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Operation Shangri-La, a Travel and Service Programme in Napa Lake

Operation Shangri-La was started 7 years back as a long term expedition to the Tibetan region to provide an extra-ordinary experience to enthusiastic travellers keen to incorporate elements of adventure travel with community service. WHERE —– Napa Hai, Shangri-La County (3270 meters above sea level and covers 660 square kilometres; it is approximately 8 kilometres northwest of Zhongdian town in Yunnan Province) WHEN —– Expedition will be conducted over 2 phases. Each phase shall comprise of a 15-day period. Planned phases are 15 NOV – 29 NOV 2009 29 NOV – 13 DEC 2009 OBJECTIVES ———- • To provide the local farmers with an alternative to generate income through tourism instead of their usual dependency on woodcutting which depletes their natural resources at a rapid rate and causes harmful environmental effects. • To promote cultural and lifestyle awareness for both parties as well as help the villages to cultivate a sense of self-confidence & the need to improve oneself. • To assist in building the “Napa Education Centre” which functions as classrooms as well as for other various purposes e.g. provide an opportunity for the young adults (who do not have the chance to study before the school was set up in the village) to attend night classes. PROJECTS ——– - To complete the partially built education centre of 400 sqm - To varnish the entire education centre - To set up learning lab in the education centre HIGHLIGHTS ———— - • Trekking • Enjoy local Tibetan fare and experience their hospitality and colourful culture through home stays and working side by side with the locals • Plan and play educational games and activities • A night of cultural performance Cost per person – S$1,950 Includes: • Airfare + taxes (International + domestic flights) • Trekking support such as guide, kitchen crews and utensils, tents • Accommodation: tourist class hotels, Tibetan village home-stay • Materials for community service • Entrance fee to Napa Hai • Transport as per itinerary • Meals during project time • Local guide fee • AIG Travel Insurance • Briefing prior to departure • 15% discount for gears at X-Boundaries • X-Trekkers leader expenses, allowance & management fee Excludes: • Meals not indicated • Porter service • Entrance fees to attractions not stated in itinerary • Visa & visa application service fee (if applicable) • Personal expenses & meals • Sleeping bag and liner ———— ——— ——— ——— ——— ——— - FOR MORE INFORMATION: - Email: info@x-trekkers. com Hotline: +65-94876198 www.x-trekkers. com 238 Thomson Road, #03-59 Novena Square Singapore 307683 http://www.x- trekkers. com/Travel- and-Services/ Operation- Shangri-la- 2009.html Facebook – http://www.facebook .com/group. php?gid=16110603 1372

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Call For Applications: IPA x SHS Photo Mentorship Grant

Posted by VolunteerSG Admin | Posted in Announcement | Posted on 14-07-2016



Following our successful Workshop Grant with Invisible Photographer Asia (IPA) last year, Singapore Heritage Society and IPA are partnering again to offer a second grant to participate in the 12th Edition of the IPA Mentorship Program commencing in August 2016.
The IPA Mentorship Program is an intensive 3-month program by Invisible Photographer Asia (IPA) for those who wish to further their personal photographic vision and goals. The aim is for mentees to conceive, continue or finish a photo project or series as a method to strengthen their photography and understand the concerns of their individual practice.
The IPA X SHS Photo Mentorship Grant recipient will be encouraged to investigate and interpret history (local or national, private or public), topography, community and locality to author creative site-responsive projects using photography as a medium.
Participants may choose to work on a place or neighbourhood in Singapore of personal significance, or a site of national heritage or historical interest. Research material, be they family or public archives, text, drawings and photographs, serve as raw ingredients to meditate and author the individual responses.
Our previous grant was awarded to filmmaker Clarice Lee and her final project The Island of Everlasting Utility was presented by Singapore Heritage Society at the Ubin Day 2016 community event in Pulau Ubin.
The grant recipient will be mentored by Kevin WY Lee, founder of Invisible Photographer Asia. More information about the IPA Mentorship Program: http://invisiblephotographer.asia/ipamentorship/

About the IPA x SHS Photo Mentorship Grant:

This Grant offers free participation in the IPA Mentorship Program with fees waived. While the application is to open all members and friends of the Singapore Heritage Society, the selected recipient must become a subscribing member of the Singapore Heritage Society before commencing the mentorship. Details about joining the Singapore Heritage Society: http://www.singaporeheritage.org/?page_id=72

To apply for this Grant, please follow the instructions below:

Send an email to shs.secretary@gmail.com with the subject header: “APPLICATION – IPA x Singapore Heritage Society Photo Mentorship Grant” And include the following information:
  • Name:
  • Nationality/Country of Residence:
  • Age/Sex:
  • Biography:
  • Provide a brief outline proposal of the site you would like to work on during the workshop.
The sites must be located in Singapore and priority will be given to strong proposals on any of the following:
  • the social life and intangible practices around heritage places
  • sites or neighbourhoods threatened by significant change
  • sites or neighbourhoods with a long history (pre-1900)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: SUNDAY, 24TH JULY 2015. Applications will be shortlisted by Singapore Heritage Society. The winning applicant will be selected by Invisible Photographer Asia and contacted with further participation details.


Founded in 1987, the Singapore Heritage Society is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation and registered charity with Institution of Public Character (IPC) status. As independent voice on heritage issues in Singapore, it is dedicated to research, education and advocacy relating to Singapore’s history, culture and and identity. Run by volunteers, the Society’s active members include academics and professionals in related industries as well as serious enthusiasts from all walks of life. Learn more about the Society through this video: https://vimeo.com/58862922 Our President’s Report (2015): www.singaporeheritage.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/SHS-Presidents-Report-2015.pdf Follow our daily updates on Facebook: www.facebook.com/sgheritage


Invisible Photographer Asia | 亞洲隱形攝影師 (IPA) was founded in 2010 by Kevin WY Lee, and since then has grown into a leading and influential platform for Photography and Arts in Asia. We participate vigorously in the movement of Photography in Asia through talent showcases, events and exhibitions, publishing, workshops and education, and community outreach. Since inauguration, IPA has partnered with organizations such as PLATFORM.SG, National Museum Of Singapore, The Angkor Photo Festival, KL Photo Awards, AO Photo Books (Hong Kong), SONY Electronics Asia Pacific, Leica Camera Asia Pacific, Epson Singapore, and Awagami Factory Japan to name a few.
IPA website: http://invisiblephotographer.asia About the project mentor, Kevin WY Lee: www.kevinwylee.com

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