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The Shared Experience Of Volunteerism

Amidst the discourse about shared experiences – through attendance of the National Day Parade rehearsal and the five-day Outward Bound Singapore (OBS) expedition camp (TODAY, Feb. 18), for instance – even though the focus on young Singaporeans is correct, more can be done to encourage interactions between students of different schools, and thereafter to emphasise the value of volunteerism or community service beyond the school. In other words, shared experiences are more likely to resonate in the long-term if individuals are pushed out of their comfort zones, are forced to deal with diversity and adversity, as well as think outside their own circumstances, so as to develop empathy, greater civic engagement, and cognisance of socio-economic issues in the country. Continue reading

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