Life-wide Learning in Universities: Internship and Voluntary Work in CityU, Hong Kong Dr. Andrew Chan Associate Professor Department of Management
In a US survey “Net Impact’s 2007 New Leaders, New Perspective II” with business undergraduates 73% of business majors think they need more corporate responsibility and sustainability content. Q: The curriculum at my business program should include more content related to corporate social responsibility and sustainability 74% of undergrads envision themselves as a leader who will improve the world’s social or environmental challenges. Q: Do you envision yourself to be a leader who will improve the world’s social or environmental challenges?
Less than one quarter of undergraduate students believe that today’s business leaders demonstrate ethical behavior Q: Do you believe that Most business leaders today exhibit ethical behavior 2009
Philippines Habitat for Humanity: Voluntary Services Hong Kong Young Industrialists Council (HKYIC): Summer Internships Programmes UdavumKarangal (Helping Hands), India Habitat for Humanity, Mongolia
Philippines Habitat for Humanity: Voluntary Services versus Hong Kong Young Industrialists Council (HKYIC): Summer Internships Programmes
Volunteer Work Abroad Work with Habitat A non-profit charitable housing service organization An international institution dedicated to eliminating poverty and homelessness through the participation of hands-on volunteers and the benevolence of business corporations Habitat has built, renovated and repaired almost 300,000 homes in dozens of countries and territories including many in the Asia-Pacific region.
Duties and requirement To build homes at Habitat Thailand site for the poor as well as disadvantaged people together with the local villagers. Requirements • Full time BBA students • Minimum GPA 2.3 • Proficient in English • Heart for volunteering
Habitat - Schedule and Sponsorship Programme Period Total: 4 weeks 26 June – 16 July 2011 (3 weeks in UdonThani, Thailand) • Sponsorship • Up to HK$13,000 1 week of volunteer work at Habitat HK Office or CB Office after trip
Students feedbacks and experiences: I met people from all over the world and learnt to collaborate with individuals with different cultural background. I experienced team-work and conflict handling. Building earthquake-proof houses with volunteer-friendly tools, erecting light materials, all were done collaborate with the local , thus created vast amount of cross-cultural contact.
Hong Kong Young Industrialists Council (HKYIC): Summer Internships Programmes
Helping Hands - Duties and Requirements To help in the residential centre for orphans, thedisabled, theelderly, abandoned babiesandothers in need Requirements • Full time BBA students • Only females accepted • Minimum GPA 2.3 • Proficient in English • Heart for volunteering Programme Period June/July 2011 (4 weeks) Sponsorship Up to HK$10,000
Students feedbacks and experiences: We took care of babies, played with young children and helped some people who are physical or mentally disabled. I learnt the more simple you live, the more happiness you have. From the other volunteers of Helping Hands. I learnt that to appreciate what we encounter and treasure what we have in our life.
This year2012 Habitat for Humanity, Mongolia • 3 weeks (18 June - 7 July 2012, including one week special event "Blue Sky Build") • To partner with local villagers and other volunteers to build houses in the project villages; the one-week BSB is a featured open build that involves volunteers around the world. • Sponsorship: Up to HKD14,000.-