frequently asked questions
NUS CSC, also known as NUS Students’ Community Service Club, is the largest volunteering group in NUS!
Our projects are categorised into 3 main arms, namely Special Projects (SPs), Regular Volunteering Programmes (RVPs) and Exploratory Programmes (EPs).
SPs are short-term projects that typically last between 3-6 months, while RVPs take place on a weekly basis all year round. EPs are the growth arm of our club and mainly focus on coming up with new ideas for the rest of our programmes so if you’re interested in innovation & creativity, EPs are for you!
CSC serves 3 main sectors: the elderly, youth and intellectually disabled. Recently, we have also started exploring with other groups of beneficiaries such as migrant workers.
As the largest volunteering group in NUS, CSC provides a diverse profile of volunteering programmes. Besides developing the spirit of volunteerism, you will also get to forge meaningful friendships with fellow volunteers! It’s also cross faculty so you can meet people from other faculties too!
SPs and EPs like LEAP Project and SparkSeed are shorter-term projects of 3 to 6 months, whereas RVPs and CPs usually take place throughout the academic year, with hiatuses during examination weeks.
For the latest updates, do follow our Telegram channel (https://t.me/nuscsc), as well as Instagram and Facebook pages (@nuscsc).
RVP recruitment is usually held at the start of the academic year in August while SPs and EPs have slightly different timelines which we’ll share more about during SLF & CSC Outreach so you can sign up for the project directly when recruitment starts. You can also keep an eye out on our Instagram Story and our telegram group where we post all our recruitments!
Regular Volunteering Programmes (RVPs), as the name suggests, are volunteering programmes ongoing throughout the academic year, usually on a weekly basis.
The beneficiary groups include the Children/Youth, Elderly, and Persons with Intellectual Disability sectors respectively. The volunteers that you will work with can come from all over NUS!
Through RVPs, you can volunteer regularly and forge lasting relationships with beneficiaries and fellow volunteers!
Our various RVPs take place all over Singapore, so you can definitely find a RVP that you can conveniently travel to! Currently, we have 6 RVPs conducting online and 6 RVPs conducting physically, of which 1 of them is on hybrid mode!
Not to worry, no prior experience is needed! All you need is an open and willing heart <3
Over the years, many of our volunteers signed up alone initially, but managed to find a close-knit group of volunteering friends in their RVP!
If you are keen to work with C&Y you can consider joining our collaborative programmes as well. We have SGSS Study Buddy and KRSS Study Buddy, both of which also work with C&Y. The main difference between CPs from RVPs is that they do not take place over the course of the entire AY.
Recruitment of Special Projects usually happens at the start of each semester, with each semester offering different Special Projects. If you are looking at stepping up to lead a project, recruitment of Project Directors usually happens around August to September in Semester 1 and January to February in Semester 2! However, if you are keen on joining the organising committee, it will happen around a month after the project directors have been recruited. Feel free to check out our csc telegram on their recruitments & to get more timely updates regarding the various volunteering opportunities available.
If you are unable to commit the entire year for RVPs, you can consider joining SPs to make your semester/school breaks more fulfilling! You also get to meet like-minded people who are passionate about volunteering!
Moreover, joining as part of an Organising Committee or as a Project Director will allow you to be heavily involved in the projects and also allow you to be part of creating your own unique volunteering journey. No two iterations of Special Projects are the same and each has their own distinct experience to offer!
Depends on which group of beneficiaries you are passionate about! Fret not, we offer a wide range of opportunities for you to choose from, from getting to interact with migrant workers to volunteering for less financially privileged families, just to name a few! Find out more about our projects here
No, you don't have to! All that matters is dedication, commitment and having a heart to serve!
Yes, there is no limit to the number of SPs you can sign up for! Perhaps during the interview, you can get to find out more about the commitment level and when the project’s main phases
Have you always wanted to start your own ground up community service project or pitch your idea to improve current programmes? If your answer is yes, then Exploratory Programmes are for you! Don’t worry if you don't have a concrete idea or rich experience/confidence, LEAP projects and SparkSeed are great avenues for you to venture out of your comfort zone and begin your journey in this sector! 🙂 Guidance and support will be provided throughout the fun and meaningful experience. For more volunteering opportunities, do check out collaborative programmes as well! EPs are a great way to try some new volunteering programs. LEAP Projects and Sparkseed provide opportunities to venture out of your comfort zone and think creatively about volunteering. Join EP to push yourself to learn new things like work with new beneficiaries, start your own community service project and improve current programs. EPs provide you with the space to learn but also supports you with guidance and mentoring to maximise your potential.
Really depends! What sort of activities you enjoy, what level of commitment you can have, what beneficiaries you want to work with.. EPs are newer and younger programs, but there’s still a very wide range of the different kinds of programs. If you have a creative streak, join SparkSeed or LEAP Projects! If you’re into more of long term volunteering then join CPs. Find out more here
You should start with having an understanding of who you want to help and why. Once LEAP recruitment begins, simply fill in the form with a brief description of your idea and you’ll be called for an interview. During that we will find out more about your idea and if chosen, the VPEP and gen sect will guide you through the process of starting your project.
Don't worry if you lack experience or confidence! There will be people to guide you, and the very premise of LEAP is to help those who are less experience to still have an opportunity to lead and start your very own program. You’ll also be given $500 seed funding 🙂
Depends on the programme! Short term projects (6 months): LEAP projects and SparkSeed Long term (more than 6 months) Collaborative programmes: Project IMH, KRSS Study Buddy, SGSS Study Buddy
CPs are taking place online currently SparkSeed took place online in the previous year LEAP projects took place mainly physically while restrictions allowed As much as possible, we would try to make physical sessions happen if restrictions allow!