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Frequently Asked Questions
A. What is The Gift about?
The Gift seeks to empower children and youth from lower income families with music training and language skills. We believe that this will go a long way in reducing juvenile delinquency and improving equity in education due to their limited resources.
B. Who can volunteer with The Gift?
All Singaporeans and Permanent Residents above the age of 18 are welcome. Volunteers should be proficient/fluent in the target language/instrument. Students who are 17 and below may volunteer on a case-by-case basis.
C. What instruments or languages can volunteers teach?
Volunteers can teach the piano/music theory or second and third languages such as Chinese, Malay, Tamil, Japanese, Korean, French, German, etc. Materials will be provided. If you would like to teach another musical instrument such as guitar, violin, etc., do let us know as we would need to source for the instruments. We also accept donations of pre-owned instruments that are looking for a new lease of life with us.
D. Where and when will classes be held?
Due to safe distancing measures, volunteers will teach one to two students at each time. Classes will be held at People’s Association (Tampines) on Tuesdays and Fridays at 4 pm, Woodlands & Jurong on Thursdays at 6 pm and Morningstar Community Services (Bedok and Sengkang) on Mondays at 7 pm. If you can't make it on these three days, indicate an alternate time slot in the online form. Sessions would be 1 hour long and the commitment would be once weekly sessions. Volunteers who are unable to come in person can do so virtually through Zoom or Skype. Do register early to be informed as there may be changes to class timings due to logistical considerations.
E. Are The Gift volunteers paid?
A small token of appreciation will be given to volunteers after 6 months. As part of our year-end celebration this year, volunteers who sign up before 31 Jan 2021 can redeem shopping vouchers for themselves or presents to give away to needy families. At the end of their stint, volunteers who volunteer 3 months or longer can redeem a $20 Capitaland voucher for themselves / $50 NTUC voucher to give away. Volunteers who volunteer 6 months or longer can redeem a $40 Capitaland voucher for themselves / $100 NTUC voucher to give away to needy families.
F. Who are the needy families?
Needy families have been selected by Social Service Agencies (SSAs) and charities to receive food and grocery vouchers. Volunteers can write a small note for these families at the end of their stint.
G. I’m interested in the program! How can I sign up or find out more?
Please register your interest below. Do send us a message at email@example.com or 90145619 (WhatsApp) if you have any questions.
H. I know of children or youth who are interested in the program. Can I refer them to you?
Yes, you can. Simply leave your name and contact number at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will follow up as soon as we can.