21 September 2014

Oct 2014: Training for volunteer guides at the Sisters Islands Marine Park

Do you want to volunteer to guide at the Sisters Islands Marine Park? Then this FREE training programme is for you!
Places are limited and filling up fast! Pre-registration required online here http://tinyurl.com/SisGuideTrgOct2014.

What happens during an NParks public walk at the Marine Park?
Here's a glimpse of how the NParks public walks are conducted and the role of volunteer guides and volunteer 'seekers'.

What are the aims of the training?
The training hopes to introduce you to the fundamentals of guiding at the Park, build your confidence to guide effectively. It is also a chance to interact with like-minded people and more experienced nature guides. And come up with new and exciting ways to share about our shores.
Training will be tailored to your needs. This is why we need you to fill up the registration form (http://tinyurl.com/SisGuideTrgOct2014).So that we can better customize the workshop to YOUR needs.

How will the training be conducted?
There will be a few 15min talks, meant only to provide context and fundamentals. You are expected to read up the bulk of the information on your own. Links to online resources will be provided to those who register.

The bulk of the classroom training will involve small group discussions and role playing facilitated by experienced volunteer guides. These workshop sessions are intended to develop confidence in new guides. And to come up with fun and effective ways to raise awareness about our shores.
Role playing during a past Leafmonkey Workshop
for Guides of Singapore shores

The classroom session will involve collaborative note-taking so you are encouraged to bring your laptop for real-time online sharing of ideas.

During field training, you will be expected to practice your stories and guiding techniques in small groups with an experienced facilitator.
Field training during a past Leafmonkey Workshop
for Guides of Singapore shores

Who can join?

Training is open to
  • Those 19 years and above.
  • Able to easily get in and out of a boat and to walk about 1km.
  • Participants must commit to guide 4 times in the coming 12 months at NParks public walks at the Sisters Islands Marine Park. Public walk dates will be made available in Nov 2014 and may not always be on a weekend.
  • Training will be tailored to your needs. This is why we need you to fill up the registration form (http://tinyurl.com/SisGuideTrgOct2014). So that we can better customize the workshop to YOUR needs.

Training programme details

All classroom training on weekdays 6.30pm-10.30pm at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. (Detailed venue will be provided to those who register)

Day 1: 1 Oct (Wed) or 7 Oct (Tue)
  • 15min Intro to the Marine Park, what it's about, how it came about, what's ahead (NParks)
  • 15min Intro to marine habitats (Ria Tan, wildsingapore)
  • Making a difference with your walk
  • Dealing with 'difficult' visitors

Day 2:
2 Oct (Thu) or 8 Oct (Wed)
  • 15min Intro to safety on the shores: safety of people and safety of reefs (Ria Tan, wildsingapore)
  • 15min Intro to safe and successful 'Seeking' (Ria Tan, wildsingapore)
  • Tricky guiding situations - Specially for new guides
  • Dealing with 'difficult' visitors

Field trip: 12 Oct (Sun)
6pm-9pm (More details will be provided to those who register)
  • Priority for the field trip given to those who attended Day 1 AND Day 2. Seats are limited.
  • Each participant to prepare to talk about 5 things on the Die-die-sure-can-see list (to be provided to those who register).
  • Start practicing stories from departure from mainland.
  • Practice stories along the walk route.
  • Field introduction to effective and safe 'Seeking'.

The workshops and field trip are free-of-charge!

The volunteers organising the workshop are providing their services for free. NParks is providing facilities, support and the field trip for free.

Why do I need to register for the training?
Training will be tailored to your needs. This is why we need you to fill up the registration form (http://tinyurl.com/SisGuideTrgOct2014).So that we can better customize the workshop to YOUR needs.

More questions?
Please email Ria Tan at hello@wildsingapore.com

This training programme is a collaboration among NParks, National Biodiversity Centre, The Leafmonkey Workshop, Ria Tan (wildsingapore) and the volunteer guides of The Naked Hermit Crabs

More information about The Sisters Islands Marine Park


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