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In response to the needs of the youths and the impact of globalization, Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong (CYMCA) has been providing international internship and volunteering opportunities for the youths and university students in Hong Kong and overseas. In 2003, learning from the concept of overseas YMCAs, Global Y’s Trainee Programme was launched and has been running successfully for nine years through the connections and partnerships with YMCAs & University in different parts of the world. The total number of participants benefited from this international exchange so far is over 450.
In 2008, CYMCA launched the inbound exchange programme, which aims at providing internship and volunteer opportunities for overseas youths to spend time working with CYMCA. The total number of overseas participants who joint this programme is over 150.
Solid working partnerships have been developed with YMCA / University / Organization in over 20 locations within different countries including United States, England, Brazil, Colombia, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, India, Tanzania, Thailand, Sri Lanka, China, between others. This programme serves the purpose of enriching the participant’s knowledge of YMCA and at the same time highlighting our unique international character and connections.
CYMCA has been working with overseas partners based on a bilateral agreement to host and to deploy youths for internships for a duration of 4 - 8 weeks, the host is responsible for deciding the job duties for the interns as well as to provide accommodation, meals, work related transportation allowances and stipend during the internship period. Interns are responsible for applying a valid visa (if necessary), round trip air-tickets, travel insurance and other personal expenses.
Short term exchange
Duration: 4 - 8 weeks (throughout the year)
Duties: As agreed between both parties
Accommodation: Provided at Wu Kwai Sha Youth Village
Meals: Breakfast (Mon to Fri)
Allowance: Not provided
Interns are responsible for their own personal medical insurance; the CYMCA only covers work related accidents.
The International & Mainland Affairs Section coordinates this programme and makes connections between overseas partners and the CYMCA service units, for selecting the appropriate interns.
Proposed placement opportunities of CYMCA offer to overseas interns:
My experience with Global Y Explorers was one that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. I had an amazing time in Hong Kong and a big reason why I enjoyed myself so much was because of the other Global Y Explorers. We became a family in such a short amount of time and we developed friendships that will hopefully last a lifetime. This program was the best experience of my life, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to explore the world and meet people who will change your life in so many ways.
Global Y Explorers is surely the greatest experience I have ever had in my life. You are going to make friends from all over the world, go sightseeing, learn different languages, try different foods and the best of all, you will get to put into practice your skills.
If I had to recommend a cultural exchange program, I would definitely say Global Y Explorers.
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
This is my first experience working in other country with people from different cultural backgrounds. I learnt to be more independent by living on my own. What's more, I really thank God that I met many kind friends. For me, the Global Y Programme is wonderful!