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German-chinese-partnership Work in Hong Kong

Review of the Chinese-German partnership programs 2020

building a future together

international Youth Exchange

Every year, international youth exchange programs take place through the partnership of the YMCA Nuremberg, the Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong and the YMCA Guangzhou. Students from Germany have the opportunity to go on a study trip to Hong Kong and Guangzhou every spring and Chinese students from both cities come to visit us in the summert. However, we are developing more and more partnerships and thus also programs, such as an exchange between the YMCA Allgäu and the YMCA Chengdu, or study trips throughout China, including Beijing.

Learn to understand different cultures


Several German YMCAs cooperating with Chinese YMCA’s decided to send the couple Lea and Mario Drechsel as YMCA-secretaries to Hong Kong. German YMCA-secretaries working in the Chinese YMCAs are crucial for the intercultural communication, organisation, and collaboration of the YMCAs of both countries. It is necessary for the young adults working as volunteers in China to be accompanied pedagogically an­d pastorally. Only this personal supervision enables a promotion and stimulation of their development.

As a consequence, Mario and Lea Drechsel were sent to Hong Kong a in order to work at the Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong for the partnership.


Their service is completely funded by donations. Please help ensure the financing of this project with a donation.

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International Youth Voluntary Service in Hong kong

Each year young Germans perform a 10-months Voluntary Service in Hong Kong with short internships in Mainland China.

There they work together with other young people from Germany and other parts of this world in the Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong, the German-speaking Protestant and Catholic congregation of Hong Kong and local YMCAs.


For them it is not only a time of work, but one of community, growing in faith, getting to know a different culture and having joy.