CEIS Outward Study Visit: 23rd September – 1st October 2016, Hong Kong and Myanmar
Design a study tour programme for 24 social enterprise leaders, academics and corporate representatives from Scotland, UK, America, Italy, Canada, Australia and New Zealand providing an overview of the Social Enterprise Sector within Hong Kong and Myanmar. Focus on the difference between urban and rural life, the challenges faced with no access to public services and infrastructure and how dynamic social enterprises and communities address these issues.
CEIS Events provided remote event management services covering budget management; partner liaison; programme development; logistics; travel & accommodation, participant management and host services.
The programme offered delegates a full and informative itinerary showcasing the social enterprise sector and culture within Hong Kong and Myanmar through:
- 3 social enterprise visits in Hong Kong
- Attendance at the Social Enterprise World Forum in Hong Kong
- Engaging with local social enterprises through organised networking events and dinners in Hong Kong
- 8 social enterprise visits in Myanmar
- Heritage walk to downtown Yangong, Myanmar
- Cultural visit to Shwedagon Pagoda, the most sacred Pagoda in Myanmar
“Having the opportunity to take part in a study tour to Myanmar was incredible. CEIS and The British Council were great hosts, and the organisation of the trip was faultless, even down to umbrellas being provided to shade us from the sun! The range of social enterprises we were able to engage with gave us a great insight into life in Myanmar, from microfinance and support for subsistence farming to the emerging technology sector. I came back to work with a renewed understanding of the important role social enterprises can play, and with the knowledge that some issues are the same the world over!” Jacqueline McDonnell, Senior Community Growth Worker, Highlands and Islands Enterprise
“The whole tour was really well planned, both in terms of transport links, accommodation and all of the day to day arrangements that are so important. The World Forum was an intensive infusion of all things Social Enterprise and the study visits offered a privileged insight into how SE is so positively impacting on people’s lives in both Hong Kong and Myanmar.
In particular, the involvement of the British Council literally opened doors that would not otherwise have been open. Another aspect that we would particularly comment on, was the opportunity the tour offered to share ideas, thoughts, etc. with fellow participants, many of them leading lights in the field of SE from across the world. We certainly felt that the whole experience was a ‘Social Enterprise Masterclass’ from which we learned a great deal – and that has been shared with the SE community in Dundee”. Derek Marshall, CEO, Factory Skatepark and Angus Greenshields, Development Officer, Dundee Social Enterprise Network