I look forward to volunteering at SAAS every week,  it has been such a rewarding and enjoyable experience for me! It has really been an enriching experience where I truly gain as much (or even more) as I give. I’ve learned that every single child with autism sees the world differently and that there is no one-size-fits-all way method of teaching and interacting with the children. The teachers I have worked with have really inspired me with their endless patience and intimate knowledge of each student in their class. They really take the time to learn each child’s unique ‘language’, and taught me how to slowly pick on up each student’s physical and emotional cues. 

Most of all, I’ve learned that it doesn’t take superhuman patience or ‘more’ compassion than the average person in order to interact with and support autistic individuals. Instead, all it takes is a little effort understanding and accepting them for who they are, and doing so will give you the gift of seeing the world through a different lens.

Chelsea Ng, University Student, Volunteer at St. Andrew’s Autism School

Chelsea Ng

“In fact, this is my first time in a volunteering capacity. I took up the courage as I wanted to know more about Autism. I have people coming up and sharing about their volunteering experiences with me from time to time and that makes me feel to want to experience it for myself. Nervous and lost was how I felt on my first day but I was fortunate to have very good supportive teachers on hand to brief me on all the necessary knowledge of the day’s work. As I continued to volunteer, I have come to know that out there, every family is walking a different journey and that the community is crying out for people whose hearts and minds are open to these special group of individuals. Yes, it is challenging but I am sure you will find the experience rewarding.” 

Joseph Tham, Teacher, Volunteer at St. Andrew’s Autism School

Joseph Tham

 “Volunteering at St. Andrew’s Autism Centre’s Day Activity Centre has been an enormously enriching experience. The clients with their individual candid expressions and behaviours conjure moments of pure joy and remind me to embrace life, abandoning every day worries. It’s been a comfort and sanctuary to be accepted into such a non-judgemental and unprejudiced environment, contributing to others and catalysing my personal growth.”

Nik Chew, Volunteer at DAC (Siglap)

Nik Chew

“It has been very good learning journey. The coaches have inspired me with their patience and love. The clients are very fun to work with and there is so much to learn every time I am with them. It brings me a lot of peace and joy too when I do my volunteering work at the center every week.” 

Michela Lai, Volunteer at DAC (Sengkang)

Michela Lai