Making a positive difference through community engagement

About Us

Educational Excursions provides participants with life-changing opportunities through community engagement. Very often this includes work on service learning projects, which may see visitors contribute to the building of classrooms in Thailand or a library in Cambodia, for example.

Whatever the project, participants will be guided through a reflection process on the service experience. Through this exercise they will come to understand the significance of the project and also learn much about themselves. Among other things, these lessons are aimed at encouraging participants to engage with important global issues.

We coordinate all aspects of the programmes, which are then run by our carefully selected partners on the ground, who plan so that authentic cultural immersion can be achieved. We collaborate only with organisations that truly benefit the communities in which they work. Through well-established consultation processes, which place host communities at their centre, we can guarantee beneficial outcomes. Our primary service goals are ongoing sustainable development and a net positive impact on host communities

Bruce MacNamara, ​Founder and Director

In 2010, while living in Hong Kong, Bruce founded Educational Excursions. Previous to this he was a teacher at the Canadian International School of Hong Kong, where he was also Head CAS Advisor (Creativity, Activity, Service).

Bruce's passion for Asia was sparked by his first journey to the continent in the early 1990s. A decade later he moved from his native Canada to Hong Kong. He did this in order to advance a budding teaching career and to gain better access to the region. There he met his wife. The two remained in Hong Kong until 2018 when they moved to Cambodia with their two children. There Bruce volunteers as Community Outreach Officer for Volunteer Building Cambodia, an NGO.

Over the years Bruce has planned and led many overseas service learning programmes, first as a teacher and later as a travel agent. Through these experiences, he has developed bonds with various communities in need as well as an understanding of the needs of visiting students and their teachers.

His longstanding interest in community development stems from early days at university when he focused on development studies. In addition to a Bachelor of Education, Bruce holds a degree in geography, a Master of International Relations, a certificate of Corporate Social Responsibility and CAS certification granted by the International Baccalaureate Organisation. He is also a certified Tour Escort (Travel Industry Council of Hong Kong).

In 2012 Bruce was awarded the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Arts 'Knowledge Exchange Award', which recognises efforts that make outstanding social and cultural impacts on the Hong Kong community.

Our programmes address the experiential learning outcomes of various curricula, including: