Who They Are


Summerbridge student teachers are young, fun, creative, and motivated individuals, ready to take on the challenge of teaching in an educational program. Our student teachers are between the ages of 16 to 22 and come from secondary schools and universities from around the world, including Hong Kong, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. They are a diverse group bringing a variety of talents and backgrounds to the program. Common to all student teachers is a desire to help young people, a willingness to work in an intense and rewarding environment, and a commitment to both teaching and learning.

With the help and guidance of experienced teachers, Summerbridge student teachers are responsible for developing curriculum, teaching classes, planning extra-curricular activities, and evaluating student performance. Student teachers work to create a community that celebrates academic achievement, creativity, individuality, and risk-taking.

Goals for Our Student Teachers:

  • Train and inspire young people committed to education and community service.
  • Foster a sense of civic duty and giving back to their communities.
  • Enable greater cultural awareness through diversity and a common goal.
  • Develop leadership skills.

2021 Student Teacher Demographics

Are University Students
Have Previous Summerbridge Experience

“In Summerbridge, the impact on students is dramatic and it is immediate. You see the students grow and you see the students be so grateful. Though it is hard work, you see the change that you have cultivated as a teacher just blossom in the students. I have really learned the value of enthusiasm here. Students cannot help but find joy in the enthusiasm teachers bring.”

Dan Hirst

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

“Summerbridge is not just your typical summer program, nor is it solely about teaching; the strong bond between students and teachers is what sets it apart. Through classes, I realized how diverse learning styles can be and how teaching is not about feeding students with information but rather suiting students’ needs and interests, which in turn allows interests to sprout.”

Mira Chow

University of Toronto (former South Island School student)

"What surprised me the most was seeing how passionate the students are. It was really heartwarming and emotional to see how much each student improved, not just in their English skills, but also in their self-confidence. It was amazing to see each student step out of their own shell to be a much more confident person."

Yee Lok Lau

University of Surrey (former Sha Tin College student)

These are some of the schools our former student teachers have attended:

  • Amherst College
  • Boston College
  • Brown University
  • Canadian International School
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Chinese International School
  • Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • City University of Hong Kong
  • Davidson College
  • Diocesan Boys’ College
  • Diocesan Girls' College
  • Duke University
  • Education University of Hong Kong
  • German Swiss International School
  • Harvard University
  • Hong Kong Baptist University
  • Hong Kong International School
  • Hong Kong Shue Yan University
  • Imperial College London
  • Independent Schools Foundation Academy
  • Island School
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • King George V School
  • Li Po Chun United World College
  • Lingnan University
  • London School of Economics
  • Macalester College
  • Maryknoll Convent School
  • McGill University
  • New York University
  • Northwestern University
  • Phillips Exeter Academy
  • Pomona College
  • Ryerson University
  • San Francisco University High School
  • Sha Tin College
  • Simon Fraser University
  • South Island School
  • St. Stephen’s Girls’ College
  • Stanford University
  • Stuyvesant High School
  • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • The Hotchkiss School
  • Tufts University
  • University College London
  • University of Bristol
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Florida
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of Groningen
  • University of Hong Kong
  • University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Surrey
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Warwick
  • University of Waterloo
  • University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Wellesley College
  • West Island School
  • Yale University
  • Yew Chung International School