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Singapore international schools volunteer projects: One student’s story

Tanglin Trust School knows that some lessons are best learnt outside the classroom. They define Social Responsibility at the school by the overarching term, ‘Our World’, which brings together the school’s focus on local, regional and global perspectives in the curriculum, environmental awareness, cultural visits, overseas trips, fundraising, service projects and the personal development of students.

A recent trip to Ladakh, India saw a group of pupils volunteering their time at Lamdon School – a long-term partner of Tanglin Trust School –  and also at a local hospital in Ladakh.

Year 13 student, Bence Kaposi, tells us what made their recent two-week school excursion to Ladakhr, India so special.

After months of fundraising and preparations, the students arrived in Ladakh, India
After months of fundraising and preparations, the students arrived in Ladakh, India

“Preparations for our trip began many months beforehand with fundraisers for the medical equipment we were going to be taking with us. Finally, on 21 June, we flew to New Delhi. From there we took a small plane into the Himalayas, which flew between the mountains before landing on a tiny runway. We spent our first few days acclimatising to the altitude by exploring Ladakh and the surrounding area, and visiting Lamdon School. Tanglin has built a partnership with the school over many years, and they welcomed us with genuine warmth and open arms.

On each of the three days the students were volunteering, the hospital received a thousand more Ladakhi people than expected
On each of the three days the students were volunteering, the hospital received a thousand more Ladakhi people than expected

On the fifth day, we drove to the hospital where we were going to be volunteering, and were each given stations, ranging from conducting eye tests to teaching locals how to brush their teeth and working as assistants to the in-house dentists and doctors. We worked tirelessly and felt a huge sense of accomplishment. Being able to help, even in a small way, is something we all agreed we would like to experience again.

The students at the foot of the Chang La Pass
The students at the foot of the Chang La Pass

On our eighth day, we set out on the trek. Initially we walked through an arid, desert-like valley, then as we walked higher we saw more greenery and wildlife, and finally snow-capped mountains. This led us to the foot of the Chang La Pass, which, at 4,500m, loomed above us – the view from the summit was breathtaking!

Visiting and volunteering at Ladakh left us all with feelings of accomplishment and reward; not only had we helped the local Ladakhi people, but we had also benefited through a heightened sense of community and wellbeing.”

Our World builds on the Tanglin Trust School mission statement and in particular focuses on its closing phrase, “to produce a community of lifelong learners who can contribute with confidence to Our World.”
Our World builds on the Tanglin Trust School mission statement and in particular focuses on its closing phrase, “to produce a community of lifelong learners who can contribute with confidence to Our World.”


Tanglin Trust School, 95 Portsdown Road, 6778 0771

 

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