This project is run jointly with Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong HONG KONG
Our project mission is to provide fun, confidence building, 7-day English immersion programmes each summer to some of the most disadvantaged children in HK.
Our goal is to spark an interest in learning English among some of the most deprived children in Hong Kong, giving them the confidence to see what they are capable of.
We do this by working with an international team of young people who undergo a 2 week training programme and then run three camps for a total of 240 children.
Overseas volunteers and HK interns work in teams of 3 with groups of 15 children.
They run a fun, inter-active, child centre programme with no traditional English teaching. We want the children to see how fun learning English can be!
The international volunteers are provided with pleasant accommodation at the Chinese YMCA Youth camp in Wu Kai Sha and we cover local transport costs and food costs.
International candidates for this programme need to be native English speakers who are undergraduates or recent graduates of a British university.
Hong Kong interns are invited to apply through their university.
28th September 2019
Lisa was chosen as one of the UK volunteers for SPICE this year, she is now back at Edinburgh University…….. This summer I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to travel to Hong Kong to volunteer for 7 weeks alongside 4 other UK students. I was volunteering with SPICE, a summer English programme for […]read more
28th September 2019
The programme brought together 10 Hong Kong undergraduates and 5 UK undergraduates to run three 7-day fun English camps for a total of 240 children. Apart from competitions, activities and games in the classrooms they all spent the day at the Hong Kong Country Club, one of HK’s most exclusive members clubs as well as […]read more
28th September 2019
He reflects on the programme and has also prepared the short video below…….. The SPICE English programme makes so much difference to approximately 200 children over the 3 7-day long programmes which run through the summer, and it makes an enormous difference to the interns and volunteers involved too. It is a great opportunity to […]read more
1st January 2019
Amos who is from Singapore and studying engineering at Edinburgh joined other students from Edinburgh and Leeds in Hong Kong this summer and here he recounts his experience…….. What began as a mere ephemeral thought, became reality as I begun packing my bags for this two-month long adventure in Hong Kong. An adventure towards self-discovery, […]read more
28th November 2018
This video was taken by the coordinator of the SPICE Programme which ran in HK this summer. This video was made during the second of three 7 day English ‘camps’ that run each summer for disadvantaged children. This one was held in the port area of Kwai Chung. (See the second part of the video […]read more
24th October 2018
SPICE 2018 – Hong Kong It is safe to say that these past couple of months in Hong Kong will never be forgotten. Upon arriving, I was greeted by the other UK volunteers who arrived a couple of days before me and we walked back to our accommodation at the Wu Kai Sha YMCA Youth […]read more
23rd October 2018
Melanie returns to her studies in the UK and looks back on a summer at SPICE in HK…….. After spending two months in Hong Kong I have now returned to the United Kingdom. Being back home, I reflect on my time with SPICE and I wish to share personal thoughts about the programme as well […]read more
26th August 2017
Every Summer we take a small group of native English speaking volunteers to work with HK undergraduate interns to run the Summer Programme for Immersion in Communicative English (SPICE) for disadvantaged local children. This programme is made possible by the generous support of Chow Tai Fook Charity Foundation and the Chinese YMCA of HK. This […]read more
6th September 2016
Here are some photos from Nicola who was one of the HK interns from City University of Hong Kong running the SPICE English programme in Tin Shui Wai, Hong Kong this summer. For more information on the experiences of those who volunteered for SPICE please read the blogs……..read more
29th August 2016
I landed back in the UK a few days ago after having spent a memorable six weeks volunteering in Hong Kong and, jet lag aside, I feel very positive about the experience. It therefore seems like a good idea to write a bit about my time there. I came across the SPICE programme on a […]read more