For over 30 years Chatteris has been working with schools and students to stop English being a barrier for anyone in Hong Kong
As we pursue our mission and vision, we are extremely proud of the impact we are making in the lives of both local and international residents in Hong Kong. Chatteris aspires to facilitate significant, lasting impact in all of our partners including Hong Kong students, our graduate tutors from across the world, and all our community partners
We are continuously seeking out new avenues to allow them to use English in an engaging, authentic, and enjoyable manner so they view English as an essential life skill
We are developing and refining their teaching skills and transferable skills to allow them to pursue their future careers in education, in non-profit organisations, or in other fields
We are establishing a network of supportive, mutually beneficial partners who work together to support deserving students and beneficiaries across Hong Kong in order to offer them the opportunities they deserve
Being a teenager anywhere is tough, but being a teenager in the Hong Kong education system brings with it a unique set of challenges. A pressurised, heavily exam-focused education means that students often struggle with stress and burnout, and nowhere is this more true than for their English lessons. With 230,000 students living under the poverty line, and therefore unable to access extra English support or holiday in English-speaking countries, it is hard for students to see it as an essential mode of communication rather than merely a theoretical classroom subject.
When I was in school, English was so much fun, yet at the same time, I realised some difference between the English lessons given by the local teacher and the Chatteris Tutor.
Spending time with the Chatteris Tutor for 3 years in my school has totally changed my attitude towards learning English as they planned fun games and gave us encouragement to speak English in front of people confidently [sic].
From over 25 different countries
From 50 different schools
Of interactive lessons, extracurricular activities, and experiential learning opportunities each year
With over 5000 hours of their free time, impacting at-risk communities across Hong Kong
Across primary, secondary, and post-secondary schools
As well as our school programmes, Chatteris is also dedicated to improving the English skills of less privileged citizens across Hong Kong. Our community programme includes a vast range of projects, from our weekend hiking club for students to Sunday workshops for domestic workers, and supports beneficiaries ranging from refugees and asylum seekers to children with Special Educational Needs.
All of these projects are delivered by our team of tutors pro bono in their evenings and weekends, as they seek to support and inspire at-risk members of the Hong Kong community.
Feature Project – Heep Hong
A third of Hong Kong children have some form of Special Educational Needs and there is a distinct lack of understanding and opportunities for their future professional and personal development in the city. Many support centres are oversubscribed and struggle to keep up with demand.
To try and help address this, Chatteris recently entered into a partnership with Heep Hong Society, a leading SEN support organisation in Hong Kong. Our tutors lead weekend storytelling sessions and activities for the children, forming incredible connections along the way.
Feature Project – TCK Learning Centre
Live-in domestic helpers from South East Asia are very common in Hong Kong but are often vulnerable and do not have access to further educational opportunities, especially as they work six days a week.
In light of these challenges Chatteris began supporting TCK Learning Centre, a charity in Hong Kong which provides classes and education for helpers. On Sundays, our tutors provide English-language workshops on a wide variety of topics and themes.