Volunteer or intern with Projects Abroad


Projects Abroad is one of the largest volunteer abroad organizations in the world. Founded in 1992, Projects Abroad sends 10,000 people abroad each year on a variety of service projects and internships overseas. All participants receive unparalleled in-country support from their full-time, professional staff to ensure that the experience is safe, worthwhile and fun.

Volunteer overseas or intern abroad in Africa, Asia, Europe, or Latin America. Projects Abroad offers overseas voluntary work placements including teaching, care, conservation & environment, medicine & healthcare, journalism, law & human rights, international development, business, and more.

Volunteer overseas:
Volunteer overseas with Projects Abroad, as a great opportunity to put your time into a meaningful and rewarding programme. Projects Abroad offers a wide range of service trips in various fields of interest, with placements in more than 30 destination countries around the world.

On an overseas volunteering programme you can impact communities and the environment in various areas of need, such as caring for children, teaching English, or protecting wildlife.

With more than 300 trained staff in their destinations and over a thousand different placements to choose from, Projects Abroad is one of the leading volunteer organizations in the world. But their impact will not be felt without the dedicated overseas volunteer work completed by their participants of all ages and backgrounds, who total more than 5,000 each year.

You can volunteer overseas in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America & the Caribbean, Central America, and the South Pacific.

For more information please follow this link to the How it Works page on their website.

Internships overseas:


Boost your resume and gain skills and real world experience on one of Projects Abroad’s international internships. Their internships abroad allow you to contribute to sustainable development and bring a more cross-cultural understanding to the world.

Projects Abroad offers internships in more than 30 developing countries around the world, where you can gain valuable experience by working alongside qualified professionals in your chosen field.

Projects Abroad’s local staff will work closely with you to determine which specific internship placement gives you the most valuable learning experience and provides the greatest benefit in the country.

To find out more, please follow this link.

High School Specials:

If you are 15 to 18 years old and enrolled in full-time education you can join Projects Abroad on a High School Special. Each project follows a schedule of taught sessions, hands-on and observational work, as well as evening activities and weekend excursions. Lasting two to four weeks, these programs are designed to make the most of your short time abroad while contributing to your community service credit requirements or college applications.

Read more about the structure of High School Specials, how travel arrangements work, or explore below the variety of High School Specials projects available.

Every year, thousands of High School Special volunteers actively make a difference around the world. During their time abroad, they contribute towards achieving long-term goals and make a long-lasting positive impact on the communities where they work. If you want to know more about their achievements, read Projects Abroad’s 2017 High School Specials Impact Report.

To find out more, please follow this link.

WWF Run for Wild 2019


Run for Wild is more than just a race – at the event you will also learn about wildlife conservation. Participants of the 1km family run will be able to run in the “wild” with obstacles that mimic the environment of the six focus species. The event will also feature interactive games and educational booths.

Race Category
The race is divided into three categories: 10km Challenger, 3km Fun Run and 1km Family Run. Participants can enrol as an individual, team (three to four runners) corporate (three to four runners) or family (two to four runners). Individual, team or corporate participants can participate in either the 3km or 10km challenger, while family teams are restricted to the 1km run. WWF has added a school category in the 3km race this year. Details are as follows:

Every runner will be awarded with an animal-themed runner’s pack
Souvenirs in the race pack include:
– Number bib designed with the endangered species and timing chip
– Animal pin (Redeem the pin at educational booths using the number bib on the event day)
– Luggage tag
– An animal-themed reusable umbrella bag

Route Map
Date: Sunday, 7 April 2019

Time: 8 – 10:30am

Place: Pak Shek Kok Promenade

Registration: To register please follow this link.

Deadline for registration is 8 March 2019.

About WWF-Hong Kong: 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, WWF-Hong Kong has expanded and adjusted their mission to better serve Hong Kong’s conservation and education needs and align themselves with WWF’s global strategy.

Orbis Walk for Sight 2019


With spring warming the earth and flowers beginning to bloom, March is the ideal time for a family picnic. So, it is time to put down your phones and let nature’s glorious blues and greens revitalize your eyes while you savor shared moments in the countryside, and help fundraise for a great cause!

Incredibly, 2019 marks the 20th anniversary since Orbis’ first-ever Walk for Sight. Orbis invites you to join them in helping the world’s needlessly blind and to see the day’s event filled with nature’s beauty, the simplicity of happiness, and the vibrant colors their “Indiana’s Adventure” theme will provide.

Date: Sunday, 10 March 2019

Time: 9:30am to 3:00pm

Place: The walk will begin and end at the Hong Kong International School (HKIS) in Tai Tam Country Park

Route: 6km and 10km walk in the Tai Tam Country Park

Shuttle Service: Free round-trip buses to the park will run from Central Pier No.8 from 8:00am to 8:45am; and the buses from the park to Central Pier No.8 will run from 12nn to 3:00pm

Carnival: Relax with a tasty sandwich box, snack and drinks in the countryside, enjoy stage performances, blindfold experience and games after your walk!

Application Deadline : 5p.m. 21 February 2019 (Thursday)
To register, please follow this link.

For more information, please email info.hk@orbis.org or call 2595 0263

About Orbis: Orbis is the result of a unique and lasting alliance forged between the medical and aviation industries. In the 1970s, leaders of these two industries came together to create the plan that led to the foundation of Orbis. They knew that the high costs of tuition, international travel and accommodations prevented most doctors and nurses in low-income countries from participating in overseas training programs. Even when they could afford to study abroad, their opportunity for direct clinical experience was limited because strict licensing laws often prevented them from performing surgery.

The solution was a mobile teaching hospital. With a fully equipped hospital on board an airplane, doctors trained in the latest ophthalmic techniques, including pediatric ophthalmology, could bring their surgical knowledge and skills to doctors in low-income countries through hands-on training and lectures. A grant from USAID and funds from private donors enabled Orbis to successfully convert a DC-8 plane into a fully functional teaching eye hospital. As replacement parts for the original DC-8 plane became more difficult and expensive to obtain, it became clear that a newer, larger aircraft was needed. In 1992, after a major fundraising appeal, Orbis purchased a wide-body DC-10 to replace the DC-8. Within two years, Orbis had converted the plane into an eye surgery hospital.

Orbis set up office in Hong Kong in 1985. Today, the office has a staff of some 45 whose main goal is to prevent blindness worldwide by raising funds and increasing awareness of eye health issues. Recent years have seen the office recruiting numerous local ophthalmologists to Orbis’ global sight-saving team. Their role is to visit developing countries where they teach their skills to local counterparts who then share their newfound abilities with their colleagues.

Summer Student Internships @ Crossroads

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.

PETA’s Pints for Pigs

PETA’s Pints for Pigs – an awesome night of craft beer tasting to celebrate the New Year and help animals. At this fun event, you’ll get the first taste of H.K. Lovecraft’s Doppelbock beer at the launch of this new brew, get a chance to win exciting raffle prizes, and hear all the latest exciting news about PETA and their campaigns.

Every ticket includes your choice of six beer tasters (120 ml), two pints (500 ml) or three non-alcoholic drinks, vegan snacks and entry into a raffle. All proceeds will support PETA’s work for all animals.

Date: Monday, 21 January 2019

Time: 6-11pm

Place: Hong Kong Island Taphouse, 1A-1B Tsing Fung Street, Tin Hau, Hong Kong

Price: $248, to register, please follow this link. The entrance fee is $288 for walk-in participants.

E-mail JackieT@PETAAsiaPacific.com with any questions

About PETA Asia: PETA Asia was established in Hong Kong at 2004 and is an affiliate of PETA US, the world’s largest animal rights organization. PETA US and its affiliates have over 6.5 million members and supporters around the world. PETA Asia and its international affiliates are dedicated to establishing and protecting the rights of all animals through public education, cruelty investigations, research, animal rescue, legislation, special events, celebrity involvement, and protest campaigns.

Send Xmas gifts to Children in Need UNICEF

UNICEF Hong Kong presents the Inspired Gift Christmas set and Christmas card for the upcoming festival. With just a small donation, you can bring warmth and joy to children in need over harsh winter!

When you purchase an Inspired Gift on our website, you can send a Christmas e-card with a custom message to your family and friends. Let’s share blessings of a hearty Christmas with our loved ones and the deprived children!

UNICEF Waterproof School Bags:
Donate $162 and buy 6 UNICEF Waterproof School Bags. Each contains ultracomfy shoulder straps, mesh lined, 2 inner and 1 outer pocket and a name tag.

Blankets:
Donate $468 and buy 9 Blankets. These warm, fleecy thermal blankets help keep children warm and healthy.

Life-saving Winter Clothing Kit:
Donate $642 and buy 2 sets of Life-saving Winter Clothing Kit. Each includes jackets, trousers, fleeces, socks, boots or strong shoes, a scarf and a hat.

You can also add an extra Christmas card to your purchase in the shopping cart for the purpose of Christmas gift exchange.

About Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK): Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK) was founded in 1986 and was established as an independent local non-government organization to raise funds through public donations, partnerships with companies, special events, etc. to support UNICEF’s work. UNICEF HK also promotes and advocates for children’s rights via organizing education and youth programmes in Hong Kong.

Signed copy of Heroes by Stephen Fry up for grabs, benefiting Room to Read

This December, Bookazine is supporting Room to Read once again by running a silent auction. All Bookazine customers are invited to place a bid to buy an exclusive signed copy of ‘Heroes‘ by the magnificent Stephen Fry. Branded with Stephen Fry’s unique charm, this brand new collection of his retelling of the bold and heart-stirring adventures of mortal heroes in Greek mythology is a must-read for fan of Fry as well as Greek mythology. Heroes is the story of what we mortals are truly capable of – at our worst and our very best.

There is only one copy up for grabs so if you’re interested, keep an eye on the auction and be sure to place a winning bid! Just follow the link here.

All the proceeds of the auction will be donated to Room to Read to help them establish a library in India.

*The silent auction will be running from December 1st-15th. Bidders have to be 18 or above. The name of the winner will be announced on Bookazine social media on December 17th, 2018.
**The donations and bids will be in USD.

Run in the Dark Hong Kong


Every November, as darkness sweeps the globe, thousands of people from over 50 cities will pull on their running shoes and red flashing armbands and hit the streets to Run in the Dark.

Join Hong Kong to Run in the Dark on 14th November 2018 and support ongoing research to find a cure for paralysis in our lifetime.

Your $225 will play a big part in helping the Mark Pollock Trust to reach its $4,700,000 fundraising aim.

Every donation, every step, every study, moves us towards a cure for paralysis and enabling people to walk again.

There are a limited number of places available so make sure to sign up early so you don’t miss out!

Hong Kong Route: The Hong Kong Run In The Dark will be on Hong Kong Island’s most famous running routes the Bowen Road.

The 4km or 8km route will be a 4km end to end run of flat country like road with stunning views of the Hong Kong skyline up close and elevated. The direction is 4km from Magazine Gap Road end through to Stubbs Road and back for those running 8km. Running this course at night will only make for a more spectacular run as the route is lit up by the Hong Kong skyline.

Getting there: Green minibus 9 for the Magazine Gap Road end; buses 6, 15, 66, 76, 19, 41A or 63 — or green minibus 5, 2 or 24M — for the Stubbs Road end; or walk up Wan Chai Gap Road.

Whether you are completing the 4km run or 8km run, please aim to arrive at 19.30 (7.30pm) so that organisers can ensure everyone will receive their flashing armband and buff and have a group photo before you go running!

Date: Wednesday, 14 November 2019

Time: 8-9:30pm

Price: $225/person. To register please follow this link
Registration will close at 6pm sharp on Tuesday 13th November 2018.

FAQ:
In return for your donation, you will receive a run entry and a flashing Run in the Dark arm cuff.

Refreshments will be distributed to all participants at the finish line.

Chip-timing is not in operation for our pop-up events.

It is important that you arrive 15 minutes in advance of the start time (8pm) so that you can receive your flashing arm cuff.

A group photo will be taken with all participants in advance of the run.

For any queries relating to this event please feel free to contact info@runinthedark.org

About Mark Pollock Trust: At the Mark Pollock Trust they believe they can cure paralysis in our lifetime. To do it, the Mark Pollock Trust is exploring the intersection where humans and technology collide, catalysing collaborations that have never been done before and unlocking $1 billion to make the cure a reality.

When I broke my back in 2010, I discovered that spinal cord injury strikes at the very heart of what it means to be human. It turned me from my upright, running, jumping form into a seated compromise of myself. And, it’s not just the lack of feeling and movement, it also interferes with the body’s internal systems that are designed to keep us alive.”

As I lay in hospital for 16 months, digesting the impact of my accident, I was physically and mentally broken. And, in the midst of the uncertainty, my friends formed the Mark Pollock Trust to support me. They began fundraising to pay for the initial costs of my injury and guard against the ongoing health consequences in the future.”

Now, with the help of so many people around the world, I have established a new life living with blindness and paralysis. And, I have turned my attention to curing paralysis by donating my paralysed body to experimental research and connecting people worldwide to fast-track the cure.”

I know that I have not been able to thank everyone who has supported me in person – some I know personally and many more I don’t – but I am eternally grateful to everyone who stepped in to support me in the days after my accident and to all of you who continue to do so.”

– Mark Pollock

Orbis Moonwalkers 2018

© Orbis Hong Kong

Since it first began saving sight in the early 1980s, Orbis’ Flying Eye Hospital has pioneered quite a few historic moments – as has Hong Kong itself. And what better way to celebrate their shared ‘Golden Age’ than by travelling back in time and walking the 20km from Shatin Sports Ground to Tai Po Tai Mei Tuk during Moonwalkers 2018!

How fun is Moonwalkers? Last year, nearly 5,000 sight-savers donned black and white striped costumes in order to help conquer darkness as they walked! All donations are raised is now enabling Orbis’ sight-saving volunteers to benefit the needlessly blind by sharing the skills with local medical professionals across the developing world!

What’s new this year? Good old fashioned and newly trendy nostalgia! So read on…

VINTAGE SHOOTING SCENES

© Orbis Hong Kong
Local store? Hopscotch? Red buckets? Journey to the past as you view scenes and play games from your childhood’s ‘Good Old Days’ while you walk. Don’t forget to fully charge your phone so you can capture those memorable moments at each checkpoint!

BLINDFOLD EXPERIENCES

© Orbis Hong Kong
Discover the difficulties facing the visually impaired in Orbis’ unforgettable blindfold challenges!

NEON LIGHT PAINTINGS

© Orbis Hong Kong
Neon signs have long been a Hong Kong trademark. At Moonwalkers 2018, you won’t even have to go downtown to be bathed in such illuminations’ garish glow!

Date: Overnight from 9pm Saturday November 10, 2018 to 7am Sunday morning

Time: approximately 6 hours

Place: Shatin Sports Ground -> Tai Po Tai Mei Tuk 20km on pavement

Shuttle bus service: 1am – 7am on Sunday, November 11, 2018 from Tai Po to Shatin town centre

Minimum Sponsorship:
Individual – $780
Team of > 6 members – $780/member
Corporate > 10 members – $850/member

Deadline for enrollment: 5pm Wednesday, October 24, 2018

To enroll, please follow this link

To find out more, please email info.hk@orbis.org or call 2595 0263

About Orbis: Orbis is the result of a unique and lasting alliance forged between the medical and aviation industries. In the 1970s, leaders of these two industries came together to create the plan that led to the foundation of Orbis. Orbis knew that the high costs of tuition, international travel and accommodations prevented most doctors and nurses in low-income countries from participating in overseas training programs. Even when they could afford to study abroad, their opportunity for direct clinical experience was limited because strict licensing laws often prevented them from performing surgery.

The solution was a mobile teaching hospital. With a fully equipped hospital on board an airplane, doctors trained in the latest ophthalmic techniques, including pediatric ophthalmology, could bring their surgical knowledge and skills to doctors in low-income countries through hands-on training and lectures. A grant from USAID and funds from private donors enabled Orbis to successfully convert a DC-8 plane into a fully functional teaching eye hospital. As replacement parts for the original DC-8 plane became more difficult and expensive to obtain, it became clear that a newer, larger aircraft was needed. In 1992, after a major fundraising appeal, Orbis purchased a wide-body DC-10 to replace the DC-8. Within two years, Orbis had converted the plane into an eye surgery hospital. Orbis’ inaugural mission was to Beijing, China.

As Orbis grew over the years, Orbis added hospital-based training programs and fellowships to their portfolio to provide additional skills-building opportunities for eye care professionals. In 1999, to build the capacity of local partners, Orbis created long-term country programs in Bangladesh, China, Ethiopia, India and Vietnam – similar programs are also underway in parts of the Latin America and the Caribbean. Orbis’ permanent offices in these countries, run by local staff, develop and implement an array of multi-year projects to improve the quality and accessibility of eye care to residents, particularly in rural areas and impoverished urban communities. Many of these programs focus on the treatment and prevention of childhood blindness, cataract, trachoma and corneal disease.

Empowering Girl Scholars in Vietnam


To support the continued growth of Room to Read‘s Girls Education Program in Vietnam, Spiga is thrilled to host an inspiring evening of great friends, fantastic food, abundant high-quality libations and an exciting silent and live auction. This event will sell out fast so get your tickets now!

The price of the ticket includes champagne on arrival, a three-course sit-down dinner, fantastic wines personally chosen by Amy Powell and John Wood and a signed copy of John’s latest book, Purpose Incorporated: Turning Cause into Your Competitive Advantage, to thank you for your generous support of Room to Read’s work!

Room to Read is changing the future for millions of children across the developing world via the lifelong gift of education. But there is SO much more we need to do, and tonight’s event will underwrite at least 200 years of Girl Scholars in Vietnam. Thank you in advance for helping them to achieve their dreams.

Date: Thursday, 11 October 2018

Time: 6:30-9pm

Place: Spiga, 3/F, LHT Tower, 31 Queens Road, Central

Price: $550 + handling charge
To get your ticket, follow this link to Eventbrite

About Room to Read: Room to Read envisions a world in which all children can pursue a quality education, reach their full potential and contribute to their community and the world.

room to read 2To achieve this goal, Room to Read focuses on two areas where they believe Room to Read can have the greatest impact: literacy and gender equality in education. Room to Read works in collaboration with communities and local governments across Asia and Africa to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the life skills they’ll need to succeed in school and beyond by building and stocking libraries, building bright ventilated classrooms, publishing books in the local language, training educators and providing one-on-one support to teachers, and supporting girls to stay in school by providing material support—such as school fees, clean uniforms or transportation, in addition to mentoring and life skills training to help girls succeed in the classroom and beyond.

room to read john-woodFor more information please visit their website.