A Guide to Volunteering in Singapore

Volunteer Singapore

So you are thinking about wanting to do something rewarding by applying to volunteer in Singapore but you don't know how to arrange this experience? Our guide provides you with everything you need to know including eligibility, types of opportunities available and also you can search recommended projects and local organisations.

Find local organisations and also large international sending agencies who offer cross cultural volunteer exchange programs where you can really make a difference. Projects include helping wildlife and or disadvantaged people. Create a memorable and rewarding experience by reading our guide and applying today. 


Top Reasons to Volunteer in Singapore

Singapore is one of the more desireable places to apply for Asia volunteering programs, here are some of the benefits:

  • Experience a new culture where you will get to live and work alongside local people
  • Meet new friends from all over the world
  • See spectacular sights and sample some of the best Asian cuisine 
  • Make a difference to the lives of people or wildlife
  • Be more than just a tourist


Ways to Help

Most programs are located in Singapore City which is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world with millions of people visiting every year. You will usually work from Monday to Friday but get the weekends off to explore and see more of the country.


Community Volunteer Programs

Volunteer with Disadvantaged People in Singapore

You can apply to join community projects where you will work with people affected by illness and disability. There are residential care homes and outreach centres seeking people both local and international throughout the year to help look after people. Tasks can include helping with rehabilitation, cooking, leading games, talking to people, offering general help and sharing any skills you have e.g. IT. Teaching English in Singapore is also popular with foreigners.


Volunteer with Animals

Help conservation efforts by volunteering with wildlife in Singapore at wildlife retreats which helps animals and also provides educational programs to local people and international visitors. There are skilled and general positions available to join all year round.

If you are currently qualified or taking a veterinary degree you can put your skills to good use by joining medical placements in Singapore, there are wildlife reserves and also vets/hospitals specially set up to help rehabilitate animals.

You will gain work experience, and get the opportunity to help animals by working alongside local vets who rescue, treat and care for different species of animals. These placements are perfect if you are passionate about wildlife, or if you just want to help see animals treated well.


Eligibility & How to Apply

You can apply in advance through our website and choose your start date. You might want to arrive a few days earlier to acclimatize. There are last minute places available but it is recommended to get your application in at least a few months in advance.

Some organisations only let people who are aged 18 and over volunteer but each placement is different. Projects can be joined for a week to over a year depending on your availability.

Most programs start on the Monday of every week and you can also register your interest for next year. You will usually need to pay a fee to participate, this includes accommodation, meals, training and support - the price can depend on the length of time you participate for.

Also note this country is more expensive than nearby destinations, if you are looking for an alternative experience you might want to view our volunteer opportunities in Thailand.


What to Do in Your Spare Time

If you are planning a holiday or gap year in Singapore and plan to volunteer you will get lots of free time to go and see the local tourism attractions. Sentosa Island is somewhere you can grab the cable-car or walk over to the small island that has been turned into a giant theme park. Water parks and a Universal Studios dominate this thrill seekers haven and are worth a day out.


Reviews & Testimonials

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