The Words on Wheels (WOW) programme seeks to promote learning among children and youths in local communities. We create convenient access to books and the internet via a mobile library equipped with technology that offers opportunities for participation in educational activities. We also deliver culture-based and art-based virtual workshops to students to
encourage experiential learning. 

The programme supports United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4 of ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education for all. The programme also enables Singapore International Volunteers and international communities to forge cross-border friendships through knowledge-sharing and cultural exchanges.

WOW Southeast Asia Art (WOW SEA Art) (Open)

The WOW SEA Art programme brings together two SIF Arts for Good Fellowship Projects - Legends of the SEA and ArtSEA.  

Through art and storytelling, the lesson plans of Legends of the SEA and ArtSEA’s community-building programme are expanded and combined to deliver culture-based and values-based art workshops to students in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. 


WOW Yogyakarta (On hold)

The WOW mobile library travels four times a week, visiting 10 schools in Yogyakarta on a rotational basis, reaching out to about 5,000 students every year. WOW Yogyakarta also helps each participating school with the refurbishment of their libraries and computer labs to create a more conducive learning environment for students.


WOW Ho Chi Minh (On hold)

Following the success of Phase 1, the second phase of WOW Ho Chi Minh benefits young children and students from District 2 and District 8 in the city. We have continued to reach out to them through our mobile library services and English Language and IT workshops and assisted in refurbishing the library and computer lab facilities of new participating schools. 


As we are currently assessing the resumption of travel for our physical Words on Wheels programme, all overseas volunteer trips continue to be postponed until further notice. 



What You Can Expect from WOW SEA Art 

This is a virtual programme that will facilitate interactions with students in Indonesia. All workshops are conducted online from Singapore. Volunteers are not required to travel to Indonesia. 

As a volunteer, you will be engaged in the following activities: 

  • Conduct online workshops and manage activities in the break-out rooms with energy, enthusiasm and positivity.  
  • Use the arts as a gateway to creativity and communication to foster the love of learning in children. 
  • Empower students to develop confidence and learn how to collaborate by emphasising on the learning process rather than the final product. 
  • Help students to develop Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) skills with pre-developed lesson plans on topics such as Identity, Self-Expression, Peace and Environment. 



To volunteer, you will need to be:

  • A resident of Singapore 
  • At least 18 years old 
  • Comfortable with using technology for online workshops 
  • Own a laptop 
  • Culturally sensitive 
  • Open to sharing and learning 
  • A team player with good interpersonal skills 

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for more information.  

Upcoming Workshops

Volunteer with us online for our WOW SEA Art programme starting October 2022. 

Workshop Schedule
All workshops will take place from 9.30am - 11.30am (GMT+8, Singapore Time).* 

18 October 19 October 15 November 16 November

11 January 12 January 22 February
23 February 22 March 23 March

*Kindly note that this does not include the preparation time and discussions leading up to the workshop. Please refer to the FAQ for the pre-deployment orientation (PDO) dates, you will also need to attend the respective workshop's PDO date. 



Please drop us a note at [email protected] if you have any questions, or would like to register your interest for our volunteer programmes. You may also choose to check out our Water for Life programme which would be resuming from October 2022.


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