"Lasting and rewarding friendships for everyone involved!" is the slogan for our Buddies Scheme. As a "Buddy", you will share your knowledge of HKBU and Hong Kong and help new international students become familiar with their surroundings, particularly during the first month of arrival at HKBU. You will serve as a primary contact for the new international students (IMMEDIATELY after you know who your assigned international students are). The International Office will assign international students with one or more of our Buddy volunteers.
Arrival Pickup & Orientation Activities
As a student ambassador, you will be assigned to pick up new international students from the airport/train station and assist in various duties in the International Student Orientation. A great opportunity to be the first person to meet the new international students after their arrival!
A themed social gathering on alternate Tuesday evenings, the Global Café aims to foster cross-cultural exchanges and enhance English language speaking opportunities between local and international students. Themes could range from the celebration of festivities (e.g. Mid-Autumn Festival, Chinese New Year) to the introduction of different cultures, or music/movie appreciation. As a committee member, you will plan, organise and host one of the themed gatherings.
Being a Monthly Outings committee member, you will design and bring excursion experiences to international students to help familiarize them with Hong Kong. Destinations vary from popular tourist spots (e.g. Mongkok and Yau Ma Tei) to outlying islands (e.g. Cheung Chau), or ecotourism/cultural spots (e.g. the Wetland Park).
If any of the above activities interest you, we will open registration
for Spring 2018 East-West Encounters in November 2017, so STAY TUNED!
Make lifelong friendships and memories!
Enrolment Guidelines (from Spring 2017)
Full-time students of ANY year from ANY academic discipline/programme are welcome.
Please enrol by filling out the electronic sign-up form (click to open) on or before 5 May 2017 (Friday). Due to limited quota for joining the committees of the Global Café and Monthly Outings, the enrolment for these two activities is accepted on a first-come-first-served basis. Applicants for these two activities shall pay a fee of HK$50 (refundable at the end of the training) for the required training camp within TWO working days after the date of submission of the enrolment form in order to reserve a spot. Any spots not backed by payment will be released to other applicants after the designated period. No refund will be arranged for no-show.
The enrolment result will be announced via email by 8 May 2017 (Monday). Participants MUST attend the required events indicated below depending on the kind of activities enrolled, any absence from the required events will be considered as a withdrawal from your enrolment to the activity.
For Participants of the Global Café & Monthly Outings Committees
Training Camp for Global Café and Monthly Outing Committees: MAY 17 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Proposal Presentation for Global Café and Monthly Outing Committees: MAY 22 1:30 PM – 6:00 PM
For Participants of the Buddies Scheme, Arrival Pick-up & Orientation
Briefing for Buddies Scheme, Arrival Pick-up & Orientation Duties: AUG 23 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
- Upon satisfactory completion of the terms of service, a Certificate of Appreciation will be awarded to students who serve as student ambassadors during Arrival Pick up and International Student Orientation (as assigned by the International Office), or committee members of the Global Café or Monthly Outings.Acceptance of an application for the Buddies Scheme and Arrival Pick up & International Student Orientation is subject to review and selection by the International Office.
For enquiries feel free to contact the International Office at anytime
Hong Kong Baptist University
AAB703, Level 7, Academic and Administration Building
Baptist University Road Campus
Phone: +852 3411-6471 (Juventius Suhartono)
Fax: +852 3411-5568