We’re back again with our Volunteer Feature! 🙂 As our campaign draws to an end, we would like to thank the opportunity to say thank you to all our student volunteers!
Project Guiding Hands NTU – [Volunteer Feature] – Lakeside Family Services Alumni
A few weeks ago, the team spoke to Shereen, Joey and Shawn (left to right). They were once children enrolled in Lakeside FSC Before and After School Care Programme.
Shawn, 21, has graduated 9 years ago and regularly returns as a volunteer during his school holidays. Both Shawn and Joey are now pursuing degrees at National University of Singapore while Shereen is waiting for her admission to university.
So, what prompted them to return as volunteers?
Shawn said, “Because we grew up here, we thought it would be nice to come back and let the existing kids experience what we went through in the past. We helped the teachers run activities, carnivals and camps similar to ones we had last time.”
Joey also added that while she was at Lakeside BASC, children who graduated more than 10 years ago returned as volunteers. Now, they are continuing this tradition started from long ago.
Their account is an example of Paying It Forward, also known as Serial Reciprocity. Serial reciprocity usually occurs over time, relying mostly on future action rather than at present. By engaging the current batch of children in little acts of paying it forward, our team hopes that in future, they will eventually become volunteers themselves, just like Shereen, Joey and Shawn!