Some 30 children and a team of chaperones from the BVI got the opportunity to explore Asia, taking in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia earlier this month. The trip was made possible through Walkers Law Firm and the eCamps BVI Programme.
According to Walkers, as part of a drive to increase community activities across the network, Walkers offices in Hong Kong and Singapore worked with the firm’s BVI office to sponsor the Asian Cultural Immersion Programme organised by the eCamps British Virgin Islands. eCamps BVI is a charitable organisation that was established to facilitate global cultural learning to broaden the perspective of children living in the BVI through travel.
On July 8, the 30 children and a team of chaperones arrived in Hong Kong where they met up at the Central Ferry Pier with Andy Randall, Mark Cummings, Evelyn Liu, Catherine Read, Jane Evans and Simone Soong from Walkers Hong Kong office. Shamar Ennis and Carol Adams who are currently seconded to the Hong Kong office from Cayman, were also present.
Walkers Hong Kong office arranged for the team to experience a trip to an outlying island in Hong Kong, Lamma by ferry and a feast of seafood at the famous Lamma Rainbow Restaurant.
"On the menu were a few familiar items of food such as shrimp and chicken. The only difference was the hot chilli sauce and eating with chopsticks which made for a great introduction to Asian food delights."
The children then enjoyed several more days in Hong Kong visiting many of Hong Kong's famous sites as well as some cooling fun thrown in with a trip to Ocean Park. As a token to remember Walkers by, each child was given a water bottle which came in very handy for their various excursions.
The experience was not over as the children then headed to Singapore a week later to be met by the Walkers Singapore office, John Rogers, Stuart Baldwin, Lee Osborne and Martin Davies.
According to Walkers, the purpose of the trip was to expose the children to Singapore and as part of this leg of the journey, Walkers took the children and chaperones to a mansion that was originally built for the royal family in 1846 to enjoy a Malaysian buffet.
The children ate some fabulous spicy and sweet food and thoroughly enjoyed the evening. Each child was given a pack 'all about Singapore' as a souvenir to take away.
This article has been reprinted from www.bviplatinum.com