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Books for Love @ $10 – 25-28 April

17 Apr


The Swire Properties Community Ambassador Programme and The Boys’ & Girls’ Clubs Association of Hong Kong (BGCA) are jointly organising the “Books for Love @ $10” charity sale. The book sale aims to promote a love of reading in a green and affordable way whilst contributing to a meaningful cause. All books collected from the book drive campaign will be sorted by volunteers and put on sale for HK$10 each at ArtisTree, Taikoo Place, with all proceeds going to charity.

NGO beneficiaries this year include The Boys’ & Girls’ Clubs Association of Hong Kong (BGCA) and Agency for Volunteer Service (AVS); with proceeds going towards BGC’s “Treasure” child development project, and AVS’ efforts in promoting volunteerism.

So come buy a book and support the environment by reusing donated books.

Date: 25 – 28 April 2019

Time: 12-8pm

Place: Artistree, Taikoo Place

Price: Entry is free, if you would like to go and buy some books, please follow this link to their Facebook page and click on Going

About The Boys’ & Girls’ Clubs Association of Hong Kong (BGCA) : Founded in 1936, The Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs Association of Hong Kong (BGCA) was established to serve children and youth throughout different eras with its need-specific and community-based service in its comprehensive service network.

About Agency for Volunteer Service : Agency for Volunteer Service (AVS) founded in 1970, is a nonprofit organization with the vision to build a civil society and caring community. AVS is dedicated to playing a proactive and pivotal role in the promotion and development of sustainable volunteerism, and to develop partnerships with all sectors of the community to provide value added and quality volunteer service.

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Serve-a-thon Hong Kong 2019

1 Apr


Hong Kong’s Inconvenient Truth:
Despite Hong Kong’s wealth, nearly 15 per cent of residents lack the ability to meet their most basic needs. At greatest risk are those unable to stand up for themselves, without a voice. There are more than 9,000 non-profit organizations in Hong Kong dedicated to supporting some of these groups most in need. Many of them depend on the support of volunteers to make their programs possible. Serve-a-thon helps to address this need and provides meaningful volunteer opportunities for those willing to serve.

Hong Kong’s ‘community service week‘ brings together NGOs, corporates, schools, civic organizations, government and media to roll up their sleeves and volunteer. The aim is to raise public awareness around the importance of community service to help address social issues. Join HandsOn Hong Kong May 4th through 12th 2019!

Serve-a-thon 2018 mobilized the community to give more than 6,200 hours of their time to support 18,000+ of Hong Kong’s most in need, addressing issues such as poverty, education, assisting the elderly, empowering people with disabilities, environmental conservation and more.

Why Volunteer? Join Hong Kong’s community service marathon and be part of this important initiative that gives back to the community:
* Learn more about Hong Kong’s pressing social issues
* Familiarize yourself with Hong Kong’s vibrant NGO sector and its valuable work serving those in need
* Sample different types of volunteer activities at different times of the week
* Participation is FREE for individuals and groups
* All volunteer hours will be counted and collectively reported following Serve-a-thon

Register Now!
Volunteer as a group:
* Click on their calendar and select the activity of your choice on a day and time convenient to your team
* If you are not already a member, please join and wait for your membership confirmation email
* Invite team members to join the selected activity (they will each need to register)
* Once registered, you will each receive an email confirming your activity

Volunteer as an individual:
* Click on their calendar and select the activity of your choice on a day and time convenient for you
* If you are not already a member, please join and wait for your membership confirmation email
* Once registered, you will receive an email confirming your activity

Please note:
* Sign ups for activities are taken on a first come, first served basis
* Registration is free to individuals or small groups (families, friends, schools, civic organizations)
* Corporations are required to follow the corporate registration procedure

Date: Saturday, May 4th — Sunday, May 12th 2019

For more information:
Telephone
852-2481-8092 (For NGOs and individual volunteers)
852-2815-2558 (For corporates)
Email
serveathonhk@handsonhongkong.org

About HandsOn Hong Kong: HandsOn Hong Kong is a registered charity whose mission is to mobilize and empower the community to meet pressing social needs through volunteer services. Their team develops service programs to help local, under-served non-profit organizations and connects them with the volunteer manpower they need to achieve their mission. Each month, HandsOn organizes more than 100 volunteer activities as a free public service, supporting their 90+ NGO partners who focus on causes such as alleviating poverty, educating children, assisting the elderly, empowering people with disabilities, feeding the poor, supporting animal welfare, environmental conservation and more. They also help companies achieve CSR and community engagement objectives by developing bespoke volunteer programs for employees.

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

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.

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.

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.

The First Ocean Park International Conservation STEAM Competition

14 Jan


As part of the First Ocean Park International STEAM Education Conference 2019, Ocean Park Hong Kong has organised the first Ocean Park International Conservation STEAM Competition.

What is STEAM?:
STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking.

Ocean Park Hong Kong would like to invite you and your students to get inspired by taking part in their International STEAM Competition.

The competition aims to encourage students to apply their knowledge and skills in STEAM-related disciplines to solve real-life problems, especially using their creativity to propose innovative solutions for global environmental issues.

Eligibility:
1. Full time students reached 15 – 19 years of age on or before January 1, 2018;
2. Maximum 5 students for each team;
3. Maximum 2 teams for each school;
4. At least one supervising teacher for each school; and
5. Top 5 schools on each topic in the First Round Assessment will be selected to enter the Final Round Presentation

Competition Topics: The theme of the competition is “STEAM and Marine Conservation”, participants can select one of the below 3 topics to join the competition
STEAM action – Propose technology solutions to clean marine debris and conserve marine biodiversity.
STEAM promotion – Create art products to promote the reduction of marine debris or the conservation of biodiversity.
STEAM public awareness – Use technology (e.g. virtual reality) to raise the awareness of the general public to reduce marine debris and conserve biodiversity.

Competition Timeline:
Submission Deadline
February 15, 2019 (23:59 Hong Kong time)

Final Round Presentation
June 20, 2019

For more information, please follow this link

Application: To apply, please complete the form by following this link

About Ocean Park Conservation Foundation Hong Kong: Ocean Park Conservation Foundation Hong Kong is committed to advocating, facilitating and participating in effective conservation of Asian wildlife, with an emphasis on Chinese white dolphins and giant pandas as well as their habitats through partnerships, fundraising, research and education. It envisions a world where Asian wildlife remains biologically diverse under the stewardship of humans, corporations and governments.