Four British Council staff volunteered to join other corporate volunteers to guide 64 Tin Shui Wai secondary students through ENGAGE - a Journey of Opportunity. The project was organised by Community Business, a strategic partner for the British Council to support our Diversity and Equal Opportunities strategy. The students, many from disadvantaged backgrounds, had a rare opportunity to talk and meet with working people, visit educational institutions as inspiration to continue their studies as well as see and experience large corporate organisations at work.
Tin Shui Wai, located in the northwestern New Territories and Hong Kong's largest new town, has a population of 290,000 residents of which 40% are below the age of 24. Many residents have close ties with Mainland China due to the region's proximity to Shenzhen. In recent years and probably due to extensive media coverage, Tin Shui Wai has acquired a rather notorious reputation of being the "City of Sadness" where family and social issues including domestic violence occurs.