Volunteer Opportunities

Here is a list of sites where you can find a number of different volunteer opportunities in Hong Kong, including

Ark Eden Foundation – Eco Team, Project Team Leader, various conservation projects

The Asia Society Hong Kong Center – Hong Kong citizens (holders of Hong Kong Permanent ID card) who reach the age of 18 and can speak fluent English, Cantonese and/or Mandarin are welcome to volunteer as Gallery Docents, Heritage Campus Tour Guides, Website Event-Writers, Office and Event Volunteers

Children’s Heart Foundation – help children suffering from congenital heart diseases by providing childrens’ services including story-telling, ward/home visit, tuition and helping at children’s outings, help organize large scale fundraising events and with back-up work at the CHF office

China Coast Community – Care home for English-speaking elderly residents requiring volunteers to help with days out, craft workshops and professional services such as hairdressing and physical therapy.

Christian Action – Christian Action provides pro-bono legal and psychosocial help; offers abused domestic helpers refuge in safe shelters and provides a wide range of other services. Christian Action offers a variety of opportunities for you to be involved in their programs.

Community Advice Bureau – volunteer telephone information referral services

The Conservancy Association – seeking volunteers to help with clerical work, fundraising, green activities, IT support, recruitment, and design

Crossroads – sorting donated goods for distribution

Feeding Hong Kong – seeking drivers, assistants for food collection and warehouse sorting

Foodlink Foundation Limited – Chinese translator, referrals to donors or recipients, marketing & public relations, events committee, graphic design

Hands On – volunteering at various charities including old age homes, after-school tutoring etc.

Hong Kong Alley Cats – foster new born kittens (who need bottle feeding), young cats or older kittens, or FIV positive cats

Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation – patient support, helping out at fundraising events and public education activities, volunteering at home, providing services such as translation, editing, proofreading and design work, and administrative support

Hong Kong Dog Rescue – volunteer dog walker

The Hong Kong Refugee Advice Centre (“HKRAC”) – volunteer caseworkers, interpreters, development & fundraising, event planning, press & publicity, information technologists

The Jane Goodall Institute (Hong Kong) – join their Roots & Shoots youth programme

Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden – help protect Hong Kong and Mainland China’s biodiversity while motivating people to act to care for our natural environment by devoting some time to environmental education and conservation, helping in various types of education programmes and to, generally assist with outdoor work.

Kely Support Group – Looking for volunteers to help KELY’s programme planning and implementation, workshops, hotline services, events implementation as well as their administrative work.

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) – field workers on MSF missions

People’s Food Bank
– People’s Food Bank needs your help to help the poor of Hong Kong. Volunteer services needed include: Food Drive / Fund-raising, Re-packing Food, Visiting, Logistics, Editing & Publishing, Research / Survey, Translation, Volunteer of planning & Organization. And children & youth volunteers are welcome.

Orbis Hong Kong – medical volunteers, clerical, fundraising, technical

Riding for the Disabled – RDA runs weekly horse riding lessons for disabled children and adults, operating out of Jockey Club riding schools in Pokfulam, Tuen Mun and Sheung Shui. The RDA welcomes volunteers of any age or background. Riding experience or knowledge of horses is an advantage, but is not essential. In fact, training is provided. The group needs volunteers to help with riding lessons, but also behind the scenes on the administrative side.

Ronald McDonald House – volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House as a weekly volunteer, housekeeping volunteer, relief volunteer, editor, in fundraising and special events. Volunteers should be aged 16 years old and above.

Sedan Chair Charities Fund – organiser of the annual Sedan Chair Race seeks volunteers to help with general administration, volunteers during the race including: timekeepers, race marshal, crowd control etc., and bazaar volunteers

Society for the Relief of Disabled Children – seeking volunteers for administration, fundraising, photography, web design, project planning & organisation, translation, accounting, etc.

SPCA – Volunteers welcome to help with a range of work including dog walking, animal care support, humane education, kennel keepers and to help find permanent homes for the animals.

UNHCR – clerical support, translation, writing, editing and design work that you can work at home, assist in event activities, and provide the UNHCR with your professional advice in public relations or co-organise event for the UNHCR

UNICEF Hong Kong – event preparation, sorting Change for Good donated currencies, general office support, outdoor services and professional services

Very Hong Kong – A different kind of volunteering. If you like organizing parties, events in unconventional spaces, this one is for you. Very Hong Kong is the city’s first independent, annual programme with a mix of community-founded arts, culture, food, lifestyle, sport and design events, held in various public spaces in the city.

The Warehouse Teenage Club – Are you interested in supporting youth development? The Warehouse Teenage Club needs volunteers to help with programme implementation, office work, design, public relations and IT technical support.

World Cancer Research Fund Hong Kong – help raise cancer awareness by volunteering at fundraising events, distributing promotion materials or helping with office administration work

WWF-Hong Kong – office assistance, fundraising and field work

If you have an organisation in need of volunteers, please leave a comment and I will add it to the list.

27 Responses to “Volunteer Opportunities”

  1. Li Zhang July 26, 2013 at 8:41 am #

    I am a Chinese, not a HK resident. Can I do volunteer work in HK? Thanks

    • hongkongvolunteer July 27, 2013 at 3:02 am #

      You are probably better off talking to the NGOs directly to find out. With so many programmes on offer, I am sure you will find one or more that would welcome you. Good luck!

  2. Annabel Hoffman August 7, 2013 at 3:52 pm #

    Can teenagers do volunteer work?

    • hongkongvolunteer August 7, 2013 at 10:28 pm #

      Yes depends on the organisation and the task at hand. Hong Kong Dog Rescue takes teenagers 16 or older as dog walkers for example, as does Ronals McDonald House. People’s Food Bank welcomes children and teenagers. So choices are there

  3. ami November 3, 2013 at 11:19 pm #

    I have a Hk Id but i can only speak english and can’t speak cantonese nor mandarin . Do you have to be able to speak cantonese and madarin to volunteer ?

    • hongkongvolunteer November 23, 2013 at 1:49 am #

      Thank you for your interest in volunteering. Whether they require a Cantonese speaker would depend on the nature of the volunteer work required. Outreach into the community for example would need someone who spoke Cantonese, but a dog walker would not need to speak Cantonese. Look through the list and see whether there are any volunteer opportunities listed that interested you, my suggestion would be to reach out to the organisations directly and ask. There are always links directly to their websites from each blog page.

  4. KAT February 12, 2014 at 12:26 pm #

    Are there any volunteering jobs for kids aged 13, and can only speak english?

    • hongkongvolunteer March 1, 2014 at 4:05 am #

      Most volunteer opportunities for teens generally ask for those ages 16 or older. The most common volunteer opportunity open to younger kids would be flag day appeals. Many charities in Hong Kong raise money by selling flags on a designated Saturday each day. It does take a bit of research to find charities you would like to support and to reach out to them. Good luck!

  5. Daniel Chun April 6, 2014 at 9:37 am #

    You can try the Kids4Kids Buddy Reading volunteer and service learning program. Please go to http://www.kids4kids.org.hk and find out more yourself. Kids aged 8+ and even university students are joining this program to not only service the underprivileged but to also learn from the process – becoming a more engaged citizen and also brushing up their own presentation and social skills.

  6. Alex May 15, 2014 at 6:11 am #

    My son (15, HK Passport) needs to broaden his perspectives and see what is the real life of poor people in Hong Kong. He is fluent English and learning Mandarin. What organizations could offer opportunities at this age?

  7. Brynn May 27, 2014 at 3:01 pm #

    http://www.soapcycling.org/ is another good one to check out. They allow older children and teens. They take leftover soap from hotels and turn it into usable soap for needy people who have sanitation issues and are in need of soap.

  8. Gary July 1, 2014 at 8:40 am #

    Hi, I am in Hong Kong for 2 weeks on a tourist visa waiting for further visa approval. I would like to do something useful with my time. Would I suit any of these charity organisations?

    • hongkongvolunteer July 3, 2014 at 11:53 am #

      To be frank Gary, I don’t know. Most organisations listed here require some sort of time commitment from their volunteers. You may want to look at the opportunities on the Hands On site to see whether there is something on their current volunteer opportunity listing that may suit your time frame.

  9. Sisang De la cruz July 19, 2014 at 3:00 am #

    Hi, im a domestic helper here in hk for nearly six years, i want to do something valuable and extend a hand to used my day off to help by volunteering. elderly care, story telling with impaired kids are one of my special field…but i have to ask this first..does domestic helpers allowed to do volunteer works? Thank you and God bless.

    • hongkongvolunteer July 20, 2014 at 12:18 am #

      Volunteer work is not employment. As far as I am aware, anyone can volunteer. Most organisations looking for volunteers will have their own set of requirements. It is best that you reach out to the ones that you would like to volunteer for and ask them directly. Good luck!

  10. kally chan July 21, 2014 at 3:41 am #

    Hello,

    I’m a UK resident visiting HK for the summer. I have roughly three weeks left of my trip and would like to fill the time up volunteering. Do you think organisations would take on a short term volunteer?

    Thankyou for your help,

    Kally

  11. Regina August 1, 2014 at 4:03 pm #

    My husband and I want to do volunteer work during our leisure time. Meanwhile , we would like to take the opportunity to improve our English. May I know which choice will be suitable for our situation? Thanks.

    • hongkongvolunteer August 2, 2014 at 9:19 am #

      That’s an interesting question. If you want to use a volunteer opportunity to improve your English my suggesting would be to volunteer for organisations that are run by expats or serve expats. The China Coast Community for example provides residential care for English speaking elderly persons. Or you can look at Crossroads which was founded by Malcolm Begbie, a chartered accountant and Sally Begbie, a PR consultant. They sort donated goods and ship them to countries that need them. Good luck!

      • Regina August 2, 2014 at 3:36 pm #

        Thanks a lot for your advice. It is very helpful for us as we are struggling whether we should spend our leisure time to learn English or to be volunteers. With your suggestion, we can not only practise our English but also help the needy. We will give it a try definitely. Thanks!

  12. Daphne September 10, 2014 at 6:57 am #

    Hi, Suicide Prevention Services would like to promote its volunteer services here. May you please grant us the opportunity? I’m sorry that our website is in Chinese only. http://www.sps.org.hk Thanks.

  13. Kate September 16, 2014 at 1:04 pm #

    I am an English speaking early childhood teacher who would like to volunteer my free time to help, support & encourage sick children in hospital. As I speak very little Cantonese I am having a bit of difficulty finding a place.
    Please can you give me some advice?
    With many thanks,
    Kate

    • hongkongvolunteer September 22, 2014 at 10:58 am #

      That is a difficult one. Hong Kong is a predominantly Chinese territory. Hospitals naturally prefer Chinese speakers so as not to frighten the children in their care. You might want to take a look at the Mathilda Child Development Centre (http://cdchk.org/) or Mother’s Choice (http://www.motherschoice.org/en/) and see whether they are looking for volunteers with your training. Best of luck!

  14. Kate September 22, 2014 at 11:16 am #

    Thank you for your advice, I’ll try those sources.

  15. Alice choi October 14, 2014 at 7:32 am #

    We as an AIS HK students want to find a place that we could volunteer.

    • hongkongvolunteer October 14, 2014 at 12:57 pm #

      You might try Mother’s Choice – they have a new Community Outreach Programme – Youth Leadership Council that is tailored to students. If you are interested email them at volunteers@motherschoice.org

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