Posted by VolunteerSG Admin | Posted in Call for Volunteers | Posted on 31-05-2012
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Submission has been extended to 7 June 2012.
Sunday Times 20 May 2012
FAR FROM BORING
His friends said museums were dusty and boring. To prove them wrong, Mr Dinesh Sathisan, a National University of Singapore history major, signed up as a volunteer guide.
Then 24 years old, he was the youngest guide in his batch to be trained at the Asian Civilisations Museum in 2005. Up to today, the 31-year-old defence policy officer relishes the stories behind the museum’s artefacts.
Visitors are often captivated by a bronze-cast statue of the Hindu goddess Uma. So he tells them how the god Shiva was so similarly entranced that he made her his wife.
HOOKED FROM THE START
Ms Deanna Rashid’s first visit to the Asian Civilisations Museum was a night-time foray in 2010 at the behest of a German friend, who said tickets were half-price at night. She was immediately hooked.
There was no guide so the 36-year-old recruiter at an oil and gas firm relied on the descriptions, but she enjoyed the experience enough to go back a second time. She also signed up to become a guide with Museum Volunteers.
Last month, she became one of the museum’s 41 new weekend guides, after half a year of training. She can now identify different Buddha statues and trace their artistic influences to 1,000-year-old exchanges between India, Cambodia, China and Vietnam.
‘I really wanted to be an ambassador for our South-east Asian heritage,’ she says.