Virtual WeeTrip 2021: Connected to Laos

Four WeeTrippers from the WKWSCI student-led organisation WeeVolunteer share their thoughts on how virtual overseas volunteering services could change the volunteering landscape.

Despite the physical distance between Singapore and Laos, the WeeTrippers from AY2020/21 continued to create a positive impact there through digital means. PHOTO: XU MEI CHENG

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More than a year into the pandemic, WeeVolunteer, the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information Volunteer Programme, successfully organised projects for both local and overseas communities. Despite COVID-19 restrictions, WeeVolunteer worked their way around them and continued providing students with opportunities to contribute to society. In recognition of their efforts, WeeVolunteer won the Service Award at the 2021 WKWSCI Spotlight Awards

Earlier in February, WeeTrip, the overseas volunteering student group under the WeeVolunteer, launched its first-ever virtual overseas volunteer initiative. These unprecedented times did not stop WeeTrip from partnering with their longtime beneficiaries in Laos, as they hosted an online content creation workshop in collaboration with MyLaoHome and kickstarted a social media campaign with non-profit organisation, DoTheKindness

In this multimedia video story, WeeTrippers Aqil B Hamzah (CS’22), Zeen Tng (CS’22), Stephanie Thong (CS’23) and Janellia Kwan (CS’24) share the uncertainties they faced as WKWSCI’s pioneering batch of virtual overseas volunteers.