FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is a WorldChangeAgent? WorldChangeAgents (also known as WCAs) are our special term that we use to refer to our volunteer community.
How can I volunteer with your program? We're excited to hear this! First off, we invite you to visit a live session so that you can physically see the space in which we run our programs from, meet a few of our captains/WCAs and experience the magic for yourself! Before you sign up to observe a session, please remember that there is a minimum commitment period in which we hold all our WCAs accountable to. Click here to schedule a visit and be hosted by one of our friendly captains!
Do I need to have experience working with kids? Or experience with teaching? Nope! Our community of WCAs come from a wide variety of backgrounds and experience. As long as you have a willingness to learn and explore alongside our students, you’ll be fine. We also try to pair you up with a seasoned WCA the first few times you come and have a private online resource page for you to access information, resources and updates. Don’t worry, we’re here to support you every step of the way.
What is the minimum commitment period? Due to the nature of the program, we're currently accepting individuals who can commit a minimum of 6 months or more to journey with learners in our program.
Why 6 months? There are many reasons for putting this in place. First off, learners who attend our program will become emotionally attached to you. We have had instances where this policy was not in place and we had learners asking whether they had done something wrong to result in a volunteer no longer attending our program. We wish to minimise the emotional traumas as many students who attend our programs may already be facing challenges at home, at school or other areas of their life. Secondly, you will not have a meaningful experience if you come once. Our learners will bond with you the more you return and you will not only witness their personal development and growth with each and every session but yours, too!
What if I wanted to commit but will be travelling for a week or 2 between that 6 months? We understand that all our volunteers lead full lives and as such there will be some scheduling that just won't work for you personally or professionally. You can speak to our program captains at least 2 weeks ahead of time so that we can ensure there is adequate support for our learners and minimise disruption.
What if I can't commit to 6 months, how else can I contribute? Great question! Please see below for a few ways you can either serve or contribute to our community.
Our GIVING.SG page regularly lists up a number of ad-hoc opportunities (such as helping to set up a classroom, participating in community be-friending efforts and packing supplies into gift packs) *CLICK HERE*
Follow the Blessings in a Bag Facebook Page which frequently shares upcoming donation drives, events, opportunities and more. *CLICK HERE*
Contribute any amount to our micro-fundraising drives which supports various aspects of our program like ensuring we are able to provide nutritious food in all our classes or sponsoring quality resources and education supplies. You can give any amount from anywhere in the world. *CLICK HERE*
Check out our wish-list to see what in-kind donations you can drop off each month - from school supplies to toys to books and more! *CLICK HERE*
Must I commit 6 months to help out with community outreach? Nope. You can support this crucial aspect of our program as and when you're available, though we would recommend you come regularly because you'll get to know the families that we partner with. *CLICK HERE* to see upcoming community outreach opportunities.
I'm interested in conducting a workshop as a guest - is this possible? Yes. We do have opportunities in our schedule to allow for guests to pop in and lead a one-time or series of workshops provided they fall into our program framework and existing available dates. We have had a wonderful variety of guests who pop in on a one-time or regular basis - from mindfulness to photography to sport and artist talks! Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request for information and be connected to our program captains to get the conversation started.
I'm interested in one of your program captain roles - when can I start? Awesome! We can't wait to have you join us - please note that we require that you be an active WCA of our program for at least 6 months to 1 year. Some of our program captain roles will require weekly commitment.
Who are the kids I'll be working with? Our learners are an incredible bunch of little human beings, aged 6 to 16 years old. Currently, we work with learners who live in two neighbourhoods in Singapore who have been referred to us by our friends in the social services space.
What if I don't have any special skills that I can contribute? Our program captains have an amazing way of encouraging you to discover your inner-awesomeness even if you aren't quite sure at the beginning. Our motto has always been to: Do what you can, with what you have, where you are - so taking the first step to say, "I'm in", is a great start! What sets us apart from plenty of other organisations is that we believe that both our WCAs and our learners have so much potential and we often encourage our WCAs to actively participate in workshops we lead on a weekly basis. For instance, if we have a mindfulness workshop, we'll actually get you to jump in and do the mindfulness activities together with our learners. If we have a creative arts workshops, we'll get you to support our learners while contributing your own creative genius in the session. You'll be surprised how much you'll learn along the way that will develop you personally and professionally!
Why do you not focus on academic success? We think there is already a lot out in Singapore (and Asia!) that supports a child's academic learning - look around and there are plenty of tuition centres and lots of resources in schools. What we are addressing is nurturing our learners to develop soft-skills such as compassion, critical thinking skills, kindness, bravery, empathy, curiosity, resilience, etc. We want to see our learners developed as learning to love learning - there is no rote learning or standardised test papers or strict classroom seating arrangements where we are! We also want to empower and guide our learners to become leaders of the future - not the type that has the loudest voice in the room or the strongest opinions - but leaders who lead with love and compassion.
What's the WCA journey at Beyond Awesome?