If you can’t commit to a long term cultural immersion but still want to dip your toes in the water of another country and another place, perhaps something like the Singapore Stop Over Program might work for you. Or maybe you are on your way to another , longer immersion program and while you are on your way- you might like to see Singapore as well. In that case, Xu Bo Art and Culture Exchange Limited (EIL Singapore) has a short program to tempt you with.
Over the past three years they have welcomed many groups to the program, several from Germany. Two coordinators, Wati and Alfred, welcomed the participants to Singapore; the program began immediately at the airport with introductions. Next on the agenda was a city tour- becoming oriented with China Town, Little Indian, Merlion Park, Esplanade, and Garden by the Bay. After a brief rest at their lovely sea side Chalet, everyone departed for Malaysia.
In Malaysia, the visitors learned about Malay culture. They participated in a cultural overview and even learned to “shake” the bamboo musical instrument called the keronchong. The students made their debut by playing “do re me” and had a lot of fun.
The second day a trip to Sentosa was arranged. Sentosa, which means tranquillity in Malay, is a popular resort island at the harbour in Singapore with beaches and countless of rides, attractions and things to do. The students spent most of their time at the beach and enjoyed the sunshine.
The third day, the students headed to a volunteer project-to participate with a local volunteer team. This visit, the group helped animals. They received a vivid presentation describing the animal center operation given by the staff and afterwards, they were able to visit some of the animals rescued by the center and assist with animal care. That afternoon, to conclude their short program they enjoyed a river cruise. They were lucky enough to view a panda.
Short but sweet, best describes the Singapore Stopover Program.