Trip Leader: Ms Katherine Chiu
Please note that parents are responsible for the arrangement of visas if required. Please ensure that your child’s passport/China re-entry permit is valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of arrival to their destination.
Students are expected to attend regular meetings after school in September and October to prepare for the trip.
Outline of Activities:
This is a popular trip so please sign up early to avoid disappointment.
“What was the highlight of the week for you?”
“Teaching the children in Baiwan, because I learnt so much from them. I learnt that I shouldn’t complain with what I have now, as there are thousands and thousands of children around the world that has not even half of what I have.”
Baiwan is a rural, mountainous area in the northern part of Guangdong province. It is one of the poorest parts of Guangdong and while there have been significant improvements to the infrastructure in recent years the annual income remains very low with most people living and working on small family farms.
Many people leave Baiwan to work in nearby cities and leave their children behind to live on their own or with their grandparents.
You will be working in two primary schools and the local secondary school and will be expected to teach some lessons each day. The children there speak Cantonese and Mandarin. While English has been taught in the schools for the last few years the standard is still quite low.
You will work in small groups with a maximum of 4 students in each. From September you will be expected to take part in a weekly session to help you prepare your lesson. You will also be expected to spend two Saturday mornings practicing your lesson by teaching some local Hong Kong students.
On the first night, you will stay in the hostel of a secondary school in Qingyuan. You will then travel to Baiwan by bus on the next day, where accommodation will be in guest houses in the main village where conditions are basic but quite adequate.
The cost will includes: travel, hotel & guest house accommodation in shared rooms, all meals, fresh fruit and bottled water and travel/medical insurance. You will have to get your own China visa if you do not have a home-going permit.
Further information about Baiwan and the work we do there may be found at www.baiwan.org.
Leave HK for Qingyuan by bus at 2.15pm from Hung Hom, arrive Fengxia Middle School, in Qingyuan, Guangdong Province in the evening.
Bus to Baiwan in the morning, arrive before lunch. Walk around Baiwan and visit local village after lunch. Overnight in the Fuking Guesthouse.
Day 3 to Day 6
Teach in local schools in Baiwan. Visit local villages and play basketball matches against the teachers and students of the local schools.
Leave Baiwan for Qingyuan in the late afternoon after teaching. Arrive at the Vienna Hotel, Lian Jiang Lu, Qingyuan in the evening.
Leave Qingyuan at 10:30am by public bus after breakfast. Arrive HK in the early afternoon.
IMPORTANT NOTE RE PAYMENT
If you are successful in your sign up and your place is confirmed, please ignore any notification of the requirement of a $5,000 deposit when you receive confirmation of your place on the Baiwan trip.The first deposit will be due shortly after the Easter holidays, exact date TBC.