Volunteer Cooperation
Volunteer Cooperation


Curious about Water for Life? Here are the answers to our most frequently-asked questions. 


Water for Life (WFL) is a clean-water project initiated and managed by the Singapore International Foundation. It is also our very first direct-service project, defined as one that channels resources directly to a community to meet vital needs in a sustainable way.

For a holistic approach, the project aims to bring clean drinking water to villagers while providing basic hygiene programmes for the communities. As such, our volunteers travel to local communities both to build water filters as well as conduct hygiene workshops. 

Our volunteers are key to the success of our programmes! We welcome volunteers who are residing in Singapore such as Singapore citizens, permanent residents or foreigners holding a valid work or study visa.

Volunteers must be:

  • At least 18 years old and above
  • Medically fit for overseas travel
  • Culturally-sensitive
  • Adaptable and willing to serve
  • Open to sharing and learning
  • A team player with good interpersonal skills

A minimum team size of 5 and a maximum of 10 is required for each WFL trip to start. Volunteers may apply individually or as a group.

We will facilitate matching of individuals to form a team based on the dates scheduled and will inform you once we have enough people to start the trip.

A bio-sand filter is a water filtration system that makes dirty water safe to drink, by removing pathogens and microbes through layers of sand and gravel. You will undergo training on how to build and install bio-sand filters during the volunteer trip. You can also find more information about bio-sand filters here

Yes, we welcome all volunteers who are residing in Singapore. Volunteers have to be Singapore citizens, PR or foreigners holding a valid work or study visa based in Singapore.

The cost for each volunteer are S$1030 for a twin room and S$1130 for a single room.

The following items are included in the cost:

  • Pre-trip arrangement 
  • Return air tickets to Siem Reap
  • Hotel accommodation
  • 2-way airport transfers
  • Local ground transportation to and from project sites 
  • Lunches while on-site and one welcome dinner
  • Travel insurance and ISOS emergency services 

Rates are based on standard itineraries and are subject to fluctuations in flight and in-country costs. They will be reviewed periodically at SIF’s discretion.

All volunteers are required to finance their own volunteer trips.

This is because the Direct Service projects focus on channelling resources to disadvantaged communities and directly addressing their immediate concerns. By having volunteers to take care of their own costs, we are then able to focus resources on the communities.

You may choose to raise funds publicly or privately among friends and family. Please check with the Commissioner of Charities and the Singapore Police Force for regulations pertaining to public fund-raising as well as applications for fund-raising permits should you choose to do so.

Yes. Should you wish to extend your trip, kindly inform us of any variation to the standard itinerary before making payment so that we can advise on additional costs. Additional costs incurred due to personal extensions will be borne by the volunteer.

Once payment has been made, you will not be able to make any further changes.

The SIF will manage all necessary administrative and logistical arrangements for Direct Service trips such as booking flights, accommodation, transport and insurance.

We will also conduct a pre-departure orientation (PDO) briefing and provide volunteers with resources to equip and prepare you for the volunteer programme.

An experienced SIF-appointed team leader, otherwise known as a Direct Service Team Leader (DSTL), will be assigned and will travel with the team to provide on-site assistance during the volunteer trip. An SIF staff member will also be available throughout for consultation.

You may register your interest by filling in the form here. We will contact you within 3 working days. 

There are inherent risks associated with overseas volunteering. The SIF will advise all volunteers on travel insurance coverage and necessary precautions in terms of personal medical needs and safety.

As the SIF undertakes to provide a safe working environment to its fullest ability, volunteers are likewise required to take full responsibility of inherent risks when travelling and working at project sites.

E-certificates of participation are given out annually in Sep/Oct to volunteers who have completed volunteer trips with SIF in the preceding year.

In addition, you will become part of the community of Singapore International Volunteers and get to enjoy privileges accorded to this community of volunteers.

All volunteers are free to maintain contact with and visit the local community.


5 weeks prior to trip departure or upon issuance of tickets, whichever comes first:

  • No refund

Land cost

(Costs for hotel accommodation, 2-way airport group transfer, local ground transportation to and from the project site, local logistics and on-site assistance, travel insurance and ISOS emergency services)

15 days or more prior to trip departure:

  • 50% refund

14 days or less prior to trip departure:

  • No refund

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5


Check-in at hotel

Welcome dinner


Undergo training on building bio-sand filters

Build bio-sand filters 


Install bio-sand filters at households and/or schools 


Conduct basic hygiene training at households and/or schools

Complete installation of bio-sand filters

Depart for Singapore

Or extend your trip

Besides Water for Life and Words on Wheels, we are continuously seeking meaningful projects that will bring Singaporean and overseas communities together. If you are interested in finding out more, please sign up for our E-Newsletter by emailing us at contactus@sif.org.sg. You will receive regular updates on volunteer opportunities.

While we welcome donations of funds as well as resources, we will need more information on your donation before assessing if this is viable for the overseas community, and if it can be tax-deductible. Please contact us at citizenambassador@sif.org.sg for further discussion.



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