Life experience for Hope School children

Driving prosperity means caring for others and for society in many ways. In China, we support Hope Schools to bring education to 400 students in rural areas. We took eight of them to Guangzhou and the Volvo Ocean Race. Here is their experience.
Life experience for Hope School children

Last February, a group of eight primary school students and their teachers from two Volvo Hope Schools in Jiangxi Province and Hubei Province, were invited to a memorable trip to Guangzhou, one of China's three largest cities. For most of them it was their first time leaving their home village.

The 3days’ trip included visits to cultural and technical landmarks of the city as well as an exploration of the Volvo Ocean Race Village in Guangzhou. They also joined a drawing contest, where they could imagine the sustainable transport of the future.

The children were accompanied by 7 employees, volunteering from Group IT, China JV and Purchasing of Volvo Group China and with the children. One of them, Tom Liu, recalls: “I know how important experiences like these are for kids - giving them special care and attention. Somewhere in the future, I will remember with fondness their excited faces. They brought happiness to my life and this has changed me.”

Watch the video about this unique life experience and understand how the Volvo Group contributes to society through the Hope School programme.

Hope School

What is Volvo Hope School?

As part of Corporate Social Responsibility, the Volvo Group has made donations for primary schools in the rural areas in China since 2008. Besides providing necessary support to schools in need, the Volvo Group has funded for the establishment of four Volvo Hope Schools in underdeveloped counties of Hebei, Jiangxi, Yunnan and Hubei provinces at China.

Related reading on the experience of three of the volunteers:

Inspiring the public

Tom was a volunteer during the Guangzhou stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race where he accompanied children from the Volvo Hope Schools. The Volvo Group supports these rural schools through infrastructure development and extra classes like arts and ...

Giving back to society

Meet Michelle “A company like the Volvo Group consists of people, this is what matters most. We therefore have to take care of people first, and social responsibility is a way to do so.” Michelle Yao, Assistant of Finance & Strategy, was at the Volvo ...

Encouraged to grow

Meet Lilian “Volvo Group gives me the opportunity to live meaningful experiences. I can grow in my career and I can also fulfill my passion to volunteer and help others.” Lilian Li, Business Controller, was at the Volvo Ocean Race in Guangzhou....