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Volunteer Gardener needed – WWF

10 Jul

© WWF-Hong Kong

World Wide Fund For Nature Hong Kong is one of Hong Kong’s leading conservation and environmental education organisations. WWF is currently looking for volunteers to deliver gardening works in their Island House Conservation Studies Centre, Tai Po

Responsibilities:
To support all-round Centre horticulture and maintenance works.

Requirements:
* Has solid working experience in horticulture work and maintenance British style garden;
* With knowledge in maintenance of garden facilities and horticulture equipment;
* With knowledge / experience in organic Farming;

Time: Monday to Sunday: 9 am – 6 pm; anytime

Place: Island House Conservation Studies Centre, Island House Lane, Tai Po, New Territories

If you are interested, please indicate your interest with below information to volunteers@wwf.org.hk .
* Full name
* Contact number
* Available date and time

If you are not an existing WWF volunteer, please fill in the volunteer application form for register first.

Volunteer Application Form: http://d3q9070b7kewus.cloudfront.net/downloads/volunteer_application_form_20170704.pdf

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.

Their goal is to build a future in which humans can live in harmony with nature.

The Green Hub Volunteer Induction Day – 23 July

24 Jun

The Green Hub Volunteer Scheme
Volunteers at the Green Hub enrich and enhance the life of Green Hub and play a vital role in supporting a wide range of sustainable living educational programmes and conservation work. Volunteers are a valued and integral part of Green Hub donating a range of talents and skills to promote sustainable living and assist in the Green Hub’s daily operation. Green Hub hopes that they can both enjoy and learn from their volunteer experience at Green Hub.

Volunteer Opportunities
* Education programmes and activities
* Low carbon catering
* Co-op Market
* Gardening
* Visitor Centre

Requirement
* Hong Kong citizen aged 18 or above
* Appreciate sustainable lifestyle
* Interested in nature and heritage conservation
* Good presentation and communication skills
* Able to speak fluent Cantonese, basic English and Mandarin
* Able to attend their Volunteer Induction Day are preferred.

The Green Hub Volunteer Induction Day
The goal of the Induction Day is to provide an orientation for people who want to be a volunteer of the Green Hub. The Induction Day comprises an introduction about the Old Tai Po Police Station heritage revitalization project and its programmes and a guided walk of the Green Hub facilities. Participants will also have the opportunities to undertake sustainable living exercises to increase their own well-being and that of the community from a holistic perspective.

Date: Sunday, 23 July 2017

Time: 2-4pm

Place: Green Hub, 11 Wan Tau Kok Lane, Tai Po, Hong Kong

Language: Cantonese

How to Apply: Please fill out this link for the online application form

Application Deadline: 17 July 2017

Enquiry: Please contact Miss Leung at 2996 2833 / ghprog@kfbg.org

* Another Volunteer Induction Day will be on 29 Oct.

About The Green Hub: The Green Hub (the Old Tai Po Police Station) is a unique heritage place which is historically, architecturally and ecologically significant.

The Green Hub project has transformed the Old Tai Po Police Station, a Grade 1 historic heritage to hub for sustainable living. The Green Hub’s Heritage Tour is a free-of-charge service for visitors to learn how we conserve the historic and architectural values of the building, as well as the trees and the egretry of ecological importance at the Old Tai Po Police Station.

Under the Revitalising Historic Buildings through Partnership Scheme (the R-Scheme), Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG) adopted an integrated approach to conserve the Old Tai Po Police Station and transform the historic heritage site into a Green Hub for sustainable living. Today, the Green Hub is an inspirational educational centre and offers wide-ranging educational opportunities for the public. Often described as a green oasis in the concrete jungle, it is a pioneer of low-carbon diet, and green architecture, a place for transformative education and an incubator for community collaboration on appropriate, affordable and sustainable alternatives.

The Green Hub project is recognised with an Honourable Mention in the 2016 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation in 2016. The Green Hub also receive the Grand Award (Existing Buildings Category: Completed Projects – Institutional Building) and Special Citation in Eco-service Infrastructure Network under the Green Building Award 2016 that is jointly organised by the Hong Kong Green Building Council and the Professional Green Building Council.

KFBG’s The Wild Encounter: 3-Day Summer Youth Camp

18 May

Looking for a special experience this summer? Come and join Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden‘s Youth Day Camp. You will have the opportunity to take part in conservation projects by working alongside KFBG‘s animal and forest conservation experts. Discover the wonders of nature by walking deep into the forest at night. You will feel and experience nature like never before. Participants will make new friends, bond with nature and gain an understanding of the interconnected relationships between humans, wild animals and the environment.

Programme Content:
* Discover animals and their habitats during day time and night time
* Experience animal encounter activities
* Meet and learn from our animal experts
* Participate in forest-restoration activities
* Express creativity freely through nature-art
* Connect with nature to foster respect and appreciation

Target group / No. of Participants:
Youths aged 12 – 14. 20 maximum per camp (at least 1 camp counselor per 5 participants)

Language: Cantonese

Date / Time:
Camp A: 17 – 19 Aug 2017 (Mon to Wed)
Camp B: 7 – 9 Aug 2017 (Mon to Wed)
0930 – 1600 (Day 1 and Day 2)
1430 – 2100 (Day 3)
(Non-residential)

Place: Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden
Pick-ups and drop-offs at Kowloon Tong MTR station
(Option to dismiss at Tai Po Market MTR station on Day 3)

Price: HKD$2,500 for 3 days (vegetarian lunch/dinner included)

Application: Please submit your online application and payment to KFBG before 7 June, 2017. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

About The Kadoorie Farm: The Farm was established in 1956 to provide agricultural aid to farmers in need of support to help them lead independent lives. Today, reflecting the changing times, KFBG plays an active role in promoting the conservation of biodiversity in Hong Kong and South China, allied with sustainable agriculture and creative nature education.

Their Mission: To harmonise our relationship with the environment.

Their Vision: A world in which people live sustainably with respect for each other and nature.

Their Values:
Sustainable Living
Appreciating the impact of our actions with regard to current and future generations.
Having awareness of our connection with the environment.
Valuing simple and responsible lifestyles.

Justice
Being fair and accountable. Valuing socially equitable systems that protect
the health of the planet, the people and their way of life.
Protect future generations.

Love
Having self-awareness and understanding of the inter-relationship of all things.
Having compassion and respect for all life. Recognising that outer discord
is a reflection of inner discord. Striving for inner silence.

Participation
Engaging mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually;
fostering respect for different viewpoints, openness, dialogue and teamwork.

Professionalism
Being a role model of caring, integrity, commitment, professional standards and
best practices for partners, organisations, individuals and communities.

Learning
Being adaptive and flexible to changing circumstances. Having a holistic outlook.
Being practical, objective, creative and insightful.

Happiness
Appreciating that our happiness lies in creating and sharing happiness with others.

homegrown_kadoorieVolunteering: Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden’s (KFBG) conservation objectives are to help protect Hong Kong and Mainland China’s biodiversity while motivating people to act to care for our natural environment. If you are interested in devoting some time to environmental education and conservation, or, helping KFBG in various types of education programmes and to, generally assist with outdoor work in KFBG, please check out their volunteer page.

Or go and check it out for yourself. With an entrance fee of only $30 and a shop selling organic fruit and vegetables and eggs from their own farm, Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden is well worth a visit.

KFBG Nature Education Volunteer

28 Apr

The goal of the Nature Education Volunteer Training Course is to equip people who want to make a contribution to environmental education. It includes a series of experiential activities and nature walks developed by Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG). In this training programme, participants will gain environmental knowledge, interpretation and facilitation skills. In addition, they will have the opportunity to undertake a wide range of mindfulness exercises to increase the well-being of the community from a holistic perspective.

The content of the Nature Education Volunteer Training Course:
– Introduction to KFBG Education Programmes
– Introduction to Fauna & Flora Conservation Programmes
– Mindfulness Practices
– Environmental Interpretation and Facilitation Skills
– Nature Art Workshops
– Food Ecology
– Talks & Continuous Training Sessions

Requirements:
– Anyone aged 18 or above (retired citizens are welcome)
– Nature lovers
– Willing to commit as a volunteer for education programmes on weekdays (mostly) and weekends
– Able to work in an outdoor environment
– Good presentation and communication skills
– Able to speak fluent Cantonese & basic English
– Able to attend all five full-day training sessions (27 July, 3, 10, 24 & 31 August 2017 (Thursday) 1000 – 1600) are preferred

*Commitment: Complete 60 hours service between September 2017 and November 2018 for KFBG education activities.

*Deposit: HK$1,000. Total amount will be refunded when the whole training course and vounteer services are completed on or before 30 November 2018.

How to apply:
Please download the programme leaflet here and send the completed Application Form together with the essay to KFBG either by e-mail (education@kfbg.org), or by post to Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (Education Department), Lam Kam Road, Tai Po, New Territories. Please mark the envelope: ‘Application for the Nature Education Volunteer Training Course‘.

Application Deadline: 31 May 2017

You may contact education@kfbg.org / 2483 7107 (Ms. Hung) or 2483 7284 (Ms. Lau) for further questions or information, or visit their website.

About The Kadoorie Farm: The Farm was established in 1956 to provide agricultural aid to farmers in need of support to help them lead independent lives. Today, reflecting the changing times, KFBG plays an active role in promoting the conservation of biodiversity in Hong Kong and South China, allied with sustainable agriculture and creative nature education.

Their Mission: To harmonise our relationship with the environment.

Their Vision: A world in which people live sustainably with respect for each other and nature.

Their Values:
Sustainable Living
Appreciating the impact of our actions with regard to current and future generations.
Having awareness of our connection with the environment.
Valuing simple and responsible lifestyles.

Justice
Being fair and accountable. Valuing socially equitable systems that protect
the health of the planet, the people and their way of life.
Protect future generations.

Love
Having self-awareness and understanding of the inter-relationship of all things.
Having compassion and respect for all life. Recognising that outer discord
is a reflection of inner discord. Striving for inner silence.

Participation
Engaging mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually;
fostering respect for different viewpoints, openness, dialogue and teamwork.

Professionalism
Being a role model of caring, integrity, commitment, professional standards and
best practices for partners, organisations, individuals and communities.

Learning
Being adaptive and flexible to changing circumstances. Having a holistic outlook.
Being practical, objective, creative and insightful.

Happiness
Appreciating that our happiness lies in creating and sharing happiness with others.

homegrown_kadoorieVolunteering: Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden’s (KFBG) conservation objectives are to help protect Hong Kong and Mainland China’s biodiversity while motivating people to act to care for our natural environment. If you are interested in devoting some time to environmental education and conservation, or, helping KFBG in various types of education programmes and to, generally assist with outdoor work in KFBG, please check out their volunteer page.

Or go and check it out for yourself. With an entrance fee of only $30 and a shop selling organic fruit and vegetables and eggs from their own farm, Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden is well worth a visit.

KFBG Fauna Conservation Department needs Volunteers

23 Mar

Calling all animal lovers! The Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden’s Fauna Conservation Department is looking for volunteers for these two teams:

Wild Animal Rescue Centre
Successful applicants will help care for the rescued animals. Their duties will include anything from preparing food, feeding animals, cleaning cages to assisting health check-ups.

Mule Operations
Successful candidates will help care for our two mules Dennie and Duffi, assist in transporting cargo, and deliver education talks to visitors

Duties:
– The general care of rescued animals including preparing food, cleaning cages and laundry
– Assisting staff with regular animal check-ups, treatments and animal feeding

What KFBG is looking for:
– A hardworking, responsible team player
– Physically fit and enjoy the outdoors
– A minimum commitment of 3 days per week (Monday – Sunday, 8:30am – 5 pm) for at least 2 months.
– Valid tetanus vaccination
– Valid rabies and hepatitis B vaccination (Preferred)
– Previous experience with animals including pets (Preferred)

What you’ll get:
– Joy in working with animals and a deeper understanding of their needs, and be able to contribute toward the conservation of many different species
– Basic animal husbandry training
– Additional animal husbandry training (For volunteers who can offer long term regular commitment i.e. at least 4 days per week for at least 2 months)
– Lunch and travel allowance (For volunteers who can offer long term regular commitment)

How to Apply: Before you apply, please read the Volunteer Attachment Programme Conditions.
Due to limited parking space, volunteers are recommended to take public transportation to KFBG.
Please click here to apply online.
For more information, please email fauna@kfbg.org

About the Fauna Conservation Department: The main goals of the Fauna Conservation Department are to help protect our local and regional biodiversity, through wildlife rescue work, breeding programmes and educational projects, which aim to connect visitors with nature and conservation issues.
The focus of their work is:
1. Wild Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation
2. Endangered Species Conservation
3. Specialist Wildlife / Ecological Advisory Services
4. Unique Educational Experiences

Volunteer for Light Be, a Social Housing Solution

21 Feb

An overseas reporter once described subdivided units as a ‘local specialty’ of Hong Kong. When this ‘local specialty’ is commonly found in many parts of Hong Kong, the problem is no longer one that only affects the bottom sector of the society; it is in fact a much wider socio-economic issue of Hong Kong with huge impact on the development and well-being of our next generation.

light-be-logoThe new challenges of the day are calling for new solutions. Some of the general public believe that this social problem may be alleviated through a social enterprise combined with innovation. Turning this belief into actions, Light Be was founded in response, and the business was named as ‘Social Realty’. Light Home was made possible with the generous support from different sectors of the general public.

light-be-1In 2013, Light Be successfully launched Light Home and started renting apartments from different landlords to sublease the property to the less privileged at an affordable rent.

How this works
In simple terms, Light Home landlords voluntarily compromise their rental income temporarily, instead they willingly offer their apartments for a term of years as Light Home to help the others. When the lease ends, Light Be will make arrangements according to the landlord’s decision to either continue using the property as Light Home or recover the property for other purposes. The difference between this and traditional charity donations, is that Light Home landlords do not have to donate their properties nor cash, instead they continue to hold and own the properties. The arrangement of Light Home is a bit similar to a low-return patient investment that maintains the value of the property in the long term.

Light Be is now moving onto another stage of growth. Apart from working with individual landlords, Light Be has started to rent apartments from the commerce sector, welfare sector, as well as the Government (Light Housing). It continues to explore various ways to rediscover and reemphasize the great social value of real estate.

What this means for tenants
A Light Home tenant will receive a four-fold protection: rent, lease period, co-tenants and facilities. Firstly, the affordability of the tenants will be taken into account when the Light Home rent is fixed. Secondly, Light Home can provide a maximum of three-years lease period if the situation allows. Thirdly, co-tenants must apply with the referrals of social workers and will be assessed before matching. Fourthly, the safety and sanitation of Light Home and its essential facilities are prioritized. In terms of space, Light Home adopted the standardized area of no less than seven square meter per person in reference to the Public Rental Housing.

light-be-2With the guarantee of a pleasant living environment, the responsibility of the tenant is to try their best to live a better life. In a maximum lease period of three years, the tenant should gather sufficient confidence and ability to satisfy their next stage housing need after moving out. During the process, Light Home provides the tenants a space with considerate arrangements and encouragement to let them regain confidence and rediscover the joy and challenges of their new lives with a proactive attitude.

How you can help
Landlord
Light Be aims to provide an environment to encourage the tenants to be self-reliant, at the same time be responsible to landlords for on-time rent payments. They manage the property responsibly and will return the property when the lease ends. If you are considering to rent out your currently owned property, or plan to purchase a property to rent out as a ‘Light Home’, please feel free to contact Light Be by emailing realty@lightbe.hk.

Volunteers
Light Home’s recent development rely greatly on the voluntary involvement of the commerce sector, construction sector and the charity sector. Their volunteers specialize in property, leasing service, renovation, maintenance, engineering, tutoring, training, employment opportunity, women work, children work, and various professional sectors. If you are interested in volunteering, please email Light Be at realty@lightbe.hk.

Intern or Volunteer with Earthwatch Hong Kong

11 Feb

Earthwatch Institute is an international environmental charity founded in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1971. With offices in USA, UK, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, India, and Brazil, the Earthwatch Institute also has scientific field research projects all over the world.

Their mission is to engage people worldwide in scientific field research and education to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment.

Worldwide, Earthwatch works with a wide range of partners, from companies, governments and academic institutions to the individuals who participate in their field research projects. Their participants come from all walks of life including corporate employees, teachers, young people, emerging scientists and members of the general public.

Earthwatch involves people as funded or self-funding volunteers in scientific field research. Since 1971, they have sent more than 90,000 volunteers into the field to work with over a thousand scientists on projects around the world. By involving people in hands-on scientific research and education, they help them to develop the knowledge, skills and motivation needed to take action for the environment. Together they conduct vital research into climate change, ecosystem services, ocean health and cultural heritage. By supporting scientific research conducted by leading scientists from a range of disciplines, their results form the necessary basis for future decisions about the environment.

For 20 years, Earthwatch has worked closely with international companies to develop and deliver pioneering engagement and learning opportunities that motivate and inspire employees, as well as equipping them with the knowledge and confidence to drive change towards more sustainable business practice.

earthwatch-2Earthwatch Hong Kong is one of the three partners in the HSBC Water Programme (a five-year programme on freshwater launched by HSBC in 2012) and one of the four partners in the HSBC Climate Partnership (a five-year programme on climate change launched by HSBC in 2007).

Earthwatch’s Hong Kong office opened in 2007 and is currently setting up field and learning programmes for companies in the region.

What you can do to help
Earthwatch Hong Kong works with a diverse group of individuals, organisations and companies to engage and inspire people to change the way they live and work and to contribute towards preserving the planet.

earthwatch-3They work with interns and volunteers to deliver their programs. They also welcome innovative environmental solutions from their interns and volunteers. If you have any interesting ideas or unique projects relating to the work of Earthwatch in your mind, do not hesitate to share with them your creative thoughts by becoming an intern or a volunteer of Earthwatch. They would love to have passionate individuals to work with them to strive for a better planet together.

Apply now! For more information please contact Earthwatch Hong Kong at 28381114 or admin.hk@earthwatch.org.hk.

If you are interested in taking part in one of Earthwatch‘s field research projects, please follow this link to Earthwatch Worldwide‘s website.