CB exchange students join volunteering services

The College of Business Exchange Student Club (ESC) has organized a series of volunteer services for inbound exchange students last autumn. The initiative was supported by the CityU 30th Anniversary Student Programmes – Community Services and Engagement Project (CSEP), under the auspices of the Office of Vice-President (Student Affairs).

Over 45 inbound students and ESC members visited the Home of Loving Faithfulness, a Christian faith ministry which provides life-long care for mentally and physically challenged children and adults in Sheung Shui. The students also visited the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Li Ka Shing Care & Attention Home for the Elderly in Sham Shui Po.

Overseas exchange students were taught simple Cantonese sentences. They sang with local students, performed magic treats and dramas, made handcrafts, and chatted with the elderly and children. They also gave mementoes to the senior citizens to mark the occasion.

The students succeeded in transcending any language barriers, and created a warm and convivial atmosphere. Exchange students also gained a valuable insight into the culture and social situation in Hong Kong.

ESC member Sydnee Cheung, BBA in Marketing, remarked:
"Though I have had a lot of experience volunteering, this was my first time to participate in such a large project and have the opportunity to plan and organize from the beginning to the end. It was a very fruitful and meaningful experience as I learnt how to liaise and work with different parties, such as other members, students and different centres. With this experience, I believe I can contribute more to the community in the future."

In addition to the CSEP, 17 inbound students and ESC members also joined the Food Rescue Programme offered by Food Angel. The programme aims to raise food waste awareness in Hong Kong. Volunteers helped prepare vegetables and meal boxes for the needy.

Rachel Luc (Right) with her fellow volunteers

Exchange student Rachel Luc from San Jose State University, California said, "After my time at the food rescue centre, I felt great that I was able to make a difference in just the few hours I was there. I am amazed at the work and effort that the Food Angels put in everyday to change the lives of hundreds of people."

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