Community Outreach Program (COP) 2018 - Indonesia Join this to move forward these UN Sustainable Development Goals

Community Outreach Program (COP), organized by Petra Christian University, is an inter-discipline educational activity set to give an international service learning experience to university students. Through living in the community with people of different nationality, participants can develop their global perspective and enhance interpersonal skills.

COP has been running for more than 20 years. Every year, students from various countries in Asia and Europe including Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea and Netherlands will join hands to solve community problems. The program provides an excellent opportunity for students to mingle with people from all over the world. During the intensive 2-4 weeks' time, students will have chances to handle several major and minor projects. They can learn to work and live together with people from different backgrounds which in turn widen their cultural exposure and strengthen their communication skills.

If you want to step out of your comfort zone and get in touch with the wider world, this is the golden chance for you. You will be able to explore the world from a social perspective, as well as work on various projects based on the needs of the community in the rural area.

For more details, please visit the website of COP.

Program Details
Program Date (Location) A. 16 July - 9 August 2018 (Mojokerto, East Java, Indonesia)
B. 26 July - 9 August 2018 (Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia)
Program Content Majority Project: Local construction including building public facilities
Minor Project: Education programs at local schools

Preparation Meeting

26 April (Thu) 6-8pm

Program Fee US$450 (approximate HK$ 3,550)
  • Student may apply for Connect Overseas Service Learning Grant (OSLG) to receive subsidy to cover part of the program fee and airfare. Additional consideration will be given to those with financial need. More details

  • For Tertiary Student Finance Scheme (TSFS) government grant & loan recipients:
    Student should 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 US$450 x % of TSFS grant received. SSEBR application details.
    Example: if you receive 50% government grant, you will receive US$225 subsidy via SSEBR.  

    In order to lessen the financial burden on government grant & loan recipients paying the full program fee up front, subject to the submission of a copy of TSFS notification of result to before the application deadline and satisfactory completion of the program, 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 Subsidy on air ticket
    (by reimbursement)
    Fee schedule for grant & loan recipients Over 75% of grant US$90  (HK$ 710) 80% of actual airfare
    50-75% of grant US$225 (HK$1,780) 50% of actual airfare
    25-50% of grant US$338 (HK$2,670) 25% of actual airfare

    Program Fee includes:
  • Program Cost
  • Accommodation & meals during staying at the village
  • Accommodation & meals on the first and the last day
  • Transportation from Airport to residence and vice versa
  • Transportation from the residence to the campus / village
  • Program T-shirt, name tag, COP guidebook, memory book and certificate
  • Some logistics: tissue and water
  • Jacket (for East Java Program only)

  • Program fee does NOT include:
  • Airfare, optional activities, personal expenses, traveler's visa (if applicable) and additional travel insurance
Application Procedures 1. Please complete the online application form
2. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview on 17 or 18 April.
Application deadline 16 April 2018 (Mon)
Remarks 1. Successful applicants will receive an e-mail about the details and arrangement of the program.
2. Participants will get day offs on Sundays; however participants are not allowed to leave the regency during the weekends.
Enquiry Brighton Tsoi (



Student Sharing:    

This voluntary experience is different from what I had before, which we have more time in staying in the same place and we do really see the achievement. Although it is also more difficult than other service trip, but this is what I am looking for- a different way from Hong Kong......Being limited with Wifi and signal, I actually got more time to spend with the people surrounding me and relaxed from the busy life. For me, Gumeng is like a one big family. When villagers know that I love eating fruits, many of them shared their fruits with me. The head of villagers treated me watermelon and another family treated me papaya, etc. When I was sick in the last few days, not only my hosting mum, but many of her family also came visiting me and asked if I needed this or that. I can really feel the love from this big family.

- Rossana Lam, SBM, Year 3

 Here I found Community Outreach Programme which provides me a chance to experience local life and work with international people. It is also the very first time I left modern city and smart devices for rural area where I have to wash my clothes with bare hands, stay in a place without air-conditioner, and travel without public transportation. Here I challenged myself in order to know myself better. This is worth to step out the comfort zone to serve in Indonesia.

- Stacey Mok, SBM, Year 2