SKILLSEED COU RSE CATALOGUE 17/18
WE ARE A TRAVEL & EDUCATION SOCIAL ENTERPRISE SKILLSEED crafts & curates themed experiential learning journeys to make social impact in Asia & beyond
R EAL WO R L D COU R SE S FOR R EAL CAUSE S 4
We plant seeds of social change by nurturing participants as skilled volunteers, growing their capacity to contribute actively to society as the changemakers of tomorrow. We do this through carefully crafted and curated experiential learning trips where participants engage meaningfully with communities for mutual benefit.
Siem Reap/ Finance for the Future
SKILLSEEDâ€™s socially impactful journeys are customised to the needs of students and our community partners, guided by our framework of 3Ls :
LEARNING from experts Hone real world skills under the mentorship & guidance of field experts
LIVING your dreams Experience your dream career, explore your interests, and make good on your passions
LEAVING a legacy Leverage your gifts to make a difference to others, as they in turn make a difference to you
We weave service and contextual knowledge to build a toolbox of hard & soft skills, equipping our participants to grow as empathetic & informed global citizens.
OVERSEAS COURSES for schools We offer a full suite of experiential learning courses integrating service and hands-on learning at varying levels of intensity, customised for your learning needs
London/ Creatives x Alternatives
LOCAL JOURNEYS for schools Journeys based in Singapore uncover social innovation, social entrepreneurship, creative movements and more; go ahead and make the island your classroom.
LOCAL WORKSHOPS for schools & corporates Our fun and interactive workshops deliver a taster the Skillseed approach to learning and travel - tailored to meet your objectives, budgets and availaibility.
Singapore/ Upcycling the World
A FUTU REREADY EXPERIENCE LIKE NO OTHE R
G LO BAL C I T I Z E N RY Our participants not only learn about a place but also develop global minded perspective learn from communities, cultures, and places that are different from their own. By facilitating connections between participants and host communities, our aim is to impart an awareness of the inter-connectedness of people internationally, intercultural competencies and most importantly, a strong sense of global responsibility.
CAR E E R E X POSU R E Explore fresh facets of familiar career fields and discover role models making strides to transform their fields by using their skills for social impact. Help your students uncover the paths to realise their passion and potential, and anchor that sweet spot where both meet.
ACROSS 7 JOURNEYS IN 2016: 96.83%
M O R E T HAN A SE RVIC E T R I P When you choose Skillseed, you a donâ€™t just get a run of the mill overseas service trip - you get a full course with substantiated learning and impact. Gain access to a network of experts and organisations, training in 21st century skills, and post-trip opportunities to volunteer with local partners in Singapore. When you choose us, you choose inspired hands-on collaborations to complement the academic rigour of your classroom, and impactful holistic educational experiences to last a lifetime.
of participants reported gaining new perspectives of host countries
felt a greater sense of social responsibility as a result of the journey
were stimulated to think about issues in their own country that they were not aware of
LOCAL JOU RNEYS & WO RKSHOPS WO R K S HO P S F O R G O OD * Skillseedâ€™s workshops draw on our teamâ€™s experience and expertise in designing socially impactful learning experiences to build up your toolkit of hard and soft skills in line with your personal and organisational objectives.
ASSEMBLE YOUR TOOLKIT
Empathy Exercises Design Thinking Cultivate your capacity for empathy through a series of exercises developed to meet the needs of your group
Develop creative problemsolving skills and design human-centric solutions
Asset-Based Community Development
Nurture entrepreneurial Uncover hidden assets competencies that engage within communities to coboth heart and mind create sustainable solutions 12
*Workshops can be customised to suit your learning outcomes.
S O M E O F OU R PART N E R P RO J EC TS PROJECT BOOSTERS Our workshops are also available as a pre-trip accompaniment to your overseas community service trips. Learn about the art and science of co-creating solutions to complex problems in a crosscultural context to ensure your work on the ground achieves the impact promised.
S P D â€˜YOUTH GIVES BACKâ€™ YOUT H DEV E LO P M E N T P RO G RA M M E ( YD P ) In partnership with SPD, Skillseed launched a year-long training and mentorship programme for youths with disabilities to kickstart projects for the inclusion of PwDs.
ra i SE S OC I AL E N TE R P RI SE YOUNG TALE N T P RO G RA M M E ( SE Y T P ) Skillseed is the official programme organiser for the inaugural SEYTP that aims to nurture passionate Young Talents who are eager to become social changemakers and contribute to the local social landscape!
Combining the fundamentals of Design Thinking (DT) and Asset-based Community Development (ABCD), this hands-on workshop is designed to allow participants to experience using these tools in tandem for impactful and sustainable community projects, as well as explore the use of these instruments to address challenges faced in the course of work.
I found the Skillseed training to be extraordinarily helpful not only to gain solid grounding in the gamechanging tools of design thinking and asset-based community development, but also to facilitate much needed conversations among the different teams present. Through extremely effective facilitation and tasteful insertion of real-world experience, the Skillseed team has helped us take our work to the next level. — CHRISTIAN PETROSKE, Lien Centre for Social Innovation, Singapore Management University
DE S IG N T H I N KI NG F O R CO M M UN I T I E S
I really enjoyed the empathy exercise because it challenged me to ask questions that never previously occurred to me during the game. It made me realise the importance of greater awareness when dealing with social issues. It was insightful. — RAC HE L C HEANG , Pa rticipant of the ra iSE Socia l Enterprise Young Ta lent Programme
E M PAT H Y E X E RC I SE S Empathy is an increasingly critical component for collaborations involving diverse stakeholders and spanning different cultural contexts. Through a series of facilitated exercises tailored to the nuances of your team’s objectives, build your individual and collective empathetic capacity and practise harnessing it for greater impact at the workplace, in the field, and beyond.
CO-CREATE A COU RSE J OU R N E YS F O R G O OD * Drawing on the expertise of our team and extensive network of local community partners, we work with educators and organisations to co-create courses thatâ€™ll transform your wild ideas into reality.
EXPOSURE Themed journeys with a core social purpose
OR THE SKILLSEED EXPERIENCE The full suite of modules to equip students for a core service project & to contribute in their own community with fresh skills and perspectives
A typical course facilitates the development of strategies, resources and systems for a skills-oriented and communitycentered response to the issue in question, thus providing a sustainable contribution to the host community. PRE-TRIP TRAININGS Skills-based and projectspecific, lead by experts & practitioners
*Journeys can be customised to suit your learning outcomes.
Step 1. Choose your EXPERIENCE
SKILLSEED CHALLENGE A cumulative, team-based core project addressing an identified need POST-TRIP PROJECT Impact evaluation and more
Step 2. Choose a REGION LOCAL
REGIONAL Bali Chiang Mai Phnom Penh Siem Reap Sri Lanka Hong Kong
We have a good relationship with Skillseed. We have been working with Skillseed’s trip leaders smoothly. We often discuss and share ideas in term of project coordination. We collaborate together according to plan; and prioritize to serve the community rather than individual interest. - SOKUNMEALEA, Community Partner, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Step 3. Choose an available THEME for the selected region
Art & Design
Design & Marketing
INTERNATIONAL London Sweden San Francisco West Virginia Belize Guatemala
OV E R SEAS COU R SE S In addition to identifying the needs of partner organisations to form a targeted, community-centered response as a sustainable contribution to the host community, participants also benefit by gaining a relevant and tangible skillset, cross-cultural exposure and a learning experience like no other. Our framework guides the design of each course and entails the following essential components:
Bridge barriers through communication and nonverbal expression for cross-cultural relationships
Interdisciplinary workshops cultivate historical, geographical, & political awareness and frameworks Chiang Mai/ Food for Futures
Activities are designed to bond groups and facilitate rapport between individuals from different backgrounds and cultures 19
HOW OU R COU R SE S DI F F E R F RO M A CO N V E N T IO NAL SE RVIC E T R I P
We carefully curate our community partners and work only with credible NGOs, experts, and progressive educational institutions that seek the best holistic educational experiences for their students. 20
We deliberately avoid projects that detract from employment opportunities for locals, and eschew situations where the stakes for are too high for young and relatively inexperienced volunteers to get involved. Examples of projects we donâ€™t do: untrained direct work with extremely vulnerable populations; the provision of basic education; or the undertaking of unsupervised construction work. Whether regional or international, Skillseed courses are always customised to your objectives, whether youâ€™re seeking a platform for exposure or a more rigorous challenge to craft your own project to make social impact.
DEV E LO P M E N T F O R G O OD
M IC RO F I NAN C E , M AC RO I M PAC T
S iem Re a p, Ca mbod ia
P hno m Pe nh, C a m bo di a
What does it take to lift a community out of poverty? Explore the different facets of a holistic approach to community development in a village just beyond the boundaries of the tourist haven of Siem Reap. Learn about the different dimensions of poverty and the measures that individuals, organisations and states can take to make scarcity history as you contribute your skills to support sustainable development projects.
Experience life in rural Cambodia as you explore the world of microfinance and learn how entrepreurship can fuel self-empowerment, generate possibilities, and sustain hope for a better future. Live, work and play in a community where sustainable development is taking place actively, immerse yourself in Khmer culture and hospitality, and leave a legacy with our community partner that youâ€™ll be proud to share with others! 21
E N VI RO N M E N TAL STE WAR DS H I P
E DUCATE TO ADVOCATE
B a l i, I n don esia
We s t B a l i , I ndo ne s i a
Explore the heart of the biosphere as you live, work and play in a National Park on the island of Bali. Experience life as the locals do; learn what it means and what it takes to protect the lush and precious natural environment around you. Witness the beauty that is both at risk and in need of preservation, and work alongside inspiring scientists, conservationists and activists, to be stewards of the environment.
Explore lesser known sides of Bali as you embark on a journey of discovery to understand what it means to be the change you want to see as you learn about the process of solutioning to address local problems faced by everyday Balinese. Visit and learn from ground up initiatives, immerse yourself in Balinese culture, and rethink the roles individuals play in contributing to or solving these challenges.
DE S IG N F O R G O OD
M AR K E T I NG FOR MORE
S ie m Re a p, Ca mbod ia
S i e m Re a p, C a m bo di a
How can you make a difference with your passion for design? At the intersection of artisanship, business, and social good, learn how design can make a tangible impact on the world. Work closely with our community partner and other inspiring social businesses to walk through the different stages of the design process with our partner artisans to craft your own products with a deep social impact that tell stories from the heart.
Channel your specialty and your skillset for a social purpose - whether you are a marketeer, hospitality specialist, educator or anything in between, learn about how your skills might make a real and tangible impact where there is a need to be fulfilled. [run in partnership with Temasek Polytechnic] 23
F I NAN C E F O R T HE F UT U R E
F O OD F O R F UT U R E S
S i e m Reap, Cam bo di a
C hi a ng M a i , Tha i l a nd
Understand the role financial literacy plays in helping communities break out of the poverty cycle by making informed decisions and developing a healthy relationship with money. Use your creativity and knowledge to create and develop interactive financial literacy modules to buliding stronger foundations for financial inclusion for those at the bottom of the pyramid.
Where does your food come from? Why does it matter? On this culinary journey to Northern Thailand, learn about Thai herbs, spices, and seek answers to questions revolving around the origins of our food and what it means to eat well. Appreciate culinary culture as an asset for holistic and sustainable community development, and understand the role of food in todayâ€™s world and its impact on community health.
S OC I AL I N N OVAT IO N
ENTREP RENEU RSHIP
Sin g apore
H o ng K o ng
Probe and pick at the different surfaces of Singapore to discover the complex systems, design, and traditions that underlie the city as we know it! Delve deep beneath the tried and tested Singaporean narratives to uncover the collective and individual experiences, policies, frameworks and principles that shape the direction of innovation to navigate the stateâ€™s intrinsic challenges.
Based in the cosmopolitan city of Hong Kong, explore how the the entrepreneurial landscape has evolved and the complex implications that has on different communities. Understand the role of business in solving issues, influencing culture and impacting well-being. Visit and interact with local entrepreneurs chasing different bottomlines to engage with the spirit of entrepreneurship and learn about harnessing it for a good cause. 25
I N N OVAT IO N S I N P U B L IC PO L ICY
U nna r yd, S we de n
I N TO T H E WI L D
Go behind the scenes of progressive societal integration, sustainable living and social equality in Stockholm, Sweden! In this hands-on exploratory study trip, earn about and experience the spectrum of Swedish innovative public policy from parliamentarians, policy-makers, and other Swedes from all walks of life.
Be schooled in the art of wilderness living by experts as you connect with nature and other like-minded individuals. Experience a new dimension of rugged travel as the natural world engages your senses and sparks conversations about the meaning of living sustainably & meaningfully in harmony with your surroundings.
S t o ckh olm, Sweden
C R EAT IV E S X AL TE R NAT IV E S
TEC H N O LO G Y F O R G O OD
Lon d on , UK
S a n Fra nc i s c o, U S A
What role can and does art play in transforming the world, societies, and individuals? In one of the worldâ€™s most creative capital cities, explore the evolution of the creative movement as a medium for the expression of both dominant and subcultures. As you understand the stories of creative cultures of past and present, dip your toes in the contemporary tools of art for community building and expression.
Silicon Valley: tech capital of the world and an explosion of entrepreneurial energy, community organizing, and thought leadership. Visit top universities like Stanford and Berkeley, go behind the scenes to meet pioneers of technology that are revolutionizing their industries and understand future trends. Participants will not only inform their own purpose and career journeys, but also grow their ability as young leaders who make both profit and impact in the world. 27
M AK E A DI F F E R E N C E
We s t Virgin ia USA
Journey to Williamson, a town of about 3000 inhabitants deep in the beautiful Appalachian mountains of West Virginia, USA, whose rugged inhabitants have been devastated by natural disasters and economic hardship. Work alongside health care workers and premed students to gain medical knowledge and learn how to use medical tools to conduct basic medical interventions. Gain important soft and hard skills to build your capacity as a medical carer and humanitarian. 28
I N TE R E STE D I N OU R COU R SE S ? Find out more about each course may be found on our website -> www.skillseed.sg Get in touch with us and we will be happy to respond to your queries!
Singapore/ Skillseed Apprentice at work on the ground
C L IEN TS & PARTN E RS H I P S C L I E N TS Our clients comprise local institutions ranging from secondary schools to tertiary institutions, as well as international schools abroad. We have also expanded to corporate clients such as SPD and raiSE.
YALE - N US PART N E R S H I P With gratitude and special thanks to Rector Brian McAdoo and Dean’s Fellow Eugenia Chuah from Yale-NUS, Skillseed was able to build a volunteer management system involving their bright young minds in Skillseed’s local projects.
-Enterprise Young Talent Programme for aspiring social entrepreneurs. We would like to thank our volunteers for all the help they have rendered to make our work possible!
If you’re from an organisation looking Projects the volunteers were to breathe life into involved in include the SPD your Corporate Social ‘Youth Gives Back’ Youth Responsiblity programmes Development Programme or training for your staff, for youths with disabilities, contact us - we love as well as the raiSE Social- collaborations!
MEET OU R CO M M UN I T Y T HE P E O P LE WHO I N S P I R E US AN D M AK E T H I NG S HAP P E N
PA PAT VAN IC H Lo ca l Gu i de / Co m m u ni ty Pa rt ner One of our favourite local guides. Pa works with local communities in Thailand to strengthen their communitybased tourism model and at other times she delivers a tour experience to educate tourists about sustainable tourism.
LIM WEI JIE Al u m ni
S O F T I E S LADI E S Co m m u ni ty Pa r t n er
An ex-participant turned Skillseed intern, Wei Jie takes a keen interest in supporting causes for social inclusion. Now a fresh grad, he has now founded a coffee bar with the aim of pursuing social inclusion by training and providing gainful employment for persons with disabilities.
A team of eight joyful and hardworking ladies in Kompheim village who, in order to overcome the challenges they face and provide a better future for their children, use their sewing skills to create products from soft toys to bags that appeal to travellers visiting Cambodia!
K E I F RAN K L I N Vo l u nte er Originally from New Mexico (USA), Kei lived in Swaziland for three years before coming to Singapore. Kei cares about the relationship between humans and their natural environment and believes that education is crucial in shaping the values of a person, and the culture of a place. Her role as education facilitator saw her designing and carrying out empathy exercises that provoke students to think deeply about the complexities of privilege and service.
Y E E H UI Cre a tive S t o rytel ler
CAL LYSTA T HO N Y Vo l u nte er
With a background in peace and justice studies, Yee Hui has a deep affinity for people and social justice. As a creative storyteller, she crafts ethical journeys that challenge young people to develop new skills beyond general academia, and to get in touch with the heart of social issues afflicting the world. and how they can contribute.
Callysta is passionate about education for youths in underprivileged communities and believes in raising a generation of critical thinkers who are able to form their own thoughts and be receptive to others. As part of the Skillseed community, she played an important role facilitating the youth development programme in collaboration with SPD.
WH Y P E O P LE LOV E US
“This OCIP trip to Cambodia was one of my most meaningful and enjoyable experiences ever. It was really unique as it allowed me to interact with people from a different culture, thereby sensitizing me to new cultures outside of Singapore. Although short, the friendships cultivated and the fun times spent with the Cambodian locals made this trip one of the most memorable and unforgettable takeaways of my life!” - NICHOLAS OW, Participant
“This experience has allowed me to learn that one does not need a gargantuan amount of resources to do something meaningful to contribute to the society. we can always start from grassroot level activities, any small effort counts and makes a difference to society.” - KELLY YE YUNING, Participant
“Skillseed and Biosphere really supported [the participants] in learning in an unfamiliar, at times uncomfortable environment. When we ran into serious problems, we were helped in every possible way. I’m excited at the opportunities that our students had during this trip and proud of what they were able to achieve. I honestly never want to travel with students without Skillseed there.” - KATHIJAH NG, Educator
“Thank you for organising this trip for us! It was a really enjoyable, meaningful and inspiring experience. Thank you for making a difference to society in a positive manner and I hope you will continue doing so!” - WEE FANG QING, Participant
“Honestly, I don’t think I can choose the best part because I feel that each and every second of the trip was worth something. We learned a lot even from the unplanned moments. Thank you Skillseed for organizing this whole trip for us! It was definitely one of the best school trips I have ever been to! THANK YOU!” - TAN WEI XIN JOY, Participant 35
OU R STO RY
Skillseedâ€™s roots can be traced to what was once an empty, light-filled space at Kroon Hall of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. New to the US, altogether lacking in business experience, and desperate to alleviate her hunger, a young Singaporean female graduate student began a bold experiential learning project to satisfy the cravings that she, and her peers were facing. 5 years later, this space is better known as BYO cafĂŠ, run by students passionate about good coffee, great food, and most of all, making a social impact, as it sustains itself as a small institution that supports social and environmental initiatives while providing work for needy students.
This experience is proof that a single person with a good idea, the help of others, role models, courage and humility can help to transform a community, one project at a time. Skillseed was born out of the power of this experience and learning framework: carving out a safe space, generating opportunities, providing the exposure to dare individuals to dream big and empowering them with the necessary tools to make the changes they want to see, regardless of where in the world they find themselves, and how daunting the environment may be.
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Published on Sep 26, 2017
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