About the Programme

Nurturing Global Leaders Programme (NGL) is an enriched version of the successful MOEI programme launched by the Faculty of Social Sciences in 2008. It is offered as a campus-wide programme to all undergraduate students.

NGL 2020 will consist of a 2-week pre-trip training in Hong Kong from June 8 to 19, 2020, and a 6-week teaching internship in Myanmar from June 22 to July 31, 2020. This year we will recruit up to 40 HKU undergraduates to achieve the utmost educational and social benefits.

Mission and Vision

NGL aims to nurture future leaders for Hong Kong and the world who are caring, responsible and capable; equipped with global vision, multicultural understanding, and problem-identification and problem-solving skills; and committed to contributing to Hong Kong and the world.


overviewNGL is run annually in the summer. It has two components:

  • 2 weeks of initial training to provide participants with essential orientation for teaching English as a second language and guide participants to prepare for teaching materials
  • 6 weeks of on-site in-class teaching

In-class teaching generally takes place for 4-5 hours per day from Monday to Friday. Class sizes tend to range from 10 to 40, and pupils are often aged about 12-20. Instruction is usually at the elementary or intermediate level. However, there is no typical NGL class, and participants may find that their experience diverges considerably from this description.

HKU students enrolled in the programme must take the credit bearing component to be eligible for a grant.  More information about this component is located here: https://caes.hku.hk/ngl/requirements-for-credit/

SI/GC requirements for FoSS students

For those students in the Faculty of Social Sciences (FoSS) wishing to apply their NGL credits towards the Social Innovation-Global Citizenship (SI/GC) requirements, an additional Impact Evaluation Report (IER) project is required in addition to the normal teaching internship component in CAES2001.  The IER will be based on field research conducted in the period ( August 3-14, 2020) after the teaching component has ended.  While the IER pathway is open only to students from the FoSS, these students are not required to enroll in this pathway.  Those students from the FoSS who elect not to complete the IER will still receive 12 free elective credits but they will not be eligible for SI/GC credits.

Teaching Resources

During the first two weeks of the programme, in Hong Kong, NGL participants will work closely with teachers to develop learning materials to be delivered on-site.  Once on-site, intern-teachers will remain in close contact online with programme leaders and their peers in other locations to share and develop new materials to respond to the needs of the students in Myanmar.

What to Bring for Teaching

All participants will find it an excellent idea to bring a laptop to NGL for use in class. Some classrooms have Internet connections, and even in those that do not a laptop is an invaluable resource.

Non-native English speakers may have or know of grammar books and textbooks that are particularly useful for language learning. These can certainly be brought for use in class and for sharing with other NGL teachers.

It is also good to bring songs that can be played in class, preferably through a laptop and maybe a small pair of speakers. Singing songs is a standard classroom activity.

Many pupils will want to know about their teachers’ life back home. Photos of friends, family and the places where participants live and study can be a great teaching resource.


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.


Each successful candidate will be granted HK$5,000 from Gallant Ho Experiential Learning Centre to offset the costs of travel expenses and we are hopeful that this will be successful.  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.

Dress Code

In most of the partner schools, the dress code for teaching is informal but conservative. Shorts may be OK, but should never be really short. T-shirts are fine, but the sleeves should be quite long and the neckline should be high. It is perhaps unfair, but nevertheless the case in many of the partner schools, that women are expected to dress more conservatively than men.

All participants will be advised on culturally-appropriate requirements, and must dress accordingly to avoid giving offence or generating embarrassment.