430 hours, the participants arrived at Camp Challenge Campsite. They did their Hydration, Energy, Attire, Refilling of Water Bottles, Toilet Breaks & Safety Checks (H.E.A.R.T.S) before they starting heading off to Sembawang Park.

At 1500 hours, the participants arrived at Sembawang Park for their kayak briefing done by Jessie. Sooner after that, we assist in allocating our participants to their kayak and head off towards water venture to start off the coastal clean up.

While on sea, there was times when Jessie calls for raft up. During raft up all of the participants will join their kayak side by side. During the raft up, we share on what some of the participants have collected as part of their clean up. A pair shared that they pick up a huge destroyed container, while the rest pick up as many litter such as plastics and wrappers.

After kayaking, Ali shared the importance of keeping the environment clean. After that we head back to Camp Challenge Campsite for wash up before sending them off back to their school.

 

Challenges faced:

There isn’t as much as litter as thought so Ali explains on how clean Singapore is and we should maintain the cleanliness whether on sea or on land.

 

What i learned:

We don’t have to wait for experiences like these to realize the importance of keeping our environment clean. Taking initiatives help enable others to act!

No. of Hours: 2 hours 30 minutes
Date: 9 September 2018 / Sunday
Category: Service Learning

Date : 19 August 2018 / Sunday

No. of hours : 2 hours 30 mins

 

Client : Beyond Social Services

Time : 1030hours – 1300hours

 

At 0830hours, I had check in at OPS Room with my camp chief, Erwin and also my project manager, Trudy. I was working alongside with Jun Hao for this programme. During check in, we went through on what time our client would be arriving and what activities that will be happening from 1030hours till 1300hours.

The activities that we were doing were Archery Combat and Laser Combat. I was in charge of conducting Archery Combat and Jun Hao was in charge of conducting Laser Combat. We were given the opportunity to plan out how our gameplay would be for our activity. We had 30 minutes to prepare our logistics for our activity and also to prepare the function hall that we will be using for our opening.

For Archery Combat, the logistic that I needed are Junior Bow, arrows, face mask, bunkers and rope. The bunkers are for their home base, also known as their starting point. I lay out the junior bows and face mask properly to split them up in their team so it is easier for them to get their equipment instead of having them to crowd in one place to get their equipment. By doing so, it helps to lessen the time of them getting themselves prepared for their activity. The venue that I conducted my archery combat was at high element field.

For Laser Combat, the logistic needed are laser gun and strap. The laser guns that we are using, it has to be fully charged before using it because there might be a possibility that the laser gun will die because it is out of battery. We also have to check if the gun is in working condition before we let the participants use the laser guns. The venue that Jun Hao conducted laser combat was at hard court

At 1030hours, me and Jun Hao welcomed the participants when they were alighting the bus and leading them to the function hall that we will be using for our opening. Once they reached the function hall, they went to get seated and there were name tags on their chairs for them to write their name on it. Afterwards, Erwin came in to do opening for the participants by introducing himself to them. After he did his opening, he told the participants to push their chairs to the back as he was going to do some energizers with them.

The energizers that he did with them is called International Handshake. This energizer is done to break barriers between the participants to make them a bit more comfortable with each other for the rest of the day. After the energizer was done, he split them up into 2 respective team for our major activity that will be happening for the day.

The first rotation of Archery Combat was at 1100hours. I lead the first team to high elements field and have them settled down to do my briefing. For my briefing, I introduced to them their equipment which is the parts of a junior bow, an arrow and a face mask. After introducing their equipment, I told them to split themselves into sub team. After they were done splitting themselves into their sub team, I briefed them on the first gameplay that they will be playing for the first round.

For the first round of Archery Combat, they are going to play a round of elimination. Elimination round for archery combat means whenever an arrow hits any part of their body, they will be eliminated but if by any chance the arrow hit the bow, they will not be eliminated. Another way to be eliminated in this round is if their opponent shoots their arrow and the opposing team catches the arrow, the opponent will be eliminated. The duration for one gameplay is a maximum of 7 minutes. If the team are being eliminated within 7 minutes, the game will end.

For the second round of Archery Combat, they are going to play a round of elimination and knocking down of cones. For this round, it is still the same as the first gameplay just that there is an additional of 5 cones on each side of the team which is the blue cones and orange cones. There are two ways to win for this gameplay. It is either through elimination or through knocking down of all the cones from their side to end the game. The duration for this gameplay is also a maximum of 7 minutes.

There are 2 rotation in total for Archery Combat. One rotation is one hour. After the participants are done with one hour of Archery Combat, they will head over to hardcourt to do their next activity which is Laser Combat. The team that is from Laser Combat will come over to high elements field for their turn of Archery Combat.

After both rotation from Laser Combat and Archery Combat is done, the participants will head back to the function hall to rest. Once all the participants are back in the function hall, Erwin will do closing to end off the programme. After closing is done, they will have their lunch and we will send them off for them to go back.

After the programme, we will clear our logistics and put it back in their respective place. Once that is done, our team will come together and have check out.

Challenges that I faced :

The challenges that I faced for this programme is that some of the participants are hard to handle and hard to get them to listen to instructions. Most of them were very mischievous but being patient with them is the right thing to do. Even though it was a challenge that I faced for this programme, I managed to actually build rapport with the participants and it helped a lot.

What I learned :

What I learned from this programme is that being patient with the participant and also building rapport with them can make your rotation easier because we gain their trust and respect from them so the flow of the rotation will be smoother.

No. of Hours: 4
Date: 2 September 2018 / Sunday
Category: Service Learning

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  • Client: The Haven – The Salvation Army
  • Timeframe: 1000hrs – 1400hrs
  • OIC: Aubrey
  • What went on?
    • Rock wall activity
    • Helping out with mainly belaying and interaction

And that was the end of a 4 hour program that happened on 1 September 2018 at Republic Polytechnic.

Came in at 1000hrs to set up the rock wall stations. A lot of recapping went on as it had been quite a while since all of us last belayed in school. Participants started to arrive individually and we were rushing for quite a bit of time.

It had been quite some time since I last volunteered my time for a program. However, it felt great. Throughout the entire 4 hours spent with the participants who were mentors and mentees, never once did I felt a sense of regret coming down on a Saturday to help out.

The interaction between the volunteers and participants were splendid.

“All human interactions are opportunities either to learn or to teach” and at the end of the program, I believed that two way learning happened between us and the participants. Learning doesn’t have to be textbook based. I learned from them that enjoyment comes in many different forms.

Enjoyment can come from the simplest of things. And for me, the sense of enjoyment and fulfillment happened because I got to be with people who were so energetic and fun-loving.

No. of Hours: 3
Date: 1 September 2018 / Saturday
Category: Service Learning
  • What went on?
    • Did Hoodini Challenge in one of our available facilities, Maze.
  • Who was involved?
    1. Camp Chief: Yaya
    2. Project Manager: Trudy
    3. Station Instrcutors:
      • Jun Hao
      • Qhalis
      • Zana
  • Timeline
  • 0900hrs: Check-In for program
  • 0930hrs:
    • Setting up Maze
    • Preparation of Logistics needed
    • Recce the Maze
  • 1000hrs: Opening by Camp Chief and Introduction to the activity
  • 1200hrs: Closing of program

At 0900hrs, we came down to Camp Challenge and started to go through the program flow and how the activity was going to be conducted. Wreaking our brains till the participants came to think of new ideas and brain teasers to make the program more interesting and fun-filled.

Before the program started, we went through the Maze, to have an experience and placing ourselves in our participants shoes to see the level of difficulty and how we would go about doing the activity. After much thought and deliberation, we decided on where and what anagrams and brain teasers  should be placed in the maze.

After deployment of the instructors were done, we came in to greet our participants and briefing for the activity started. It was one of the first few Pro-Bono’s programs that I have ever done and it was such a privilege to be a part of it. The clients were so welcoming to us instructors and were so eager to do the activity even though it was just a 2 hours program.

Through this program, I’d realize how even by spending a short period of time with others, can really light up the spark and enjoyment in their eyes. We get so caught up in our own lives that sometimes we might feel it’s not worth our time to spend these few hours with others. But, for them, it’s an experience they never had and to see the enjoyment and smiles on their faces, makes my heart warm.

After the end of the program, it made me thought about my own mindset. I want to do more for the community. And, even if my words can’t express how happy I feel when I do such programs, I hope that my actions will.