About the Programme

The NGL Programme provides students with an immersive experience teaching English for six weeks in Myanmar. Students will reflect on effective English learning strategies and operationalize these into teaching materials and methodologies. Through this unique cultural immersion, participants will gain appreciation for the role that English plays in promoting social and global mobility as they leverage their own language skills and understanding to work in teams and share their knowledge with marginalized youth at community partner organizations. 

In 2021, NGL will work with schools in Myanmar. By teaching English in a challenging context, students will hone a wide range of skills and seek to develop into global leaders with intercultural awareness and passion for global issues.


Participants in the NGL Programme must enroll in the credit-bearing component of the programme – CAES2001.  This is a 12-credit summer semester course which counts as a free-elective and could fulfill the SI/GC (Social Innovation / Global Citizenship) requirements for students in the Faculty of Social Sciences. The course will consist of 100% continuous assessment. Find out more about the requirements for credit here.

Notes on COVID-19

We are constantly closely monitoring the development of COVID-19 and assessing the feasibility of traveling to Myanmar. Should university policies, travel restrictions, and healthcare support conditions not allow flying out to Myanmar, CAES2001 students will deliver their language and communication classes to local Burmese learners virtually. This will be confirmed in January 2021 and we thank you for your understanding in advance. 

Tentative Schedule

The NGL course will consist of two weeks of training in Hong Kong and three days of training on-site followed by six weeks of internship teaching English to marginalized youth at community partner organizations.

Oct 2020 – Jan 2021Application & Interview
07 Jun 2021 – 18 Jun 2021Pre-trip Training
21 Jun 2021 – 30 Jul 2021Teaching Internship @Myanmar
02 Aug 2021 – 13 Aug 2021(For those who have taken the SI/GC track)
Impact Evaluation Report (IER)
Mid – late Aug 2021Post-trip Evaluation


NGL tries to allocate participants to placements through consultation during the training week. However, it is not always possible to place all participants in schools that meet their top criteria. All participants are therefore asked ahead of the programme to be flexible in accepting and adapting to their placements. In the vast majority of cases, placements turn out to be ideally suited to participants’ preferences. But a small number of participants may find that they are not teaching in the school they most want to join. That is part of the deal for a programme of this kind.


Last year, each successful candidate was granted HK$5,000 from Gallant Ho Experiential Learning Centre to offset the costs of travel expenses and we are hopeful that this year the grant will still be available. Many of our volunteer-interns are situated in remote communities where they live on-site either in villages or at monasteries. In these locations it is often possible to live without any expenses for accommodation.