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British Council introduces Singapore
British Council brings together 87 expatriates from 24 nationalities
Singapore, 27 March 2017 – Over 24 different nationalities came together at the British Council’s Napier Road Centre for its first ever Coffee Morning, a series of informal coffee sessions to introduce Singapore to expatriates. 87 participants in total, including some Singaporeans, learnt about the customs and locales that make Singapore such a multicultural place to live, work and play.
The team from the British Council Singapore introduced participants to an insider view into local culture, customs and places, the secret spots to take visitors to or to eat well at unknown dining options – eating is a favourite local past-time. The session included useful information for foreigners settling in Singapore; from where to get organic vegetables to avoiding giving clocks as presents. The presenters gave a mini-lesson in Singlish etiquette. The session ended with a Q & A where the participants’ longstanding questions on life in Singapore were answered by a panel of local experts, as well as from the floor.
“The atmosphere was upbeat and positive, with participants excited to have more ideas about how to enrich their time in Singapore. Everyone left with new friends and new insights, as well as a deeper understanding of Singlish conventions.” enthused Claire Firat, Head of Adult Learners.
“I thought the coffee morning was superbly organised and the agenda was spot on. Each agenda item was useful and enjoyable, and each session was warmly presented. I very much enjoyed the opportunity to meet people in the same situation as myself.” said Sarah Clarke, participant from the United Kingdom.
“Interacting with the people from all the different nationalities as well as watching Singlish being taught! It's funny whenever I watch people learning Singlish (since I'm local through and through!) and am very proud of my local language! The Teachers did a fantastic job!” said Siang Li Ting, participant from Singapore.
Lynette Chua, Head of Sales and Customer Management, said: "It was lovely meeting people from so many different countries during this event. Everyone who came participated enthusiastically in the activities we had planned. I also enjoyed sharing about the different cultures and holidays celebrated in Singapore, particularly the customs during Chinese New Year. We look forward to welcoming more new expatriates to Singapore in subsequent Coffee Mornings."
The British Council, as the United Kingdom’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities, is well placed to provide such a service as it celebrates its 70th year in Singapore. In-line with our 70 years celebration, more Coffee Morning sessions throughout the year have been planned.