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SIF Connects!

 

SIF’s special SG50 edition of SIF Connects! Singapore on 3rd and 4th December was truly a triple celebration of friendships.

We were delighted and deeply honoured to host more than 100 programme alumni and Friends of Singapore (FOS) representing 20 nationalities – this being the largest number of FOS participants and nationalities since the launch of our biennial reunion in 2011. Our FOS returned and regrouped in Singapore to reconnect with fellow programme alumni and members of the Singapore community, and to update themselves on the latest developments in Singapore.

SIF Connects! Singapore also celebrated the blossoming of deep and enduring relationships between FOS and the Singapore community. We were heartened to host SIF programme alumni from the early 1990s, who had returned to rekindle their ties with their Singaporean programme peers and also their local host families from their exchange and immersion in Singapore – some of whom had kept in contact for the past 20 years!

Several of our FOS brought with them young undergraduates for the experience, seeding the next generation of FOS. We also had with us several programme alumni from India, Malaysia, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States, all of whom now volunteer as SIF representatives to grow FOS communities in their home countries. Above all, our FOS were in Singapore as loving critics and critical lovers, to share their insights and advice at the SIF SG50 Dialogue with FOS finale on what’s next for Singapore in the years ahead. Alongside Singaporeans, our FOS freely shared their views and ideas on how we could collectively shape the next chapters of the Singapore story.  

The third celebration of friendships was in the collaborations between Singaporeans and FOS in effecting positive change, enriching lives and building a better world together – from SIF’s Singapore International Volunteer (SIV) corps, to the SIF-Indonesia Bright Foundation (IBF)-Indonesian Professionals’ Association (IPA) collaboration in education, which jointly organised the inaugural study visit for IBF scholars in conjunction with SIF Connects! Singapore. Further, there was the gathering of citizen ambassadors and FOS collaborating in the arts and culture, social innovation and entrepreneurship space to bring about arts and businesses for good, respectively.

It is our pleasure to share with you the highlights of SIF Connects! Singapore.

Our special SG50 edition of SIF Connects! Singapore on 3 and 4 December 2015 saw more than 100 programme alumni and Friends of Singapore (FOS) representing over 20 nationalities come together.

Our FOS returned to Singapore to reconnect with fellow programme alumni and members of the Singapore community, and to update themselves on the latest developments in Singapore. They had returned to rekindle ties with their Singaporean peers and also their local host families from their exchange and immersion in Singapore – some of whom had kept in contact for the past 20 years.

Several of our FOS brought with them young undergraduates for the experience, seeding the next generation of FOS. We also had with us several programme alumni from India, Malaysia, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States, all of whom now volunteer as SIF representatives to grow FOS communities in their home countries.

There were also fringe activities with our Singapore International Volunteers; the SIF-Indonesia Bright Foundation (IBF) -Indonesian Professionals’ Association (IPA), which jointly organised the inaugural study visit for IBF scholars; as well as Citizen Ambassadors and FOS collaborating in the arts and culture, social innovation and entrepreneurship space.

In addition, our FOS were in Singapore to share their insights and advice at our SG50 Dialogue on what’s next for Singapore in the years ahead. Alongside Singaporeans, our FOS freely shared their views and ideas on how we could collectively shape the next chapters of the Singapore story.  

 

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