This year there were 13 trips in Hong Kong and abroad that had service learning components, and these video links highlight the variety of authentic community needs addressed in their specific communities.
Click on the links below to see a short student-made video about these trips with service learning experience built-in!
A group of Grade 7 Students learned that ‘service’ can also include caring for our more-than-human world on our recent Grade 7 Service Learning Day on November 20th. Students visited forested areas near Mui Wo to help care for small trees that are part of reforestation projects on Lantau Island. Students made mesh wire supports for the trees, watered thirsty seedlings and learned about the ecological impacts of urbanization and forest fires.
Across the Lower School, Orca House hosted a non-perishable food item drive to collect items to donate to Feeding Hong Kong, an organization that works to eliminate hunger and food distribution inequality locally in Hong Kong. To continue this experience, Grade 7 students led this drive, packed the items and brought them to the Feeding Hong Kong warehouse to pack up Holiday Hampers for Hong Kong citizens in need this December. Additionally, grade 7 students made holiday cards to accompany the food items and share a little cheer!
“I worked collaboratively with others because in the morning we ran up and down stairs carrying boxes full of food donations and we sorted them out in food groups….I learned that more people than we think don’t have enough food to eat in Hong Kong every day.”
– Zoe Boh,
Feeding Hong Kong
Another option as part of the Grade 7 Service Learning Day was to participate in a boat expedition and beach cleanup with Plastic Free Seas aboard their new Sea Classroom! Students had the opportunity to view ocean organisms, clear remote beaches in Hong Kong of trash and to learn about the harmful impacts of disposable plastics.
“I learned that there are so many things living in the water, that [are] barely visible to the human eye. I also learned that we should all try and cut the consumption of plastic. If we all stopped buying non-essential plastics and styrofoam, our oceans would be so much cleaner.”
– Julian Hill,
Plastic Free Seas
As part of Grade 7 Service Learning Day on Friday, November 20th, a group of CDNIS students volunteered at a family organic farm on Cheung Chau island. Students learned how to make a herb spiral based on principles of permaculture and helped the Lam Family create trellises to care for their vegetables.
For his MYP Personal Project, grade 10 student Chester Chan organized and hosted a student led “Football for All” charity fundraiser on October 1st, 2015 to support “InspiringHK Sports Foundation”. A total of 60 players (all ages) from CDNIS, and underprivileged children and youth from Hong Kong participated.
The event raised funds to support InspiringHK Sports Foundation to establish and promote equality for the underprivileged youths in Hong Kong through sports to improve their social mobility. From the bright smiles, hearty laughter, and jolly faces of everyone, it was no doubt that everyone had an extremely enjoyable time. The outcome led to a positive vibe and all participants were able to develop new bonds, connections, and relationships through the enjoyment of sports. The event offered a new experience for participants and allowed the students of CDNIS to have a deeper understanding about inequality in Hong Kong society.
Please read Chester Chan’s reflection on his experience here and how he thinks this Personal Project connects to the CDNIS Service Learning Pledge.
As part of Grade 7 Service Learning Day on Friday, November 20th, a group of CDNIS students volunteered with the NGO SoapCycling to improve sanitation and hygiene in underprivileged regions, one child at a time. SoapCycling collects and sanitizes slightly used hotel soaps and these life-saving items are then distributed to underprivileged families and schools in disadvantaged communities around the world, particularly Asia.
During the week of November 23rd, Ms. Little’s Pre-Reception A classes learned through a fantastic restaurant project to raise awareness and funds for Mother’s Choice, an NGO that provides care for young children as they await adoption from their ‘forever families’. The Pre-reception students baked and prepared treats which they then sold and served to their family members to show appreciation.
“The restaurant venture was an amazing success!! The restaurant was buzzing as we welcomed parents, grandparents, aunts, brothers and sisters, helpers, staff and students. Thanks to your generosity and support we managed to raise a staggering $14,590!!! We hope to present the cheques to Mother’s Choice next week and they will certainly be able to buy lots of warm winter clothes for the children.