Volunteer with us

Each year, hundreds of HealthServe volunteers impact the lives of thousands of migrant workers.

In turn, our volunteers' lives are impacted.

Volunteers help run our clinics, teach English and computer classes, and plan excursions for injured migrant workers. Together with our staff, our volunteers work tirelessly to keep our organisation running. HealthServe volunteers come from all walks of life - from doctors to lawyers, housewives to students.

Here are the current Volunteer roles we have:
The roles that are in bold require a professional qualification to serve in.

 
  • Admin

  • Casework

  • Communications

  • Counsellor

  • Clinic assistant

  • Clinic Scribe

  • Dentist

  • Doctor

  • Food Project

  • Nurse

  • Occupational Therapist

  • Physiotherapist

  • Pharmacist

  • Specialist Referral

  • Special Projects (ad-hoc basis)

  • Translators

  • Teachers

  • TCM Practitioner

 

Volunteers Currently Needed

Bengali and Tamil speakers who would be able to come in once a week to help follow-up with injured workers or help with translating documents or conducting surveys.
Doctors who are able to commit 2-3 hours/month at our Jalan Papan Clinic and our Geylang clinic.
At Papan clinic, we need 10 more doctors, 15 nurses/pharmacists, and 45 more clinic assistants. 

(updated 5th October 2018)


Healthserve’s key difference from other charity work I have done before is that they encourage volunteers to build healthy relationships with the migrant workers by taking the time to find out more about them - their backgrounds, their stories, their families. I believe that it is this aspect of Healthserve that gives the migrant workers their sense of pride and dignity.
— Amy, Stay at home mom, Clinic and Food Project Volunteer since 2017
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1. Look through the roles we have above and fill out our Volunteer Interest Form

We are looking for volunteers who are able to commit at least once a month for 6 months. 
For those who are interested in volunteering in any clinic roles you have to be a minimum age of 18 years and older. 

We’ve loved building a community that breaks down social barriers and encourages interaction between locals and foreigners here.
— Dylan and Steph, Software Engineering & Public Service, Volunteers since 2016

2. Attend Volunteer Orientation

Held once a month, we will introduce to you the issues that the under-served community faces, what HealthServe as an organisation has been doing to meet these needs and how you as a volunteer can make a difference in the lives of the migrant workers who step through our doors. Once you have filled out the form above, our Volunteer manager will contact you with more details on how to join our next Volunteer Orientation.

Volunteer Orientations are conducted separately for medical professionals and non-medical professionals and are held once a month.

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I am grateful to HealthServe for providing me with a safe space and a relationship-building community. When i first started volunteering I thought to myself, “These brothers don’t look injured! As i got to know them, sometimes through interviewing and registering them for Food Projects, i got to know injuries, unnoticed to the unobservant eye (back spinal pain, loss of fingers, eyesight etc).” Their resilence with injuries and salary disputes and ability to live in a city is something we can all learn from.
— Jeanne, Mother of Four, Food Project Volunteer since 2017

Frequently Asked Questions

+ Is there a dress code for Volunteers?

We don't have a specific dress code but we do encourage volunteers to dress appropriately and modestly as we are a mixed community of cultures. Please try to refrain from bearing too much of your mid-rift, wearing short shorts and spaghetti straps.

+ Can non-medical professionals serve in the clinics?

Yes, we do have roles that you are able to help in without any medical experience.

+ How old do you have to be to Volunteer with HealthServe?

Volunteers need to be a minimum age of 18 years and older to volunteer with us. We make exceptions for minors who are accompanied by an adult guardian (e.g. child of a parent who is volunteering in the clinic).

+ What timings are available for Volunteer roles?

Timings vary depending on your role but clinic volunteers usually serve after office hours for about 2-3 hours. Those who help with cooking would come in on a weekday lunch for about 2 hours. We welcome those who are able to help for about 3 hours during weekday office hours in our casework offices.

+ If I'm only available during the weekends what roles can I help in?

Our Geylang and Mandai clinics run on Saturday and on Sunday our Jalan Papan (Jurong) clinic runs in the afternoon till late evening. Volunteers are expected to commit at least 2 hours each session.

+ If I would like to volunteer with case work,what is the commitment level?

We would like our casework volunteers to regularly be able to commit once a week for a minimum of 6 months due to the training we invest into our volunteers.
The following timings are available:
Desker - 1 x Wednesday, 1 x Thursday, 1 x Friday (between 10am to 3pm)
Geylang - 1 x Tuesday afternoons

+ Can I take photos with migrant workers I meet through Healthserve?

Healthserve works on a relational framework where we encourage you to build friendships with them first and through that friendship you may ask them for permission. Photos should only be taken with consent from both parties.

+ If I have more questions regarding volunteering and interning with HealthServe who can I contact?

You can contact volunteer@healthserve.org.sg with any volunteer/internship related enquiries.