Top 10 volunteering opportunities this summer
If you believe volunteering is beneficial only to others, think again. Besides the rewards you get by helping others or doing something for our planet, it is a great way to make friends and meet people who share the same interests. It can also be great fun and a way to learn something new. So don’t hesitate, sign up now. Feel-good times guaranteed!
1. Get your hands dirty (by Leona Chen)
There is a volunteering group at The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups (HKFYG) Organic Farm, which offers a chance for everybody to learn about organic farming and how to lead a sustainable life. You will also help out in the farm, giving you enough time to embrace nature. The programme is flexible and volunteers can choose to work during the summer holiday only. Visit organicfarm.hkfyg.org.hk
2. Lend a helping paw (by Grace Yip)
Living in Hong Kong generally means that you are unable to have a dog as a pet. At Hong Kong Dog Rescue, you will get a chance to interact with many different species of dogs. These dogs have been rescued from the dog pounds and have narrowly escaped death. They are temperately housed at kennels awaiting adoption - this is where volunteers are strongly encouraged to pitch in. They must be at least 14 years old and will be asked to interact with the loveable dogs, be it bathing, grooming or simply walking them in the neighbourhood. All volunteers will have to go through a safety training course first. HKDR has two kennels: one on Hong Kong island and one of the New Territories. Visit www.hongkongdogrescue.com.
3. Reach out to your peers (by Jocelyn Wong)
Kely Support Group assists, comforts and listens to young people aged 14 to 24 in Hong Kong. Their bilingual, confidential and non-judgmental support has helped many of you. Summer is a propitious time for Kely to organise workshops, and volunteers bring in essential help to the organisation. They are in charge of various tasks, ranging from programme planning and implementation to hotline services, events implementation and administrative work. Visit www.kely.org to register and indicate your preferences, or call 2521 6890 for more information.
4. Acting for endangered species (by Jeannie Nam)
From bear bile trade to cats and dogs welfare, Animals Asia Foundation works for the well-being of endangered and domesticated animals in Asia, and especially on the mainland where animal cruelty continue to be too frequent. You can volunteer by doing general administrative work for the Animals Asia Head Office and by helping raising funds and awareness at events. For more information, visit www.animalsasia.org.
5. Help redistributing goods to the ones in need (by Haruka Nuga)
Crossroads is an organisation that collects usable goods from Hong Kong and distributes half of it to Hong Kong and sends the other half abroad. They usually manage to collect lots of goods, but don’t always have the manpower to re-distribute these goods as fast as they would like to. This is because they need more volunteers. You can help in many different ways be it by organising books to work on computer repairs, sewing, translating and more. Sign up on www.crossroads.org.hk.
6. Striving for perfect summer beaches (by Olivia Chavassieu)
If you love Hong Kong’s beaches and intend to spend a lot of time enjoying them this summer, why not set aside one day for a coastal cleanup? Pick a date and place, and recruit a team. Then sign up on the Hong Kong International Coastal Cleanup Challenge website and send them the details of your coastal cleanup challenge. They will give you data sheets to fill and submit after the cleanup and you will be able to upload pictures of your cleanup on their website and Facebook page.
Website: hkcoastalcleanup.org. Call 2868 5585 for more information.
7. Passing on knowledge (by Rachel Cheong)
This summer, the Hong Kong Red Cross is recruiting volunteers aged 16 or above to give tuition to physically disabled students from Primary 1 to Form 5. There will be a briefing section on July 3 before you can become one of their volunteers.
Visit www.redcross.org.hk/en/volunteering/volunteer_projects/community_service/tutor.html for further details or call 2340 2125.
8. Puppeteers (by Heyna Wong)
The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Group will hold a puppet show for the first time this summer. They are recruiting teenagers aged 15 to 24 to help little ones make puppets out of fabric, come up with a story line, assign different characters and tasks , and rehearse for the show. At the end of summer, both volunteers and children will perform the play to the residents of a local elderly house. If you are interested to take part in this activity, visit www.hkfyg.org.hk or call 26470744.
(By Maggie Luk) Another arts related volunteering option is to help out the Arts with the Disabled Association's drama production. You need to speak Chinese and will be assisting disabled people putting together a drama production held on August 19. The job may vary from helping in rehearsals, making of props, reception and several more. The deadline for the post is July 20. For more information visit:www.adahk.org.hk/tc/volunteer_services/volunteer_recruitment/index_id_306.html
9. Teach English in China (by Phoebe Chan)
A four day three night trip organised by The House of Learning that provides a unique opportunity for youths of all ages (accompanied by a guardian if under age 12) to visit Qingyuan from August 3 to August 6. Volunteers will be able to experience the harsh conditions in which many locals live, and teach English to underprivileged children. A payment of HK$1,550 is needed, which includes training, living expenses, insurance et cetera. For more information, visit www.hol.org.hk or call 23887892.
10. Flag day (by Ruby Leung)
Finally, you can help various associations raise money on their flag day. YP junior reporter Ruby Leung has compiled a list of the upcoming flag days for a wide range of charities. See the list below.
Organisation: Hong Kong Association for Cleft Lip and Palate
Date: 2 July 2011 (Sat)
Online registration: www.cleftlip.org.hk
Organisation: Rehabilitation Alliance Hong Kong
Date: 2 July 2011 (Sat)
Online registration: www.rahk.org.hk
Organisation: United Hearts Youth Foundation Limited
Date: 16 July 2011 (Sat)
Online registration: www.united-hearts.org.hk
Organisation: Hok Yau Club
Date: 30 July 2011 (Sat)
Online registration: www.hyc.org.hk/flag
Organisation: Arts with Disabled Association Hong Kong
Date: July 30 (Hong Kong Island Regional Flag Day)
Online registration: www.adahk.org.hk
Organisation: Green Power
Date: 27 July 2011 (Wed)
Online registration: www.greenpower.org.hk
Organisation: The Boys' & Girls' Clubs Association of Hong Kong
Date: 3 August 2011 (Wed)
Online registration: www.bgca.org.hk
Organisation: Echo Valley Evangelistic Association for the Handicaps Ltd
Date: 6 August 2011 (Sat)
Online registration: www.echovalley.org.hk
Organisation: The Neighbourhood Advice-Action Council
Date: 10 August 2011 (Wed)
Online registration: www.naac.org.hk
Organisation: Hong Kong Ladies Dynamic Association
Date: 13 August 2011 (Sat)
Online registration: www.hklda.org.hk
Organisation: Hong Kong Health Education and Health Promotion Foundation
Date: 20 August 2011 (Sat)
Online registration: www.hep.org.hk
Date: 27 August 2011 (Sat)
Online registration: www.caritas.org.hk/swsd
Organisation: Kwun Tong Methodist Social Service
Date: 31 August 2011 (Wed)
Online registration: www.ktmss.org.hk