SHKP Reading Club - Explore the World promotes cultural exchange
Nearly 50 underprivileged local children and teens visit Wong Tai Sin Temple with young Europeans and Americans


28 Apr 2015


The SHKP Reading Club set up by Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited (SHKP) recently organized an Explore the World cultural exchange to Wong Tai Sin with nearly 50 underprivileged children, youth volunteers and students from France, Canada and Italy.  Participants learned about each other’s lives and culture by reading and taking part in fun activities during their visit to a local community.  Explore the World activities have taken over 170 children and teens to North Point, Tsing Yi and Kwun Tong since they began.

The Explore the World at Wong Tai Sin district had underprivileged children from Lok Fu, local youth volunteers and young students from Europe and the United States getting acquainted through interactive games.  The overseas students presented the classic European fairy tale Snow White and taught basic Italian to the local children and teens.  The tour ended with a visit to the Wong Tai Sin Temple.  Coorganizers AFS Intercultural Exchanges (AFS) and the Hong Kong Playground Association said the tour helped broaden the horizons of young people from different cultures, as well as the underprivileged children.

AFS said the Explore the World programme lets exchange students understand Hong Kong culture and meet locals of different backgrounds, regions and ages.  The programme also gives underprivileged children and local volunteers the opportunity to explore the world by reading, and knowing more about foreign cultures and making friends with people from overseas encourages an interest in volunteering.

The Hong Kong Playground Association believed that the activity left good memories with the volunteers and participants, and helped local youth gain confidence, communication skills and the spirit of teamwork.  The overseas teens were keen to learn about the local culture and they exchanged contact details with other participants after the activity.  The local volunteers also took the foreign teens to Central Library, showing that they really appreciated being part of the activity.

This was the fourth Explore the World programme organized by the SHKP Reading Club, AFS and the Hong Kong Playground Association as one of five Reading Club community projects to promote multi-lingual reading through cultural exchanges.

About the SHKP Reading Club

SHKP set up the Reading Club in late 2013 to consolidate its reading-related initiatives, and everyone is welcome to join for free.  The Club publishes the regular free ReadIt and Read Monthly magazines, organizes cultural events like seminars with leading speakers, reading and writing camps and guided cultural tours to inspire more people to enjoy reading and make it a habit.  Anyone who is interested can join for free at www.shkpreadingclub.com
A recent SHKP Reading Club - Explore the World cultural exchange gave nearly 50 underprivileged children, youth volunteers and students from Europe and the US a chance to explore the world through reading
Participants visit Wong Tai Sin Temple to experience Hong Kong culture in addition to reading
SHKP Reading Club - Explore the World promotes cultural exchange
Nearly 50 underprivileged local children and teens visit Wong Tai Sin Temple with young Europeans and Americans


28 Apr 2015



A recent SHKP Reading Club - Explore the World cultural exchange gave nearly 50 underprivileged children, youth volunteers and students from Europe and the US a chance to explore the world through reading

Participants visit Wong Tai Sin Temple to experience Hong Kong culture in addition to reading

The SHKP Reading Club set up by Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited (SHKP) recently organized an Explore the World cultural exchange to Wong Tai Sin with nearly 50 underprivileged children, youth volunteers and students from France, Canada and Italy.  Participants learned about each other’s lives and culture by reading and taking part in fun activities during their visit to a local community.  Explore the World activities have taken over 170 children and teens to North Point, Tsing Yi and Kwun Tong since they began.

The Explore the World at Wong Tai Sin district had underprivileged children from Lok Fu, local youth volunteers and young students from Europe and the United States getting acquainted through interactive games.  The overseas students presented the classic European fairy tale Snow White and taught basic Italian to the local children and teens.  The tour ended with a visit to the Wong Tai Sin Temple.  Coorganizers AFS Intercultural Exchanges (AFS) and the Hong Kong Playground Association said the tour helped broaden the horizons of young people from different cultures, as well as the underprivileged children.

AFS said the Explore the World programme lets exchange students understand Hong Kong culture and meet locals of different backgrounds, regions and ages.  The programme also gives underprivileged children and local volunteers the opportunity to explore the world by reading, and knowing more about foreign cultures and making friends with people from overseas encourages an interest in volunteering.

The Hong Kong Playground Association believed that the activity left good memories with the volunteers and participants, and helped local youth gain confidence, communication skills and the spirit of teamwork.  The overseas teens were keen to learn about the local culture and they exchanged contact details with other participants after the activity.  The local volunteers also took the foreign teens to Central Library, showing that they really appreciated being part of the activity.

This was the fourth Explore the World programme organized by the SHKP Reading Club, AFS and the Hong Kong Playground Association as one of five Reading Club community projects to promote multi-lingual reading through cultural exchanges.

About the SHKP Reading Club

SHKP set up the Reading Club in late 2013 to consolidate its reading-related initiatives, and everyone is welcome to join for free.  The Club publishes the regular free ReadIt and Read Monthly magazines, organizes cultural events like seminars with leading speakers, reading and writing camps and guided cultural tours to inspire more people to enjoy reading and make it a habit.  Anyone who is interested can join for free at www.shkpreadingclub.com