Archive | January, 2019

Museum Volunteer Visitor Ambassadors needed!

31 Jan


The University Museum and Art Gallery (UMAG) of the University of Hong Kong (HKU) is a teaching museum that brings together people, knowledge, art and history. UMAG is open to the public seven days a week, and volunteers play an essential role in inspiring and engaging museum visitors in a dialogue about the permanent collections and special exhibitions.

UMAG is now recruiting Visitor Ambassadors to supervise the registration counter at the Fung Ping Shan Building. The building has recently been declared a monument in Hong Kong, based on the heritage guidelines of the Antiquities and Monuments Office.

In order to ensure the highest level of commitment, the process for becoming a Visitor Ambassador is as follows:

1. Attend an Information and Orientation session on 23 February 2019 (Saturday) at 14:00–16:00 at 2/F T.T. Tsui Building, University Museum and Art Gallery, HKU, 90 Bonham Road, Pokfulam
2. Be able to start in March 2019.
3. Commit to one fixed weekend shift every fortnight (Sat 9:15–14:00 / Sat 13:00–18:00 / Sun 12:45–18:00). Priority will be given to those who can come on a weekly basis.

Position Description:
Position: Visitor Ambassador
Location: G/F, Fung Ping Shan Building and G/F T.T. Tsui Building, University Museum and Art Gallery, HKU

Position Objective:
To assist in enhancing visitor experience at UMAG.

Key Responsibilities:
– Work with both UMAG staff and other volunteers to assist in the provision of a quality visitor experience.
– Develop and create positive relationships with visitors including, greeting visitors, fielding questions about the exhibitions and building, and answering phone calls.
– Maintenance of the reception area and education room.
– Being on time for scheduled shifts.
– Provide assistance for special events. (Optional)
– Lead guided tours. (Optional)

Key Selection Criteria:
– Capacity to engage with and appreciate people from diverse cultures and backgrounds.
– Ability to work as a team.
– Facility with English and Cantonese; Putonghua is also desirable.
– Willing to learn and think in an interdisciplinary fashion.
– Welcoming supervision and knowing when to reach out for support.

Other Requirements:
– Dress appropriately during shifts.
– Sign in and out for each shift.

If you are interested to join UMAG as a Visitor Ambassador, please complete and submit the form by following this link. Deadline Friday, 15 February 2019.

About The University Museum and Art Gallery (UMAG): The University Museum and Art Gallery (UMAG) of The University of Hong Kong was founded in 1953 as the Fung Ping Shan Museum. Originally established as the Fung Ping Shan Library of Chinese language publications in 1932 in honour of its benefactor, the building became a museum dedicated to collecting Chinese art when the University’s libraries consolidated. The museum was renamed UMAG in 1994, shortly before its new wing was opened to the public in 1996. It is the oldest continuously operated museum in Hong Kong and over the past sixty years it has built up a diverse collection of ceramics and bronzes dating from the Neolithic period (c. 7000–c. 2100 BCE) to the Qing dynasty (1644–1911), as well as traditional and modern paintings from the Ming (1368–1644) to the twenty-first century.

In addition to these permanent collections, UMAG regularly hosts exhibitions of contemporary and ancient Chinese and Western art, as well as on early Hong Kong history. The Museum was originally established as a teaching museum and has maintained this commitment to the University through the teaching of Chinese art and museum studies and by encouraging students to broaden their education through the arts. It regularly presents non-exhibition related talks and activities that are open to both the University’s students and the public. The Museum also endeavours to promote the knowledge of Chinese tea culture through its Tea Gallery, which is open to the public.

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Summer Student Internships @ Crossroads

30 Jan


Want an internship that makes a difference? Apply for Crossroads’ Summer Internship Programme at in Hong Kong. The work you do in a summer with Crossroads has an impact on communities in need around the world, and here in Hong Kong. Crossroads’ interns are change-makers!

Who can do an internship at Crossroads?: If you’re a college or university student ready to use your skills, passions and who you are to help people in need, Crossroads welcomes your application (click here for the application form). Crossroads has worked with interns with a range of diverse abilities.

What kind of work will you be doing?: Crossroads’ interns work alongside people from more than 20 nations, sharpening your skills through real-world work experience in an English-speaking environment.

Roles available include: goods preparation for distribution, shipping, computing, Crossroads’ fair trade marketplace and café, communications, design, translation, accounting, administration, research, catering, hospitality and running experiential simulation programmes.

What will you receive at the end?: Crossroads award students a certificate and a reference letter from Crossroads on completion of the internship programme, given at a celebratory party at the end of the internships. For many, though, the most valuable take-away can be new friendships, better workplace and language skills and a deeper understanding of how to help a world in need.

How long is the internship?: Students commit to a six-week, full-time service period. Crossroads’ work week is Tuesday through Saturday, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Where will you work?: Internships take place at the Crossroads Village, 2 Castle Peak Road, Tuen Mun N.T. Click here for a map.

How do you apply?: Ready to take the plunge? The first step is to complete an internship application form, found here. You’ll then be contacted for a brief interview and, in the following weeks, will be notified about whether you’ve been accepted, and where you might be placed.

About Crossroads Foundation: Crossroads Foundation is a Hong Kong-based, non-profit organisation serving global need. Crossroads Foundation believes that, in a broken world that sees too much suffering, we should do all we can to link those who are in need with those who can provide help. So Crossroads Foundation provides an intersection, literally a crossroads, to bring both together.

Tsim Sha Tsui->Mong Kok Plog 22 Feb

28 Jan


Plogging is a combination of jogging with picking up litter (Swedish: plocka upp). It started as an organised activity in Sweden around 2016 and spread to other countries in 2018, following increased concern about plastic pollution. As a workout, it provides variation in body movements by adding bending, squatting and stretching to the main action of running.

Hong Kong has a huge trash problem, that is no secret.

Whether you are traversing through a country park, relaxing at a beach or walking through the busy metropolis, it is impossible to avoid waste.

Unfortunately, a lot of rubbish gets neglected until it is too late. Contrary to what many people may think, even waste in the city centre, through being washed into the gutter, can end up in the ocean.

Waste Free HK’s goal is to avoid this scenario as much as possible through urban cleanups, making sure to leave places spotless.

Waste Free HK’s third plog of 2019 will take place in the You Tsim Mong District. Meet at Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station Exit K and head through the district as much as possible until 10pm, at which point you will call it an evening and go and grab some food.

Reusable bags, litter pickers and gloves will be provided, however please feel free to bring your own.

To help Waste Free HK organise future events, feel free to purchase a small goodie bag at the end of the plog. Each event will have different zero-waste nick-knacks for you to take away. With plans to branch Waste Free HK’s organisation out into other ventures to continue raising awareness, your support is greatly appreciated!

Date: Friday, 22 February 2019

Time: 7 – 10pm

Place: Meet at Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station Exit K

Registration: To register for this plog, please follow this link.

About Waste Free HK: Waste Free HK is an organisation aiming to promote a sustainable lifestyle through education, events and campaigning.

Established in Early 2018, WFHK has begun organising various cleanup activities across Hong Kong, the first ‘Plastic Attack’ in the city with the aim of building a better relationship with major chains with the hope of stronger dialogue, as well as building a relationship with various government bodies with the goal of working together to reduce the waste issue blighting our beautiful city.

Po Leung Kuk

26 Jan

In the late 19th Century, abduction and trafficking of women and children were serious crimes in Hong Kong. On 8th November, 1878, a group of local Chinese presented a petition to the Governor, Sir John Pope Hennessy, K.C.M.G., to set up Po Leung Kuk to rescue the kidnapped victims. The “Society for the Protection of Women and Children” was approved by the Hong Kong Governor in May, 1880, but as the petition was submitted on 8th November, 1878, that date was adopted as theirfounding date.

“Po Leung”, translating literally as protection of the young and the innocent, represents the core vision of our organization. Formally established as the Society for the Protection of Women and Children in 1880, in their long history they have prevented and resolved kidnappings, protected destitute women and children, and assisted the Secretary for Chinese Affairs (under British Rule) as a mediator in complex family and marriage disputes.

In line with the economic development of Hong Kong over the past century, the range of services and coverage Po Leung Kuk provided to the community constantly expanded as welfare needs evolved. Today, Po Leung Kuk is Hong Kong’s leading social service organization and fundraiser. Under a modern corporatized management structure, they are able to utilise donation dollars to maximize the returns to their most important stakeholder – the community.

What you can do to help
To build a caring society, caring companies of any business nature and scale and caring individuals regardless of your gender, education level, profession, nationality, race and religion are welcome to join as Po Leung Kuk volunteer.

Types of Volunteer Service:
– Recreational Activity
– Workshop/Small Group Teaching Class
– Visit of Service Units
– Escort Service for Medical Appointment
– Domestic Cleaning and Maintenance
– Sharing
– Child Care
– Homework Guidance
– Translation

Mission of Po Leung Kuk Volunteer:
To the community, you can
– Help the needy from all walks of life
– Foster the caring spirit
– Discover more about yourself
– Broaden your horizons
– Develop a sense of responsibility
– Enrich your life experience and explore more possibilities

To volunteer, download the Registration Form
Complete the form and email to plkinfo@poleungkuk.org.hk or fax to (+852) 2890 2097 (for Individual Volunteer)

For enquiries, please email to plkinfo@poleungkuk.org.hk or call at (+852) 2277 8888.

Rooftop Republic – urban farming

22 Jan


Rooftop Republic’s team has been pioneering the urban farming movement over the last five years. Their vision is to revolutionise the food system and transform the relationship people have with their food.

Rooftop Republic is a truly multi-disciplinary team and they collaborate with architects, engineers, organic farmers, chefs and nutritionists to develop and deliver urban farming solutions.

Rooftop Republic’s innovative approach and end-to-end services – from design, installation to maintenance and community engagement – aims to incorporate urban farms into city-dwellers’ lifestyles and make it commonplace.

At Rooftop Republic, they are enthusiastic about the potential for urban farming to transform both urban spaces and mindsets in Hong Kong and to contribute to making our city more sustainable and livable.

Rooftop Republic Urban Farming has been awarded the following recognition at the Social Enterprise Awards 2017 Hong Kong:
Most Outstanding Social Enterprise (Meritorious)
Most Innovative Social Enterprise

Farm design & Installation: Helping you transform under-utilised spaces into vibrant urban farms

If you’d like to create a source of nutritious and delicious organic food on your rooftop, Rooftop Republic can help you! To set up your own urban farm, Rooftop Republic provides a customized urban farming solution that includes:
– Initial site assessment
– Customized farm design
– Loading assessment
– Supply and delivery of top quality planters, organic seedlings, soil, fertilizers and other gardening equipment
– Edible green wall installation

Workshops & events: Get your hands dirty and learn to grow your own vegetables or join one of Rooftop Republic’s farm-to-table events, talks, farm visits and more!

Join Rooftop Republic’s interactive workshops to learn about the fundamental principles and practices of organic farming through talks, group discussions, games and practical hands-on farming. Led by experienced organic farmers, Rooftop Republic conducts workshops suitable for all ages and levels of experience.

To find out more details on upcoming activities open to the public, please visit their event page.

If you are keen to set up your own urban farm, join one of Rooftop Republic’s events, volunteer, or simply want to get in touch, please drop Rooftop Republic a note at hello@rooftoprepublic.com

Kowloon City District Plog

18 Jan

kowloon city plog
Plogging is a combination of jogging with picking up litter (Swedish: plocka upp). It started as an organised activity in Sweden around 2016 and spread to other countries in 2018, following increased concern about plastic pollution. As a workout, it provides variation in body movements by adding bending, squatting and stretching to the main action of running.

Hong Kong has a huge trash problem, that is no secret.

Whether you are traversing through a country park, relaxing at a beach or walking through the busy metropolis, it is impossible to avoid waste.

Unfortunately, a lot of rubbish gets neglected until it is too late. Contrary to what many people may think, even waste in the city centre, through being washed into the gutter, can end up in the ocean.

Waste Free HK’s goal is to avoid this scenario as much as possible through urban cleanups, making sure to leave places spotless.

Waste Free HK’s second plog of 2019 will take place in the Kowloon City District. Meet at Whampoa MTR Station exit C and head through the district as much as possible until 10pm, at which point you will call it an evening and go and grab some food.

Reusable bags, litter pickers and gloves will be provided, however please feel free to bring your own.

To help Waste Free HK organise future events, feel free to purchase a small goodie bag at the end of the plog. Each event will have different zero-waste nick-knacks for you to take away. With plans to branch Waste Free HK’s organisation out into other ventures to continue raising awareness, your support is greatly appreciated!

Date: Friday, 25 January 2019

Time: 7 – 10pm

Place: Meet at Whampoa MTR Station exit C

Registration: To register for this plog, please follow this link.

About Waste Free HK: Waste Free HK is an organisation aiming to promote a sustainable lifestyle through education, events and campaigning.

Established in Early 2018, WFHK has begun organising various cleanup activities across Hong Kong, the first ‘Plastic Attack’ in the city with the aim of building a better relationship with major chains with the hope of stronger dialogue, as well as building a relationship with various government bodies with the goal of working together to reduce the waste issue blighting our beautiful city.

Join Sai Kung elderly for a Poon Choi lunch

16 Jan

HandsOn is looking for Cantonese speaking volunteers to join us at a Sai Kung community center for a ‘Poon Choi‘ lunch with local elderly residents. Remote areas of Sai Kung were badly damaged by Typhoon Mangkhut and some of the elderly had housing and possessions destroyed. Join us at this lunch to show your care and support for these individuals!

Date: Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Time: 10:30am – 1:30pm

Place: Sai Kung District Community Center, Sai Kung Sai Kung, Mei Yuen St, No.8

Registration: To volunteer for this worthwhile event and serve the elderly of Hong Kong, please follow this link. Limited places still available.

About HandsOn: Founded in 2007, the HandsOn Hong Kong mission remains to mobilize and empower the community to meet pressing social needs in Hong Kong through volunteer services.

HandsOn vision is for a caring community that gives its time and talent to transform Hong Kong.

In 2017 alone, HandsOn organized over 1,400 volunteer activities, serving more than 46,000 beneficiaries, including disadvantaged children and youth, isolated elderly, ethnic minority students, under-resourced families, refugees and people with disabilities. Join HandsOn in their mission to serve Hong Kong’s community together!