We try to keep our programmes dynamic and relevant. Over two decades, many have been evolved, some have been retired, while others live on under the umbrella of other organisations. Below are some of our legacy programmes.
If you’re an alumnus of our programmes and we haven’t been in touch with you for a while, we’d love to reconnect.
Since 1996, SIF's Camp Singapore has provided opportunities for children to understand Singapore through a host of fun and experiential activities.
It is a non-residential camp for seven- to 12-year-old kids of expatriates living in Singapore and of overseas Singaporeans.
Through Camp Singapore, the children learn about Singapore's history, beliefs, cultural practices and festivals celebrated by the various racial groups. Camp participants also get a taste of local school life and the chance to make friends with a buddy who will take them through a day in the life of a local student, from classroom activities to co-curriculum activities.
Held annually till 2009, Camp Singapore , usually over 10 days during the July/August summer break, and is organised in partnership with a local primary school. Camp Singapore 2008 was held from 17 July to 29 July 2008 and was organised in partnership with Anglo-Chinese School (Primary).
From 31 May 2001 to May 2004, SIF’s Humanitarian Relief Programme (HRP) was a disaster-relief initiative that helped Singaporean volunteers bring hope and relief to the distressed in the early stages of a disaster, when the need to save lives and reduce suffering is greatest.
Partnering with governments, non-governmental organisations, corporations, and other groups, the HRP supported communities by organising/coordinating training for volunteers; providing teams with backend support such as financing, administration and logisitics; gathering support for missions from relevant local and overseas parties; and by raising awareness in Singapore.
To accomplish all these tasks, we called for and coordinated the deployment of Operational Field Volunteers, Field Support Volunteers, and Home Support Volunteers from the outset until their return.
Here are just some of the missions the HRP carried out :
Launched in Nov 2002, the International Student Community (isc@SIF) was a virtual hub where international students in Singapore could interact with each other and with local students to share their experiences, find support, and learn from each other, creating a global student community online.
The aim of the programme was to help international students adjust well to living in Singapore, and enrich their stay here with friendships, good memories and positive impressions. At the same time we wanted to encourage Singaporean students to broaden their own appreciation of other cultures. we therefore partnered with student groups, community organisations and tertiary institutions to organise activities to create bridges between visiting and local students.
While isc@SIF enabled virtual interaction, members were also invited to spend real time with local students and community groups to experience Singapore food, social life, and our many festivals and cultures. Other activities organised under isc@SIF included an evening cruise, and large workshops where students from the National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University and the polytechnics learnt basic skills and knowledge in inter-cultural communications.
From 2007 till 2009, SIF worked with the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs to run the Middle East Eminent Persons Programme.
Under the programme, we invited distinguished persons from the Middle East who had made valuable contributions to their fields of specialisation to visit Singapore. The programme aimed to promote personal and institutional linkages between leading Middle East and Singapore personalities in government and the private sector, and to enhance the visitors' understanding of Singapore's governance and experiences in the management of national resources.
Since July 2009, the Middle East Institute in Singapore has taken over the coordination of the Middle East Eminent Persons Programme.
The SIF-Asean Student Fellowship ran from 1992 through 2004 as a programme to introduce student leaders from Asean to the Singapore way of life. Through living and learning together, the programme fostered close ties and friendships between student leaders from all over Asean.
Each year some 40 students were invited to spend a semester in Singapore Universities, during which time they were looked after by Singaporean student hosts and host families. Hosts were outstanding students selected from Nanyang Technological University (NTU), National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Singapore Management University (SMU).
Apart from spending time living alongside students in school, Fellows enjoyed activities organised by us introducing them to Singapore life. Through these Fellowships, young people in Singapore and from Asean were given an opportunity to understand each others’ cultures and to develop friendships across borders.
Upon completion of the programme, Fellows automatically become members of the Fellowship alumni. The pioneer batch of Fellows from 1993 has representatives from Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand and the Fellowship now boasts members from all 10 Asean nations. Members of the alumni keep in contact via email, online forums, chatrooms and personal visits when they travel to the various Asean countries.
In its 12th and final year, the Fellowship Alumni has over 400 members from across Southeast Asia.
SIF-Asean Fellowship Alumni – Cambodia Chapter
Volunteers Without Borders
SIF-Asean Fellowship Alumni – Indonesian Chapter
Alumni SIF Indonesia
The SIF International Student Symposium was an international event for overseas and local Singapore students, and foreign students studying in Singapore. It is designed to keep participants aware of how international issues may be impacting Singapore and the region.
Singapore Encore is a series of events held across different cities worldwide to promote Singapore's art and culture internationally through an evening of Singapore music and performances, visual arts, lifestyle design and culinary delights. Since its inception in 2004, Singapore Encore has travelled to major cities including Dubai, Los Angeles, Manila, New York, San Francisco, Tokyo, Vienna and Washington D.C.
Singapore Encore 2009: Dubai, United Arab Emirates (3 April 2009)
In April, Singapore Encore made its Middle Eastern debut in Dubai, organised in partnership with the Singapore Consulate-General in Dubai. Performing artistes included jazz diva Claressa Monteiro and young singing sensation Kareema Ramli. Held at the Atlantis, Dubai’s newest landmark hotel, the event saw an attendance of some 250 distinguished local guests as well as prominent Singaporeans in the UAE.
Singapore Encore 2008: Manila, Philippines (30 – 31 January 2008)
We partnered the Singapore Embassy in Manila to present Singapore Encore in Southeast Asia for the first time. Singapore’s Swing King, Jeremy Monteiro and his quartet, together with jazz singer Alemay Fernandez provided the entertainment for both evenings.
The event also featured a photo exhibition entitled "eye e city: A Visual Account of the last 24 hours of 2006", a collection of memories of Singapore in 2006, as seen through the eyes of people from all walks of life. Heritage Hotel Manila’s Executive Chef Sunny Goh also whipped up a delectable array of authentic Singaporean dishes like Hainanese chicken rice, laksa, satay and nonya kueh, for the guests.
Singapore's then-Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts, Dr Lee Boon Yang, was the guest of honour, at the event which was attended by a total of some 600 guests. These included top government officials and distinguished guests from the diplomatic, business, social and cultural strata of Philippine society, overseas Singaporeans and representatives from Singaporean agencies and companies based in Manila.
Singapore Encore 2006: Tokyo, Japan (5 – 7 December 2006)
Singapore Encore 2006 was presented as the gala opening of Spotlight Singapore at the Mon Tower in Roppongi Hills, Tokyo. The three-day arts and lifestyle programme showcased Singapore artists and culture to promote greater understanding between Singapore and Japan.
The gala opening featured the world premier of Generation/s, a 45-minute inter-disciplinary musical production involving video art, electro-acoustic technology and a diversity of Asian traditional performing arts, put together by music composer-arranger, Iskandar Ismail.
There was also a performance by the internationally renowned T'ang Quartet and a visual art showcase, accompanied by cuisine prepared by top Singapore chefs. The guest of honour for the event was Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports.
Spotlight Singapore was organised by The Arts House with the support of various government and private agencies in Singapore and Japan. These include the SIF, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Embassy of Singapore in Tokyo, Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Singapore), the National Arts Council (Singapore), and DesignSingapore Council.
Singapore Encore 2006: Vienna, Austria (3 – 7 March 2006)
In conjunction with Singapore's participation at the European Congress of Radiology, Singapore Encore was held on 4 March 2006 at Semper Depot to showcase Singapore's advances in radiology alongside Singapore food and performing arts.
The event was attended by 140 international guests, comprising leaders in radiology from Europe, America and Asia.
During the evening, a quartet from the Singapore Chinese Orchestra made its debut in Vienna with a performance featuring the sanxian (a three-stringed plucked-string instrument), dizi (a Chinese flute), sheng (a woodwind instrument) and er hu (a two-string bowed-string instrument) in a 30-minute performance of Chinese and Malay songs. The event also featured a Viennese group, the Rococo Ensemble, which paid tribute to Mozart.
Singapore Encore 2005: Washington D.C. and New York City, United States (27 April - 3 May 2005)
Singapore Encore 2005 was held in April 2005 at the Singapore Embassy in Washington D.C.
The event's 150-strong guest list included representatives from various embassies, US government officials, overseas Singaporeans and officials from the World Bank. The guests were treated to performances by the Nuradee Brothers, the Singapore Chinese Orchestra Duet and Robert Fernando.
The event was repeated in May at New York City's United Nations Dag Hammarskjöld Library Auditorium and again at the Swissôtel The Drake. Guests included members of the United Nations Press Corps, United Nations personnel, the diplomatic corps, American and Singaporean media, as well as overseas Singaporeans.
Singapore Encore 2004: San Francisco, United States (24 – 26 March 2004)
Singapore Encore 2004 was our inaugural showcase event of Singapore. The debut in San Francisco and Los Angeles hosted over 300 guests comprising journalists, clients and constituents of Singapore agencies, members of the diplomatic corps and overseas Singaporeans.
The artistes featured in San Francisco on 24 March and Los Angeles on 26 March were the Huqin Quartet and Jacintha Abisheganaden, respectively.
The Huqin Quartet is the first and only independent Chinese string quartet in the world and represents an unprecedented milestone in Chinese music. Their repertoire in their quest for new variations in Chinese chamber music includes original works by Singaporean composers, as well as startlingly unique interpretations of contemporary music pieces.
With five critically acclaimed albums on the Groove Note label to her name, Jacintha Abisheganaden performed at the New Zealand International Arts Festival 2004, together with well-known composer, arranger and musical director Iskandar Ismail, composer, arranger and musician Joshua Wan, percussionist and drummer Tama Goh, and one of Asia's best saxophonists, Teo Boon Chye.
The Youth Expedition Project (YEP) was an initiative pioneered by SIF that took thousands of young Singaporeans on community service expeditions to China, India, and the ASEAN nations between 2000 to 2005.
Launched in 2000 by then Deputy Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, the vision behind YEP was for Singapore youths to become active and responsible world citizens, and to inspire them through meaningful overseas community service to make a difference to the lives of others, at home and abroad.
YEP at SIF concluded on 31 October 2005. The project is now under the purview of the National Youth Council. In its final year, SIF sent 48 teams of 14 young people each to aid Sri Lanka in recovering from the 2004 tsunami crisis.