Teach Singapore

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In line with NUS 115 years of history in levelling up the society through education and shaping the future, Teach Singapore (Teach SG) is a new university-wide initiative aimed to involve the NUS community of students, staff and alumni to provide academic coaching and mentoring to children and youth from lower-income families.

Teach SG seeks to empower and equip NUS students who want to make a difference in the lives of these disadvantaged children and youth.

You will have access to training workshops, end-to-end volunteer support and funding throughout this initiative to enable you to do more.  

All students may apply to this initiative:

  • Existing student groups conducting academic coaching or mentoring outreach projects;
  • Student groups looking for new community outreach projects;
  • Individuals looking to volunteer

Join us in this meaningful initiative and together, we can make a difference in these young lives.


As part of your development as a volunteer, Teach SG seeks to provide training workshops that will enable you to better engage and mentor these disadvantaged children and youth.

Some of these skillsets include:

  • Coaching and Mentoring skills
  • Rapport and Trust Building
  • Understanding the mindsets and behaviour of children and youth

Teach Singapore is in talks with Google to have our student volunteers bring the Interland curriculum to disadvantaged children and youths.

Google worked with the Media Literacy Council to encourage primary school students to use internet safely, through a free game called Interland, as part of the ’Be Internet Awesome’ curriculum, in 2020.


Successful student projects will receive a grant of up to $3,000 each. 

Qualifying Items

Non-Qualifying Items

Transport cost to location where sessions are conducted.

Direct cash donations or gifts to beneficiaries and/or community partners.

Stationeries including photocopying of materials necessary for the conduct of the sessions.

Purchase of stationeries such as pencil, ruler etc. for beneficiaries. Exception is given if stationeries are used as prizes during bonding sessions.

Materials & logistics needed for bonding session (e.g. Entry tickets to places of interest, chartering of buses etc.)

Any items for private and personal consumption. Exception is given for refreshments if activity is held over meal times.

Items, goods or services where approved individual or team members have a direct stake or interest in.

*Only items that are essential to the project will qualify for funding. OSA reserves the right to reject expenditures as deemed fit. Applicants are encouraged to seek clarification prior to spending, if uncertain. 


Teach SG is open to all NUS students currently involved or interested in academic coaching and mentoring projects to children or youths from disadvantaged backgrounds.

New or Existing Student Groups:

  • All applicants including members of project team must be full time NUS students with at least one semester left before graduation.
  • Minimum of five members per team.
  • Projects or contact time with beneficiaries should span a minimum of 10 weeks with at least one session (approx. 1.5 hours) per week.
  • All beneficiaries must be from low-income families and can range from Primary to Secondary schooling levels.


  • Applicant must be a full time NUS student with at least one semester left before graduation
  • Applicant should be able to commit to an engagement period of at least 10 weeks (approx. 1.5 hours) per week.


All projects will be evaluated by a panel as accorded to points in the following areas:

  1. Impact to community 
  2. Impact to self


The intended project outcomes include:

  1. Increase access to programmes by children and youth
  2. Increase sense of self-confidence and broaden world view of children and youth
  3. Enhance NUS student volunteers’ abilities


Should you have any questions regarding this programme, please email to teachsg@nus.edu.sg.


8. FAQ

A. Eligibility

1. Can I still apply if my current project is funded by other grants?

Yes. The project should ensure that the items funded by Teach SG are not funded by the other grants.

2. Can I have non-NUS students in my project group?

No. Teach SG is only open to projects by NUS students.

3. Can I apply to Teach SG if I am an international student?

Yes. You can apply to Teach SG if you are an international student.

4.What if I have less than 5 members in my project group?

Consideration will be given on case-by-case basis. Do enquire via email toteachsg@nus.edu.sg.

5. Can I qualify for Teach SG if my project group is engaged in other activities with the beneficiaries beyond academic coaching?

Yes. However, academic coaching should form the core of your activities during your engagement with the beneficiaries.

6. May I apply for Teach SG if I am graduating this semester, and continue the 10-week engagement post-graduation?

No. Teach SG is currently only open to existing NUS undergraduates.

B. Community Partners

1. I have not identified a Community Partner for my project, can I still apply to Teach SG?

Yes, you can. We will be matching your project to suitable Community Partners and participating schools.

2. I have not identified a Community Partner, where can I find suitable Community Partners for my project?

You can check out the National Council of Social Service website here and the Ministry of Social and Family Development website here for Community organisations that serve underprivileged children and youth.

3. My current partnership with a Community Partner has been disrupted due to Covid-19, will I be able to reach out to new Community Partners or beneficiaries through Teach SG?

Yes you can. We will be matching your project to suitable Community Partners and beneficiaries in participating schools based on the needs of the beneficiaries and the availability of your project group.

4. If my Community Partner decides to withdraw mid-way through the programme, will I still be able to continue engaging with beneficiaries?

Yes you will. However, depending on the extenuating circumstances, your project group might be re-assigned to another Community Partner based on suitability and availability.

C. Applying as a Student Group

1. Can my student group retain our branding, project name and existing volunteering programmes after we join Teach SG?

Yes, you can. All existing student projects who are eligible for Teach SG may retain their branding and group identity after it is successfully accepted as part of Teach SG initiative. Teach SG will provide additional support for the ongoing mentoring projects.

D. Applying as an Individual

1. Will I be matched to other student volunteers to form a group when I apply as an individual?

Yes. You will either be matched to an existing volunteering project as a member.

2. As an individual, am I required to have a proposed project to apply to Teach SG?

No, individual volunteers are not required to have a proposed mentoring project prior to application. We will be matching you to existing projects and other interested student volunteers if you are selected.

E. Volunteering Commitment

1. Will I be able to choose a volunteering slot that is convenient for me?

Yes. We will be collating your weekly availability and try to match you to a volunteering project that suits your availability.

2. May I still apply for the current round of application if I am only able to commit in the next semester?

Yes, you may. You may indicate your start date in the application form and we will take note.

3. When will the 10-week duration of volunteering span across?

The 10-week commitment would depend on your availability and the volunteering project that you are matched to.

4. Can I use Teach SG to fulfil other programme requirements?

Yes. You should ensure that your project meets the requirements of the other programme as well. However, you should ensure that the items funded by Teach SG are not funded by the other grants.