Volunteer Opportunities

Here is a list of sites where you can find a number of different volunteer opportunities in Hong Kong. For current volunteer opportunities and charity events, please go to the blog page.

852 Freedom Campaign – Play an active role in fighting human slavery by using your skills and abilities to raise awareness, funding and new initiatives.

Adoptive Families of Hong Kong (AFHK) – Adoptive Families of Hong Kong (AFHK) is a non-profit volunteer-run charitable organisation made up of people connected by the common experience of adoption. AFHK is looking for Adult Adoptee Coordinators, Children and Families Events Coordinator, Translator (Cantonese), and Copy Writer.

AIDS Concern – Join AIDS Concern in their volunteer work in AIDS prevention education and related activities, to help fulfil for their TRIPLE ZERO Mission (ZERO new infections, ZERO AIDS related death and ZERO stigma for people living with HIV) in the community.

Angels for OrphansAngels for Orphans currently raises awareness and funds for charities in Hong Kong, Cambodia and Indonesia that work tirelessly on the ground to improve the lives of the many children in their care. If you are organised, dedicated, full of energy, passionate about the future of children, an expert in your industry, and with time on your hands, then Angels for Orphans needs you.

Animals Asia Foundation – Volunteer and help stop animal cruelty

Ark Eden Foundation – Eco Team, Project Team Leader, various conservation projects

Art in Hospital – volunteer to serve the needy through therapeutic art creation, and promote through art in a caring community and develop hospital art in Hong Kong.

The Asia Society Hong Kong Center – Hong Kong citizens (holders of Hong Kong Permanent ID card) who reach the age of 18 and can speak fluent English, Cantonese and/or Mandarin are welcome to volunteer as Gallery Docents, Heritage Campus Tour Guides, Website Event-Writers, Office and Event Volunteers

Association Concerning Sexual Violence Against Women – Support victims of sexual violence as well as to promote anti-sexual violence/gender equality education.

Autism Partnership Foundation is committed to making a difference in the life of individuals with autism – APF welcomes Hong Kong citizens who reach the age of 15 to be their registered volunteers. APF will match each volunteer’s talents, abilities and interests with their workload, and assign suitable duties for them.

Beyond Vision Projects – Volunteer and help people who have visual impairments have an equal opportunity to experience art and culture, heritage and historical venues.

Bring Me A Book – become a trained storyteller for storytelling sessions at community centres and libraries, help make plastic covers for books, contribute new content for their website and social media platforms, create and manage a storytelling programme in the community

Cause Corps – meet passionate volunteers, engage in fun activities whilst doing good via direct action at micro-volunteering events. Children accompanied by adults welcome.

Changing Young Lives Foundation seeks volunteers to help with a number of services and activities including tutoring, mentoring, skill coaching & training and also fundraising, survey & research, etc.

The Child Development Centre – provides tailored early intervention for all children with developmental or special educational needs delivered by a dedicated team of skilled professionals. Volunteer interpreters are needed in the English programmes to help with meeting families and from time-to-time with written translation.

Children’s Heart Foundation – help children suffering from congenital heart diseases by providing childrens’ services including story-telling, ward/home visit, tuition and helping at children’s outings, help organize large scale fundraising events and with back-up work at the CHF office

Child Welfare Scheme – The Child Welfare Scheme empowers the Nepalese people to change the lives of their most deprived children and women. Support them by being an event volunteer, office volunteer or volunteering in Nepal.

China Coast Community – Care home for English-speaking elderly residents requiring volunteers to help with days out, craft workshops and professional services such as hairdressing and physical therapy.

Christian Action – Christian Action provides pro-bono legal and psychosocial help; offers abused domestic helpers refuge in safe shelters and provides a wide range of other services. Christian Action offers a variety of opportunities for you to be involved in their programs.

Clean Air Network – volunteer to assist in campaigns, managing social media and on-site investigation and help improve air quality in Hong Kong

Clean the World – help recycle hotel soaps by pre-sorting hygiene products for recycling or packing them for distribution

The Conservancy Association – seeking volunteers to help with clerical work, fundraising, green activities, IT support, recruitment, and design

Crossroads – sorting donated goods for distribution

e-Farm – Learning-by-doing, at the farm. Try your hand at caring for animals, growing veggies, engaging kids in the natural world. Volunteers receive training and guidance, and the chance to get your hands dirty!

Earthwatch Hong Kong – intern or volunteer and work 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.

Feeding Hong Kong – seeking drivers, assistants for food collection and warehouse sorting

Food Angel – Volunteer at one of their two kitchens in Chai Wan and Sham Shui Po where you can help prepare meal boxes for underprivileged communities in Hong Kong

Foodlink Foundation Limited – Chinese translator, referrals to donors or recipients, marketing & public relations, events committee, graphic design

The French Chamber Foundation – operates The Lunch Club that serves low cost meals to low income workers in Hong Kong. Help serve meals or take part in talks or activities.

Green Hub – 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. Volunteer opportunities include: – assisting with education programmes and activities, low carbon catering, helping out at the Co-op Market, gardening, and at the Visitor Centre.

Green Monday – help promote a green, healthy and sustainable living and reduce carbon footprint and improve health by giving up meat for just one day per week.

Green Power – promote environmental education

Go Eco – go abroad on ethical volunteer projects

Habitat for Humanity Hong Kong – help low income families, the elderly and the physically disabled by providing free house repairing and cleaning services.

Hands On – volunteering at various charities including old age homes, after-school tutoring etc.

Hans Anderson Club – Establishing harmonious parent-child relationship through storytelling and creative games. Volunteer and help run operations and events, including paired-reading, story-writing, storytelling, drama, art & design, promotion & publicity, editorial & publishing etc. All ages 15 and above are welcome.

Harmony HouseHarmony House is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing preventive, remedial and developmental programs and services for individuals, families and communities affected by, or at risk of domestic violence. As a volunteer, you can be part of one of the most proactively altruistic organizations in the city.

Health in Action – seeks professionals including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dietitians, occupational therapists, clinical psychologists, social workers, lawyers and more to volunteer and provide community health services to the underprivileged, asylum seekers and refugees.

Heifer International – help impoverished families and communities in Mainland China become more self-reliant

Helpers for Domestic HelpersHDH helps domestic helpers get access justice and provided them with free advice and support. They seek volunteers to help them continue this important work and they are especially keen to hear from volunteers who have the following skills and experience: Grant Writing, Advocacy, Translation (especially Tagalog, Bahasa Indonesia, Malagasi, Cantonese or Mandarin), Office Administration, Fundraising, Event Management, Media, PR or Communication

HER Fund – help promote human rights for all women

HKwalls – HKwalls is a non-profit arts organisation that aims to create opportunities for local and international artists to showcase their talent in Hong Kong and internationally through the mediums of street art and street culture. Support HKwalls by donating space, equipment etc.

Hong Kong Alley Cats – foster new born kittens (who need bottle feeding), young cats or older kittens, or FIV positive cats

Hong Kong Alliance for Rare Diseases – volunteer at various events and activities to promote community awareness and support for rare disease patients and families

Hong Kong Arts Centre – Hong Kong Arts Centre is Hong Kong’s only independent non-profit multi-arts institution, HKAC offers exhibitions, screenings and performances, connecting the arts of Hong Kong to the rest of the world through programmes and collaborations. Volunteer and help with events and programmes and provide administrative support.

Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation – patient support, helping out at fundraising events and public education activities, volunteering at home, providing services such as translation, editing, proofreading and design work, and administrative support

Hong Kong Dog Rescue – volunteer dog walker

Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society – HKDCS relies largely on volunteers to carry out research, educational programmes and administrative work. Help conserve the Chinese white dolphin.

Hong Kong Society for the Blind – Help with their flag day appeals and their walkathon and support the Hong Kong Society for the Blind providing comprehensive services for the blind and visually impaired population in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Sports Association for Persons with Intellectual Disability – Help people with intellectual disabilities develop their full potential in sports

The HubThe Hub welcomes volunteers to help with homework guidance, household visits, outdoor activities, assisting with activities and much more. Whether you want to work with children & families, teenagers, women, or new arrivals, there is something for everyone.

i-Future – Volunteer as a Guest Teacher with i-Future and teach students about your profession

ImpactHK – Help ImpactHK do one kind act per month for the homeless in Hong Kong

InspiringHK Sports Foundation – help support underpriveleged youths through sports programmes

The Jane Goodall Institute (Hong Kong) – join their Roots & Shoots youth programme

Justice Centre Hong KongJustice Centre Hong Kong is a non-profit human rights organisation working fearlessly to protect the rights of Hong Kong’s most vulnerable forced migrants: refugees, other people seeking protection, survivors of torture, human trafficking and forced labour. There are numerous opportunities to volunteer with Justice Centre Hong Kong from protection claimant services and research to fundraising and events, design & communications. Most volunteer opportunities require a long-term commitment (usually six months) and the right to work in Hong Kong.

The Young Advocates Programme (YAP) is a unique programme for high school students to gain hands-on experience in a human rights setting, with coaching by Justice Centre Hong Kong staff and an opportunity to develop the skills and experience they need as they start the process of applying for university courses.

Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden – help protect Hong Kong and Mainland China’s biodiversity while motivating people to act to care for our natural environment by devoting some time to environmental education and conservation, helping in various types of education programmes and to, generally assist with outdoor work.

Kely Support Group – Looking for volunteers to help KELY’s programme planning and implementation, workshops, hotline services, events implementation as well as their administrative work.

Kirsten’s Zoo – Support Kirsten’s Zoo’s volunteer-run animal rescue initiatives by fostering one or more of their rescue dogs or cats.

LAP helps animals in Hong Kong and to bring about the conditions whereby every animal has a good home – Volunteer and help organise events, walk dogs, bottle-feed motherless puppies and kittens, match shelter pets with the right prospective adopters etc.

Lensational – help Lensational empower women through photography by buying their photographs and sharing their website

Light Be, social housing solution – If you specialize in property, leasing service, renovation, maintenance, engineering, tutoring, training, employment opportunity, women work, children work, and various professional sectors, Light Be could use your help.

Life Buddies – become a Mentor to be a role model for young people

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Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre – Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre offers multi-professional services to anyone diagnosed with cancer, their family members, friends or carers. Maggie’s regular fundraising events and projects always need ‘hands on deck’ to make everything run smoothly. You can also get involved at Maggie’s Centre by looking after the beautiful garden, sorting the library area, or helping with different administration work.

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) – field workers on MSF missions

Micro Forests – a social enterprise that provides meaningful training and dignified job opportunities to disadvantaged women such as single mothers, new arrivals, and/or women from low income families seeks volunteers to help with a variety of activities in theirs workshops including: babysitting, activities support, help with promotional materials and in joining their outreach programs

Mission Bridge – Become team members of Mission Bridge and help disadvantaged children

Mother’s Choice – Foster a child through their Project Bridge programme or become a Child Care Home volunteer

Music Children Foundation – tutor an underprivileged child to play a music instrument

New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association – People in recovery of mental illness are frequently faced with frustration, confusion, social-stigma as well as self-stigma while they are en route to recovery. Volunteers are their dear supporters, rendering encouragement and loving care that they need in order to overcome the hurdles and regain a life with vitality and dignity.

Ocean Park Conservation Foundation Hong Kong – Assist in community education and narration events, fundraising and promotional events, provide various professional services, e.g. video taking, translation, writing, designs, marketing, etc, and assist in routine operations and documentary work in office

Pathfinders – Help vulnerable migrant children born in Hong Kong

People’s Food Bank – People’s Food Bank needs your help to help the poor of Hong Kong. Volunteer services needed include: Food Drive / Fund-raising, Re-packing Food, Visiting, Logistics, Editing & Publishing, Research / Survey, Translation, Volunteer of planning & Organization. And children & youth volunteers are welcome.

Playright – Help Playright run their activities and unlock the full potential of our children as individuals

Prisoners’ Friends’ Association (PFA) – Give a service of friendship to prisoners and their families by becoming a prison visitor or a pen friend.

Orbis Hong Kong – medical volunteers, clerical, fundraising, technical

Redress – help reduce waste in the fashion industry

Resolve – Resolve, who believes in a Hong Kong where every voice has a say in its future, is looking for seasoned and committed volunteers and interns passionate about effecting social change to support them in areas like fundraising and development, project management, and communications

ReSource The Counselling Centre – part-time English speaking counselors needed

Riding for the Disabled – RDA runs weekly horse riding lessons for disabled children and adults, operating out of Jockey Club riding schools in Pokfulam, Tuen Mun and Sheung Shui. The RDA welcomes volunteers of any age or background. Riding experience or knowledge of horses is an advantage but is not essential. In fact, training is provided. The group needs volunteers to help with riding lessons, but also behind the scenes on the administrative side.

Ronald McDonald House – volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House as a weekly volunteer, housekeeping volunteer, relief volunteer, editor, in fundraising and special events. Volunteers should be aged 16 years old and above.

Soap Cycling – Soap Cycling offers a relaxing and enjoyable atmosphere for individuals, families and corporate groups to participate directly in saving the lives of young children.

Social Career – looking for one off volunteer opportunities? Download their app

Society for the Promotion of Hospice Care – help to transform the lives of everyone in Hong Kong by advocating hospice and palliative care, and providing bereavement support services.

Society for the Relief of Disabled Children – seeking volunteers for administration, fundraising, photography, web design, project planning & organisation, translation, accounting, etc.

The Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention – help provide quality rehabilitation and multifarious service for Hong Kong residents who are charged with a criminal offence, have been convicted of crimes, or released from prisons

SPCA – Volunteers welcome to help with a range of work including dog walking, animal care support, humane education, kennel keepers and to help find permanent homes for the animals.

Sprouts Foundation – improve the lives of disadvantaged children by teaching a short course or a sport, telling a story, chaperoning a weekend activity or guiding them through school life.

Teen’s Key – help vulnerable teenage girls in Hong Kong who are at high risk of unwanted pregnancies, young mothers, as well as young girls in the sex industry

UNHCR – clerical support, translation, writing, editing and design work that you can work at home, assist in event activities, and provide the UNHCR with your professional advice in public relations or co-organise event for the UNHCR

UNICEF Hong Kong – event preparation, sorting Change for Good donated currencies, general office support, outdoor services and professional services

The Warehouse Teenage Club – Are you interested in supporting youth development? The Warehouse Teenage Club needs volunteers to help with programme implementation, office work, design, public relations and IT technical support.

The Women’s Foundation, a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls in Hong Kong seeks volunteers as English instructors, to run skills workshops and to help with events. Limited internships are available very year for individuals interested in learning about gender issues.

World Cancer Research Fund Hong Kong – help raise cancer awareness by volunteering at fundraising events, distributing promotion materials or helping with office administration work

WWF-Hong Kong – office assistance, fundraising and field work

Youth Diabetes Action (YDA) is a charity established in 2001, dedicated to supporting children and adolescents with diabetes and their families in Hong Kong. Volunteer and help with their membership activities and fundraising events.

If you have an organisation in need of volunteers, please leave a comment and we will add it to the list.

83 thoughts on “Volunteer Opportunities

    1. hongkongvolunteer Post author

      You are probably better off talking to the NGOs directly to find out. With so many programmes on offer, I am sure you will find one or more that would welcome you. Good luck!

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    1. hongkongvolunteer Post author

      Yes depends on the organisation and the task at hand. Hong Kong Dog Rescue takes teenagers 16 or older as dog walkers for example, as does Ronals McDonald House. People’s Food Bank welcomes children and teenagers. So choices are there

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  1. ami

    I have a Hk Id but i can only speak english and can’t speak cantonese nor mandarin . Do you have to be able to speak cantonese and madarin to volunteer ?

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    1. hongkongvolunteer Post author

      Thank you for your interest in volunteering. Whether they require a Cantonese speaker would depend on the nature of the volunteer work required. Outreach into the community for example would need someone who spoke Cantonese, but a dog walker would not need to speak Cantonese. Look through the list and see whether there are any volunteer opportunities listed that interested you, my suggestion would be to reach out to the organisations directly and ask. There are always links directly to their websites from each blog page.

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    1. hongkongvolunteer Post author

      Most volunteer opportunities for teens generally ask for those ages 16 or older. The most common volunteer opportunity open to younger kids would be flag day appeals. Many charities in Hong Kong raise money by selling flags on a designated Saturday each day. It does take a bit of research to find charities you would like to support and to reach out to them. Good luck!

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  2. Daniel Chun

    You can try the Kids4Kids Buddy Reading volunteer and service learning program. Please go to http://www.kids4kids.org.hk and find out more yourself. Kids aged 8+ and even university students are joining this program to not only service the underprivileged but to also learn from the process – becoming a more engaged citizen and also brushing up their own presentation and social skills.

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  3. Alex

    My son (15, HK Passport) needs to broaden his perspectives and see what is the real life of poor people in Hong Kong. He is fluent English and learning Mandarin. What organizations could offer opportunities at this age?

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  4. Gary

    Hi, I am in Hong Kong for 2 weeks on a tourist visa waiting for further visa approval. I would like to do something useful with my time. Would I suit any of these charity organisations?

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    1. hongkongvolunteer Post author

      To be frank Gary, I don’t know. Most organisations listed here require some sort of time commitment from their volunteers. You may want to look at the opportunities on the Hands On site to see whether there is something on their current volunteer opportunity listing that may suit your time frame.

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  5. Sisang De la cruz

    Hi, im a domestic helper here in hk for nearly six years, i want to do something valuable and extend a hand to used my day off to help by volunteering. elderly care, story telling with impaired kids are one of my special field…but i have to ask this first..does domestic helpers allowed to do volunteer works? Thank you and God bless.

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    1. hongkongvolunteer Post author

      Volunteer work is not employment. As far as I am aware, anyone can volunteer. Most organisations looking for volunteers will have their own set of requirements. It is best that you reach out to the ones that you would like to volunteer for and ask them directly. Good luck!

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  6. kally chan

    Hello,

    I’m a UK resident visiting HK for the summer. I have roughly three weeks left of my trip and would like to fill the time up volunteering. Do you think organisations would take on a short term volunteer?

    Thankyou for your help,

    Kally

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  7. Regina

    My husband and I want to do volunteer work during our leisure time. Meanwhile , we would like to take the opportunity to improve our English. May I know which choice will be suitable for our situation? Thanks.

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    1. hongkongvolunteer Post author

      That’s an interesting question. If you want to use a volunteer opportunity to improve your English my suggesting would be to volunteer for organisations that are run by expats or serve expats. The China Coast Community for example provides residential care for English speaking elderly persons. Or you can look at Crossroads which was founded by Malcolm Begbie, a chartered accountant and Sally Begbie, a PR consultant. They sort donated goods and ship them to countries that need them. Good luck!

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      1. Regina

        Thanks a lot for your advice. It is very helpful for us as we are struggling whether we should spend our leisure time to learn English or to be volunteers. With your suggestion, we can not only practise our English but also help the needy. We will give it a try definitely. Thanks!

  8. Kate

    I am an English speaking early childhood teacher who would like to volunteer my free time to help, support & encourage sick children in hospital. As I speak very little Cantonese I am having a bit of difficulty finding a place.
    Please can you give me some advice?
    With many thanks,
    Kate

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  9. pinner123

    Hi, I run http://www.pinworld.co where we teach kids about value of money, entrepreneurship etc. One of the initiatives we have is Pinancle’s Piggy Bank Club – they can join by by collecting any used tin, decorating it and using to collect for a cause they believe in.Hope some parents here find it useful.

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  10. Sana

    Is there a volunteer scheme that requires volunteers to be in contact with tourists?Because I need to complete the required hours for my education.Thank you:)

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  11. hui

    Hi,
    I like spending some time with some elderly women, chatting, shopping…Is there any organization where I can give some time to elderly ? Don’t want to be in any medical stuff, and care necessarily, and let some elderly be less lonely during week time.
    Thanks.

    Helen

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  12. Priscilla

    I’m 18 and speak fluent in english and cantonese, perhaps a little bit of mandarin as well. Currently looking for a residential activity which in this case– volunteering, by means places provided during the time I’ll be volunteering, for at least 5 days 4 nights as one of the tasks I have to complete for my Gold Duke of Edinburgh award. Any suggestions?

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  13. William

    I’m 18, a foreign college student who is going to be in Hong Kong for two months in the summer, my aunt lives there with a work visa. I am going to take an intensive French course at the Alliance Francaise and I am looking for volunteer opportunities so that I have something else to do to fill my time for the two months I’m there. The question is, can a foreigner without a HK ID volunteer there? And I don’t speak cantonese too so I was wondering if there are any English speaking organizations I can volunteer in.

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    1. hongkongvolunteer Post author

      Welcome to Hong Kong. The summer tends to be a bit quiet when it comes to fundraising events. You can take a look at the China Coast Community which provides residential care for English speaking elderly
      https://hongkongvolunteer.wordpress.com/2013/08/29/china-coast-community/

      Hands On sometimes has volunteer listings looking for volunteer English tutors etc.
      https://hongkongvolunteer.wordpress.com/volunteering/serving-the-community/volunteer-opportunities/

      Or you can check with Hong Kong Dog Rescue and see whether they need dog walkers
      https://hongkongvolunteer.wordpress.com/volunteering/animal-rescue/hong-kong-dog-rescue/

      Good Luck!

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  14. Courtney

    My friend and I are both 16/17 this coming summer and we were thinking of going to hong kong this summer. I’m originally from HK and I know basic cantonese but my friend only speaks english. Are there any short term volunteer opportunities for english speaking youths?

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    1. hongkongvolunteer Post author

      You need to check with individual charities to see whether they accept volunteers under 18. As for English speaking volunteer opportunities, see my previous answer. Good luck!

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  15. David

    Hi and thank you sincerely for taking the time to create this valuable website as a great resource. I noticed that quite a few ‘volunteers’ asked whether there were opportunities for english speaking only roles. The responses to this question seem to be that there are limited opportunities available of which dog walking seemed to be the most common suggestion. Is there a chance that we can find more opportunities as a non-cantonese speakers to give back to the community and enrich lives everywhere? Again, many thanks for your excellent service to the community. .

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    1. hongkongvolunteer Post author

      Hong Kong is a Chinese territory, where speaking Chinese is vital for communication with the clients non profits are involved in order to ensure their comfort. Yes there are English speaking roles including working with expat elderly at the China Coast Community, giving English tutoring (Hands On lists these frequently), fundraising (Room to Read), working with babies (Mother’s Choice) or working with refugees. Just remember, while many would like to volunteer and give back, most volunteer roles require a fair amount of commitment of time and effort. There are very few ‘one off’ or short term volunteer opportunities available. These are generally seen as disruptive to the regular operation of volunteer agencies. Good luck in your search.

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  16. Kate

    I’ve recently helped out with “Operation Smile”, non-profit organisation, where all volunteers are always welcome, whether you’re interested in helping out with admin, organising an event or helping with its medical team. It’s not as well known as some charities as all proceeds go back in to its missions rather than to advertising. Check out some of their worldwide missions on YouTube.

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  17. Shania

    Can 12 year olds do the volunteering? I speak fluent English and Mandarin, I know Cantonese but I don’t speak it as fluently as English and Mandarin

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  18. Sally Tang

    I’m 21, with a Hong Kong ID. I’m visiting in the summer for 2 months and I can speak English fluently. My Cantonese is fluent too but not as good as my English,I also can’t read or write Chinese. Is there any volunteer work around June – Aug ?

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    1. hongkongvolunteer Post author

      There are plenty of organisations that welcome English speaking volunteers including Rood to Read, Habitat for Humanity, Crossroads, etc. You need to approach them directly to find out whether they have any volunteer opportunities that match your time frame.

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      1. Christina Valentine

        Call to Volunteers for AVPN 2016 Conference! We are looking for volunteers interested in social investing and philanthropy in Asia. The Conference will be held in Hong Kong from 23 – 25 May 2016. Volunteers get a free ticket and unlimited networking time!

    1. quietramblr

      Depending on your university programme, you might want to take a look at Justice Centre (what used to be HKRAC). I spent some time doing pro bono work there and got university credits for it as well (I’m doing an LLB at CUHK by the way).
      To my understanding, there is a similar arrangement at HKU to send their students there.

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  19. Anna

    Hi. I’m currently studying in the UK, but am a permanent resident of Hong Kong. I will be coming back to Hong Kong in the summer, and would like to make the most of my summer, and gain some experience by volunteering. I’m 14 and have no problem speaking Cantonese and English, but I need some help finding some opportunities. Are there any advice that can be offered?

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  20. theurbanmartini

    I help run a English Speaking Scout Troop in Hong Kong and we are always looking for volunteers to bring kids hiking and on outdoor activities. I notice that the scouts are not on your list, what in your opinion would be the best way for scout groups such as mine to find volunteers? We are really running low on adult volunteers.

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    1. hongkongvolunteer Post author

      Volunteer work is still work under Hong Kong laws. The Employment Ordinance states that children aged under 15 are prohibited from working in all industrial undertakings. The medical profession falls under this category.

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  21. Melanie Man

    I’m a 19 year old student from Canada but I also have a Hong Kong ID card. I’m fluent in English and basically fluent in Cantonese but I can’t read or write in it. In addition, I’m a Biology/Pre-vet major, are there any opportunities that fit those categories? (I’m planning to volunteer summer 2017). Thanks!

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    1. hongkongvolunteer Post author

      Thanks for writing. Take a look at conservation organisations like the Hong Kong Dolphon Conservation Society who take interns or Kadoorie Farm who work with local wildlife.

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  22. Randy Lam

    Hi there! I am a volunteer for Child Welfare Scheme, a registered charity listed above. We are currently seeking volunteers to help out at our 16th Lamma Fun Day event. May I know how could I get in touch with the editor of this blog? Thank you!!!

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  23. Gloria Wong

    Hi there, we’re Baking for a Cause, a charity delivering freshly baked pies to the needy. Before, we were an enthusiastic few who used networks of friends and business acquaintances to hold events to spread love during festive seasons. The number of volunteers has grown and now we are registering as a charity company. We will need individuals or a company to volunteer their expertise and time to maintain our charity website. Can anyone suggest how we may reach out to those who may be interested in offering us a helping hand?

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    1. hongkongvolunteer Post author

      Perhaps you can reach out within your group of volunteers and see whether one of them or someone they know can help you. It’s always best to reach out to those you already know and who in turn know and understand what you are trying to achieve when you start out. You can also start small, for example by creating a Facebook page first.

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  24. Charlotte E

    Hi, I am a marketing undergraduate in the UK and looking into oppurtunities to volunteer or find an internship in Hong Kong for summer 2017. I have a british passport, do i need a visa to volunteer in Hong Kong?

    Kind regards, Charlotte

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  25. Mind

    Hi. I am Thai and am interested in volunteering in HK during summer 2017. However, I asked the organization and they told me that foreigners with student/tourist visa are not allowed to do volunteer programs according to law of HK. Is it true?

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    1. hongkongvolunteer Post author

      As long as you have a valid visa that allows you to reside in Hong Kong you can volunteer. As for what to do, that will depend on what your day off is, what you would like to do and whether they in turn have opportunities on those days.

      Hands On is a good place to start looking as they offer many volunteer opportunities that are one off and are listed by date.

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  27. Annie

    I am 13 years old and I am an animal lover, I want to do something for the animals in HK, is there anything suitable for me?

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  28. Cher

    Hello, we are students from an international school in Hong Kong. We are researching on income, wealth and education amongst post-secondary school students. Our question is How does an individual’s wealth and income affect their post-secondary education opportunities and we would like to find organisations that helps post-secondary school student pay for their educational fees as our action plan. Please leave some suggestions thanks!:)

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  29. Magdalene Fairchild

    24) I love your blog.. very nice colors & theme. Did you create this website yourself? Plz reply back as I’m looking to create my own blog and would like to know wheere u got this from. thanks

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  30. Yamuna pun

    Hello i am 36 years old. I recently came to hongkong and looking for some volunteer job to give my spare time to community. How do i get in touch with someone to get more information. I can speak english but no cantonese and manderin .Can i still apply for volunteer. Thank you.

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    1. hongkongvolunteer Post author

      Welcome to Hong Kong! As an English speaker there are still volunteer opportunities for you. The Books & Beyond Reading Club which was recently posted is an example. At Food Angel you can help prep meals for the disadvantaged. If you are a dog owner, you you can be Professor Paws volunteer for Animals Asia Foundation that fights animal cruelty. Good luck!

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  31. Sakshi

    Hi
    I am a professional have an experience of 4 years in HR as shifted in Hong Kong looking for job but also interested in volunteering or internship . Could you suggest me which organisation and where to apply and all the details and I am fluent in English but don’t know cantaonese or madrien language
    Do reply

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    1. hongkongvolunteer Post author

      There are a number of options for English speakers who wish to volunteer. Not knowing where your interests lie, I would suggest looking first at St. John’s Cathedral. They have a number of outreach ministries including counseling, serving domestic workers or migrant workers, and HIV education. The Clares are a diverse and multinational group, faith and non-faith, Cathedral and non-Cathedral members who sort and price donated goods for their Castaways shop.
      http://www.stjohnscathedral.org.hk/

      You can also take a look at the China Coast Community, a residential care for English speaking elderly persons.
      https://www.chinacoastcommunity.org.hk/

      Good luck!

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  32. AL

    Is there anything I could do as a 14 year old? Looking for some volunteer work that’s challenging yet not impossible. Thanks.

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    1. hongkongvolunteer Post author

      Thanks for writing Al. I am happy to hear that you are interested in volunteering. Volunteer work is still regarded as work, where the minimum age to work is 18. Between 13 to 17 you can still work, but there are restrictions as to what you can do.

      You might want to look at charities like Kids4Kids who actively encourage teens to voluntter. http://kids4kids.org.hk/en

      Good luck!

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  33. Curt

    Are there any hospitals that I can volunteer at if I want to gain experience before applying for universities?

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    1. hongkongvolunteer Post author

      Thank you for writing Curt. I am not sure whether hospitals take volunteers in Hong Kong. The government hospitals certainly don’t. You might want to try ringing the private hospitals like Matilda, Adventist, etc. and asking.

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