Docent Training and Heritage Services Summer Program in Yimtintsai Village, Saikung (9th Round)


  • The Salt & Light Preservation Centre Limited (Charitable Institution---91/11287)
  • South China Research Center, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • The Education University of Hong Kong
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • City University of Hong Kong

Information Session (Optional)

Session 1 (HKUST)

Date: 30 Aug 2018 (Thur)
Time: 11:00-12:00
Venue: Rm 3401 (Lift 17-18), Academic Building, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Session 2 (CityU)

Date: 30 Aug 2018 (Thur)
Time: 16:00-17:00
Venue: P4703, Yeung Kin Man Academic Building (AC1), City University of Hong Kong

On-site training on Yim Tin Tsai Island (Mandatory)

Date: 1 / 2 Sept 2018 (Sat / Sun, students can pick either one)
Time: 08:45-12:30
Venue: Yim Tin Tsai Island

Classroom Drilling session (Mandatory)

Date: 5 / 6 Sept 2018 (Wed / Thur, students can pick either one)
Time: 16:00-19:00
Venue: R6143, Bank of China (Hong Kong) Complex, City University of Hong Kong


  • Attending two training sessions
    1. On-site training on Yimtintsai Island (self-paid round-trip ferry fare of HK$50-)
    2. Classroom Drilling session
  • Service as Heritage Docents (文物導賞員) and facilitators at least 3 days on Yimtintsai Island (round-trip ferry fares will be subsidized by Salt and Light Preservation Center)


This program of Voluntary Heritage Service in Yimtintsai Village, Saikung, to be conducted in Fall 2018-Winter 2019, has been the 9th round of the project since it was launched in Fall 2015.

Yimtintsai (鹽田梓) Village is located on a small island in Saikung, New Territories, about half-an-hour ride on ferry from Saikung Town. It is a village of Hakka people with a settlement history of about 300 years, comprising about 40 households when it was deserted by the villagers at the end of the 1990s. It was one of the earliest sites of the Catholic missionary enterprise in Hong Kong back in the 1860s, and the whole village was converted to Catholicism in 1866. St. Joseph's Chapel on the Island was listed as a second-grade heritage building by the Hong Kong government. The Chapel was renovated in 2003 and the project won the UNESCO 2005 Award of Merit for the Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Culture Heritage Conservation.

In 2011, the non-profit Salt and Light Preservation Center was established under the aegis of the Hong Kong Catholic Diocese to launch several heritage conservation projects, including remodeling the old village school house into the Heritage Exhibition Center and revitalizing the saltpans based on the village's history of salt industry. In the summer of 2015, the Heritage Exhibition Center's remodeling project and the project of revitalizing the saltpans concluded. The saltpan revitalization project won the UNESCO 2015 Awards of Distinction for the Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Culture Heritage Conservation. Since then, visitors to the village's heritage facilities 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.


  • Certificate of Docent Training
  • Certificate of Service Appreciation


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 8th Sept, 2018 to 28th January, 2019. 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 and a certificate of Docent Training will be issued by the Salt and Light Preservation Centre to students after they provide satisfactory service in the village.

Application & Roster registration

Register online for joining the program. Pay the deposit of HK$100- at the Information Session on Aug. 30 or at the ferry pier before departure for Yimtintsai for the field training session on Sept 1 or 2. Then select 3 service dates online (each date can accommodate 3 participants, first come first served).

The two training sessions (field training on Yimtintsai Island 9:00am—1:00pm, Sept 1 or 2 (Saturday or Sunday); and classroom drilling 16:00-19:00, Sept 5 or 6 (Wednesday or Thursday) are mandatory. If they want to know more about the program before making the decision, they are welcome to attend the information session on August 30 (Thursday).


Phone: 2358 8939

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