Nurturing Global Leaders is an enriched version of the successful Moei programme launched by the Faculty of Social Sciences in 2008. It is offered as a campus-wide programme to all HKU undergraduate students and local youth.
NGL aims to nurture future leaders for Hong Kong and the world who are caring, responsible and capable; equipped with global vision, multicultural understanding, and problem-identification and problem-solving skills; and committed to contributing to Hong Kong and the world.
Upon successful completion of the coursework HKU students are awarded 12 free-elective credits and the programme fulfills the requirements for the SIGC requirements in the Faculty of Social Sciences.
NGL 2020 will recruit 40 HKU undergraduates to achieve the utmost educational and social benefits.
Yangon (formerly Rangoon) is the largest city in Myanmar. It was the nation’s capitol until 2006 when the government moved the capitol to purpose built city of Naypyidaw. This is a quickly developing city with all of the variety of a large city (cinemas, restaurants, taxi’s etc., but it also has all of the characteristics of large cities that we might want to get away from- e.g. traffic jams, noise, crowds, etc.
NGL partners with the Education Network in Yangon providing courses to youth who may be matriculating from secondary school to university. These students are generally eager to learn and they come to classrooms situated in their local neighbourhoods to engage in courses provided by HKU volunteers.
As the programme takes place in the middle of the rainy season participants can expect much of what we get at most NGL locations- frequently rain and hot temperatures. The rain will likely come on an almost daily basis. It is not uncommon for minor flooding to occur.
NGL participants must take full responsibility for health cover and health insurance throughout the duration of the programme. Although all participants are covered by a basic health package purchased through the programme you should read the terms carefully and determine whether you wish to purchase additional insurance. The programme takes place in a malarial zone during the rainy season and there is some risk of both malaria and dengue fever. All participants must consult a doctor well prior to joining the NGL programme and must follow the medical advice they are given.
All accommodation costs must be borne by the participants themselves. The rough costs of accommodation in Yangon is about $15 per day for a shared (double) room for those staying for 6 weeks. The entire group will stay at the same guest house. Which is near to major transpiration lines, but not in the downtown area.
Yangon is not particularly dangerous, however, participants must always remain situationally aware and cautious. Cities such as Yangon have some nightlife- participants are encouraged to be responsible and ensure that if you are out at night that you remain in groups and return to the guest house at a reasonable hour. Always be aware of your personal belongings and keep a low profile.
For NGL Cambodia one of the main costs will be transportation to the site and accommodation. Depending upon your location there may also be daily commuting expenses. A rough estimate of costs is given below, however, these costs can fluctuate based on where you are posted and the extent to which you manage your finances carefully.
Yangon is a popular tourist destination with many local attractions. Some key sites are:
NGL has been operating in Hpa-an since 2017. This relatively small town is a few hours from our Mae Sot site in Thailand. Volunteers in this location normally live at a local guest house and teach at learning centers around town. Past volunteers have formed close relationships with the local community and had a unique opportunity to see a less touristed part of Myanmar. There are many caves and other attractions in the local area and typically students are very happy to guide our HKU volunteers. In this area we also work with one local village requiring our volunteers to spend the week living in the village and some schools provide accommodation allowing volunteers to live on-site.
NGL Myanmar takes place in a malarial zone during the rainy season. Virtually every day there is heavy rain in the afternoon, and often it will rain heavily all day long. Sometimes the rain will persist for several days. All participants therefore need to be prepared to work in very wet conditions.
All accommodation costs must be borne by the participants themselves. In Hpa-An most of the group stays in the Galaxy Motel where we were well looked after by the owner. Those staying at the hotel can also expect help organizing daily transport, laundry, etc.
NGL has a field coordinator based in Hpa-an who will serve as our local contact.
The rough costs of accommodation in Hpa-an is about US$12 per night per person.
For NGL Myanmar, the main cost of joining the programme is an international flight to Yangon and accommodation. Participants also need to cover their own insurance, visa and healthcare costs. In-country costs for a stay of around 70 days are generally low. A very rough estimate of the major costs is given below. Note that actual costs may not conform precisely to this breakdown, which is presented as a general guideline only.
NGL began operating in Shan State in with small group based in Kalaw and at the Phaya Taung Monastery. Since that time we have expanded our footprint in the area. We work with a range of different partner organisations in the area, with many of the volunteers working in remote locations where they live on-site.
There are a variety of different types of placements available in Shan State, and it can be hard to give accepted participants a definitive indication of where they will be located until we depart. For this reason, it is important that participants here show a high degree of flexibility. For those who indicate that they must stay in a school or monastery to cut costs we can make advance arrangements, however, these placements tend to be in more remote areas.
Virtually every day in June and July there is often heavy rain although our sites in this region of at a slightly higher elevation and often cooler than other sites and it might be advisable to bring some long sleeves. Sometimes the rain will persist for several days. All participants therefore need to be prepared to work in very wet conditions.
For those residing in schools, we suggest a donation be made at the end to cover the expenses. A simple way to calculate the amount would be to think of how much has been saved in hotel costs.
More information about the costs in Shan State coming soon!