Volunteer Cooperation
Volunteer Cooperation

Specialists Projects

Our Specialist Volunteer programmes contribute to long-term, sustainable development in Asia by empowering our partners in the region to become catalysts for long-term, positive change in their respective communities, while creating greater intercultural understanding and appreciation.

Working with overseas partners in the areas of Healthcare and Education, our Specialist Volunteer programmes seek to improve the well-being and quality of life in overseas communities in alignment with their respective national goals, as well as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Specialist Singapore International Volunteers (SIVs) share knowledge, skills and expertise with their regional counterparts via the following models:

Specialist SIV Teams

Teams of Specialist SIVs undertake regular overseas missions to exchange knowledge and skills with their overseas counterpart, building organisational and institutional capacity to effect long-term, positive change. They also conduct mutual sharing sessions, learning from each other in the process.

Our Specialist Volunteer missions are anchored on the following:

  • Incorporating a Training of Trainers (TOT) approach to enhance the professional skills of our overseas partners and help them become catalysts of change in their own communities
  • Teaching appropriate skills and technology that are guided by existing skills levels and resources available in the host country
  • Working with overseas partners with the commitment and resources to cascade and sustain the skills and technology transferred over the long-term

Specialist projects are carried out over a span of between two and three years. During this time, specialist SIVs travel for periods ranging from three to five days, for two to three times each year.

Specialist In-field Volunteers

Specialist In-field Volunteers live and work in overseas communities between six months and one year, serving as teachers, vocational trainers or medical practitioners. They transfer their skills and strengthen the capabilities of their overseas counterparts.


English Language Teacher in Vientiane, Laos

  • The primary aim of the In-Field Volunteer assignment is to improve the English language proficiency level of the government officials and diplomats in Laos and to provide guidance to the Laotians teachers in English language training methodology and pedagogy. 
  • The training will be conducted at the Institute of Foreign Affairs in Vientiane. 

The Specialist In-field Volunteer is expected to prepare lesson plans relating to writing, speaking, listening skills, project work/presentation etc. using current affairs as the medium and creating opportunities for the government officials and diplomats to practise their English language skills in work-simulated settings.

Project Outcomes

The targeted learning outcomes to increase the level of English language proficiency include:

  • Confidence in engaging in casual and semi-formal conversations
  • Ability to give and follow spoken/written instructions
  • Ability to read work-related documents, e.g. charts, graphs, factual information passages
  • Ability to develop and deliver short oral presentations


For this assignment, we seek volunteers who:

  • Are Singaporeans or Singapore Permanent Residents
  • Possess basic university degree, bachelor in education of postgraduate diploma in education
  • Have at least 3 years in English teaching experience
  • Are mature and adaptable with strong interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity
  • Medically fit for overseas travel and stay

Candidates must be able to commit for at least 6 months.

Support Provided

Volunteers can generally expect to receive the following support:

  • Return airfare and visa / permit
  • Living allowance (includes local transport costs)
  • Accommodation of a reasonable standard
  • Coverage for required vaccinations
  • Comprehensive travel insurance

How to Apply

If you have the relevant qualifications and interest, please email us with a copy of your CV at citizenambassador@sif.org.sg.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be notified.


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