APRW JASPARC (Asia-Pacific Regional Workshop, Juniors Asia Pacific Regional Conference)

The Singapore delegation was represented for the first time in a CISV Regional Conference, although as a new chapter, the Singapore delegation has representatives attending the APAC(Asia Pacific Annual Conference), Chapter Development Training, Train-The-Trainer training, STEP UP (a programme’s name) training and most significantly, in the JASPARC (Juniors Asia Pacific Regional Conference). Juniors here refer to the age group between 17 to 25.

The Singapore delegation’s first ever participation in APRW seen here with our Indonesian friends

Being the youngest chapter amongst the Asia Pacific Region, the Singapore delegation has a lot to learn, and while the learning curve has been steep, the regional meeting conducted annually provides dynamic insights and many platforms for both the youths and parent volunteers to learn and interact with like-minded volunteers in the region and occasionally with volunteers from the international community.

Small booths operating in sessions affectionately known as tuck shops where chapters sell goods to raise money for their chapter

The trainings were done in a workshop format using Experiential Learning as its core medium of delivery to tackle the attitude, skills and knowledge required to address the different challenges the different chapters of the different countries faced; there were also many engaging and in-depth discussions held among the different chapter representatives.

Regional participants undergoing
Train-The-Trainers (TTT) workshop

In JASPARC (Juniors Asia Pacific Regional Conference), elections and lively discussions forms a unique meeting for the juniors from the Asia Pacific Region of CISV. JASPARC aims to strengthen CISV in the Asia Pacific Region through JB development; by encouraging support, international co-operation, awareness and participation of Juniors. The conference brings together the diverse cultural experiences of each member country and fosters a close constructive working relationship between juniors and seniors; which makes JASPARC and the APRW such an interesting experience

JASPARC discussion exhibition session where the National Representatives observed the discussions carried out.

The Asia-Pacific Junior Branch (APJB) members leading the discussion.

One of the Junior Branch Members, Tohka of the Japanese delegation presenting the discussion

One of Singapore’s very first Junior Branch Members from Hwa Chong Junior College, Yulim presenting her perspective