Apply NOW for 2017 Summer Student Internships at Crossroads

17 Jan

Student-243x300Crossroads Foundation recruits students from universities and colleges to participate in its unique, annual internship programme. Students are given the opportunity to be assistant managers in each of their many departments and to help in the running of those departments. The students in these roles will be able to work with all types of people from around the world while gaining vital, real-world English-environment work experience.

Roles available include working in fields such as communications & vision, accounting, administration, processing goods for distribution, shipping, computing, catering and hospitality and fair trade commerce.

When: Students commit to a six-week, full-time service period. The work week is Tuesday through Saturday, from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Interns will need to complete a full six week internship to receive a reference and certificate. Contact Crossroads for more details at volunteer@crossroads.org.hk or to sign up, click here.

First intake: June 6th – July 15th 2017

Second intake: July 11th – August 19th 2017

Where: Internships take place at the Crossroads site, opposite Gold Coast, near Tuen Mun in the New Territories.

How: You must attend an induction to apply for the internship. This day will allow you to familiarise yourselves with Crossroads and the objectives for this programme as well as sit for a short interview. Students will then be notified a few weeks later as to whether they have been accepted and to which department they have been placed. Upon completion of 6 weeks, each student will receive a certificate as well as a letter of reference from Crossroads. These will be given out at the student party at the end of the internship period or upon finishing the programme.

If you have any questions, or to begin the application process, click here.

Note: Students who are not in Hong Kong at the time of the induction interviews may complete their interviews online. Contact Crossroads for more details.

About Crossroads: Crossroads’ goal is to connect people in a broken world. As their name suggests, they try to be a crossroads: bringing together those in need and those who can help. They do so in four ways.

GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION: Where need meets resource Crossroads are donated excellent quality goods by business and private donors. They distribute these to people in need, in Hong Kong and around the world.

GLOBAL HAND: Partnering for a better world Global Hand is a match-making service which links for-profit and non-profit organisations who want to partner to help meet global need.

GLOBAL X-PERIENCE: Stepping into another’s shoes Crossroads offers simulation x-periences in which participants step, briefly, ‘into the shoes’ of people facing global challenges: war, poverty, HIV vulnerability, blindness, environmental challenges, hunger, etc.

GLOBAL HANDICRAFTS: Fair trade for a fairer world Aid helps people today. An income helps them tomorrow. Global Handicrafts Marketplace sells goods from people in need within Hong Kong, and around the world, on a fair trade basis.

VOLUNTEERING
Volunteering at Crossroads is one way you can line up the skills you have, with your hopes to make a difference to a broken world. Crossroads needs people with almost any skills to do jobs like packing goods, driving trucks, cooking meals, administration and computer work, gardening and landscaping, art and design, and much more.

Volunteer for Helpers for Domestic Helpers

12 Jan

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In 2016, there are more than 340,000 Foreign Domestics Workers in Hong Kong. Filipinos comprise the majority, followed by Indonesians. The remainder is made up of Thais and other Asians.

Helpers for Domestic Helpers (HDH) is a non profit organization that provides free advice and assistance on employment, immigration and human rights issues to domestic workers in Hong Kong.

Their mission is to ensure that every domestic worker in Hong Kong, irrespective of race, nationality, religion or gender, has access to justice and receives equal and fair treatment before the law. Every year, HDH deals with more than 1,000 new clients and respond to an average of 3,500 requests for telephone and face to face consultations and assistance.

HDH was originally founded in 1989 by a small group of lawyers who worshipped at St John’s Cathedral, where Filipino domestic workers are a substantial part of the congregation. The lawyers recognised a widespread need for free legal counselling and practical assistance for domestic helpers who could seldom afford the professional services of a private lawyer. The work began informally, with Sunday “clinics” in Cathedral premises to which helpers could bring their problems and receive help in resolving them. The operation soon became full-time, operating under a small core of full-time staff as the demand for its services increased beyond the capacity of just a few volunteers.

Over the years, HDH has assisted thousands of domestic helpers in distress – over 1,700 new clients in 2013 alone – and helped recover millions of dollars in compensation through the courts or by direct intervention.

The services HDH provides include:
hdh2– Explaining to domestic workers their legal rights and guiding them in pursuing claims in the Labour Tribunal and other Courts;
– Giving advice in cases where a domestic helper is accused of a criminal offence which, typically, will be one arising from or otherwise connected with their immigration status or employment;
– Assisting domestic helpers to draft witness statements and Court documents for use in Court proceedings;
– Preparing clients for conciliation meetings and Court hearings;
– Liaising with various Government agencies including the Police, Immigration and Labour Departments about clients’ cases; and
– Writing letters to employers and recruitment agencies on behalf of clients and helping to negotiate settlement agreements when possible, to avoid protracted litigations.
– Assisting in the recovery of personal belongings and other documents unlawfully taken from them.
– Assisting clients in recovery of excessive and unlawful commission (placement fees) paid to employment agencies.

What you can do to help
Are you interested in making a difference in the community? Last year, HDH helped over 1,700 domestic workers access justice and provided them with free advice and support, with the help of pro bono lawyers from various international law firms in Hong Kong. HDH is looking for volunteers to help them continue this important work and they are especially keen to hear from volunteers who have the following skills and experience:
– Grant Writing
– Advocacy
– Translation (especially Tagalog, Bahasa Indonesia, Malagasi, Cantonese or Mandarin)
– Office Administration
– Fundraising
– Event Management
– Media, PR or Communication

If you can contribute in one or more of these categories, please send your CV/resumé and the Volunteer Application Form to Holly Allan at HDH@stjohnscathedral.org.hk with ‘Volunteer Applicant’ in the subject line.

Cycle for Millions

7 Jan

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Cycle For Millions is the first-ever territory-wide charity cycling event in Hong Kong. Organised by Pok Oi Hospital, this annual event has attracted over 33,000 riders from all walks of life since 2009.

Event Objectives
– To raise funds for Pok Oi Hospital’s development for the largest Nursing and Residential Care Home in Hong Kong
– To promote cycling in the Hong Kong Community
– To advocate green living style
– To prevent illness by encouraging physical exercises
– To help establish a stable and harmonious society
– To raise public awareness over road and cycling safety

pok-oi-2Date: 5 March 2017 (Sunday)

Registration Time: From 7:00 am to 9:45 am (Participants will assemble and start at different time slots as assigned by the Organizer. All participants must complete the charity ride within the specified event time.)

Place:
Bring Own Bike: Mei King Playground, Tsing Yi (Near the Tsing Yi Road)
Borrow Bike: Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (Tsing Yi Campus) outdoor parking area

Price:
Individual Category – $680 (minimum funds raised)
Corporate Category (team not exceeding 15 members) – $28,000 (minimum funds raised)

Requirements for Participants
– The Organizer strictly requires all participants to possess basic cycling skills and road safety knowledge.
– All participants must have reached the age of 12 by March 5, 2017
– Participants under 18 years old must obtained a signed provision from their parents or guardians in order to participate in the event. The Parent/Guardian Consent form can be downloaded from the event website.

For more information and to register, please visit their website

About Pok Oi Hospital: Pok Oi Hospital, a charity organization that has grown with the Hong Kong community since 1919, currently operates 84 service units spreading all over Hong Kong serving over 800,000 beneficiary attendances annually. Pok Oi provides quality and diversified services, including hospital, clinical centres for teaching & research in Chinese medicine, Chinese medicine mobile clinics, nursing home, care & attention homes, day care centres for the elderly, secondary and primary schools, kindergartens, family multiple intelligences centres, community cyber centre and hostel for single persons.

Different Ways of Giving Back

2 Jan

“It is more difficult to give money away intelligently than to earn it in the first place.” – Andrew Carnegie

How can you contribute to the society by leveraging your skills? How can you measure the effectiveness and sustainability of your contribution? Whether its time or money, the challenge is finding the most impactful way to make a difference in the causes we are passionate for. In this series of “Different Ways of Giving Back” discussions as they explore how different individuals ranging from the Chairman of a property company to Social Entrepreneur, and Legal and Finance professionals in Hong Kong leverage their skills and experiences to giving back!

Event Agenda:
Different Ways of Giving Back – Finding Your Style
Getting involved – how and why
Finding the right charity and cause
Assessing the impact and sustainability of your philanthrophic actions

Presenters include:
Doris Leung – Diamond Cab Founder & CEO (Moderator)
Laurence Li – Light Be Chairman
Lehui Liang – Social Ventures Hong Kong Associate Director, Investment
Stan Tang – Stan Group Chairman
Earnest Wong – The Second Box Founder

This event will be conducted in English.

diamond-cab-2Proceeds will go to Diamond Cab to support their mission to provide legal and safe transportation services for wheelchair users in Hong Kong.

Date: Monday, 16 January 2017

Time: 7 pm

Place: 52/F, UBS AG, 2 IFC, 8 Finance Street, Hong Kong

Price: : HK$220/person
In support of Diamond Cab, buy 3 tickets now and receive 1 free miniature Diamond Cab valued at HK$560 as a gift when you present your ticket receipt upon registration.

To register, please follow this link to Eventbrite

diamond-cab-logoAbout Diamond Cab (HK) Ltd.: Diamond Cab (HK) Ltd. is a private enterprise offering point-to-point transportation services for wheelchair users. They have 7 barrier-free cabs that allow wheelchair users to board directly and provides a legal and safe transportation means for wheelchair users and their carers. Up to mid-April 2016, Diamond Cab has successfully completed over 100,000 barrier-free trips.

As the Diamond Cab brand gains publicity, Diamond Cab has encountered passengers with various backgrounds and medical conditions. In order to effectively provide safe transportation, and to allow more wheelchair users to benefit from their services, they ask passengers with individual/special requests to explain their needs in details at the time of booking. Diamond Cab hopes enterprises with a social purpose that do not accept any government or public funding can continue to operate and thrive to provide needy wheelchair passengers with the Diamond Cab experience.

Asia Art Archive – Internship Programme Spring 2017

17 Dec

The Asia Art Archive (AAA) offers full-time summer internships and part-time spring and fall internships to undergraduate and graduate students from both local and international schools. Internships at AAA are unpaid, but they present a rare chance to gain insight into a dynamic organisation at the centre of recent art in the region.

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The internship programme at AAA is an opportunity for participants to learn how a non-profit organisation runs, to discover new interpretations on recent art, and engage with artists, art professionals, and other students from around the world. By supporting the intellectual development of AAA interns, while informing their future aspirations, AAA seeks to instigate new ideas and self-discovery.

Spring Term: Commences in Jan 2017

Application deadline: Monday, 9 Jan 2017

For more information about positions available and to download the application form, please visit AAA’s website.

About Asia Art Archive: AAA was initiated in 2000 in response to the urgent need to document and secure the multiple recent histories of contemporary art in the region. With an international Board of Directors, an Advisory Board made up of noted curators and critics, and research posts in the region, AAA has collated one of the most valuable collections of material on contemporary art in the region. Built of 85% donated material, the collection now holds over 50,000 records, comprised of hundreds of thousands of physical and digital items, and it continues to grow. Accessible free of charge from AAA’s physical space and searchable from anywhere in the world via the online catalogue, much of the collection is now also available globally via the Collection Online.

Through collecting and making information on the recent history of contemporary art in Asia easily accessible, AAA aims to facilitate understanding, research, and writing in the field, enrich existing global narratives, and re-imagine the role of the archive. AAA is a point of convergence for critical thinking and dialogue and a proactive platform for diverse public, educational, and residential programmes for a wide range of audiences. At the core of its mission is AAA’s commitment to create a collection belonging to the public, existing not in an enclosed space, but in a space that is open and productive, generating new ideas and works that continually reshape the Archive itself.

852 Freedom Campaign

7 Dec

852-logoThe 852 Freedom Campaign is a new justice movement with a focus on raising up our next generation’s abolitionists to help end modern slavery in our lifetime.

This is a city-wide movement of fighting modern slavery and 852 Freedom Campaign is mobilizing churches, companies, schools to volunteer their talents and do their part to help.

852-freedom-campaign-3852 Freedom Campaign is also partnering with frontline NGO workers who help victims of slavery and exploitation. And they are campaigning with an international TV channel to reach the city of Hong Kong and through their network of more than 1,400 churches. People from over 30 different churches supported their first event, the Sweatshop Challenge, on May 8, 2015.

Objective
To mobilize ordinary people across Hong Kong and Asia to play an active role in fighting human slavery by using their skills and abilities to raise awareness, funding and new initiatives. See this article in SCMP on 6 November 2016.

Target Groups
852-freedom-campaign-1Target group includes anyone who has a heart for wanting to see slavery end. This includes: Christians, students, business people, professionals, NGO workers, and the general public.

Partners
To help address this important human rights issue, the 852 Freedom Campaign, the International Christian Assembly (ICA) Church and The Mekong Club have initiated a new justice movement entitled “852 Freedom Campaign” with a focus on raising up the next generation’s abolitionists to help end modern slavery in our lifetime. Any organization willing to join from all areas, including: churches, corporations, NGOs, schools, universities, and community groups etc.

Approach
852-freedom-campaign-2The objective of the 852 Freedom Campaign is to mobilize ordinary people across Hong Kong to play an active role in fighting human slavery by using their skills and abilities to raise awareness, funding and new initiatives.

If you are interested in adding your voice to the 852 Freedom Campaign, please reach out by following this link and complete the contact form.

The Big Bird Race is Back!

2 Dec

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© WWF-Hong Kong


The Big Bird Race is WWF-Hong Kong’s longest-running fundraising event. Established in 1984, the funds raised directly contribute to the conservation and management of the Mai Po Nature Reserve, a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention.

2017 marks the 34th anniversary of the race. The race has grown and evolved over these three decades but has always generated great enthusiasm among bird-watchers, both local and, more recently, overseas. Aside from the pure enjoyment of the competition, participants also have the opportunity to sharpen their bird-watching skills and improve their knowledge of birds.

This is how it works
The Big Bird Race is a 12-hour bird-watching “race”. Bird-watchers work together in teams of four to record as many bird species as possible during this time. Every species recorded must be seen or heard by all members of the team. Geographically, teams may start anywhere in Hong Kong, but must return to the Mai Po Nature Reserve at the end of the race. A judge will examine each team’s Log Books to determine the winners.

Teams may begin bird-watching on their own at 6 a.m. anywhere in Hong Kong. Participants may wish to carry their own binoculars and bird guides to assist with bird spotting. As Mai Po and Tai Po Kau accommodate a large variety of birds, they have been the most popular sites for most participants over the years; however participants are welcome to use their own bird-watching sites as well.

Teams are required to record every bird species they see or hear in their Event Log Book. They are also required to return to the Mai Po Nature Reserve Visitor Centre at or before 6 p.m. and turn in their Log Books to the adjudicator. The adjudicator will examine the accuracy of each record, making reference to a number of factors such as the weather, the latest migratory bird population and others. They will also compare the results of the different teams to see if there are any anomalies or irregular records. The adjudicator will then make a professional judgment and determine the winning team.

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© WWF-Hong Kong

Date: Saturday, 4 February 2017

Time: 6am – 6pm

Place: Geographically, teams may start anywhere in Hong Kong, but must return to the Mai Po Nature Reserve at the end of the race.

For full information on rules and terms of participation please visit their website

About WWF: WWF was founded in 1961 by a group of passionate and committed individuals with the vision and determination to change the future – for good of the natural world and for all life on Earth.

Today, WWF is one of the world’s largest and most respected conservation organizations, with a network active in more than 100 countries. WWF is currently carrying out more than 1,300 conservation projects around the planet – from small-scale local conservation projects to large-scale species protection projects which span all continents.

WWF-Hong Kong was founded in 1981 and is an integral part of WWF’s global network. Their work began with managing Mai Po Nature Reserve and conserving iconic species. Over the years, they have expanded and adjusted their mission to better serve Hong Kong’s conservation and education needs and align themselves with WWF’s global strategy.