Service Learning, Community Involvement Programmes and Youth Expedition Projects have been around in Singapore since early 2000. The objectives:
- combine classroom instruction with meaningful community service
- emphasise critical thinking and personal reflection
- encourage a heightened sense of community, civic engagement, and personal responsibility
How have we milked the learning opportunities these experiences offer? Are our young leaders internalising the lessons?
Caitlin Barber is one such youth volunteer. She reflects on how meeting Aoi, a Thai prostitute when she served as a volunteer in Thailand has changed her life.
She says, “Too often, I have suffered from the poverty of too much… She is my sister… When I realised our secret kinship, I cannot live in the poverty of apathy and independence…”
On creating the story, Caitlin says:
I actually loved the chance to truly process through my heart the sex trafficking industry (the women in it). It was difficult to truly express my heart at times, but in a very concise version helped me put it to words/video.
A digital story by Caitlin Barber, facilitated at a Tyros (formerly Digital Storytelling Asia) Workshop, 17-19 August 2010. Colorado Springs, USA.