Taylen joined ISCOS as a volunteer in July 2009. The 23 year old who studies Accounting at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has been a committed volunteer ever since. His friendly and amicable demeanor makes him very welcomed amongst ISCOS’s staff and other volunteers.
The undergrad never fails to voice out his opinions or offer new suggestions and help in areas he believes could be improved. In addition, Taylen is an enthusiastic and responsible leader, giving his all for every project regardless of whether he is an usher, an emcee or a project manager.
Here’s an excerpt of our short interview with Taylen:
How did you find out about ISCOS and what made you sign up as a volunteer?
I got to know ISCOS through a friend who used to work here. I believe that volunteering is the simplest way of giving back to the society by contributing your time and effort for those who needed help.
Describe your volunteering experience with ISCOS.
My volunteering journey has been meaningful and enriching. I got the opportunity to be part of various key projects such as the Family Day and Children’s Day. Through the process, I got the chance to meet other like-minded volunteers and build good friendship. On the other hand, I find great joy is helping others towards a better life.
What are your take-aways from the experience?
All these volunteering experiences taught me meaningful lessons along the way. I got the opportunity to lead a group of volunteers, given full responsibility over a project, be an emcee and finally bring smiles onto the faces of others
What is one thing (e.g. event, image, scenario, person etc.) that has left you a deep impression during your experience with ISCOS?
Hearing a heartfelt “thank you” from the participants who have attended the children’s day.
Have you referred your friends to also volunteer in ISCOS?
Yes, I have referred a few of my close friends to volunteer at ISCOS. They are Mark, Henry, Laimun, Jing Kai, Kelvin, Jerome, Yan Zhang, Chantel, Chuan Wei, Cheng Yan, Joy, Yong Yi, Kenny, Shao Ting & Rina.
What is your advice to existing as well as aspiring volunteers at ISCOS?
It starts with a willing heart to serve and outreach to the less-fortunate of the society. Don’t give up!