2014 Summer Service and Learning Program in Rural China

Message from CEDARS – Learning Plus

This program is initiated and organized by Tsinghua University, Beijing, China from 2006. A total of 1,741 students and 250 faculty members from Tsinghua University and 545 students and faculty members from other regions and countries’ universities, have been dispatched in teams, to rural counties in the past eight years.

Every summer, 180 Tsinghua volunteers and 120 volunteers from other regions and countries, who show a sincere commitment to charity work were recruited to join the Program. Successful applicants will be dispatched in 30 teams and perform their service in 30 counties throughout various locations in rural China. Each team will consist of one Tsinghua teacher, five Tsinghua students, four non-Tsinghua volunteers. Volunteers can provide diversified services to the local students in those rural counties, including English teaching, social survey conducting, lectures and intercultural communication exercises.

For 2014 SSLP, the Program will run from July 9th to July 29th, 2014. Students who are interested in joining the program should read through the information (in Chinese) at: http://wp.cedars.hku.hk/fileupload/files/sd/Tsinghua14.pdf and submit your application with all necessary materials to Ms. JIAO Yiju (Daisy) by email jiaoyiju@mail.tsinghua.edu.cn on or before 10 April, 2014.

Volunteers need to arrive in Beijing on July 9th and leave from Beijing on July 29th. Volunteers are responsible for payment of a non-refundable US $490 program registration fee, the round-trip air travel to and from Beijing. Tsinghua University will provide the accommodation, the subsidy for food, the transportation to the rural locations, the accidental insurance for all the volunteers during the program in China.

Videos about this program:

Thank you.

Best Regards,
Center of Development and Resources for Students

Sharing Session on Humanitarian Service

Message from Medical Ethics and Humanities Unit

Prof. Emily Chan, Dr. Ada Lee, Rachel Yiu, Carlo Mui, Michelle Chan, Stephanie Poon

Between 4th to 9th January 2014, four HKU MBBS students participated in a humanitarian service trip conducting health intervention and evaluation in Guangxi. Works on health intervention include ORS preparation, UTI prevention, waste management, alcohol consumption, health education for children. The opportunity to participate in this trip was kindly offered by Prof. Emily Chan, Centre Director and Principal Medical Officer of Collaborating Centre for Oxford University and CUHK for Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response (CCOUC).

From 26th Dec 2013 to 2nd January 2014, Ada and her family went on a charity trip to Yunnan organized by Sowers Action. Besides raising funds, this trip served in various ways (e.g. assembling a 2 x 3 meters Mosaic decoration, basic construction works, organizing and cooking for a New Year Party, hiking with the children) to help children who were living in an orphanage that the Chinese Government allowed to be run by a non-local charity group. Participants also designed and conducted a 1.5 hour of creative teaching activity for primary school students in a remote area. This teaching activity also served to train teachers of the school.

In this sharing session, we will hear about their experience, feeling and reflection (e.g. an awareness of our limited knowledge, how one could better prepare himself/herself for participation in humanitarian service work). This might serve to give ideas on the kind of humanitarian service that you wish to set your foot in.

Sharing Session Details

Date: April 9, 2014 (Wednesday)
Time: 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Venue: Seminar Room 5, LG/F, Laboratory Block
LKS Faculty of Medicine Building
21 Sassoon Road, Pokfulam

Light Refreshment will be provided
All are welcome. No registration is required.

For enquiry, please contact Mr Abel Lau at medhum@hku.hk