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Project M.A.I.L.

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Background

Project M.A.I.L. was established in 2017 by Hong Kong Baptist University and WKF foundation. It is a bi-annual sustainable service project aiming to provide long-term support to schools and communities in mainland China and to promote their self-development. Four groups of BU-ers—Mainland Chinese students, Alumni, International and Local students (M.A.I.L.)—will cooperate in organising and undertaking direct services such as voluntary teaching, home visits, community service, as well as social research. The first service trip was held from 20 May to 2 June 2017 in Dayu county of Jiangxi province.

Project M.A.I.L. aims at developing students’ responsible citizenship and nurturing them into servant leaders. Through direct service in mainland China with service learning approach, students will be able to deepen their understandings of the situation and challenges of China, as well as to turn their love and care into actions. Meanwhile, by bringing M.A.I.L. together, Project M.A.I.L. provides opportunities for participants of different backgrounds to learn from each other. Students can develop their sense of global citizenship via collaborating with members from different cultural backgrounds, as well as learn from the experience of their alumni team members. 
 

Why should I join Project M.A.I.L.?

Project M.A.I.L. offers a unique opportunity for you to plan, implement and participate in service projects in mainland China with participants of different backgrounds. Intended learning outcomes of the programme include:

  • Empowering students to become servant leaders and to make change for a better society;
  • Strengthening students’ intercultural competence and boosting their global mindset;
  • Deepening students’ understandings of vulnerable groups and communities, especially of their situation in China;
  • Promoting students' comprehensive set of abilities for planing and implementing service projects.

You will also have the chances to develop friendships with participants from various backgrounds, who you might not be able to reach in your daily life.

Details
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Programme Details
Date: 19 May - 1 June 2018 (14 days)
Location: Jiangxi Province, China
Fee: HK$1,500, Deposit HK$800
Enquiry: 3411 5913/ tommy@hkbu.edu.hk
Deadline for application: 19 Feb 2018 (Mon)
* Remarks:
1. Programme fee covers transportation, accommodation, basic meal fee and service materials. 
2. The deposit would be refunded upon completion of the programme.
3. Participants should have 80% attendance rate and hand in a programme report in order to complete the programme. 
4. Students should apply for absence in advance (at least 3 days prior) with valid reasons.

Programme Schedule

Content

Date

Time

Promotion & Application Period

22 Jan (Mon) -19 Feb 2018 (Mon)

NA

Deadline for Application

19 Feb 2018 (Mon)

23:59

Interview Sessions

26 - 27 Feb 2018 (Mon, Tue)

TBC

Workshop01: Team-building

15 Mar 2018 (Thur)

18:45-21:15

Workshop02: Training and preparation

22 Mar 2018 (Thur)

18:45-21:15

Workshop03: Training and preparation

29 Mar 2018 (Thur)

18:45-21:15

Workshop04: Training and preparation

12 Apr 2018 (Thur)

18:45-21:15

Workshop05: Training and preparation

19 Apr 2018 (Thur)

18:45-21:15

Final Rehearsal

17 May 2018 (Thur)

10:15-18:00

Service Trip

19 May (Sat) - 01 Jun 2018 (Fri)

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Eligibility

All full-time undergraduate students in HKBU, including final year students, international and exchange students. HKBU alumni are also welcomed. 
(Priority will be given to UGC-funded students and non UGC-funded students will need pay the full cost, which differs from the mentioned fee. For more details, please contact us. ) 
 

Application Procedure

For student:

  1. Please read carefully the Programme Details on our website.
  2. Complete the online application.
    (application deadline: 19 Feb 2018)
  3. Attend the interview on 26 or 27 Feb 2018 upon invitation, which will be sent via email by 25 Feb 2018 at the latest.

For alumni:

  1. Please contact Alumni Affairs Office at 34117877/ alumni@hkbu.edu.hk 

Project M.A.I.L. 2017 (Summer)

The first Project M.A.I.L. service trip was held from 20 May to 2 June 2017 in Dayu county of Jiangxi province. During the 14-day service trip to Jiangxi, students organised various kinds of social service work, including voluntary teaching, home visits, elderly home visits and activities, as well as activities for Children’s Day. They also met and discussed with university students and volunteers in mainland China to understand more about the volunteering situation there.

Group photos of "M.A.I.L."Group photo of M.A.I.L. (From right to left: Mainland students, alumni, international students, and local students)

English class by one of our international students, TimothyStudents engaging actively in an English class taught by one of our international students, Timothy.

PE class for students of Qinglong Chijiang Primary SchoolTeaching classes with a broad range of themes, including English, EQ Management, Art and PE classes.

Home visitHome visits arranged to gain a deeper understanding of the local families and community.

Alumni and international students working togetherAlumni and international students working together in a mini carnival organised to celebrate Children’s Day in mainland China.

Tai Chji class taught by HKBU studentsA Tai Chi class taught by HKBU students in Huanglong Elderly Home.

HKBU eNews Report

HKBU collaborates with WKF Charity and Education Foundation to launch Project MAIL to broaden students’ vision by service learning 浸大與王錦輝基金會首次合辦信暖工程 服務學習拓闊學生視野

 Student Sharing

One of the participants: Chan Wai Yee

 

This trip allowed me to meet a lot of great people from around the world showing their love and care to the underprivileged. I am glad to have had the chance to meet these fabulous people. Thanks to them, I have got a better understanding of different cultures and now have a broader global outlook.
  - Chan Wai Yee (Year 2, Human Resources Management)

One of the participants: Chuang Hoi Kiu

 

Teaching had been my dream career since I was in primary school. However, I ended up straying from this dream after entering university. Thanks to this programme, as well as to the little kids I met at Qinglong Chijiang Primary School, I managed to rediscover my inherent teaching qualities and passion. I felt so at ease and natural while teaching in front of a class and talking to the children, even when the class I had to manage was an uncontrollable one.
  - Chuang Hoi Kiu (Year 3, Sociology)

One of the participants: Timothy Berrow
 

What we have to do is give these children role models and influences. Being in a rural village, I understand that it’s quite hard to find them as a lot of families don’t really look at it like that. Finding inspiration is what these kids need, and I hope this visit to the school opens not just the children eyes, but the teachers as well.
  - Timothy Berrow (Year 2, Film)

One of the participants: Zhong Yuting

 

My service learning has made me more aware of the education system in mainland China. I reflected more on it and tried to come up with more solutions to the English education problem. A possibility would be to build a free and comprehensive English learning platform.
  Zhong Yuting (Year 2, Finance)​

 

Leadership Qualities Centre, Office of Student Affairs

Address: Room 401, The Wing Lung Bank for Business Studies, Shaw Campus, Hong Kong Baptist University

Telephone: (852) 3411 5913

Email: tommy@hkbu.edu.hk