Service-Learning

Service-Learning

  • 1st Place Winner – 2020 MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship
  • North West Outstanding School Partner Award 2020 (Gold) 
  • PA Community Spirit (Excellence) Award 2020

Learning took on a new meaning at NP with the launch of Service-Learning as our signature pedagogy in 2016. Every NP student is exposed to at least one Service-Learning module where they apply their course skills and knowledge to tackle real-life issues in the community. Our goal is to deepen our students’ learning and inspire them to become a force for good in society.

In short — we provide our leaders of tomorrow the knowledge and experience to make a better world today!

For more Service-Learning opportunities, students can also take up a civic internship, a Minor in Social Leadership under NP’s Personalised Learning Pathway programme, participate in an overseas Youth Expedition Project, or opt for a Capstone Service-Learning project!

NP partners with many organisations across industries, in curating Service-Learning opportunities for our students.  Resorts World Sentosa is one of them and here’s what they have to say about our collaboration.

“Nurturing the next generation of talent who can help shore up our nation’s sustainability drive is imperative. Through the Sustainability@RWS programme in collaboration with NP, we aim to firstly, boost awareness and practical understanding of sustainable tourism amongst students today, who can in turn drive positive impact tomorrow and secondly, play our part in driving sustainability education and advocacy amongst all our stakeholders. This aligns to our broader ambition of creating positive environmental and socio-economic impact for the communities in which we operate.”

Ms Loh Su Kim
Vice President, Sustainability, RWS

 

Service-Learning Stories


Get a glimpse into Service-Learning in NP

Civic Internships

Promote social good at the workplace

Social Leadership Pathway

Pursue a minor that makes a difference

Overseas Service-Learning

Impact communities around the world

Service-Learning Partners


Forge stronger social bonds

Dialogue in the Dark


Learn to See

Overseas Service-Learning

  • 500 NP Students embark on Service-Learning or YEP trips annually
  • Up to 25 trips each year
  • 9 countries - Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam

 

NP students travel across borders for Service-Learning trips and Youth Expedition Projects (YEP) where they work with an underserved community. These eye-opening experiences expand their worldview to better understand socio-economic issues and nurture them to be socially responsible, active citizens. Through such exposure, NP students develop confidence, resilience and leadership while understanding the importance of teamwork.

“YEP was a life-changing experience. It really opened up my eyes to situations and problems that I did not even know existed, and enabled me to experience a new culture first-hand. I also learnt that happiness can be found in little things. Despite living a simple life, many locals were happy, and this really made me appreciate what I have.” 

M Haziq
Diploma in Automation & Mechatronic Systems, Class of 2021
YEP (Cambodia, 2019)

Students keen to connect their learning in the classroom with real-world experiences working with communities in the region can look out for updates from their academic schools and our Office of Service-Learning.  They may also email np_yep@np.edu.sg to indicate interest!

 

Civic Internships

Civic Internships allow our students to work in socially responsible workplaces, and apply their skills and knowledge to promote social good. While this develops them to become work-ready professionals, it also nurtures them to become advocates who help build a better world.

Currently some 100 organisations and companies are on board as our Civic Internship partners. Interested in signing up for Civic Internship? Click here (sign in and password required) to explore the internship positions available for the current semester and find your fit.


Hear from our students & partners

As part of my civic internship, I was a marketing intern with Soap Cycling Singapore, an organisation that focuses on recycling soap and educating the community on sanitation, hygiene and soap wastage. I’m grateful that I could apply the skills and knowledge learnt from my Business Studies diploma for a good cause and I’ve learnt not to take something as simple as soap for granted!

During my civic internship, I found myself using my engineering knowledge and skills to help people. It was so rewarding to see the faces of the elderly light up in understanding when I explained engineering concepts to them in a simple way or when I helped to get their faulty electrical devices working again. I also gained other skills such as in programme content development and implementation as well as networking.

NP's Civic Internship has opened up our organisation to great interns who want to make a difference in the community, and in turn has given NP students great insight into a career in the social sector. In fact, one of the NP interns has joined us full-time! We hope this programme can be rolled out to other institutes of higher learning as well to promote empathy and selflessness amongst the youths who are the future of our country.

As part of my civic internship, I was a marketing intern with Soap Cycling Singapore, an organisation that focuses on recycling soap and educating the community on sanitation, hygiene and soap wastage. I’m grateful that I could apply the skills and knowledge learnt from my Business Studies diploma for a good cause and I’ve learnt not to take something as simple as soap for granted!

Having the NP civic interns work on their Civic Challenge projects with HIM saved me much time and effort. And they did a great job! I have partners and other contacts keen to hire NP students as interns or to have them work on similar projects, after seeing what was done for HIM.

Contact

Office of Service-Learning | Ngee Ann Polytechnic 
Blk 5, #01-01
535 Clementi Road
Singapore 599489

np_osl@np.edu.sg

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