Location: Around Hong Kong
Price: :
Target Year Groups: Y9 to Y13
Maximum number of students: 25
Approximate cost: HK$$4,650 to 5,200 dependent on numbers
This is a new and exciting option for us this year. Please see below the proposed itinerary for 2017.

Option Leader: Mrs Melanie Newby

Project Brief
Island School has identified an interest in service trips which strengthen students’ understanding of issues confronting communities in Asia. The school is particularly keen to devise programs that include substantial reflection activities, which will assist students to develop new perspectives from which to approach issues, and raise students’ sense of social and self awareness.

This program seeks to “break down the distinction between the givers and receivers” by creating a genuine cultural and service exchange between Island School students and low income groups of new arrivals and underpriviledged children in Hong Kong.
Students will use the central themes of eating and food to learn as much from new arrivals about the challenges of immigrating to Hong Kong as they impart about Hong Kong’s food and culture. Through interacting with underprivileged children in their own environments, students will also gain a first hand understanding of the difficulties associated with living in poverty, and the impact of poverty on young people who are close to their own ages. We hope that in this process students will cultivate empathy and compassion for these marginalised groups, who are not often represented in Hong Kong’s popular discourse.


Learning Outcomes for Students:

  • Understanding the impact of culture shock and the constraints of poverty on new arrivals
  • Appreciating that they can learn from impoverished people
  • Learning about the challenges for underpriviledged children
  • Taking intelligent risks as students work together in team to conduct service work

Key Project Highlights:

  • Poverty simulation
  • Walking tour of new arrivals’ neighbourhood
  • Cultural exchange through cooking with new arrivals
  • Visit to sub-divided home homes
  • Cultural exchange activities with underpriveledged children

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09:00 Meet at MTR station and walk to centre
09:30- 10:30 Workshop on New Arrival groups in Hong Kong
10:30-12:00 Culinary Exchange
12:00-13:00 Cultural Lunch Exchange
13:00-15:00 Cultural exchange activity
15:30 Students make their own way home by MTR (Prince Edward MTR Station)

08:30 Meet at school
08:30-09:30 Take bus to simulation
09:30-10:00 Quick briefing on the poverty situation in HK and the people that it affects
10:00-12:30 Poverty Simulation
12:30-13:15 Bus to New Arrivals Centre
13:15 – 14:30 Lunch at a Food Assistance Service
14:30-15:30 Community Tour
15:30 Students make their own way home by MTR (Prince Edward MTR Station)

9:00 Meet at MTR station
9:30-10:30 ‘A Day in the Life of’ task briefing – students are given HK $10 to go out and buy 2 dishes to cook for dinner
10:30-11:30 Split into groups to go out and buy food
11:30-12:00 Decide on dishes to cook
12:00-2:00 Cook dishes and eat together and share
2:00-2:30 Clean up
2:30-3:00 Debrief
3:30 Students make their own way home by MTR (Prince Edward MTR Station)

9:00 Meet at MTR station or a bus may pick students up from school
9:30-10:30 Briefing for visitation
10:30 -12:00 Shopping, food packaging & preparation for home visit
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:30-3:00 Subdivided home visits
3:00-3:30 Debriefing session back at the centre
3:30 Students make their own way home by MTR (Prince Edward MTR Station) or a bus may drop students at a central point and students make their own way home

10:00-10:30 Meet at Ngau Tau Kok MTR station and walk to meeting place
10:30-11:30 Icebreakers
11:30-12:30 Lunch
12:30-15:30 Simulation games, sharing and reflection activities. Students walk back to the MTR
15:30 Students make their own way home by MTR (Ngau Tau Kok MTR Station)

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