The Service Exposure for Global Awareness (SEGA) Programme offers numerous opportunities to students who are interested in exploring local and international social phenomena and social issues under different social contexts. After completing 100 hours’ of service which includes dealing with marginalised youth, children from poor backgrounds, minority groups, new immigrants, visually impaired people, physically disabled people, etc. in various NGOs in Hong Kong, the students were divided into 3 groups to proceed to the second stage of the Programme. They designed the overseas tour to Japan, Singapore or Taiwan on their own in order to study and compare their chosen social issue within different cultures and territories, together with university students of the visiting country. They also liaised with a number of NGOs in the visiting country and developed a service schedule for their tour.
Students from the Singapore group shared that through the overseas service tour, they could learn more about the social issues and problems in Singapore, as well as understand how NGOs provide services to the people in need based on their necessities. They enjoyed organising the service tours with the other group members and appreciated the opportunities the SEGA Programme has given to them for their understanding of social issues, enhancement of service and overseas tour-organizing skills.