Location: Around Hong Kong
Target Year Groups: Y9 to Y13
Maximum number of students: 24
Approximate cost: HK$5,250
This is a new and exciting option for us this year. Please see below the proposed itinerary for 2017.

Option Leader: Mr Paul Bentham

INTRODUCTION

This programme takes student across the many hidden and splendid outdoor treasures of Hong Kong. It is an adventure based programme that is service action grounded. Students will get their hands dirty and learn all about organic farming and growing food, including aquaponics. They will learn to kayak and be part of the citizen science team for WWF, assisting in the Coastal Watch Survey using scientific mythology; hike through heritage farmland and woodland and be reporters contributing to the community mapping project for the Jane Goodall Institute. They will enjoy fun days too, of canyoning and stream trekking up waterfalls and experiencing the outdoors camping and cooking.

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This 5-day (3 single days and one overnight) program aims to provide students with the opportunity to:

  •  have a taste of outdoor adventure and observe and interact with the coastal environment as well as the inland forest and heritage farmland in Hong Kong
  • be part of a citizen science team for WWF’s coastal watch survey and learn to secure numbers and facts, handle data and measures using scientific methodology to complete the coastal survey
  • kayak to and visit a floating fish farm. Speak to local fish farmers and learn about the issues threatening fish farming in Hong Kong
  • make a difference in nature and heritage conservation, be a member of the Jane Goodall Institute’s community mapping projects. Learning about the local environment of Tan Ka Wan, identify the problems and work out a solution
  • develop an awareness of nature: the ocean, woodland, sandy beaches, rocky shores and intertidal zones
  • experience and learn the basics of camp-crafts, fire-crafts and orienteering skills
  • increase personal knowledge, ability and comfort levels with the natural environment
  • build self-confidence and develop social interaction and leadership skills through various challenges and tasks
  • through activities in nature, learn about the environment and how to assess risks, make important observations and appropriate judgments
  • develop a sense of social responsibility through providing service to the community (other students) and the environment
  • learn the narrative history of, and its relevance to, Hong Kong

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ITINERARY

Day 1:  Organic farming & Aquaponic systems

  • Bus to organic farm in the New Territories
  • Arrive at farm  – toilet break, snack break and safety briefing
  • Organic farming practice – planting, tilling, seeding and seedling transplants
  • Rotation and water break
  • Composting and soil as a habitat – learning
  • Lunch
  • Aquaponics and black solider fly studies  – feeding the fish and learning about close systems
  • Rotation and water break
  • Harvesting and pickling/canning/fermenting food
  • Final debrief

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Day 2: Canyoning and stream trekking

  • Bus to Tai O
  • Arrive at Tai O – walk to base for gearing up
  • Briefing and safety talk (climbing techniques)
  • Stream trek to rock pool
  • Lunch
  • Continue stream trekking upwards
  • Descending: hike down
  • Walk back to base, take off gear, head to bus station
  • Debrief

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Day 3: Kayaking and WWF Coastal Watch Survey

  • Meet at Central Pier 5
  • Ferry to Cheung Chau – Walk to kayak base, wash break and snack break
  • Kayaking lesson & practice
  • Kayak over to remote beach
  • Lunch
  • Coastal Watch Survey
  • Hike out
  • Debrief
  • Unstructured free time in the village
  • Ferry back to Central

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Day 4: Heritage & woodland hike & Community mapping

  • Bus to Wong Shek Pier
  • Ferry to Tan Ka Wan
  • Walk to base camp, toilet and snack break
  • Safety brief & tent set up
  • Lunch – picnic lunch on beach
  • Heritage & woodland hike – through old abandoned villages and farming terraces
  • Community mapping activity – Jane Goodall Institute project
  • Unstructured play and exploration of the area
  • Shower
  • Students cook camp dinner, eat and wash up
  • Night walk /Star gaze /fire craft (weather dependent)
  • Prepare for bed and lights out!

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Day 5: Kayaking & Fish farm visit & interview with fish farmers

  • Wakeup call
  • Students cook camp breakfast
  • Take down tents
  • Set out on kayaks to the fish farm
  • Visit fish farm and interview fish farmers
  • Kayak back to camp
  • Picnic lunch at camp and final debrief
  • Speedboat to Wong Shek Pier
  • Home!!

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