Service-learning Journalists for International Service Projects

Do you want to experience life as a journalist and discover inspiring service stories?
Do you love writing and taking photographs?
Do you love travelling and having new experiences? 

Now you have the chance! And get paid for it!

We are looking for highly motivated students who are observant, good at writing or photography, and enjoy travelling overseas. Sign up if you are interested!
Your task will be to document PolyU’s service-learning projects, through interviews (of students, teachers, and community members), photos and videos, and to write these up into a publishable format.
Successful applicant(s) will be offered a sponsorship of HK$10,140/month (Period: 27 May to 2 August 2019). Basic expenses for the overseas service trips (e.g. visa application, air tickets, food, and board) will be covered by our programme. For more details of these valuable opportunities, please refer to the attached “Opportunity Description”.

Application Method: 

Please send the following items to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or submit them in person to the Office of Service-Learning at TU428:
  1. your CV; 
  2. a sample from your portfolio (either a piece of creative writing or photographs / videos); and
  3. a 3-minute video introducing yourself and why you would like to join this programme (in English).
Application deadline: 20 March 2019 (Thu)
For more information, please contact Ms Renee Leung at 2766-6802 or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Come join us! To serve, to learn and to share fabulous service experiences with others!

Lee Hysan Scholarship for Global Leadership and Civic Engagement (GLCE) Exchange Programme 2019


Do you wish to attend the programs organized by the renowned US universities such as Brown University and The University of Maryland, College Park?

Do you want to work as an intern in non-profit organizations (NGOs) in the United States?

Do you enjoy working in the multi-cultural environment?

Do you care about social justice?

You have a great chance here! The call for applications opens NOW!

The Lee Hysan Scholarship for Global Leadership and Civic Engagement (GLCE) Exchange Programme 2019 is funded by the Lee Hysan Foundation. It aims to provide support for PolyU students to engage in service-learning (SL) exchange or internship at a recognized overseas university so as to develop students’ global citizenship, broaden their perspective on SL and nurture motivated students to become SL Leaders and Ambassadors.

Current PolyU full-time undergraduate students who have passed a credit-bearing SL subject at PolyU are eligible to apply!

Basic expenses will be covered (visas, travel, accommodation and board).

Exchange period: (spanning June and August 2019, ranging from 6 to 8 weeks)

Application deadline: 31 Jan 2019 (Thurs)

Enquiry: Tel: 2766 4376 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Office: TU428

1st Information Session: 30 Nov 2018 (Fri), TU432, 2:30PM

2nd Information Session: 16 Jan 2019 (Wed), TU432, 2:30PM

Application Method:

Please complete the online form and the application forms (both PDF and Word). Then, upload the completed application forms in the online form. There’re instructions to guide you on uploading the required documents in the online form.

Documents/forms required for application:

  1. Online Form:
  2. Application forms [upload the completed and signed application forms (in PDF and Word format) to the online form]
  3. Supporting documents [A copy of your recent academic transcript showing record of courses and cumulative GPA, in PDF format]


Application Guidelines:

 LHF - Global Leadership and Civic Engagement Exchange Programme 2019 – Application Guidelines

Application Forms:

  LHF - Global Leadership and Civic Engagement Exchange Programme 2019 – Application Form

 LHF - Global Leadership and Civic Engagement Exchange Programme 2019 – Application Form

 Information Session PPT slides



Service-Learning in Higher Education: Teacher Development Course

About the Course

This course is for teachers who are interested in developing and teaching Service-Learning (SL) courses at the higher education level. SL is a form of experiential learning that brings students into the community to do meaningful projects that both benefit the community and illustrate academic concepts and theories. SL has been shown to be a high-impact educational practice. It has been demonstrated to be effective at training students’ empathy and sense of social responsibility because students are immersed into the community and get first-hand experience of community and societal needs. Since students work on real projects that impact real people, SL has been shown to build up students’ problem solving skills, their teamwork and communication skills, their leadership and collaboration skills, and, in many cases, their professional ethics. SL has also been shown to be able to develop students’ cross-cultural sensitivity and global citizenship, because many projects bring students to work overseas. This course consists of seminars, discussions, and on-site experience in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The seminars will cover theories and practices in SL, effective SL design, and SL assessment. The on-site experience will bring you to observe students working on service projects in the community. You will have an opportunity to interact, and potentially interview our students, their teachers, and the service community. You will also visit NGOs, get hands-on practice in designing your own project, and have an opportunity to receive feedback on your project proposal. Cambodia hosted PolyU’s first overseas SL and leadership hubs. In 2019, 185 students will serve there on seven SL projects. This affords participants of our short course opportunities to observe projects of different natures and from different disciplines.

Service-Learning at PolyU

In 2012, PolyU made the decision to make service-learning a key institutional strategy of the University in order to provide a more all-rounded education for our students. The Office of Service-Learning (OSL) was established to support service-learning projects from across the different faculties at the University and has been instrumental in furthering the service-learning initiative.

About the Instructors

The course will be delivered by Drs Grace Ngai and Stephen Chan, the Associate Head and Head of the OSL, respectively. Drs Ngai and Chan were the recipients of the University Grants Committee Teaching Award in 2016. Dr Ngai and Dr Chan have demonstrated outstanding academic leadership in helping university management to conceptualise SL as an integral component of the PolyU undergraduate curriculum and to implement SL as an institutional teaching and learning strategy. They thus have transformed the learning experience of thousands of PolyU students and supported the development of many academic colleagues. Over the past six years, PolyU has gone from having six service-learning courses enrolling 200 students to almost 70 courses enrolling 4,000 students annually. They have increased the coverage of PolyU’s service projects from Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland to Cambodia, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Rwanda, and Vietnam; improving the lives of people in need and inspiring the students involved to become responsible professionals and global citizens. They have also pioneered innovative pedagogical practices such as multicultural student teams through partnerships with local NGOs, service-learning exchange and internship programmes, and an innovative ‘global SL classroom’ initiative that allows PolyU students and their overseas peers to attend the same lectures and develop project ideas via video conferencing, and then implement projects together in person at the service location.

Course Fee

The course fee is HK$ 9,000.00, covering airfares, ground transportation, accommodation, and meals in Cambodia. Participants are responsible for ensuring that their travel documents and visa are in order and undertaking any medical preparation and/or immunisations recommended by their physician.


All academic and teaching staff from higher-education institutions are welcome.


Please complete the online application form before 12:00nn on 22 March 2019 (Friday).

Information Sessions

Two information sessions will be organised to provide further information about the course, and to answer any possible questions that you may have. Details of the sessions are as follows:
Session A:
Date: 8 March 2019 (Friday)
Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm
Venue: TU432, PolyU
Session B:
Date: 18 March 2018 (Monday)
Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm
Venue: TU432, PolyU
Please register HERE for the information session.


Ms. Wing Wong (email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / phone: (+852) 3400-3517)

Key Dates

Information sessions 8 & 18 March 2019, 6:30-8:00pm
Application deadline 22 March 2019, 12:00nn
Admission results 29 March 2019
Briefing session 8 April 2019, 6:30-8:30pm
e-Learning and self-study May 2019
On-site experience in Cambodia 2-8 June 2019


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