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German Oxford master's student abandoned high salary to come to Hong Kong to live in housing estate to create education and social enterprise to turn classroom into a global village

2022-01-08T16:15:00.710Z

The new wave of immigration is still going on. In addition to the United Kingdom, the United States and other places, many Hong Kong people choose to go to Germany. But there is a German with a master's degree from Oxford University who gave up a well-paying job offered by a multinational company about nine years ago.



The new wave of immigration is still going on. In addition to the United Kingdom, the United States and other places, many Hong Kong people choose to go to Germany.

However, there is a German who graduated from Oxford University with a master's degree. About nine years ago, he gave up the high-paying job offered by multinational companies and came to Hong Kong alone to force housing estates and live in sub-divided housing.

A travel lover, he has traveled to more than 50 countries over the years. In addition to his love for Hong Kong, there are mountains, rivers and high-rise buildings. He is also fascinated by the culture of this small town. At the same time, he is interested in education and runs an educational social enterprise with his partner. It also organizes cross-cultural activities, hoping to promote Hong Kong culture while also allowing Hong Kong students to go out of the classroom and contact the world.


Till Kraemer from Germany has traveled to more than 50 countries over the years. In addition to his love for Hong Kong, there are mountains, waters and high-rise buildings. He is also fascinated by the culture of this small town.

(Photo by Lu Nuojun)

Walking into the office of Inter Cultural Education (ICE), you can see books and souvenirs from different countries. Till Kraemer from Germany is chatting with colleagues from Africa, and is busy eating food sent by his grandmother from his hometown. cookies.

According to Till, he grew up in a small town in Germany with a population of less than 1,000 people. His hometown is a place that hasn't changed a lot, and his classmates' families have been in the same profession for generations.

Although Till has wanted to go out and learn about the world since he was a child, because his family is not rich, he can only fantasize about traveling to other places while watching TV, or even play flight simulators on the computer, pretending to be flying to other countries.

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"It also gave me the enthusiasm and energy to start studying hard because I was curious about the world." Till said that when he was 17 years old, he was invited by a friend and his mother to travel with them to India, although the first trip was done Backpackers also faced a lot of cultural shock, but after returning, Till was fond of the journey, "I would listen to Bollywood music and watch Indian movies. I thought I was just fascinated by India, but it turned out that I was fascinated by the world."

If you're a bit thick-skinned and have friends, traveling may cost nothing.

Till, a German living in Hong Kong

Till recalled that he was an ordinary student back then. After returning, his grades in English, Geography and other subjects improved. He made rapid progress in his studies in a short period of time and became a top student in the whole school and the country. He even got a scholarship to go to Oxford University. During his master's degree in mathematics and computer science, he also traveled around the world. "If you have a thick skin and make friends, you may not need to spend any money to travel." He pointed out that when he went to Iran, for example, he was helped by friends He stayed at a local friend's house, and later he wanted to go to another city for a visit. The local friend went through the needle to find air tickets, accommodation, cooking food, etc. for him. As a result, Till did not spend much money on traveling from north to south in Iran.

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Swimming in depth is the most important

He also took traveling to Thailand as an example, "Many people don't know that you can take a bus from Cambodia to the Thai border, and then take a bus to Bangkok at the border. It only takes seven hours, and the price is cheaper than a subway ride in Bangkok. ” Till said, whether traveling to Siberia or taking a cargo ship to Japan, as long as you establish a connection with the locals, in addition to traveling with less money, the more important thing is to travel deeply.

So I turned down a job offer in Germany and came to Hong Kong to live with Freddy and his family in a housing estate, and later in a sub-unit in Sham Shui Po. I am now very good at killing bed bugs.

Till, a German living in Hong Kong

As an Oxford graduate, Till has no shortage of job opportunities.

He has been favored by many multinational companies including Siemens and Porsche, but during a trip to Taiwan, he met his current partner and friend Freddy Law, and the two hit it off on the idea of ​​creating an educational social enterprise, "So I turned down the job opportunity in Germany and came to Hong Kong to live with Freddy and his family in a housing estate, and later in a sub-unit in Sham Shui Po, I am very good at killing bed bugs now." Till said with a smile, that It was a very warm time, and when he came to Hong Kong about nine years ago, he has devoted himself to the work of the Intercultural Education Society.

Students on Hong Kong Island may see more foreigners on the street, but students in Tuen Mun may only see a 60-year-old NET Teacher (English-speaking English teacher) on weekdays.

Till, a German living in Hong Kong

"When we teach others to understand the world, we find that we are also understanding the world. Every time there are new people and things, I think I can continue to do it for the rest of my life." Till said that they now bring sharers from 25 countries with them. Go to the school to share and turn the classroom into a "global village", most of which are government-funded secondary schools, many of which are located in the "Great Northwest" such as Yuen Long, Tuen Mun and Tin Shui Wai, "Hong Kong Island students may meet more on the street. to foreigners, but students in Tuen Mun may only see a 60-year-old NET Teacher (native English teacher) on weekdays, and it’s usually a bit dull,” he said with a laugh.

Sighing the departure of friends under the tide of immigration: the city I love is falling apart

At the same time, they will also take foreigners to visit Hong Kong in different ways, such as not going to the top of the mountain to go to the snake shop. Recently, Till and Freddy have also developed a mobile phone voice navigation App Storius, inviting experts, regional organizations, and neighbors to record audio tours to further promote local culture. Referring to the immigration wave in Hong Kong, Till pointed out that many friends around him also left Hong Kong during this period. "It is very depressing to see the city I love falling apart." He can leave at any time, but because of the Intercultural Education Club and Storius, he feels that he still has a responsibility and hopes to continue to cultivate an international perspective for more students in the future.

During a trip to Taiwan, Till (left) met his current partner and friend Law Wai-hung (right), and the two hit it off with the idea of ​​creating an educational social enterprise. (Photo by Lu Nuojun)

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