80 S1 and S2 students took part in the trip organized by the Education Bureau from 27 February to 28 February 2017. They visited some state-owned, private and joint venture enterprises in Guangzhou where they learned about the challenges and development opportunities faced by these firms. They also attended classes and exchanged with local students in a secondary school in the city. The trip thus brought precious experiences to the participants.
2016 IYEP participant—Sonia Chan
The International Youth Exchange Programme, also known as the IYEP, was started in 1979 under the name of the Commonwealth Exchange Programme with exchanges of youth between Hong Kong and Britain. In 1996, the scope of the programme was extended to cover other countries and has been renamed the International Youth Exchange Programme since then. It is now jointly organized by the Home Affairs Bureau of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government and the Commission on Youth, aiming to provide opportunities for youths to broaden their horizons and international perspective by sponsoring youths to go on an exchange trip to different countries.
I cannot tell how delighted I was to be selected as one of the Hong Kong Youth Delegates this year out of a bunch of intelligent applicants after going through the tough interview. As a Youth Delegate representing Hong Kong, there was much to prepare to show the best of Hong Kong to our foreign friends. In order to prepare well, we, the selected Youth Delegates, went on a two-day-one-night training camp and attended several workshops, learning about teamwork and leadership, as well as deeper knowledge of Hong Kong.
There were 15 of us selected to visit Poland this year (there were other destinations such as Singapore and Ireland). And I, who have never visited places outside Asia before, was so anxious about the trip and it did turn out to be a fantastic journey that lingered in my mind.
In the 11-day trip, we were kindly hosted by the sweet and brilliant students from Lazarski University and we visited Warsaw, the capital of Poland, and Krakow, the second largest city in Poland. The history that we saw from visiting museums and heritages, including the Warsaw Old Town, Warsaw Uprising Museum, Wawel Royal Castle, Oswiecim Concentration Camp and many, was impressive and unforgettable. We all know that Poland went through a sorrowful time of wars and darkness, but what the Polish people did after all this was not to hide the history. Instead, they chose to embrace and remember it bravely by showing all the historical truths to the public to remind them of the importance of peace and not to make the same mistake from the lesson learnt.
Another highlight of the trip is about cultural exchange. We had lectures on youth participation and social innovation as well as lessons of Polish languages and cultures in the university. Apart from spending time with local students and their families, we were honored to be invited to pay a visit to the Parliament of Poland (similar to the Legislative Council in Hong Kong), where we had a fruitful conversation with the Parliamentary Committee of Education, Science and Youth, which was an extraordinary experience!
Without a shadow of a doubt, this trip did inspire me a lot, especially as I realized how little we are and how unlimited the world can be. For example, in the trip, we spent most of our time talking to the local students and we were amazed to find how similar and how different we are, but we all enjoyed the wonderful time we had together. The best way to explore is to travel and get chances to see more. Just a step, you can find yourself in a whole new world that you have never imagined.
5 S4-5 students participated in the programme from 31 July to 14 August 2016. It included various activities that enrich the participants’ understanding of leadership and social justice. In class, students explored and reflected on their potential to make positive a social impact through the lens of global leadership. Outside of class, they took advantage of Toronto’s diverse cultures and developed intercultural skills they need to interact with people of differing backgrounds. Our students enjoyed the camp very much and agreed that it instilled a bright outlook on life and positive values towards their community in them.
Following the success of the previous study tours, the Geography, Tourism & Hospitality Studies and Biology Panels co-organized a field trip, joined by 46 students and 4 teachers, to Bali in summer 2016, embracing an exciting and rewarding journey with appreciation of the nature, local culture and customs.
The six-day tour to Bali offered students the experience of hiking a volcano, releasing baby turtle and walking through a forest. This field trip has left the students with a deep impression about the living style of people in Bali. Let’s check out the information about next study tour in the coming assembly!
10 students from S4 participated in the tour which was organized by the Education Bureau from April 27 to May 1 2016. The purpose of the tour was to strengthen students’ understanding of the history and culture of Nanjing, and their knowledge of the important historical events and figures in the modern history of China.
10 students from S4 participated in the tour which was organized by the Education Bureau from April 22 to April 26 2016. Students could understand more about the history, culture and natural landscape of Shandong, as well as Confucianism, through a series of activities including visiting historical sites, exchanging with local students and attending workshops.
Five senior form students (5A Yuki Kwok Ching Yuk, 5B Snow Jiang Xue, 5D Cherry Lee Choi Lam, Julia Zhu Xin Yi, and 6B Leung Wai Sum) took part in the voluntary teaching service organized by East Kowloon Youth Society from 24 March to 29 March 2016. Here are some of their reflections on the fruitful experiences:
I would never forget the lovely faces of my little students and the beautiful scenery of Guilin. Also, the traditional taro braised pork was so delicious and I miss it so much!
5B Snow Jiang Xue
The pure and innocent smile of children who live in poverty impressed me, so did the natural beauty of Guilin, which contains no artificial elements.
5D Julia Zhu Xin Yi
In this Guilin teaching tour, I visited different historical sites and enjoyed the unique local shows, which all deepened my understanding and aroused my interest in traditional Chinese culture. I was also fortunate to visit this paradise in order to see such beautiful scenery. The most impressive memory for me is the moment I met the children. Although we did not know each other, I could not see any distance between us. Every small move, every smile or every act to hold my hands was the most precious present for me!
5D Cherry Lee Choi Lam
40 S3 students took part in the tour which was organized by the Education Bureau from March 24 to March 27 2016. Students got to know Chinese culture better by visiting natural sceneries and exchanging with local secondary students. Students could witness the urban and rural development and natural conservation in the Mainland.
In summer 2015, 38 S3 and S4 students and 3 teachers participated in the exchange tour to Cairns, Australia. The ten-day course in the Cairns College of English helped students to improve their English proficiency and provided them a more authentic English learning environment. They are enriched by the friendship and cultural exchange during their home-stay with host families. From rainforests to aboriginal communities, the tour also revealed an amazing array of cultural traditions that greatly broadened the horizons of the students.
The Geography, Tourism & Hospitality Studies and Chinese History Panels co-organized a field trip, including 39 students and 3 teachers, to observe and study the Silk Road development from Urumqi to Xian in the Easter 2015. In order to provide students with the opportunity to gain a better understanding of China’s western development in terms of economy, agriculture and culture, this trip targeted Urumqi, Turpan, Lanzhou and Xian on the theme of the Silk Road development. It was the farthest field trip destination so far since our first geography field trip in 2005. This field trip has left the students a deep impression about the vitality and diversity of Xinjiang province. A sharing session of this field trip will be held in the coming assembly on 11 November. Stay tuned!
During the Easter vacation 2015, 16 S4 and S5 students and 2 teaching staff took part in a service tour to Wenchuan of Sichuan Province. They visited the areas hit by the 2008 earthquake in the Wenchuan county, Sichuan. They also visited and delivered daily supplies to families and schools in poverty.