Docent Training Program and Heritage Services in Yimtintsai Village, Saikung (6th Round)


  • Salt and Light Preservation Centre, Yimtintsai Village
  • South China Research Center, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Linked with

HLTH 1010 Community or Voluntary Work (4 sessions, 3.5 hours per session)

Information Session

Date: 7 September, 2017 (Thur)
Time: 17:00-18:00
Venue: Rm 1504 (Lift 25-26), Academic Building


This project of Voluntary Heritage Service in Yimtintsai Village, Saikung, to be conducted in Fall 2017, is the 6th round of the project launched in Fall Semester of 2015.

Yimtintsai (鹽田仔) Village is on a small island located in Saikung, New Territories, about half-an-hour drive by ferry from Saikung Town. It is a village of Hakka people, comprising about 36 households when it was deserted by the villagers at the end of the 1990s. It was one of the earliest sites of Catholic missionary enterprise in Hong Kong in the 1860s, and the whole village was converted to the Catholicism in 1866. The St. Joseph’s Chapel on the Island was listed as a second-grade heritage building by Hong Kong government. In mid-2006, the Chapel was renovated and the project won the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Culture Heritage Conservation.

At the end of 2007, the South China Research Center of HKUST recruited about 50 students to undertake a heritage salvation projects in three days in collaboration with the Village Committee, recovering more than 1,000 pieces of heritage artefacts from dilapidated village houses and cataloguing them for the purpose of storage in the village. In 2011, the non-profit Salt and Light Preservation Center was established to launch several heritage conservation projects, including remolding the Heritage Exhibition Center and rebuilding the salt pans based on the village’s history of salt industry.

In the summer of 2015, the Heritage Exhibition Center’s remolding project and the project of rebuilding the salt pans concluded. Visitors to the village’s heritage facilities, including the St. Joseph’s Chapel, the Path of the Missionary History, the Heritage Exhibition Center, and salt production in the salt pans, have increased tremendously. Volunteers are needed to help running the heritage visiting programs by the Salt and Light Preservation Center.

Program Volunteers Recruitment

We plan to recruit student volunteers to facilitate the heritage visiting programs in the village. They will be stationed in the heritage sites such as the Heritage Exhibition Center, and the Salt Pans, to facilitate visitors’ activities, including explaining the background of heritage projects, the regulation of heritage protection, and maintaining the smooth flow of visitors.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

  1. Develop interpersonal communication skills when talking to visitors about the regulations of the heritage facilities.
  2. Develop management skills when guiding visitors' at the heritage facilities of the village.
  3. Develop problem solving and team work skills when working in collaboration with other heritage facilities facilitators.

Tracks of service

Heritage Docents (文物導賞員)


  • Attending two training sessions
    1. On-site training on Yimtintsai Island
      Sept 16 (Saturday) OR Sept 17 (Sunday)
    2. Drilling session on HKUST campus
      Sept 21 (Thursday) OR Sept 27 (Wednesday)
  • Serving at least 3 days on Yimtintsai Island*


  • Certificate of Docent Training
  • Certificate of Appreciation

Heritage Facilitators (文物展覽助理)


  • Serving at least 3 days on Yimtintsai Island*


  • Certificate of Appreciation
*14 hours of service will be submitted to SAO for fulfilling HLTH1010 requirement


Student volunteers will be arranged to serve on the morning shift (09:00-12:30) and the afternoon shift (13:30 – 17:00) on every Saturday, Sunday and public holiday from 30th September, 2017 to 28th January, 2018. The schedule is as follows

Attendance Taking Arrangement

The village staff in the General Office of the Village Committee on the island will be responsible for taking attendance of the enrolled student volunteers according to the roster.

Safety Precautions

There will be a first-aid box available in the General Office of the Village Committee on the island. Student volunteers will be instructed how to get access to it.

Ways to Ensure Active Participation

Two workshops will be organized for registered student volunteers to learn about the background of their service, their roles in the heritage program, and some basic techniques for their service.

A certificate of appreciation will be issued by the Salt and Light Preservation Centre to students after they provide satisfactory service in the village.

Ways to assess ILOs

The student volunteer will be required to write a brief self-reflection on the three ILOs after providing their service.

Information Session

Date: 7 September, 2017 (Thur)
Time: 17:00-18:00
Venue: Rm 1504 (Lift 25-26), Academic Building

Application & Roster registration

Make a deposit of HK$100 at South China Research Center (Rm 3402, Lift 17-18, Academic Building) and mark your dates for service (each slot accommodate two applicants, first come first served).

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