Volunteer with us

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

In turn, our volunteers' lives are impacted.

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.

Please note that we do not have any volunteer orientations coming up in August.

If you are interested in being a volunteer we invite you to come for HealthServe’s interest night to find out more or if you are ready to get involved please submit your details via email to volunteer@healthserve.org.sg with {VOLUNTEER ENQUIRY} in the subject title we will get back to you once a volunteering opportunity opens up.

We are looking for volunteers who are:
Relational
Compassionate
Respectful
Committed

We have 3 types of Volunteering roles at HealthServe:

Regular Roles

Roles to help maintain HealthServe’s weekly operations to meet the needs of hundreds of migrant workers in our clinics and centres.

Able to commit a minimum of once a month for 2 hours or more for the next 6 months.

Must attend a HealthServe Volunteer Orientation before starting their role.

Please browse through the roles below and apply through our Volunteer Interest form.

e.g. Doctors in our clinics, Administrative Assistant in our Finance dept, Casework volunteer…etc

Special Projects

One-off projects that can range from 2 weeks to 3 months requiring volunteers with specialised skill sets and qualifications.

Must be able to commit to the stipulated project period and possess the relevant skills and experience to complete their projects.

Opportunities can be found on HealthServe’s internal platform or Facebook or we will contact you directly if you have submitted your CV to us using our Volunteer Interest form.

e.g. Research and surveys, designing outreach materials, data analysis, photography/videography

Ad-Hoc Opportunities

Random, sometimes labour or administrative intensive tasks ranging from as short as 2 hours to one day.

Looking for people who are able to commit and complete the task given.

Must fill out the Volunteer Interest form.

Opportunities for this can be found on HealthServe’s internal workplace platform, posted on our Facebook or through email.

e.g. Stock taking, translation, event ushering, cleaning, helping move items, painting..etc


Volunteering at our Clinics

100% of HealthServe’s clinic operations are run by volunteers and managed by our full-time clinic managers, because of this we need people who are able to commit on a regular basis at any of our locations. Do note that clinics may run over the stipulated time sometimes due to unexpected cases and volunteers are expected to turn up on time as many migrant workers queue up hours before our clinics start.

Clinic Assistants

Our Clinic assistants are our hardworking elves who help our clinic manager to ensure the clinic runs smoothly and patients feel cared for! We usually have 6 clinic assistants each clinic session who play a variety of roles and serve patients with kindness and enthusiasm.
You do not need to be a medical professional to serve in this role.

Responsibilities are assigned by the clinic manager on the day itself and may look like:

  • Queue tokens distribution

  • Taking vital signs

  • Registering

  • Traffic control

  • Picking and packing medicine

  • Payment collection

  • Patient education

  • Health screening

  • Translation (Bengali)

  • Scribing for doctors

  • Other ad-hoc duties

Clinic assistants are expected to arrive at least 30 minutes before the stated time above to help with setup. They may also be required to stay on to help pack down.

Doctors

HealthServe depends on compassionate doctors who are able to practice in GP, Orthopedics and Dermatology to consult and treat patients. A passion to serve migrant workers, patience and a valid medical professional qualification is needed for this role.

All doctors interested in volunteering with us must be qualified and certified in Singapore to practice. You will have to submit the following documents to us for verification and checks before you are able to come and volunteer:
- Scanned copy of MCR/DCR front and back
- Malpractice insurance provider, expiry date and insurance number.

Nurses and Pharmacists

Every clinic session we have at least two nurses and/or pharmacists who diligently dispense medication and help bandage wounds when necessary. Clear communication and a heart to understand and bridge language/cultural barriers goes a long way in this role.

All nurses and pharmacists interested in volunteering with us must be qualified and certified in Singapore to practice. You will have to submit the following documents to us for verification and checks before you are able to come and volunteer:
- Scanned copy of your nursing or pharmacist license.

Dentists

Dentists interested in volunteering with us must be qualified and certified in Singapore to practice. You will have to submit the following documents to us for verification and checks before you are able to come and volunteer:
- Scanned copy of your dental license and insurance.

Dental Assistants

We are currently only accepting dental assistants through dentists who volunteer with us.

Occupational Therapist and Physiotherapists

Referred through our centres and clinics, HealthServe runs monthly OT/PT sessions for migrant workers with musculoskeletal issues. Most of these sessions are run at our Geylang headquarters on some clinic days between 7pm - 9.30pm.

Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists interested in volunteering with us must be qualified and certified in Singapore to practice. You will have to submit the following documents to us for verification and checks before you are able to come and volunteer:
- Scanned copy of your license

TCM

Referred through our centres and clinics, HealthServe runs monthly TCM sessions for migrant workers. These take place in our Geylang headquarters and timing may vary.

TCM practitioners interested in volunteering with us must be qualified and certified in Singapore to practice. You will have to submit the following documents to us for verification and checks before you are able to come and volunteer:
- Scanned copy of your license and insurance.


Locations and timings

Geylang
Tuesday 6.30pm - 9.30pm
Wednesday 6.30pm - 9.30pm
Saturday 2.45pm - 5pm

Jalan Papan (Jurong)
Sunday 2.30pm - 5.30pm
Sunday 5.30pm - 7.30pm

HealthServe provides two way transport from Lakeside MRT for both sessions.

Mandai
Saturday 6.30pm - 9pm

Requirements:

  • Must be able to commit to volunteering at least once a month for the next 6 months.

  • You must have completed a HealthServe Volunteer Orientation.

  • Able to stay for the full clinic session.

  • Should possess the qualifications and certification stated in each role and submit it to HealthServe before beginning their volunteering role.

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Volunteers Currently Needed

Please note that we are currently not recruiting any volunteers.

Please follow our Facebook channel for updates on when we will be opening up volunteer recruitment for regular roles again or for any ad-hoc/special projects opportunities.


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. 

Please note that we will not be recruiting volunteers for August. If you’d like to find out more about HealthServe before you commit please attend a HealthServe interest night - check HealthServe’s Facebook for the next one!

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

Those who are able to commit to a regular volunteer role will be invited to attend a Volunteer Orientation.

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.

All volunteers interested in regular roles must go through orientation before serving and must sign up for HealthServe’s internal community portal to keep updated with all our news and events (link will be given after attending Volunteer Orientation).

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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.