If you think globalisation has little to do with you, think again. It has affected every dimension of your daily life, from the Internet and Wap phones, to sports broadcasts and global news. A group of Hong Kong students have embarked on a special training programme to gain a better understanding of this phenomenon - especially its impact on the less-privileged members of our society. The programme, called 'Oxfam Clubs', has been organised by Oxfam Hong Kong since 1997, and aims to raise teenagers' concern for the underprivileged. Sandy Wong Mei-ying, assistant education officer of Oxfam Hong Kong is the programme's chief organiser.'These students are the best of the bunch,' she says. 'For the past four months, they have attended a lot of discussions and seminars concerning our subject and have visited people from all walks of life.' The 21 participants, from 15 schools, have learned about the problems faced by elderly people living alone or being cared for in nursing homes. They have also heard about the plight of the jobless, low-income families and those dependent on government pensions. To find out how people's livelihoods have been hit by the economic restructuring, they visited several small businesses and farmers. The students also went on a week-long trip to Bangkok to find out how countries in the region have adapted to the new economic environment. In Thailand, they saw how small farms and labour-intensive factories were coping with the worldwide expansion of multinational companies. The programme ends on November 3 with an open event featuring the project's achievements, with exhibitions, dramas and games. 'November 3 will mark the beginning of a new chapter for these students,' says Ms Wong. After that, they will organise Oxfam Clubs in their own schools to continue to support our cause.'