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St Patrick’s Day Plog – 17 Mar

4 Mar


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.

To celebrate St Patrick’s Day, you will be plogging and then grabbing some food and drinks on March 17th. The plog will take place in Sai Wan Ho. You will meet at Sai Wan Ho Sports Centre and be running around 10km, after which there will be an opportunity to clean up at the sports centre, followed by grabbing dinner and drinks.

More information on how to get to the sports centre as well as facilities available, you can check here

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

You can view/download the route map here

Date: Sunday, 17 March 2019

Time: 12 – 3pm

Place: Sai Wan Ho Sports Centre, 111 Shaukeiwan Road, Sai Wan Ho

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

For enquiries, please email hkploggers@gmail.com

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.

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Volunteer / Intern with The Nesbitt Centre

28 Feb

In 1993 Mr David Nesbitt secured a grant from the QE Foundation to set up an initial service for English speaking adults with intellectual disabilities. And so The Nesbitt Centre was born.

The Nesbitt Centre’s care philosophy focuses on abilities, not disabilities. The Nesbitt Centre encourages students with a wide range of cognitive abilities to grow by providing opportunities to learn, experience and reach their full potential in life.

To drive its long term goal as an excellent provider of services for people with disabilities, The Nesbitt Centre has set forth its focus to pursue these four strategic directions:

* Develop and support their excellent staff so that they can continue to deliver top quality programmes
* Focus on their unique value proposition of skills-to-training-to-jobs by creating opportunities to develop capabilities and allow their students to realize their full potential in society
* Increase their community impact through expanded partnerships with other NGOs, business, academia and government
* Broaden awareness of TNC and of the role of people with special needs, through active communications and engagement with government, NGOs, media, parents and customers of their social enterprises

Headed by its founder David Nesbitt, the board is formed by a group of local executives who together bring in a wealth of rich knowledge and expertise in various industries and professions. They meet regularly to provide directions to sustain growth and expansion of the organization.

What you can do to help
Volunteer your Time: Volunteers come to The Nesbitt Centre from many different walks of life – those who have lived in Hong Kong for many years with family grown up and time on their hands, school students looking to gain credits such as CAS points, AYP credits and as a part of their Make a Difference Week, Work Experience, Job Shadowing experiences etc. Those returning to Hong Kong for their holidays, and others new to Hong Kong looking for something different and worthwhile to fill their time

There are many ways you can volunteer with The Nesbitt Centre. The Nesbitt Centre can put your time, talents services and products to use to benefit their students whilst having fun in the process. Some may volunteer for a day a week, for a few weeks and there are those who have been volunteering with the Nesbitt Centre for a great number of years!

The Nesbitt Centre’s volunteer program has taken on a much more structured format with new volunteers receiving a handbook / induction pack outlining their organization and what is expected from them as a volunteer. There is also a section for them to record the hours worked with the Nesbitt Centre and the activities they have taken part in. Those joining The Nesbitt Centre from schools also receive feedback from the Nesbitt Centre to their teachers / tutors.

If you are interested in volunteering, please follow this link to complete their online form.

Internship Programme: The Nesbitt Centre offers an internship programme for both local and international students. They currently have students in the fields of Clinical Psychology, Social Work, Speech and Language Therapy and Psychology interning with them.

The Nesbitt Centre involve their interns in a professional mentoring relationship built between an intern (the mentee) and an experienced staff member (the mentor). Whilst the interns may be experienced in some areas of operation, their mentoring program ensures that they have all the tools, resources and support needed to maximize their success not only in their first few weeks but during their ongoing internship. The Nesbitt Centre provides as much opportunity as possible through observation, coaching, guiding and hands-on experience so that their Interns gain an in-depth understanding of The Nesbitt Centre and feel competent in starting their internship with us.

Interns benefit from the program as they quickly expand their skills, knowledge, and experience within the internship period, develop strong communication and leadership skills, align good networks and contacts across the NGO sector, and in general, are better equipped to work in the special needs community.

This program is also aimed at encouraging young people to work in the disability field by giving the opportunity for Interns to have a real life experience and to grow their careers and / or continue their studies in this sector.

If you are interested in interning, please download and complete the form here.

For more information, please email info@nesbittcentre.org.hk

Sai Ying Pun Plog – Mar 1

25 Feb


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.

The plog will take place in Sai Ying Pun. You will meet at Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park Sports Centre, 18 Eastern Street North, Sai Ying Pun and run roughly 11km, at which point there will be an opportunity to clean up, and then you will go and get some dinner together.

More information on how to get to the sports centre as well as facilities available, you can check here

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

You can view/download the route map here

Date: Friday, 1 March 2019

Time: 7 – 10pm

Place: Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park Sports Centre, 18 Eastern Street North, Hong Kong

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

For enquiries, please email hkploggers@gmail.com

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.

Volunteer or intern with Projects Abroad

24 Feb


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.

Volunteer for the Green Power Butterfly Survey

15 Feb


Did you know, Hong Kong has more than 260 species of butterflies, which is a tenth of all butterfly species in China, and as a result has been called a “butterfly heaven”? Around 40% of Hong Kong’s land area is designated as country parks, and so protected by law. However, many prime butterfly areas still lack adequate protection.

Established in 2008, “Butterfly Surveyor” is the first Butterfly Surveyor group comprising members of the public. The group specialises in collecting data on butterfly species and ecological data. Each year, “Butterfly Surveyor” recruits general public as new members, after they completed trainings and assessments, they will become qualified “Butterfly Surveyor”. Until 2018, “Butterfly Surveyor” has 322 qualified members, who have been monitoring regularly at designated sites: San Tau – Lantau Island, Luk Keng – North District, Wu Kau Tang – Tai Po, Lam Tsuen – Tai Po (She Shan and Ng Tung Chai), Yuen Tun Ha – Tai Po, Sha Tau Kok, Sham Chung and Yung Shue O – Sai Kung, Pak Sha O and Lai Chi Chong – Sai Kung, Mui Wo – Lautau Island, Ho Sheung Heung / Long Valley / Lok Ma Chau , Tai Lam Country Park (Kam Tin) and Lung Kwu Tan – Tuen Mun.

Green Power is now recruiting new Butterfly Surveyors. After completing indoor training sessions and passing an assessment, participants will become qualified Butterfly Surveyors. Surveyors will take part in the formal butterfly surveys this year after going through the outdoor training sessions.

Requirements:
Individuals, groups, families (tertiary, secondary and primary students, people who are working, not working or retired)
Fluent in Cantonese, able to read and write Chinese
* Participants will learn basic butterfly survey techniques through the “Shell Nature Watch – Butterfly Surveyor” training programme. They are not required to be equipped with knowledge of butterfly watching at the time of application.

To find out more about duties and the training, please follow this link.

For enquiries, please call 3961 0200 or email: butterfly@greenpower.org.hk

Registration Deadline: 22 March 2019 (Friday)

About Green Power: Green Power was founded in 1988 by a group of dedicated volunteers who were concerned about local environmental problems. Since their formation, they have been promoting environmental education as they believe education is the ultimate means of transforming our thinking and behaviour.

Jockey Club InspiringHK SportsCHAT recruiting Female Volunteers

6 Feb

Do you want to meet with women leaders from various walks of life? Are you interested in learning yoga and Krav Maga, a self-defense system, too? If so, you should not miss InspiringHK‘s female-oriented sports programme “Jockey Club InspiringHK SportsCHAT“!

InspiringHK is recruiting FEMALE volunteers for the programme whereby you will be a “sports buddy” of a junior secondary school girl and participate in workshops together, supporting them to do sports, build self-confidence and broaden their horizons. Don’t miss this unique volunteering opportunity!

Check out the details here: https://bit.ly/2SRppMv

Please enrol at: https://bit.ly/2srGEZc

About InspiringHK Sports Foundation: InspiringHK Sports Foundation is a Hong Kong-based charity, founded in 2012 to develop better youths through sports. Their mission is to promote and facilitate equal access to sports training for youths – regardless of their economic background, gender, ethnicity, religion and disability, – so as to instill in them good sportsmanship to enhance their social mobility, as well as to promote gender equality, social inclusion and a healthy lifestyle. InspiringHK Sports Foundation carries their missions through long-term sports training, learning experience activities and advocacy.

South Lantau Coastal Cleanup – 17 Feb

2 Feb


Start the Year of the Pig by doing something good for the environment!

After typhoon Mangkhut devastated large areas of Hong Kong last year, the city is still recovering in its wake, especially secluded coastal areas.

You will be leaving Mui Wo ferry pier at 9 am to take the bus to Shui Hau beach. The cleanup will start there at 10 am continuing till around 1 pm. After that you are welcome to join Waste Free HK for a light hike across Lantau to enjoy some of the sights the beautiful island has to offer.

There will be fun and games during the cleanup, with prizes for the best and most interesting objects found!

There will be music and people are welcome to bring their own drinks and snacks. Please try to either bring reusable packaging or things that can be easily recycled (glass and metal).

Come along, have a great time, all while doing something good for Hong Kong!

Date: Sunday, 17 February 2019

Time: 10am – 1pm

Place: Mui Wo ferry pier at 9 am

Registration: To register for this cleanup, 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.