Cambodia Service Learning Trip (17)
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Cambodia is a developing and charming country recovered from a tragic past. The level of education in Cambodia has been improving, yet there is still an educational gap when compared with other developed countries, especially in the areas of technology and science. Will you join us to give them a helping hand?

This summer marks the 17th service learning trip to Cambodia since 2011. The project aims to continue our support to the children and youth at Cambodian Children’s Fund, Wat Opot Children's Community and a local primary school. The team will organize educational activities and interactive STEM workshops to narrow the educational gap in developing country and help their youth to develop their potential. You will also meet with the former Who Will village children who are now at University in Phnom Penh and exchange cultural experience.

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

Participants of the trip will be able to:

To learn more about the previous Cambodia service learning trips, please visit here.

5 - 12 June 2019
Location Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Program Highlights 1. Community service at Cambodian Children's Fund & Wat Opot Community
2. Visit to partner NGOs and their facilities
3. Cultural exploration in Phnom Penh
4. Meet former WhoWill village students who are now studying at university
Note: Some orphans in the Wat Opot Children's Community are HIV positive
Program Schedule
Pre-trip workshops Workshop 1 15 March 2019 (Fri) 6:30 - 9pm
Workshop 2 27 March 2019 (Wed) 6:30 - 9pm
CLE Workshop 2 April 2019 (Tue)
6:30 - 9:30pm
Workshop 3 3 May 2019 (Fri)
6:30 - 9pm
Workshop 4 31 May 2019 (Fri) 10am - 1pm
Weekly group preparation meetings & tasks March - June 2019
Sub-team consultation meeting 3 - 4 Apr 2019 (approx. 1 hour for each session, actual date & time is subject to the availability of each sub-team)
Pre-trip Service 
14 April 2019 (Sun)
(approx. 4 hours, actual date & time is subject to the availability of participants)
Cambodia Service Learning Trip 5 - 12 June 2019
Post-trip sharing session 14 June 2019 (Fri) 2:30 - 5pm
Program Fee HK$6,200 (EARLY BIRD) / HK$6,500 (subject to final airfare available)

  • Subsidies
    Eligibility Details Application
    All participants (A) Subsidy for trip participants
    Participants will be able to reimburse up to HK$2,100 subsidy upon satisfactory completion of the whole service program (#1).
    No application needed
    (B) Connect Overseas Service Learning Grant (OSLG)
    Students with financial need may apply for OSLG to receive subsidy to cover part of the program fee up front.
    Recipients of Tertiary Student Finance Scheme (TSFS) government grant & loan (C) Pre-approval of OSLG
    In order to lessen the financial burden on government grant & loan recipients paying the full program fee up front, TSFS Grant recipients can get pre-approval of OSLG and only need to pay the remainder of the program fee:
    Amount of government grant awarded Program fee payable Early Bird
    Over 75% of grant HK$1,300 HK$1,240
    50-75% of grant HK$3,250 HK$3,100
    <50% of grant HK$4,875 HK$4,650
    Present “Notification of Result” of TSFS during interview
    (D) Subsidy on Exchange to "Belt and Road" Regions for Post-secondary Students (SSEBR)
    Students are expected to apply for SSEBR from government. Successful applicant will be able to get subsidy equal to “$6,200 or $6,500 x % of TSFS grant received”.

    Example: if you receive 50% government grant, you will receive HK$3,100 subsidy via SSEBR when you register before 14 February 2019 (Early Bird).
    Upon being awarded the SSEBR subsidy, student receiving pre-approved OSLG shall return the OSLG/SSEBR subsidy, whichever is lower, to HKUST Connect.
    Submit an online application on the HKUST My StudyAbroad system after receiving trip offer

    (#1) Satisfactory completion of the whole service program includes attendance, high level of engagement in group preparation tasks, workshops and during the trip, and submission of reflection report. OSLG or SSEBR recipients may receive the difference between HK$2,100 and the OSLG/SSEBR being granted.

  • Program fee includes:
    Round-trip flights to Phnom Penh, 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.
Requirement Experience in teaching STEM is a plus
Donation Each participant is required to raise a minimum of HK$600 on top of the program fee to support the Wat Opot Children's Community.
Application Please complete the online registration form
Deadline Early bird deadline: 14 February 2019 (Thu)
Application closing date: 20 February 2019 (Wed)
Interview Interviews will be held on 26 - 27 February 2019. Shortlisted applicants will be notified via email.
  • To ensure the quality of the service activities and a positive team experience, students are expected to attend ALL pre-trip activities (workshops and consultation meetings), and will be given priority over those who are unable to commit to full attendance. Request for absence due to academic course-related examinations will be considered on a case by case basis. The organizer reserves the right to terminate the participation for any student who fail to meet the above requirements, and the program fee will not be refunded.
  • Participants are required to travel to and from Cambodia with the group. No separate travel will be entertained.
Enquiries Jacky Liao (

Additional Information on collaborators in Cambodia:

Cambodian Children’s Fund (CCF)

Cambodian Children’s Fund was founded by former film executive Scott Neeson, in 2004. It provides life-changing education, nourishment and healing to vulnerable children from some of Cambodia’s most destitute communities. The majority of children in CCF were former garbage pickers and primary caretakers of their siblings, living and working on Phnom Penh’s former municipal garbage dump. In the beginning, CCF revolved around the health and well-being of 87 youngsters. In 2012, CCF has cared for more than 1,200 children and they will extend their services to provide for the families and communities in crisis.
For more information:

The Wat Opot Children's Community

The Wat Opot Community was founded by Wayne Dale Matthysse in 2002. It is rare, and perhaps unique in Cambodia, for HIV-infected and non-infected children to live together as family, sharing homes and meals and playing together. Many children who are not physically affected by the virus are living here because their primary caregiver was or is HIV Positive and has either died or is unable to take care of them. Some are orphans who are not HIV+ but have lost their parents altogether to AIDS. One of the primary goals of The Wat Opot Community is to restore the joy of living to these adults and children. The community also builds strong connection with neighboring villages.
For more information:

Who Will Village

Who Will Village is a local NGO registered in Cambodia dedicated to caring for orphans and disadvantaged children and poor Cambodian Communities with no religious affiliation. It is a relatively small NGO that is privately funded. Who Will’s mission is to care for orphans or disadvantaged children of Cambodia, by providing them a village in which they can be raised in a proper family environment. For each house there will be a housemother, their role is to bring up her family as if their true mother. Ultimately this village will appear to be just another country village and it will be fully integrated into the community, ensuring that the children will not carry the unjustified stigma of “coming from an orphanage”
For more information:

Last Update: 1 February 2019