09Jan 2013



Purpose: A Christmas without big parties, feasts, but with lots of love and care! It is because we are going to experience the real meaning of Christmas: to share our love and the giving spirit of Christmas to the poor and needy! Through the 3-days Qingyuan Volunteers Exchange Tour, participants from China and Hong Kong would be able to learn more about the culture and people in China; and most importantly, experience the spirit of dedication to the disadvantaged as a philanthropist.
First Step Young Philanthropists Training
To be better equipped to serve the children.
Date           Dec. 20, 2012Friday
Time           7:00 – 9:00pm
Venue:             6-C Alpha House ( Opp ISQUARE MTR Exit H), 27 – 33 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Build the foundation

1. The first step of being a philanthropist
2. Roles & Responsibilities of volunteers in this tour
3. How to use singing, drama, games to help the children learn English; and enhance their creativity and thinking skills
Second Step Service in China
First Day: Dec. 25, 2011(Tue)  

07:30 – 08:00
Gather at Lo Wu MTR Station;
Get on coach at the entrance of Shangri-La Hotel
12:00 – 13:00
Lunch at Hotel
13:00 – 14:30
Volunteers Exchange Training
14:30 – 16:30
Interaction Workshops with children: Brain Enhancement Class & English Drama Workshop
16:30 – 18:30
Preparation of teaching materials and gifts for children
18:30 –21:00
Dinner at Ya Wen Primary School (BBQ)
Christmas Party
21:00 – 21:30
Reside at Hotel

Second Day: Dec. 26, 2012(Wed)  

07:30 – 08:30
Wake up, to wash & dress; breakfast at Hotel
08:30 – 09:00
To Ya Wen Primary School: Pre-service preparation
09:00 – 12:00
Interaction Workshops with children: Brain Enhancement Class & English Drama Workshop
12:30 – 13:30
Lunch at Ya Wen Primary School
13:30 – 15:00
Rehearsal for Show & Tell Performance
15:00 – 16:30
Show & Tell Performance, Prizes Award
17:00 – next morning
Stay in a student’s family (Dinner, fellowshipping, teaching English, etc.)

Third Day: Dec. 27, 2012(Thurs)  

Back to Ya Wen Primary School: Breakfast
09:00 – 11:00
Experience Farm Work
11:30 – 12:30
Lunch at Hotel
13:30 – 14:30
Sharing Meeting & Award Volunteer Certificates
15:00 – 17:00
Spring’s Spa
17:00 – 20:30
Back to Lo Wu Station/ Guang Zhou

Fee for the whole trip: HKD 1,350(Included traveling, training, insurance, gifts, meals, teaching materials, etc.)
Discount offer: HKD 1,300@ for a group registration with 3 members or old participants
(children under 12 are welcome to join unless they have an adult to accompany them)



Organizer: House of Learning

House of Learning is a non-profit charitable institution established in 1998 by Dr. Caroline Kwok, Ed. D., the director and founder of Megabrain Institute and the Hong Kong Representative of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children. Our chairman is Dr. Alan Cheung, Associate Professor of the Center for Research and Reform in Education in Johns Hopkins University (USA). With their genuine passion on education, not only do they spare no effort in education development, but also unite a group of peers with similar values, vision and believes to serve the community.
Their founding mission is to provide trainings and various activities to underprivileged and underachieved children, in an attempt to foster their growth and future giving to society. Though their six committee members have diverse backgrounds, they share a common mission, value and desire: to serve the community.
Core Objectives and Missions
● In search of the best practices in neuro-education
● Unleash the potential and improve the condition of mankind
● Achieve excellence in scientific-based practices and innovations
Jointly Organized with: San Hang Town Ya Wen Primary School (Main School)
Ya Wen Primary School is a “Hope Engineering” School in the rural village of Qing Yuan with a beautiful campus. In view of its lack of resources for foreign language education, it has a desperate need of our volunteer English education service.

Preparation before departure, Review and Assessment of result after trip:

Questionnaire:  Assessment of Altitude, Behavior, Volunteer experience etc. before and after the trip
Report: Every participant has to share their experience and feeling throughout the service trip

Insurance and Contingency Arrangement:

This trip has already purchased a Travelling Insurance, including sickness protection, accident treatment and international support service.

Sharing by students and parents:

Cheung Kwan Yi, youth participant of Jie Yang Volunteers Caring Tour:
 “I really appreciate House of Learning. Unlike other voluntary organizations which organize discrete exchange service trip without future contact, House of Learning has been keeping a close contact with the service area in mainland China. I extremely appreciate this, and this is also the reason why I love other participants: I have been impressed by them for many times, and therefore I wish to serve the children with House of Learning.”
Cheung Yuk Kwan, youth participant of Qingyuan Volunteers Exchange tour:
“During this service trip, I spared no effort in helping the children. Although the children are really poor, they have great ambitions. They all love learning and have their dreams, and their passion for learning really impressed me. They have to travel long to school on foot – sometimes with extreme weathers, yet they have no expression of grievance and strive to go to school every day. Indeed, I have to deeply reflect my learning experience. I have been blaming the hardship even with a great learning environment and family background. Compared with these children, my hardship is not worth grieving.
When I visited the child’s family, he was not at home and we have to walk to their home. During the journey, we were accompanied by hot sunshine above, which made me feel the journey really long. I chatted with the child’s mother and knew that Yiao Jia Wei, his son, loved learning and was hard-working. He had an ambitious wish of studying in the US and become an inventor. They did not give away despite under extreme poverty. I really learnt a lot from them. Also, it was really exciting to play with children. During the interactions of these two days, we developed deep relationship with each other. We really missed each other when we leave. I hope there are more opportunities to enjoy these meaningful activities!”
Yip Yung Lin, parent participant of 2010 Summer Qingyuan Volunteers Exchange tour:
“Our daughter mentioned that during the service trip, she discovered the simplicity of human relationship. With more passion and patience, people would trust you and like you. These inspirations gave her great courage during the rehearsal of drama performance. She seems to have become another person: she always share her joy of serving with us!”
Iwan Kwok, youth participant of 2010 Christmas Qingyuan Volunteers Exchange tour
“During this trip, I was really happy to see that the children are very hard-working. I was happy to have lesson with them, sleep at their home and have games with them. Their degree of passion really surprised me! I learnt a lot after this service trip in rural villages. I really feel that love could break any walls among human beings!”

Contact for Enquiries and Interested Parties:

Hong Kong: Ms. Chow  9416-8831/2388-7892
GuangZhou: Ms. Li     13926002183