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UKexpat
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Looking for something to do!

Postby UKexpat » Wed, 28 Jun 2006 12:00 pm

Hi, I am new to this forum. I have posted already on the parenting forum as I am currently pregnant, but I am also looking for some more general advice on settling in in Singapore. My boyfriend and I moved here because of his work in January. So far it has been a good experience, although recently I have started to feel a bit homesick. When we moved it was my intention initially to take a couple of months off of working as I had left behind my job in London, and then to look for work out here, but a couple of months turned into a couple more and now I am unable to begin a job as I would have to leave to have the baby soon after starting. Being on my own most days is starting to feel rather lonely, not to mention unfulflilling. I would really like to join a class, practical rather than academic as I am already completing a degree with the Open University, but so far my research has come up with very little. I will keep looking though! Something else I would be interested in is volunteer work. Any ideas? I know there is a website called National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre which posts available volunteer positions but having used their ematch service, I have not heard anything back.

If there is anyone else on here in a similar position please get in touch as it would be good to chat! I'd be really interested in other people's experiences of settling into life in Singapore.

course_placement_svcs
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Looking for something to do!

Postby course_placement_svcs » Wed, 28 Jun 2006 12:35 pm

From my experience doing Volunteer work, you may have to contat the person-in-charge yourself. Simply using the ematch is useless. I have fun doing the work and the most important thing is that i have learnt a lot from the volunteer work and thus gain satisfaction.

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New to Singapore

Postby kaurikid » Sat, 01 Jul 2006 9:39 pm

Ok

Here we go

Volunteers- loads of organisations-contact them directly.
Many have volunteer coordinators
ANZA always has lots of voluntary positions and I think they have a co-ordinator.
ANZA is a good organisation , cheap membership(100 0r so a year).
I am not a member these days but know they have load of activities.
Salvation Army, Sinda, :D

Classes
Loads of cooking classes out there such as home horizons , cookery magic.

Bookclubs, quilting groups , jewellery classes and antenatal classes such as parent and child centre Tanglin Mall.

To meet Singaporeans the YMCA on Orchard Road has loads of classes at a reasonable price.

Any more questions you have I will ty and answer. :)

UKexpat
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Thanks

Postby UKexpat » Mon, 03 Jul 2006 4:27 pm

Hi, and thanks for the replies. I will definitely be looking into some of these ideas and hope to have a new purpose in life very soon. Being here and having lots of spare time is actually a great opportunity and I am determined to make the most of it, instead of sitting at home feeling miserable!

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Re: Looking for something to do!

Postby leopard » Fri, 07 Jul 2006 12:00 pm

i'm not religious so i may not know what i'm talking about... have you tried the church? i'm sure they will have need for charitable volunteers...

[quote="UKexpat"]If there is anyone else on here in a similar position please get in touch as it would be good to chat! I'd be really interested in other people's experiences of settling into life in Singapore.[/quote]


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