The work of the Singapore International Foundation (SIF) is not possible without the support of many Singaporeans who generously give of their time and talent. Their collective efforts bring us closer to becoming a nation of responsible global citizens.

Singaporeans play the role of Citizen Ambassadors (CA) when they volunteer to work alongside their overseas counterparts to shape new realities, while fostering greater intercultural understanding.

A CA is a friend of the worldsomeone who recognises that Singapore sits within the global community and that there is a need for greater understanding and collaboration between countries in order to build a better, more peaceful and inclusive world.  


As key enablers of our work, all our CAs abide by the SIF Global Citizens Charter, which sets out the principles, values and behaviours expected of them, based on the SIF’s mission and core values.

A dedicated volunteer management team oversees the CAs across all SIF programmes, ensuring their activities adhere to global best practices such as The Global Volunteering Standard. These rigorous standards for responsible volunteering serve as a foundation for the impactful work we do to uplift lives in the communities we serve.

“They strongly believe that the solutions to today's challenges transcend national interests and act for the benefit of all communities, not just their own. They actively volunteer their services to support sustainable development initiatives and promote mutual respect and understanding. These individuals highlight values of empathy and openness that exemplify the spirit of global solidarity. We are proud to refer them as Citizen Ambassadors and Friends of Singapore.”

Madam Halimah Yacob, eighth President of the Republic of Singapore

at the SIF's 30th Anniversary event

Citizen Ambassador Ong Quote Ambassador Ong Keng Yong

Citizen Ambassadors Development Fund

If you are a CA and want to share about the social impact of an SIF programme or how it fostered greater understanding among communities or simply share your volunteer experience to inspire others, we would like to support you through the Citizen Ambassadors Development Fund.

The award is for up to a maximum of $5,000 (inclusive of GST) per initiative. To apply, please fill in the contact us form.

Some initiatives we have supported include exhibitions, research projects, publications, conference presentations or collaborations such as the MusiCare Project.

Here Are Some Initiatives the Fund Has Supported