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Survey and research on a certain place and surrounding can help establish needs and suitability of programs.
Take for example the case of the small island Republic of Singapore with 5 million people.

 

RSVP Singapore found that the elderly want to learn how to use the computer to communicate with their children or grandchildren who are working or schooling far away. This will bring their relatives and friends closer. They said it was enjoyable and felt good. They could also learn computer games, watch movies, listen to music and surf the net to kill boredom, have fun and be happy. There are more than 40 sets of computers available for training every day. Often, the classes were well attended. Some able students later became volunteer teachers.

 

As at December 2009, 1200 members who pay S$20/- each per year enjoy many other activities, RSVP Singapore programs include doing mentoring work in schools, hospital visits to patients who have no visitors, regular education and health talks, reach-out programs to make new foreign university students feel at home, digital camera photography lessons, dancing and English conversation classes, visit to factories, oversea tours and production of a quarterly magazine. New programs are being developed to suit changing needs and time, such as the Airport Ambassador Service which is very well received.

 

In collaboration with the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs, retired English language teachers were sent overseas to help developing countries.

 

Existing side-by-side is ProGuide Pte Ltd, a company wholly owned by RSVP Singapore. It provides consultancy and training service for a fee, part of it goes back to RSVP for operation expenses.

 

Is RSVP Singapore a role model? Time will tell. But Prof. Jack Steele of USA having visited RSVP Singapore and discussed the development and progress, commented that RSVP Singapore organization was well developed and suitable for training developing countries in RSVPI work.