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FAQs
What kind of volunteering opportunities are available?

You may volunteer in classes, at events or on projects. Please click on the ‘opportunities’ tab for more information.

How do I sign-up to be a volunteer?

Simply fill up this form and we will be in touch with you on available opportunities that match your interest.

Do I need to know art or music in order to volunteer in classes?

No, though it is good to have some artistic knowledge in the arts.

What kind of training is available to me?

All volunteers, regardless of preferences in activities, would receive an email with resources on interactions with people with disabilities, which cover the very basics for general interactions.

For class volunteers, you will learn along the way as you get to know our students. Our teachers, who are trained in special needs education, will also be there to answer any questions you have. For event volunteers, we will conduct briefings before the event and in-person briefings on the day itself. If there are activities with complicated steps, we may ask you to come down for a pre-event dry-run or training.

Is there a minimum age to become a volunteer?

Due to the vulnerability of the community we serve, we prefer volunteers to be at least 16 years of age and mature in thinking.

Are there opportunities for corporate volunteerism?

Yes, there are two ways corporate volunteerism can manifest:

  1. One-off projects (i.e. an ART:DIS event you and your team participates in)
  2. Volunteer-initiated projects  (i.e. you may propose a project and we will assess its feasibility)

How is my data as a volunteer protected by ART:DIS?

We are committed to protecting your data as a volunteer in accordance with PDPA laws.

Testimony

“I find volunteering at ART:DIS extremely satisfying. It gives me a sense of fulfillment, achievement, and pride when I see the students succeed. I have learnt so much from spending time with the students there and I feel privileged to have this opportunity.”

My name is Bhavisha Methani and I am a Year One student doing a Diploma in Arts and Theatre Management. I have been volunteering at ART:DIS Singapore since 3 January 2015 under the Speech and Drama Department.

Being a non-profit organisation, ART:DIS relies heavily on volunteers to conduct the various programs.

Due to my tight school schedule, I am able to volunteer only on Saturdays. During this one year, I have facilitated programs for various age groups, with participants ranging from 3 years of age to 21.

We try to provide a safe space for the students to express themselves. We hope to pass on skills such as interacting with others and following instructions as well as boosting their self-esteem through the activities conducted. For example, we help them prepare for performances to showcase to their parents and collaborate with schools such as Changkat Changi Secondary School. We try to portray real life scenarios through activities such as tableaux.

I find volunteering at ART:DIS extremely satisfying. It gives me a sense of fulfilment, achievement, and pride when I see the students succeed. I have learnt so much from spending time with the students there and I feel privileged to have this opportunity.

I have every intention to continue being a volunteer at ART:DIS. In fact, I strongly recommend everyone to come forward to support the ART:DIS in any capacity they can.

Opportunities

ART:DIS Singapore welcomes any volunteers who want to discover art through the eyes of extraordinary people. Thanks to our volunteers’ skills, time and commitment, ART:DIS had been able to organise even more activities for our students and ensure that its programs keep running. Our volunteers can have the opportunity to share their expertise, meet new people and embellishing the lives of others while enriching their own.
You may volunteer on either an ad-hoc or regular basis.

Here are the different opportunities that you may consider:

ART CLASSES
This is your chance to meet students and help them follow their performing or visual art lessons. Your role is to assist the teacher in making sure the students understand the instructions and help them focus on their tasks. As familiarity and continuity in supervision make for a more conducive and beneficial learning environment for our students, we welcome those who can commit at least 2-3 school terms.

HOLIDAYS WORKSHOPS
During the March, June, September and November holidays, ART:DIS runs different workshops varying from half a day to 4 days to broaden the experiences of its beneficiaries. Volunteers can help the students discover a new skill or learn a new craft, and chaperone them during their breaks.

ADMINISTRATIVE WORK
Volunteers provide much needed office support, preparing projects, updating databases or our different media tools, researching new activities and teachers, and ad-hoc tasks.

EXHIBITION SUPPORT
This is your chance to help our artists with disabilities by promoting and selling their craft and artworks. Exhibition locations and time periods vary.

PROJECTS
ART:DIS also provides volunteers who would like to initiate projects (such as fund-raising events, exhibitions, holiday workshops) and form Organising and Executive Committees.