Learning Beyond The Classroom
Harvard Summer Exchange 2016September 26, 2016
US Academic TourJuly 15, 2016
Silk Road and Dunhuang Cultural Exchange TourMarch 28, 2016
Serbia and Kosovo Service TripFebruary 18, 2016
During the past winter, two IBGMers Joyce Ho and Hazel Chan participated in the “Cost of Independence” service trip to Serbia and Kosovo organized by the World University Service, HKUB, HKUSU. The journey gave Joyce and Hazel precious opportunities to participate in human rights discussions through various workshops and visits to local NGOs. According to Joyce, her visit to Kosovo 2.0, an independent media engaged with controversial issues in the Kosovo society, was exceptionally eye-opening. While some media organizations fail to present a just picture of actual happenings, Kosovo 2.0 strives to raise attention on child labor, education deprivation, and LGBT rights. For Hazel, the most rewarding part of the trip was the chance to explore the two countries with students from culturally diverse backgrounds, an opportunity that enriched her experience by making the trip “much more multi-dimensional and rich in context.”
Fiji Service TripFebruary 12, 2016
Over the past winter break, Year 1 IBGMer Philip Mak took part in an eight-day service trip to Fiji organized by Uni-Y HKU. During his time in Fiji, Philip stayed with a host family in a local village, where he experienced Fijian daily life through activities such as going into the jungle to collect bamboos used for cooking and travelling to a neighboring village by the traditional raft named “bilibili”. In addition to the unique cultural experience, Philip also engaged in various service activities, including wall painting for local kindergartens and organizing a cultural night. He fondly recalls introducing Chinese culture to the local children, who in return taught him Fijian games. According to Philip, “through cultural exchange, I learnt a lot more about the traditions and cultures of Fiji people. This is undeniably one of the best memories of my life.”
Vietnam Cultural and Service Exchange TourFebruary 05, 2016
Two IBGM students, Gale Chan and Michelle Ip recently joined the Vietnam Cultural and Service Exchange Tour organized by the HKU Wofoo Leaders’ Network. The opportunity to volunteer at a local orphanage was truly unforgettable for Gale and Michelle. Although the Vietnamese children they visited were born with disabilities, they remain highly enthusiastic towards life and were eager to make new friends. In Michelle’s words, “the children smiling, rushing over, and inviting me to join them was the most touching memory throughout the whole trip.” The unique experience also helped Gale learn that the power of service goes beyond simply offering material resources, but instead requires everyone to share hope, care, and love with those in need. She returns to Hong Kong with the belief that all global citizens need to play a role in creating a better world for all.
LSE-PKU Summer SchoolDecember 17, 2015
Over the break, Winze Tam, a second-year IBGM student, participated in the summer program jointly offered by The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and The Peking University (PKU). The LSE-PKU Summer School took place in Beijing, China over a two-week period. Winze was enrolled in the course "Doing Business with China: A Strategic Approach". According to Winze, the opportunity to interact with a culturally diverse group of participants was one of the most rewarding experiences of the program. “Through class discussions and networking social events, I had a valuable time in meeting people from all around the world and to listen to their thoughts on China in terms of its future prospects, in which this has stimulated new perspectives on the topic for myself."
Washington University International Summer Study ProgramDecember 17, 2015
Myanmar Volunteer CampAugust 31, 2015
Nepal Earthquake ReliefMay 25, 2015
One month after the Nepal earthquake, IBGM Student Stephanie Man, took part in two local organizations’ (Future Village and A Drop of Life) relief efforts in affected districts, including: Dhading, Gorkha, Chitwan and Ramechharp. Her role was not only to ensure donated supplies arrive at the hands of victims, but also to understand the coming needs of affected communities. Although Stephanie learns that the rebuilding of a nation is a long way to go, she hopes to witness the improvement of Nepal’s situation in the time to come.
Singapore Cultural Exchange TourApril 07, 2015
Over the past winter break, first-year IBGM student, Gale Chan joined the Singapore Cultural Exchange Tour organized by HKU Wofoo Leaders’ Network. The major focus of the trip was Sustainable Development and Multicultural Discovery. Students from HKU and the National University of Singapore explored green architecture and compared different problem-solving measures undertaken by the government. During the tour, Gale learns that the most important reason behind Singapore’s success in land allocation and environmental conservation is: they “never fail to plan”. She developed new friendships throughout her enriching experience, and sees great potential for further cooperation between the two nations.
Sri Lanka Service TripMarch 23, 2015
Last January, third-year IBGM-er Kelly Tsang participated in an eight-day program organized by the Hong Kong Award for Young People and travelled to Sri Lanka to engage in discussions on ecological preservation and environmental protection. Throughout the week, she took care of elephant orphans and attended lectures on elephant behaviour in the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Part of her trip involved a two-day stay in Sri Lanka's mountain areas, and Kelly fondly recalls the hike as an unforgettable experience that made her feel unprecedentedly close to the nature.
National Investment Banking Competition 2015March 08, 2015
Social Innovation: Asia Sense TourJuly 26, 2014
IBGMer, Stephanie Man, spent her third year of university initiating a crowd-funded gap year tour – the Asia Sense Tour – in pursuit of community-led social innovation through design projects with local community organizations in Southeast Asia. She has spent the past year visiting Malaysia, Indonesia, and Nepal to work with local organizations in starting community businesses. Throughout her journey, Stephanie proactively solved business challenges in diverse industries – including redesigning the rural tailoring service in Indonesia and repositioning the Muslimah fashion e-commerce in Malaysia, utilizing her experiences in start-ups and backpacking to adapt to the ever-changing environment and cultural diversity. The experiences in the grassroots communities furthered strengthened her passion in social business.
11th Harvard College in Asia Program 2014February 08, 2014
Year 2 IBGMer, Chan Wing Yan, recently participated in the 11th Harvard College in Asia Program, a one-week program consisting of a series of nine conferences at the Harvard campus. The topic of the conferences, aimed at bridging the gap of understanding between Harvard and Asia, was “Building Sustainable Cities” this year. Apart from engaging in academic activities, including keynote speeches and case studies discussing the issues facing the world’s urban landscapes, Wing Yan also attended social events to further increase the exchange of cultures and ideas during the conference. Her most vivid memories garnered from the weeklong program were the people she met. She fondly recalls the minute little things that developed these friendships, mentioning: "These little specks of life that built up a week are the elements that made the HCAP experience truly special for me."
Ecuador (South America) Service TripFebruary 08, 2014
IBGM Freshman, Martin Ma, recently participated in a 14-day program, embarking on a service trip to Ecuador, South America. During his time spent in the diverse community, Martin had the opportunity to interact with local kids and teenagers – engaging them in games and English lessons to stimulate their personal growth. He also met with local volunteers to discuss solutions to important social issues, such as child labor and violence. Martin described the experience to be rewarding, especially being able to sightsee around attractions in Quito, including the Cotopaxi Volcano and the “Middle World”.
Gap-Year Exploration: Asia Sense TourFebruary 05, 2014
IBGMer Stephanie continues her gap-year exploration . She is now in a village called Jagalan located at mid-southern Indonesia, working with local silversmiths there to build a new business model. We wish her the best of luck in her Asia Sense Tour 背包裏的社企夢. (Linked page in Chinese only.)