Forgotten Heritage

A Chinese conservation project for Australians

Applications Close Sunday 22 March 2020

InternChina are proud to have partnered with Western Sydney University and Curtin University to deliver an exciting 2-week study tour, funded by the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan (NCP). Combined with an introduction to Chinese language & culture program, the project is set amongst UNESCO Recognised Sites of historical importance in Tangkou town, Kaiping city, Guangdong province.

  • Dates:  4 July to 18 July 2020
  • The program fee of $3000 will be covered by the New Colombo Plan (not including airfare)
  • Eligible students can also receive OS-HELP up to $8,295
  • 20 places available for students from Western Sydney University and Curtin University

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Set amongst no less than four UNESCO World Heriatge sites in the Kaiping countryside. Students who opt to join the Tangkou Community Project will reside amongst rice paddles, lotus ponds and woodlands. Successful applicants will be located in the vicinity of many traditional villages and historical sites, notable the unoccupied mansions (Diaolous) which once served as defensive watchtowers and symbols of prosperity. There are an abundance of historical buildings from diverse architectural styles. Kaiping is also home to interesting museums that help to reinforce the history and stories that come from this unique region of China.

In this program, students will have the opportunity to experience life in the Chinese countryside and enjoy beautiful scenery set amongst historic villages.By offering the natural integration into this world of conservation via lectures, group work, cycling, site visits, meeting local villagers, visiting local markets, farming, cooking and hands on experience of arts and crafts with local expertise, student will have the perfect platform to embark on their individual journeys of discovery. Students will also have 10 hours of Mandarin Chinese lesson with an English-speaking teacher. See attached program's itinerary.

The program fee of $3000 (not including airfare) will be covered by the Australian Government's New Colombo Plan (NCP) Mobility  Program (opens in a new window).  Students selected for this opportunity may also be eligible to receive a deferred OS-HELP loan valued up to $8,295 (conditions apply).

Where will I be staying?

  • Bed in a single sex 4 or 8-bed dormitory in a converted Post Office building
  • Students have access to secure locker for valuables
  • Students have shared hot shower and toilet facilities for their floor

What can I do during free times?

  • Bicycles and helmets for exploring the local area will be provided for free.  Whilst the setting is beautiful, we are expecting participants to make their own fun in their free time by arranging events (such as musical events), meeting locals, further practising Chinese and sharing ideas (perhaps over a coffee or beer in the hostel).  There are plenty of watchtowers to wander into and discover, some of which have graffiti from soldiers stationed there in World War Two.  Students can also contribute to the cooking and daily requirements of supporting the Tangkou Community Project. See attached program's itinerary.

How much does this program cost?

  • The program cost of $3,000 will be covered by the Australian Government's New Colombo Plan (NCP) Mobility  Program. This includes:
    • predeparture and 24-hour support, cultural visits, language classed, business visits, workshops, cultural activities & visa assistance
    • travel and health insurance
    • all meals
    • accommodation
  • You pay for:
    • Airfare;
    • Visa;
    • Immunisations
    • Personal expenses
  • Students selected for this opportunity may eligible to receive a deferred OS-HELP loan valued up to $8,295 (conditions apply).

Am I eligible for this experience?

  • This program is supported by the Australian Government's New Colombo Plan (NCP) Mobility  Program (opens in a new window).  Students selected for this opportunity will receive a $3000 NCP Mobility Grant.To be eligible you must be:
    • an Australian citizen
    • enrolled in an undergraduate degree at Western Sydney University
    • be aged 18-28 years
    • Receive academic recognition for the experience
    • Have a keen interest in conservation, marketing, hospitality, history or similar
    • must not have received a New Colombo Plan Mobility grant on a previous occasion

What is OS-HELP?

  • You may be eligible for OS-HELP, a deferred HELP debt loan for undergraduate Australian citizens - loans of $4,000 or $8,295 are available. Academic Approval in this program is required; have completed 80 credit points of study, and have 10 credit points remaining on return.
  • Apply for OS-HELP

How do I apply for Academic Approval?

Conditions of Participation

  • The University of Western Sydney University is committed to demonstrating high standards of personal and professional conduct at all times. When participating in an overseas program, students must assume certain obligations to Western Sydney University (WS), the prospective country and other participants in a program. See Conditions of Participation in an Overseas Program.
  • The university reserves the right to vary program fees in the event of changes in exchange rates or price rises made by partners or other suppliers. If the cost of any service increases due to exchange rate fluctuations, price increases, tax changes or any other reason, participants are required to pay the increase when notified or may cancel a program which may result in cancellation fees.

How to Apply - Deadline Sunday 22 March 2020


STEP 1: Submit an Expression of Interest for the NCP Grant

  • To be considered for this New Colombo Plan Mobility opportunity, submit an Expression of Interest (opens in a new window) by Sunday 22 March 2020. You are also required to complete the following questions:
    • What is your motivation for participating in the program (up to 50 words)
    • What do you hope to achieve from participating in the program (up to 50 words)
    • How do you see the program contributing to your career (up to 50 words)

STEP 2: Apply for Academic Approval

STEP 3: Apply for OS-HELP

  • You may be eligible for OS-HELP, a deferred HELP debt loan for undergraduate Australian citizens - loans of $4,000 or $8,295 are available. Academic Approval is required; have completed 80 credit points of study, and have 10 credit points remaining on return.

STEP 4: Complete the 'Before I Go' Online Checklist

Complete the Online Checklist (opens in a new window) to ensure you have completed the important tasks before heading overseas. This includes information about travel insurance.

Further Advice

For Academic Approval:

Discuss the opportunity with your Academic Course Adviser (ACA)  - visit your School website and see 'Contact'. To receive recognition for your overseas experience you are required to complete the Approval for Study Abroad / Non-Exchange

General enquiries about travelling overseas:

Contact goglobal@westernsydney.edu.au