Nepal Service Learning Trip
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According to the United Nation, Nepal is one of the least developed countries since 1971. It suffers from high levels of hunger and poverty. Despite these challenges, Nepal is making steady progress, with the government declaring its commitment to elevate the nation from least developed country status by 2022. Unfortunately, a magnitude of 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal on 25th April, 2015, and soon after on 12th May, 2015, there was another 7.3 earthquake. Entire villages were flattened in many districts of the country. Nearly 10,000 people died, 23,000 were injured, 800,000 homes were destroyed and over 45,000 people were displaced. Are you willing to make a difference in this country?

Collaborating with Light On Nepal, we are involved in the school rebuilding project for Shree Ganga Milan Secondary School. The school provides education to 270 children, ranging from Grade 1 to 10. It has six blocks, one of which (with 8 classrooms) was partially destroyed by the earthquake and will be included in the project. Helping the reconstruction progress is just a stepping stone for us to get into the communities, and so enlighten local students by sharing our culture and knowledge to them.

Participants are required to attend all pre-trip workshops and spare time in sub-team meetings to conduct a research and prepare service plans for the trip throughout the semester. During trip participants can also explore many dimensions of Nepal culture and history.

Participants of the trip will be able to:
  • Empower Nepal children and youth to enrich themselves by giving a safe learning environment.
  • Enlighten the lives of local students through¬†different school activities.
  • Embrace cultural diversities and achieve cultural exchange through investigating different aspects of the Nepal community.
  • Cultivate a caring atmosphere on HKUST campus by participants through sharing their experience during and after the service trip.

    Date 1 - 9 April 2018, expected to arrive HK at 5:55 am (Tentative) [Updated]
    Location Kathmandu, Nepal
    Program Highlights 1. Assist in the "School Rebuilding Project" to provide a safe learning environment for local students.
    2. Cultural exchange with local students through holding school activities.
    3. Cultural exploration in Kathmandu
    Program Schedule
    Pre-trip workshops 6 March 2018 (Tue) [Updated] 6:30 - 9pm
    17 March 2018 (Sat) 10am - 3:30pm
    28 March 2018 (Wed) 6:30 - 9pm
    Post-trip sharing session 15 June 2018 (Fri) [Updated] 6:30 - 9:30pm
    Program Fee [Updated] HK$9,800 (subject to final airfare available)
    • Participants may be able to reimburse up to HK$2,500 subsidy upon satisfactory completion of the whole service program, including attendance and active participation in group preparation tasks, workshops and submission of reflection report. (OSLG recipients who received subsidy over HK$2,500 will not be grant the above mentioned subsidy.)

    • Student may apply for Connect Overseas Service Learning Grant (OSLG) to receive subsidy to cover part of the program fee. Additional consideration will be given to those with financial need. More details.

    • For Tertiary Student Finance Scheme (TSFS) government grant & loan recipients:
      Student are eligible to apply for "Subsidy on Exchange to "Belt and Road" Regions for Post-secondary Students (SSEBR)" from government. Successful applicant will be able to get subsidy of HK$9,800 x % of TSFS grant received. SSEBR application details.
      Example: if you receive 50% government grant, you will receive HK$4,900 subsidy via SSEBR.
      In order to lessen the financial burden on government grant & loan recipients paying the full program fee up front, subject to presentation of TSFS notification of result during interview, grant recipients will get pre-approval of OSLG. Upon being awarded the SSEBR subsidy, student receiving pre-approved OSLG shall return the OSLG/SSEBR subsidy, whichever is lower, to HKUST Connect.
        Amount of government grant awarded Program fee payable
      Fee schedule for grant & loan recipients (Pre-approved OSLG) Over 75% of grant HK$ 1,960
      50-75% of grant HK$ 4,900
      <50% of grant HK$ 7,350

    Program fee includes:
    • Round-trip flights to Kathmandu, local transportation, accommodation (shared room), meals during program activities, entry fee for visits included in the official program,
    • and travel insurance
    Program fee does NOT include:
    • Personal expenses and expenses out of the official program, travel document/visa application, additional travel and medical insurance
    Application Please complete the online registration form
    Application Deadline Extended to 25 February 2018 (Sun)
    Interview Interviews will be held on 22, 23 or 27 February 2018 [Updated]. Shortlisted applicants will be notified via email.

    Note [Updated]

    • To ensure the quality of the service activities and a positive team experience, the organizer reserves the right to terminate the participation for any student who fail to attend 100% of the required pre-trip activities, and the program fee will not be refunded.
    • The trip will occupy with 2 school days, 6 and 9 Apr 2018 (Fri and Mon), applicants should make sure he/she does not need to attend class(es) on that day.
    Enquiries Brighton Tsoi (

    Last update: 22 Feb 2018