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Service is a core value of HKU, and was one of the main themes of our centennial celebrations in 2011-12. We try to help our students gain an understanding of social issues through first-hand experience in local organisations, and encourage them to turn the skills they learn there to practical use with training platforms about applying those skills in their working lives. There are also opportunities to take part in projects abroad, from helping orphans with Aids in Ghana to teaching English in rural areas of India to helping to set up microcredit schemes for landmine survivors in Cambodia.
The Student Development Section of CEDARS offers numerous volunteering and service learning programmes, divided into the themes of sustainability leadership, community engagement and education. You can explore the options here.
Growing through Contribution
HKU has played a big role in my personal development. Last summer, I participated in a service trip organized by Connecting Myanmar and taught basic journalism theory to around twenty Burmese migrant students in Thailand. I was so glad that I could share my experience and knowledge with young people from my home country. During this trip I developed a deeper sense of responsibility to my community. The trip definitely marked an important milestone in my life.