Tell me more about World Vision.
World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organisation working in poverty-stricken communities worldwide to address the needs of vulnerable children and families. World Vision works in about 100 countries around the world, and serves all people on the basis of need, regardless of ethnicity, religion, gender, or nationality. Through a combination of relief, development, and advocacy programmes, World Vision works in partnership with disadvantaged communities to tackle the root causes of poverty and injustice, thereby enabling them to reach their full potential. Our programmes address a range of essential needs that have a critical bearing on the livelihoods of poor families and the well-being of children.
Tell me more about the 30 Hour Famine Camp.
The 30 Hour Famine Camp is a major youth event organised annually by World Vision. Various editions of the camp are held across the world in countries where World Vision works every year, and collectively form an international movement for youth to make a stand together against hunger and poverty. In Singapore, the camp places a unique emphasis on experiential learning, so that youth may walk in the shoes of poor communities in developing regions, and become more informed and empathetic advocates for these communities. Participants from secondary schools, pre-tertiary institutions, and universities in Singapore come together to challenge themselves to fast for 30 hours while negotiating a series of educational group tasks and service activities. The result is a deeper appreciation of the struggles of vulnerable children and families who have to go without food for much longer than 30 hours.
How is the Famine Camp in 2019 connected to World Vision’s ‘It Takes A World’ campaign?
Children have a right to grow up free from fear. That conviction lies at the heart of World Vision’s ‘It Takes A World’ campaign. With the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, the scourge of violence against children has been acknowledged as a global development issue for the first time. The world’s governments have set ambitious targets to realise the vision of a world where all children grow up free from abuse, exploitation, torture and other forms of violence by 2030.
Poverty increases the vulnerability of children to violence. Children from families struggling to make ends meet can be pulled out of school and given over to gruelling and hazardous forms of labour. Families unable to afford the caregiving needs of their children may choose to marry off their daughters. Extreme deprivation and hunger can even be a trigger for tension and conflict in a community, resulting in children being driven from their homes by armed violence.
The task of ending violence against children is beyond the reach of any one organisation or sector. Truly, it takes a world to end violence against children. The Famine Camp in 2019 will empower our young campers to be partners in this shared effort to free children from hunger and fear.
Registration and Payment for Campers
How do I sign up?
There are three ways to sign up as a camper:
Is there an age limit for campers?
While most campers are typically aged 14-19, registrants aged 13, or 20 and above, are welcome to join the camp too! Students aged below 13 are advised to wait till they are a little older. :)
If I sign up in a team of 4 or 8, will I be placed in the same camp group as the people I signed up with?
Yes! The camp experience is a great opportunity for friends to come together for a time of fun, while also learning about how they can join forces to be part of the solution to some of the most pressing needs in the world.
I registered as an individual initially, but would now like to form a team with my friends who registered separately. Would this be possible?
Yes, you can organise yourselves into teams of 4 or 8. Please drop an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org stating the full name and the school of every member of the team you would like to form. Please note that we will only be able to attend to your request if you and your friends have already registered for the camp individually.
Can I ask for a refund of the registration fee if I cannot attend the camp due to unforeseen circumstances?
All registration fees are non-refundable; but you do have the option of finding another person who can take part in the camp in your place.
If a team member drops out, can the rest of us still remain in the same camp group?
Health and Safety
Should I join the camp if I have a gastric condition?
We do have safeguards in place for campers with gastric conditions. Please declare your condition in your registration form, so that the camp organisers can provide you with the support you need for a safe camp experience. You should seek medical advice, and the consent of your parent or guardian, before deciding whether to join the camp. Please feel free to contact us at email@example.com if you have any specific concerns you wish to discuss.
What if I don’t have a gastric condition, but wind up experiencing gastric discomfort during the food fast?
If you experience gastric discomfort at any point during the camp, simply alert your camp leader, and a member of the organising team will attend to you. It is important that you do not overexert yourself if you are feeling unwell.
Will I be able to consume fluids during the food fast?
Yes, there will be a ready supply of water and other fluids throughout the camp. You will be expected to adhere to a strict hydration regime in the interest of safety.
Will medical attention be readily accessible in the event that campers are injured or fall ill?
Yes, a staffed ambulance service will be on standby at all major activity sites to provide prompt medical attention and, if necessary, quick access to a nearby medical facility. If a camper’s condition prevents him/her from taking part in the camp programme safely, the camper will be asked to suspend participation, and his/her next-of-kin will be contacted.
Registration for Volunteers
What are the eligibility requirements for signing up as a volunteer?
Detailed information about the desired attributes of volunteers, as well as the roles available, can be found on the volunteer registration page
Do I have to stay overnight at the campsite if I sign up as a volunteer?
This depends on the nature of your role. Camp Leaders will need to stay overnight. Volunteers in other roles will not need to do so (although they may be asked to report to the activity sites they are overseeing at an early hour in the morning).
If I have signed up as a volunteer to support the execution of the camp, do I need to attend a preparatory session?
If you have signed up to be a Camp Leader, a Station Master, or a Logistics Team Member, you will need to attend preparatory sessions. The hours and the objectives of these sessions will be shared with you at a later date.
If I am unable to attend the preparatory session, in full or at all, can I still be involved as a volunteer?
Yes, though you may be assigned a role that differs from what you originally applied for.
Will I be able to claim CIP hours for volunteering at the camp?
This will depend on the policy of individual schools, so please consult your teachers to confirm whether this will be possible. If you need to present documentary evidence of your involvement as a volunteer for the purpose of claiming CIP hours, please contact the camp organisers at firstname.lastname@example.org after the camp is over.
When will the pre-camp briefing take place, and why will it be important to attend it?
All registrants (including participants and volunteers) will be notified of the date, time and venue of the briefing closer to the date.
During the briefing, you will be told where to report for the start of the camp, where you will be staying overnight, and where the finishing point will be. Important information to do with health and safety will be shared as well. You will also get to meet your Camp Leader and your teammates, and collect items such as your camp T-shirts.
Should my parent or guardian come for the pre-camp briefing too?
Parents and guardians are strongly encouraged to join us for the pre-camp briefing. In addition to receiving information which will help them to make transport arrangements (if necessary) for the first and last day of the camp, they will be able to share any questions or concerns with the camp organisers, and learn more about how the camp connects with World Vision’s mission to help vulnerable children and families around the world.
What should I pack into my backpack for the camp?
While you are welcome to use any backpack you wish, you will be given a standardised packing list at the pre-camp briefing which all campers will be asked to follow.
What if I have a question that hasn’t been listed on this page?
Please drop us an e-mail at email@example.com, or call 69220133.