Monthly Archives: January 2015

Behind the Storefront project recruitment

Posted by Peter MUIR

ECP logoAn exciting opportunity for budding journalists and those with an interest in Hong Kong culture!

Elephant Community Press, who offer project-based writing workshops that guide students through the entire process of writing and publication, are inviting DC students to get involved in their latest project – Behind the Storefront: Profiles of Hong Kong Small Business Owners.

This project aims to not only bridge communities of young learners, but also offer the opportunity to help share stories about the lives and businesses of 12 local Hong Kong small business owners.

ECP would like to recruit students ages 15-17 to participate in this project. A total of 12 students—ideally from both local and international schools—will partner to develop interviewing and photography skills over 9 weeks of classroom workshops interwoven with two on-site visits and two on-site interviews. Each pair will interview two different small business owners in Hong Kong. Preference is for students with bilingual English/Cantonese skills, but English-only students or students with skills in other languages will also be considered.  The transcripts and notes from these interviews will be written up in English to create profiles of 12 different local Hong Kong small business owners. The skill building workshops will be led by students in the Master’s of Journalism programme at Hong Kong Baptist University as an internship opportunity, supervised and supported by their professor, Robin Ewing. In April 2015, the Street Team project will culminate in a final exhibition of the profiles.

Project Objectives:

  • Encourage students to engage in the community in a variety of ways including partnered
    work across communities, both with each other and with interviewees
  • Demonstrate the power of learning experiences that reach beyond the classroom and
    out into the local community.
  • Provide guidelines and tools for journalistic interviewing and profile writing
  • Draw on a multimedia approach to literacy (Workshop will include photos and possibly
    other multimedia elements)
  • Exhibit work in a public space to share the stories collected with the greater community

Commitment and skills required by students:

  • Ages 15-17
  • Bilingual Cantonese / English skills preferred
  • Proficiency in writing Chinese is an asset
  • Available for all of 9 sessions Thursday after school (5:00-7:00pm) from 12th February to 23rd April, 2 on-site visits and 2 on-site interviews
  • Interested in writing, journalism, documenting community stories, collaborating with peers outside their school
  • Able to show initiative; must be collaborative and responsible
  • Willing to represent ECP in this community project
  • Other expectations: must cover own transportation costs

Important Dates:
28 Jan 2015 – Application deadline
Feb 12, 26, Mar 5, 12, 19, 26, Apr 2, 16, 23 plus on-site visits/interviews – 9 classes – Thursdays, 5:00 to 7:00pm at Elephant Community Press in Central with 2 on-site visits and 2 on-site interviews to be scheduled with your partner
End of April 2015 – Exhibition event

Click here for the application form and details on submitting it – ECP Student Application Form 2014

Hands On Hong Kong

Posted by Peter MUIR

Founded in 2007, HandsOn Hong Kong is a registered charity dedicated to community based volunteerism. They strive to be the first point of contact for individuals in Hong Kong who want to be involved in community service, and they actively recruit, train, and manage volunteers to participate in volunteer activities benefiting the local community. Each week they have around 10 opportunities for volunteers to assist those in need in our city.  Visit the group’s website to see their opportunities and get in contact with them if one interests you and you reach the requirements to volunteer for that activity.

DB Mothers & Friends

Posted by Peter MUIR

DB mothers & friends

Are you keen to take action here in DB to support the Hong Kong community?  DB Mothers & Friends might be your option!

DB Mothers & Friends is a Discovery Bay-based social enterprise that connects donors with various Charities and registered social workers to recycle and redistribute household items to the less fortunate in Hong Kong.   The group collect everything that is reusable and clean, as quality second hand pieces could bring smiles to the less fortunate in our community, and help relieve their hardship in lives.

If you are interested in working with this group in raising awareness about their collections drives, and supporting their collection and distribution of goods, please see Mr Muir for more details.


Teach the teacher

Posted by Peter MUIR

Teach A Teacher 2014 - Poster

Keen to share your skills an knowledge? Would you like the opportunity to teach a teacher?

Do you think you have the capacity to teach teachers about ICT, Youth Culture, Digital Citizenship or Education?

We all know that teachers are a bit slow keeping up with the latest technology and knowing what we teenagers are up to. Well here is you chance to help educate them! The Teach the Teacher workshop aims to provide an professional development opportunity to teachers while offering youth an opportunity to develop their skills in leading an educational workshop.

If you, or a group, would like to be involved in running a one-hour workshop for teachers at KG5 on March 25,  please email by Thursday 22 January.

Sunrise to Sunset Relay

Posted by Peter MUIR

On that Saturday 7th February 2015, from Sunrise to Sunset, you could be, along with 6 to 24 of your closest friends and family, relishing the challenge of competing for your personal goals.

An un-timed and friendly event open to all, Sunrise to Sunset (S2S) allows participants to run when they wish and at whatever pace they wish. The idea is for runners in a team take it in turns to run as many laps as they can of a 0.8 km course before passing on the role to the next runner, and so on.

Not only can you reap the satisfaction of giving your body a good workout, sponsorship money generated from each team goes towards supporting the Pathfinders HK. These proceeds go towards protecting migrant mothers and children, educating them of their rights, and equipping them with educational and vocational training.

With Flow Yoga sessions and Discovery Bay’s premier DJs, “Psyke” to energise you in between laps, Sunset to Sunrise is definitely worth giving up a lazy Saturday.  Team registration is HKD 50 per runner going towards administration costs covering vests, water, race pack, and food. Click here for more information and to register.

No Boundaries – Who Will village visit

Posted by Peter MUIR

A visit to the Who Will village in Cambodia was one of the various learning experiences that DC students engaged in during our No Boundaries week.  Here is a short glimpse of some of the activities the students were involved in during the week.

Advocacy – getting involved in a cause

Posted by Peter MUIR


Some recent research has been reported in the media as the first research to identify which fossil fuel reserves must not be burned to keep global temperature rise under 2C, the limit set that will enable our planet to be able to deal with the impact of climate change.  The reserves indicated in the research includes over 90% of US and Australian coal and almost all Canadian tar sands.  It is news such as this (and the observable impacts of climate change) that inspires people to want to change the way they, and we, do things.  This is what we call Advocacy, which is one of the modes of service that you could get involved in in your Community Engagement efforts. is running an Advocacy campaign that is steering investors to dump their fossil fuel stocks, and provides ideas and assistance if you wanted to be an advocate for their cause.  Advocacy is one way of getting involved in Community Engagement; what cause would you be interested in supporting?

Feeding HK Pancake Race Day

Posted by Peter MUIR

Feeding-HK-logoThere are many ways to get involved in supporting the community.  Often it needs just a bit of creativity, along with a passion to get things done.  Feeding Hong Kong’s Pancake Race day is an example of creating an interesting way of generating awareness about an organisiation and the issues they combat, and to raise some needed funds.

Check out details here about the Pancake Race day.  How can you be creative in your community engagement?