Frequently Asked Questions
Is Bamboo Builders a For-profit or Non-profit?
Bamboo Builders is a social enterprise. A social enterprise is a hybrid between a for-profit and a non-profit. For-profit to keep our social impact sustainable/scalable and non-profit because we are a for-purpose company with a social mission. Social enterprises have been found to be the most effective solution to solving the world’s largest problems. Pioneering a new frontier, social entrepreneurs are innovating the way business is performed to focus on the triple bottom line: People, Planet, and Profit.
Is Bamboo Builders affiliated to any organization?
No. We are an independent social venture working at the grassroots level, powered not by funds or big establishments but by passionate Builders and a heart to reach areas currently not helped by clunkier organizations.
Why are you called Bamboo Builders?
Where is Bamboo Builders located?
We are headquartered in Singapore but have impact teams in the Indochina region to support our community development work there.
Can I donate to Bamboo Builders?
When will the upcoming overseas trip take place?
The next program is set to take place from 22/12/2018 to 05/01/2019. About 1.5 weeks will be spent carrying out the mission, the remaining time will include cultural immersion activities and exploring new locations.
What is the plan for this coming December trip?
What locations are covered for this upcoming trip?
All builders will meet at Ho Chi Minh city first to gel, finalize lesson plans and attend training sessions on the first two days. For 10 days, we will be at Chu Van An (CVA) High School in Chon Thanh district, Binh Phuoc province which is about 2 hours away from and in the north of Ho Chi Minh city. For the remaining two days, we will be exploring local haunts, somewhere your friends will not have gone before!
Why should I join as a Builder?
Who is this program for?
What are the requirements to qualify for being a Builder?
All we expect from a Builder is a good heart, a strong desire to share, an open-minded and learning attitude, and an agile mindset. Having some experience in community service and/or extracurricular activities would be a plus. In addition, having a good command of english is also expected since english is the main language in communication.
How can I help?
What form of training sessions are required from Builders?
Here at Bamboo Builders, we believe in a learning by doing approach. We will first equip you with Design Thinking knowledge (theory). Then, we have our signature on-the-ground Design Thinking challenge where we go through the entire Design Thinking process in a day (application), then the actual facilitation, where you will still no doubt learn!
What is the timeline for the December trip?
Sept 2018: Pre Trip Activity
Can I join the Explore trip as a group?
Yes you can. We are also open for group bookings as well!
How often does each Equip session take place?
Our Equip Program happens alternate months, i.e. Facilitation modules happen in January, March etc while our Public Speaking modules happen in February, April etc.
What time are Equip sessions usually held?
It differs for the various modules.
Facilitation 101: 9.30-10.30
Facilitation 102: 10.45-11.45
Facilitation 103: 1.30-2.30
How long is each Equip session?
Each session last for 1 hour!
Can I apply for an Equip session if I am working full-time?
Of course you can apply. Our sessions are usually held on weekends to cater both working adults and students.