Chance to broaden horizons

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 28 February, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 28 February, 2008, 12:00am

A one-year exchange programme hopes to promote equal opportunities by giving students with financial difficulties scholarships worth up to HK$69,800.

Organised by AFS Intercultural Exchanges, the scheme is targeting underprivileged students aged 15 to 18 with good academic performance and keen interest to expand their horizons.

While the programme does not have any limit on family income, applicants have to show their financial difficulties with supporting documents.

Successful candidates may be granted a full, half or partial sponsorship, depending on their financial situation.

Terence Li Ying-chi received a full scholarship for an exchange programme in Riobanda, Ecuador, two years ago.

'Ecuador's magnificent natural scenery is the main reason I chose to go to that country,' said the student from LST Ku Chiu Man Secondary School.

'People there are very friendly. They were also curious because I was the only Chinese there. They kept asking me to come up with Chinese names for them.'

AFS is a non-profit organisation aiming to encourage cultural understanding among people around the world. Their exchange programmes cover more than 50 countries.

The deadline for applications is mid-March.

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