Programme Details

An Overview of Shaoguan City
  • Located in the north of Guangdong Province, Shaoguan City is in close proximity to Chenzhou City in Hunan Province and Ganzhou City in Jiangxi Province to the north, and the Pearl River Delta to the south. It is the centre of politics, economy and culture, as well as a transport hub in North Guangdong. Shaoguan City is currently connected to Guangzhou South Railway Station by Express Rail Link.
  • Under Shaoguan City, there are Lechang City, Nanxiong City, Qujiang District, Wujiang District, Zhenjiang District, Renhua County, Shixing County, Wengyuan County, Xinfeng County, and Ruyuan Yao Autonomous County. Shaoguan city covers a total area of 18,400 sq km, with an urban area of 2,856 sq km.
  • The most popular dialect in Shaoguan is Hakka, which is widely spoken in urban and rural areas. It is also used for communication with the people of Yao. In the urban districts of Shaoguan and Lechang as well as Renhua County town, Guangzhou dialect is commonly spoken. Putonghua is also widely spoken in urban districts, county towns, industrial and mining districts.
  • This Programme has the full support of the People’s Government of Shaoguan City. The authority concerned will take charge of the arrangements for placement, co-ordination of accommodation and management, etc.
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An Overiew of Meizhou City
  • Meizhou is a prefecture-level city of eastern Guangdong province, in southern China. Meizhou is located in the northeast of Guangdong Province, bordering Fujian Province in the northeast and Jiangxi Province in the northwest.
  • Meizhou is comprisedof Meijiang District, Xingning City and 6 counties.
  • The most popular dialect in Meizhou is Hakka, which is widely spoken in urban and rural areas. Putonghua is also widely spoken in urban districts and county towns.

This Programme has the full support of the People’s Government of Shaoguan City and Meizhou City. The authority concerned will take charge of the arrangements for placement, co-ordination of accommodation and management, etc.

Service Period

Applicants can choose to apply for half-year programme (either to serve in the first or the second semester) or full-year programme. Tentative service period of the Service Corps Programme (Phase VIII) is as follows,

  • First semester: From September 2017 to January 2018;
  • Second semester: From February 2018 to July 2018; or
  • Whole year: September 2017 to July 2018.

The Service Corps programme is open for application throughout the year. The tentative application deadline for joining the 1st Semester or whole year of the programme (Phase VIII) is late July 2017. It is estimated that interviews for applicants will be arranged between late July and early August 2017. Confirmed scheduled for applications will be promulgated through the Service Corps website and Facebook in April 2017. In the meantime, should there be any enquiries, please feel free to contact us at 3509 7022 or send email to servicecorps@hab.gov.hk.

(The Home Affairs Bureau (HAB) shall reserve the right to a final decision.)

Targets and Eligibility Criteria
  • Aged between 18 and 29
  • Capable of communicating in Putonghua and reading/writing Chinese
Programme Framework
Phase
Description
Part I:
Pre-Departure Training
Delegates are required to attend all designated training sessions to get prepared and informed of the scope of service before departure (total of around 24 hours). The training will cover briefing on the Service Corps, basic adaptation skills, training in volunteer service, basic teaching skills, classroom management skills and experience sharing of volunteer service, etc.
Part II:
Service Period
Upon arrival, delegates will attend a 2 to 3-day induction course organised by the local organisation-in-charge. The aim is to help them familiarise with the local living environment and cultural background, and further understand the service needs, etc. Placement will then be arranged for delegates to provide services. During the service period, delegates may also conduct visits, other voluntary service and / or exchange activities.
Part III:
Follow-up Activities
Delegates are required to prepare and submit the following reports during the service period:
(i) individual weekly diary on service
(ii) regular updates on Social Networking Website
(iii) group project proposals
(iv) consolidated service report and assessment
Delegates are required to take part in exchange activities after the completion of service to share with other young people their experiences and assist in promoting the Programme.
Teaching Assistance
  • As a teaching assistant, the service targets include primary to junior secondary students.
  • Generally, delegates will provide teaching assistance in schools using Putonghua as the medium of instruction from about 8:00 am to 5:00 pm from Mondays to Fridays. Teaching subjects may include English, Physical Education, Music, Arts, Computer, Geography, etc. Their duties include:
    (i) assisting teachers in daily teaching activities, such as class management and preparation of teaching materials;
    (ii) designing and leading extra-curricula activity groups or interest classes, such as English oral class and handicraft class;
    (iii) assisting teachers in home visits or counseling as and when necessary; and
    (iv) assisting the school in launching student activities, such as sports days and festival celebrations.
  • Schools will provide on-campus accommodation to delegates. Delegates may purchase additional furniture and equipment at their own cost, such as beddings, heaters and cooking utensils to suit their needs. Delegates will be responsible for the related electricity and water expenses.
Service Period
  • If teaching schedule permits, delegates will conduct visits, other voluntary service and / or exchange activities on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, arranged by local government authorities at least once a month, such activities may include visit to the city, local villages, government organisations/enterprises and exchanges with local youths, etc. If no particular arrangements have been made in the week, delegates may enjoy self-arranged activities. Moreover, delegates will be given one week of vacation leave in each semester.
  • The HAB will also engage professionals to provide delegates with support services during the service period, such as visiting the delegates, helping them in adaptation and providing emotional support.
  • The HAB will also engage professionals to provide members with support services during the service period, such as visiting the members, helping them in adaptation and providing emotional support.

(Information above is for reference only. The delegates would be informed if there is any amendment for the service content.)

Delegates are required to prepare and submit the following reports during the service period:
Individual
  • (i) Individual Bi-Weekly Diary on Service
    Delegates shall record the details of their service and their reflections during the service period every 2 weeks.
  • (ii) Regular updates on Social Networking Website
    To publicize the programme and to let delegates share their life on voluntary work during the service period, Corps delegates are required to manage a Social Networking Website account on Service Corps Programme and have regular updates on the account for their lives and sharings.
Group

Selected delegates will be divided into “full-year group” or “half- year group”, with 3-4 delegates in a group, to complete the following group projects. Such reports will be uploaded onto the Service Corps dedicated website for sharing and exchange purposes.

  • (iii) Group Project Proposal
    Each group shall draw up a proposal on any subjects related to Shaoguan/ Meizhou during the service period, e.g. opportunities for Hong Kong young people to pursue career in Shaoguan/ Meizhou, how to improve the living standard of the Shaoguan/ Meizhou people, how to enhance the co-operation between Shaoguan/ Meizhou and Hong Kong, how to develop the economy in Shaoguan/ Meizhou, etc.
  • (iv) Consolidated Service Report and Assessment
    Shaoguan and Meizhou delegates shall prepare collectively a consolidated service report and assessment reporting on the service experience, reviews on the effect and self-reflections in any format but with no less than 10,000 words (for half-year group) or 15,000 words (full-year group) of written report. In addition, the full-year group is also required to complete a report in multi-media format (e.g. creation of a website, shoot a short film, drama performance etc.).

The HAB will also arrange delegates to take part in exchange activities after completion of service to share their experiences with young people and assist in promoting the Programme.

  • The HAB will arrange on-campus accommodation and provide the following financial support for the delegates:
    (i) A token of stipend during the service period (3,200 RMB per month);
    (ii) Round trip transport expenses to and from Hong Kong and the place of service (two round trips for each semester); and
    (iii) Expenses on procurement of third party liability insurance, general personal medical insurance and travel insurance.。
  • To encourage delegates to complete the Programme and to foster exchanges between Hong Kong and Shaoguan/ Meizhou, delegates will receive the following award and commendation upon satisfactory completion of service:
    (i) Certificate of Completion of Service;
    (ii) Cash award of HK$5,000 per semester served; and
    (iii) Nomination of one/two service target in Shaoguan/Meizhou to visit Hong Kong in the 3rd quarter of 2017 and attend the Service Corps Certificate Presentation Ceremony.