TEACHERS

This was absolutely as close to perfect of an experiential learning trip we could have had.
— Nils Olson, Vice Dean of the Affiliated High School of Peking University
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"Getting connected to Skillseed was one of the most important steps our programme has taken toward achieving our goals of progressive education in China…

Throughout our collaboration, Skillseed's staff demonstrated an incredible commitment to our school through consistent communication and support. As we planned our last trip to Bali, they remained in close contact through Skype, email, phone, and in-person meetings (both on-site and in Beijing). Close communication helped iron out any potential gaps in expectations between our students and parents in Beijing and an organisation in Indonesia staffed with professionals from around the world. Skillseed also went well beyond simply passing along messages. They were consistently flexible, patient, and innovative when confronted with unforeseen challenges. 

After the trip, Skillseed’s follow up visit to Beijing not only helped both sides reflect on the trip’s planning and execution, but also helped push other initiatives forward. They arrived prepared to offer meaningful data and feedback that helped us put our trip in perspective. It included frank feedback from the organisation in Indonesia, a data-driven assessment of the real impact our students had during their stay, suggestions for steps our students could take to follow up with their experience, and constructive suggestions for improving our collaboration.

More so than any of our other partners, Skillseed has modelled top-notch professionalism that extends from interpersonal communication to the trip planning process."

Jared Hall, Associate Dean at the Affiliated High School of Peking University (accompanied students on Biosphere Course 2013)


STUDENTS

In 2018,

>82% of participants

feel a stronger sense of social responsibility after Skillseed’s courses.

>80% of participants

would recommend Skillseed's courses to others.

> 80% of participants

have positive feedback for our facilitators.

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To all the people who have made this trip all the more worthwhile! Thanks for the amazing company, the great laughs and the many insightful conversations along the way. It’s always inspiring and encouraging to meet people from diverse backgrounds with so many different and interesting opinions and perspectives, yet also with similar interests and a genuine desire to see and create change. Thanks for broadening my perspectives and stimulating my curiosity. Also shoutout to Skillseed for the amazing programme and facilitators!!!
— Diandrea Ho (right), TAF Chiang Mai Adventurous Fellow
The trip was truly amazing! As I have said, it’s probably the best trip I’ve ever went on. Here, I’d just like to take this opportunity to thank all of the organisers and our teachers. Thank you all for what we’ve learned throughout the trip. You guys are the best teachers. Thank you all for the [care] and friendship we’ve built throughout the trip. It’s unforgettable and will always be a part of my memory.
— Eric Zhu, Keystone Academy Beijing, participant in Design for Good 2018
 

"I learnt that you're never too young to make a difference and if I have an interest in a certain field I ought to take the initiative to search for a suitable organisation. However, it also reminded me that when volunteering, the most important aspects are passion and commitment. Personally, what set certain entrepreneurs and organisations apart during this trip were their sincerity and love for what they were doing. They taught me that if I want to volunteer, i ought to really put in my all and care for the cause."

- Goh Keyi Chloe, Methodist Girls' School, participant in Social Entrepreneurship 2016

"It made me consider ever doing jobs in the future that were for social causes, which was something I had never considered before. Hearing from the tour guides from Local Alike, the founder of the Akha Ama coffee, as well as the Skillseed staff following us made me realise that helping via organisations was more impactful than I had realised, given that I was always reserved towards the idea as I felt it was helping from a distance”

- Kathleen Ng Shee Min, Methodist Girls' School, participant in Food for Futures 2016

 
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organisations

I found the Skillseed training to be extraordinarily helpful not only to gain solid grounding in the game-changing 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
The Skillseed team’s dedication can be seen in their timely responses to our requests, sincere feedback and comments to the programme operations and smooth communication with our team. The partnership evolved into friendship that our team has come to appreciate a lot. Skillseeds’ commitment to better their efforts in training youth with disability was exhibited in their keenness to build up knowledge through SPD’s disability awareness training at the outset (i.e. prior to the start of training). With that, we were convinced that they were the right people to work with.
— Rachel Loh Yu Ting, Social Worker, Community & Social Service Dept, SPD
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Parents

From a Chinese parent:

"各位老师:与孩子沟通后觉得此次伦敦游学活动内容丰富,既长知识又涨见识。这次活动在时间安排方面,紧凑、合理,每天从早到晚上午下午做什么,每个时间段做什么都清楚仔细。在活动内容安排方面,既有城市著名景点的参观,又有文化艺术交流和欣赏;既有豪华商场的购物体验又有纯英式下午茶的品尝,连孩子都说许多地方都是自己去英国无法体会到的。在组织规划方面,老师们提前探路,打听好路线和各项时间,组织孩子们乘地铁、逛市场、自己拿钱去解决晚餐,以提高孩子们的沟通能力和语言能力。老师们很用心,想得很周到,对遇到的各种问题都有各种解决方案,让孩子感到很踏实也很充实。感谢老师们的细心、用心和耐心,希望以后能越办越好。谢谢!"

- 关颜松妈妈,participant from Creatives x Alternatives 2017

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"I decided to send both of my children, Nicole, who is nineteen and studying in Yale-NUS College, and Nathaniel, who is sixteen and studying in School of the Arts Singapore (SOTA), on the Film For Good programme so as to let them have a different kind of year-end holiday.

"Being their parents, we felt that it would be a valuable learning experience for them, exposing them to a different culture and environment to see the needs of others and to learn the value of empathy.

"Getting to learn the basics of filming on the trip was definitely a highlight of the programme as I felt it was really useful for them to learn a new skill and even explore potential career options. Going together as a brother and sister team also meant bonding time, while working with a big team also helps foster team spirit.

"After nine days in Vietnam, both Nicole and Nathaniel concluded that it was a rewarding experience. Although they were bitten by many mosquitoes and even fell ill halfway during the trip, they were able to rise up and have a never-say-die attitude. Presenting their work on stage to an audience about their films during the screening was also a new experience for them. I was proud of them as I could witness them beaming cheek to cheek, full of pride for what they had done. For me, I felt that it was indeed money well spent on a different kind of holiday which brought back many invaluable returns."

- Phyllis Yeo, mother of participants in Skillseed's Film For Good Course in 2014

 

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

We need more programmes like Skillseed, because when participants are immersed into a culture, into the community, into real hands-on work, when they graduate from the program, they are then real advocates for social change. And that is what the world needs now.
— Pamela Yeo, Founder & CEO of Saught