Host Family Programme 2017-2018
What are the objectives of the programme?
Non-local undergraduate students in HKBU are a group of outstanding young people who are diligent and enthusiastic to broaden their horizons. Before they come to study in Hong Kong, they may have already learned something about Hong Kong through the internet, or they may even have visited Hong Kong for several times. Despite that, they are just adolescents who have just graduated from high school and leave their home town to pursue their university study in a new environment. If there are local host families who can take them under their wing, share with them the local cultural and life experiences, they will certainly find it easier to adapt to life in Hong Kong. This long-lasting relationship can even become a crucial ingredient contributing to the students’ growth and development. Hence, the Counselling & Development Centre of the Office of Student Affairs organises the "Host Family Programme" to achieve the following objectives:
- To facilitate non-local undergraduates' adjustment to life in Hong Kong.
- To enable them to have a fuller exposure of local culture and customs so as to enrich their learning in Hong Kong.
- To provide support and care while they are away from home.
- To provide cultural exchange opportunity for local families.
Who can be host families?
Our host families are volunteers who are married and would like to receive non-local undergraduates to help them adapt to life in Hong Kong. You are eligible to apply if you:
- Are a staff member of HKBU
- Belong to a recognized community organisation (e.g. churches, alumni association, etc.) and are recommended by your organization.
Who are the student participants?
Any non-local undergraduate new student who would like to socialise with local families, enrich his/her learning experience in Hong Kong and is committed to join the gatherings organised by their host families is welcome to join this programme.
What is the role of host families?
Host families serve as the non-local new students’ mentors. Their main role is to facilitate the non-local new students’ adaptation to life of Hong Kong through sharing and social interactions. During the programme period, each host family:
- Receives 1-3 students.
- Arranges at least two social gatherings with the students such as home visit, sightseeing, hiking, etc. You can organise as many gatherings as you want. Nevertheless the Counselling and Development Centre could not offer any subsidy for your gatherings with the students.
- Is not expected to provide accommodation to students.
What are the commitments of the student participants ?
Students are not required to pay any fee for receiving the host families’ hospitality. However, they are expected to be responsive to families’ invitations to events and initiatives in social interactions and participate actively in the gatherings organised by the host families (At least two gatherings are arranged by families during the programme period). Students are also encouraged to proactively initiate social interactions with the families and maintain a good relationship with the family.
What period does the programme cover?
The programme runs from September to end of July next year. Many families and students who joined the programme in the past developed a long-lasting relationship and still kept in touch for many years after the programme ended.
What events will the University organise in relation to this programme?
A Tea Reception is held in September as the rendezvous of the host families and students. Two outing events (one in each semester) are organised to foster the relationship development. All families and students who are interested in the events are welcome to join.
Details of the events in 2017-18 are as follows:
Date: 9 September 2017 (Saturday)
Content: Programme introduction and rendezvous of families and students
|A Day at the Peak||A Visit to Stanley Bay|
|Date||23 September 2017 (Sat)||3 February 2018 (Sat)|
|Content||1. Families and students make their own plan before the trip.
2. University arranges shuttle bus to the destination.
3. Free time for families and students at the destination.
|Remarks||Transportation fee at $10/each|
Christian Evangelical Centre Huaen Church
Evangelical Free Church of China Waterloo Hill Church
Hong Kong Baptist University Alumni Association
Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Holy Trinity Cathedral
Kowloon City Baptist Church
University Baptist Church
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