Existing Overseas Community Involvement Programmes (OCIP) are often touted as being
“better than nothing for communities”
“eye-opening for students”
“helping to improve students’ CVs”
However, THIS IS THE reality of 'voluntourism':
Can’t sustain passion for volunteering
Develop a superiority complex
White Savior Industrial Complex under negative spotlight
Only 7% of total visitor income generated by all forms of tourism (in Siem Reap) flows back to the local community
Implies that communities are incapable of or uninterested in caring for its own people
Live with consequences of unskilled labor (e.g. toilets that don’t work)
Suffer insidious impacts (e.g. In Cambodia, children in orphanages are often placed there by their parents)
the Skillseed virtuous cycle
LEARN FROM EXPERTS |
UNDERSTAND SOCIAL NEEDS
The Skillseed team spends months designing each and every course to make sure that the participants take away invaluable knowledge and skills by the end of the trip.
We seek out the best experts in the field to impart real-world skills and knowledge to our participants. Participants get a better picture of their chosen theme and gain relevant and practical skills such as video editing, design etc. from our pre-trip sessions.
Our facilitators and mentors are carefully screened role models whom we would want youth and children to look up to. We only partner credible NGOs and assess their needs thoroughly to develop the most impactful courses for students in Asia.
LIVE YOUR DREAM |
LOVE THE WORLD
Experiential learning builds resilience and holistic development in youths.
Our participants live their dreams during our experiential learning journeys by applying what they have learnt to tackle real world social issues and contributing to our partners and their community in a useful, impactful, and ethical manner.
They are also challenged to broaden their horizons, go out of their comfort zones and gain new insights on social issues around the world.
BRING CHANGE HOME |
SPREAD THE WORD
Make real impact, build your own future,and help others build theirs too.
We ensure your efforts are part of sustainable plans of our community partners: NGOs, non-profits and other social enterprises.
Upon return, we connect Skillseed participants with local social enterprises or partners with matching needs – allowing them to use what they have learnt for good in their own commnities, thereby creating a flourishing and lively social sector ecosystem.
Ultimately, we want to build a generation of youth who don’t just get to explore their interests as early as possible, but also know how to integrate effective social change into their lives and future careers.