Diploma in Mass Media Management
School of Business Management
It Changed My Life
Both of my Youth Expedition Project (YEP) trips to Bintan and Hainan are close to my heart. They taught me lessons that I could not have learned in a regular classroom. My first YEP experience in Bintan in Mar 2016 opened my eyes to how people lived without the usual modern conveniences. While we were there, my team built water drainage systems for the villagers. It was tough work, but I enjoyed myself. I knew that would not be the only community service trip I would go on. So with a group of about 20 other NYP students, I left in Sep 2016 for Hainan, China – on another YEP trip to help change lives.
I saw how the children’s faces lit up as we played games with them. I saw how touched the elderly villagers were as we spruced up their homes.
On our final day, the Hainanese primary school students prepared a farewell song for us. Together, all of them stood up and started singing – a poignant tune sung by the most beautiful voices. It broke me. I spent just six short days with them but it didn’t matter. They had entered my life and changed it forever.
I used to take a lot of things for granted but these experiences made me look at life differently. I am now more reflective and mindful of how, and why, I’m doing things.
My YEP trips were some of the most fun and meaningful times during my three years in NYP. Even though we have all graduated from poly, my team and I are still very close and chat all the time. Our overseas ‘classrooms’ in China and Indonesia has given us a really strong lifelong bond.