Once you decide that you want to give back to society or protect the environment in general, the only thing left to consider is ‘How’. The best way to go about this is to choose volunteering opportunities you relate to and that are aligned with your professional and interpersonal skills. Spend your time helping others while doing something you enjoy with these 60 volunteering opportunities in Hong Kong!
ImpactHK works with homeless individuals to help them find a secure place to live, recover their health and wellbeing, increase their self-esteem and social standing, and find their purpose. You can become a kindness walk leader, join the walk or do skill-based long-term volunteer work.
Most people around the globe are familiar with the work of the Red Cross and the iconic logo often seen amidst disaster relief areas worldwide. The Hong Kong branch has more than 22,000 volunteers who take part in diverse projects in community service. Caring for mentally and physically challenged students at local schools is one of the ways you can help, or by bringing a dose of happiness to others through the “Red Cross Volunteer Puppet Theatre”.
The Crossroads Foundation deals in global distribution – they collect donated quality goods and send them to people in need, both locally and abroad. They always want help to pack goods, as they get a lot coming in. But there is a range of other opportunities for volunteers of all ages. You can pick a specialization that interests you, for example, IT, theatre, retail, or administration. You can register as an individual, group, student, organization, and even do an internship.
Po Leung Kuk is committed to providing services to all members of the community to achieve holistic development. They hope to provide public enjoyment, protect the environment, pass on cultural heritage, and bring good to society. You can volunteer in recreational events, workshops, medical appointments, household upkeep, childcare, schoolwork assistance, and translation.
SoCO strives to aid the impoverished and politically disadvantaged in the community in recognizing their rights. They also work in mobilizing resources and people from many domains to assist with social welfare. You can help by providing tutoring sessions and individual therapy to help youngsters. You might also help with administrative work or fundraising efforts.
The international organization fighting poverty and injustice employs volunteers for a lot of their work, from providing admin support at their North Point headquarters, to helping out at their secondhand shop in Jardine House. For those wanting to get out and interact more, they also need people to pitch in at their fundraising events in the community like the Oxfam Trailwalker and Oxfam Musical Marathon.
Food Angel is a food rescue initiative that saves excess edible food from the food industry to give to the deprived. They are looking for volunteers to assist with the preparation and sorting of fresh veggies. However, volunteers must be Hong Kong residents or have valid working or student visas.
There are often calls to donate food items to those less fortunate around Christmas and other major holidays, but we tend to forget that the need for food donation is yearlong. St. James’ Settlement People’s Food Bank sorts and delivers food for struggling families and individuals throughout Hong Kong and relies on volunteers when it comes to food drives, fundraising, and other services. You can donate your time on a short-term or weekly basis.
Feeding Hong Kong transfers surplus food from places where it is abundant to others in short supply. Individual and group volunteers are vital to Feeding Hong Kong’s efforts to decrease wasted food and feed charity. If you’re interested in helping, you can sign up as an individual or as a group.
HandsOn Hong Kong is a volunteer network with a focus on meeting pressing social needs. They recruit and manage volunteers to take part in activities run by local charities, like helping students learn English, taking care of the day-to-day at a local food bank, escorting youngsters with impairments on trips, visiting isolated seniors in their houses, and tending to infants from refugee families so their moms may participate in sports. They regularly put up posts that need filling on their website.
They offer various sporting events for people with intellectual disabilities, intending to maximize their athletic potential, cultivate great sportsmanship attitudes, and facilitate their inclusion into society. Volunteers receive training to improve their awareness and knowledge about people with intellectual disabilities and their sense of togetherness.
Soap Cycling collaborates with schools, hotels, corporations, volunteers, and WASH organizations around Asia to recycle soap to minimize avoidable hygiene-related illnesses by delivering this resource where it is most required. People may contribute directly by participating in Soap Cycling, which provides an enjoyable volunteering environment.
Cause Corps is a non-profit grassroots initiative whose purpose is to make ‘doing good’ a lifestyle. If you want to get more involved in volunteering, this is the place. You can meet like-minded people in cafés and public spaces throughout the world to craft, knit, plant, and educate, and make helping others a daily habit.
Make it Work HK aims to empower Hong Kong’s working poor by giving them the means to make their lives better. They do this through food distribution, job placement, and training. Volunteers are constantly needed to share their knowledge during exercises, serve meals, and assist their team.
ACSVAW is an NPO dedicated to raising awareness about female sexual violence. They have a 24-hour one-stop centre where victims of sexual abuse over the age of 14 may get counselling and crisis assistance. Because their volunteer opportunities aren’t always open, please fill out the volunteer form to get updates when they become available.
MicroForests is a social enterprise that sells MicroForests artwork and hosts workshops to give training and career possibilities for females who are single moms, immigrants, or from low-income households. They want volunteers to assist with babysitting, activity support, promotional material assistance, developing a social support network for mothers, and participating in their outreach initiatives.
The Women’s Foundation is a non-profit committed to enhancing the wellbeing of Hong Kong’s women. Their goal is to break down gender stereotypes, empower impoverished women, and offer women a chance to lead. They’re seeking volunteers to teach English or run skills workshops, help in their activities or just spread the word.
Through funding, skill training, and resource linkage, HER Fund supports women’s rights and enhances poor living situations, particularly for marginalized and disadvantaged women. If you want to discover and share your unique abilities, there are positions open. You can do volunteer work in office support, fundraiser support, graphic design, marketing and communications, and writing and editing.
Children & youth
PathFinders is an organization that provides child protection, counselling, accommodation, healthcare, education, and legal assistance to vulnerable and poor children. They ensure that their migrant moms have the resources they need for a brighter future. Be a volunteer if you want to help guarantee that every kid in Hong Kong has a fair chance at a good life.
Changing Young Lives Foundation aims to motivate underprivileged children to work towards a better life through educational and developmental projects that nourish the mind, body, and soul. They give them the information and skills required for the children to grow and thrive. You may sign up to volunteer, and they will call you when opportunities arise!
The Autism Partnership Foundation uses professional Applied Behaviour Analysis treatment to help autistic children reach their full potential and assists families in improving their quality of life. They accept Hong Kong residents above the age of 15 as registered volunteers. APF will allocate appropriate responsibilities based on each volunteer’s capabilities and interests, as well as their workload.
Mother’s Choice helps Hong Kong’s numerous orphaned children and pregnant adolescents. Their vision is that every child should be raised in a loving home. You may help children without families and pregnant teens in the community by offering your talents as a photographer or translator, perhaps, caring for a kid without a family, or assisting in generating funds and awareness.
KELY aims to provide young people with the skills, information, and opportunities they need to help themselves. Their work revolves around drug and alcohol awareness, mental health and wellbeing, and positive youth development. You may assist in program development and execution, seminars, events, guidance, and consultation, as well as administrative tasks.
The purpose of Make a Wish is to grant life-changing wishes to children with severe diseases ages 3 to 17 to enrich their life with optimism, strength, and happiness. This will have a life-changing influence on the child and his family. There is volunteer work available in Wish planning, administrative work, photography, and event participation.
Life Buddies is a mentoring program in the community to help children from low-income families advance in society. Businesses and public members can actively participate as youth mentors, providing ambitions and guidance, especially to senior secondary students, to help them build a vision for their future.
The Sprouts Foundation helps impoverished children in Asia improve their quality of life by delivering excellent educational programs that are generally unavailable to them. Any time you spend with the kids is much appreciated. You may help by teaching a class or a sport, narrating a tale, supervising a weekend activity, and more.
The AFHK consists of members who have in some way been touched by adoption. The organization hosts social gatherings, educational events, support groups, and advocates on behalf of those affected by adoption and foster care. They’re always on the lookout for volunteers to assist in the running of events, and are currently looking to fill several coordinator (marketing and social media, membership, children and family events) and translator roles.
Vision First is an NGO that works to improve the living of refugees in Hong Kong. They have volunteers working at their office, from home, and at events. You can utilize your skills and do administrative work, writing, or even researching. Volunteers can also open up their workplaces to be used as venues for refugee programs or counselling rooms.
They are a non-profit body that visualizes Hong Kong as a just and inclusive society where even the marginalized have access to essential privileges. Their team provides legal information, quality legal representation, counselling, and social welfare. If you share their vision, explore opportunities to join the team at Justice Centre as a volunteer.
Rising leaders from disadvantaged and neglected communities are given fellowships to help them become change-makers and social activists. Resolve recruits experienced and devoted interns, volunteers, and staff focused on social progress in areas like fundraising and development, project management, and communications.
Christian Action seeks to help marginalized, displaced, or abandoned individuals by providing hope, respect, and self-sufficiency. There are projects for ethnic minorities, migrant domestic workers, refugees, among others. From clerical employment to photography, tutoring, and translating, Christian Action offers many possibilities.
Bring Me a Book is a renowned NPO in Hong Kong that works to create the love of learning. Volunteers can engage in storytelling to young people in community centres and libraries across the city. You can also assist them in making plastic protective covers for the books they distribute, training as a narrator for storytelling activities, or marketing on their website and social media pages.
The Rainbow Project provides unique educational facilities as well as therapies to autistic children. They seek to educate families impacted by autism and assist low-income families with therapy at a reduced cost. You can volunteer as IT support, a classroom assistant, a photographer for events, or an outing helper.
The Music Children Foundation’s mission is to give free music programs to underprivileged kids in Hong Kong aged 16 and under. There are volunteering opportunities for documentation, musical instrument training with children, accompanying children to concerts and plays, and organizing regular courses, orchestra, and choir sessions.
The Child Development Centre envisions a Hong Kong where all children have equal access to education. They provide specialized instruction, treatment, and evaluation. You have marketing, visual design, human resources, staff mentoring, and training as options for volunteer work. You can also volunteer in a classroom or at an event.
BVP focuses on social inclusion, social equality, and social engagement to improve the lifestyle of both the visually impaired and elders with poor eyesight. You can volunteer individually or as a group to assist the visually compromised in experiencing art, culture, history, and historical sites.
Orbis is a global charity that educates, mentors, and encourages eye care professionals in low-resource areas so that they may help save and restore eyesight for people in their communities. As a volunteer, you can help with outdoor activities like fundraising walks, spreading awareness among districts, social media management, or administrative tasks.
Hong Kong’s Health in Action is an NGO with a mission to reduce health care access disparity in society. They believe that everyone, regardless of ethnicity, religion, gender, or political allegiance, has an equal right to good health. They are in need of volunteer psychotherapists, social workers, physicians, nurses, pharmacists, nutritionists, occupational therapists, clinical psychologists, attorneys, and others.
The organization is dedicated to raising awareness of rare diseases and working together to strengthen rare disease regulations and treatments. Their work allows patients with rare illnesses to have access to medical treatment, social benefits, and schooling. They rely on volunteers to raise social awareness and support patients with rare diseases and their caregivers.
The HKBCF is the first non-profit organization committed to reducing the risk of breast cancer in the community via education, intensive care, research, and outreach. They are looking for volunteers to help with patient support, charity events, translation, proofreading, reviewing, and administrative duties.
The organization aims to see zero new HIV infections, zero stereotyping for HIV-positive persons, and zero AIDS fatalities in Hong Kong. They call this the ‘Triple Zero’ initiate. With excellent support and participation from the community service done by committed volunteers, they aim to create HIV care and preventive programs for the community.
Maggie’s aids people in preparing for and manage cancer diagnoses, therapies, and the mental and emotional effects of the disease. To ensure that their monthly fundraising events operate well, there are ample volunteering opportunities. You may also help out by tending the centre’s garden, organizing the library, or assisting with administrative tasks.
Green Earth is an NPO that hopes to transform Hong Kong into a healthy green economy. Their work mainly revolves around three major areas: plastic reduction, minimizing solid waste, and energy conservation. You can join this voluntary service and bring about change, given you are at least 16 years of age.
The NGO EcoDrive raises awareness about the plastic crisis and encourages the decrease of single-use plastic in Hong Kong. They educate the public, engage with businesses, and offer potential solutions like their My Impact App that tracks your recycling actions. You can assist them by participating in their multiple community outreach programs like beach clean-ups or recycle collection days.
Hong Kong Cleanup seeks to enable Hong Kong residents to become active participants in keeping the city’s beautiful coastline regions, parks, and streets secure, tidy, and garbage-free. Their yearly Cleanup Challenge is accessible to the entire public from January 1st through December 1st. All you have to do is register your team of 3 or more!
WWF organizes its activities around oceans, wetlands, biodiversity, wildlife, and green cities to have a genuinely global preservation effect. Volunteers are needed at all levels of the WWF, from event helpers to fundraisers to fieldwork in places like Hong Kong’s Mai Po. You should either be over 18 or have a guardian’s permission to volunteer.
Clean the World delivers recycled soaps and sanitary supplies donated by over 8,000 hotel partners to areas where pneumonia and cholera are common causes of death. Volunteers must be at least eight years old, with guardian supervision required for children aged 8 to 15. The most typical volunteer work is to filter through incoming goods from their hospitality providers and prep them for reprocessing.
E-Farm grows fresh organic veggies for the community, increases environmental consciousness, researches on many farming topics, and encourages community gardening. You may try your hand at animal care, vegetable gardening, and educating children about the natural world. Volunteers are given training and instructions.
Community service at Green Power is an excellent option if you are interested in local environmental problems. Eco-monitoring, climate, butterfly surveying, community education, coastal clean-up, and recycling are just a few of the initiatives they provide. You can sign up as an individual or as an organization to take part in their projects.
The goal of Green Hub is to “help people help themselves” by encouraging individuals to pursue a lifestyle that is in touch with nature and their surrounding community. Volunteers must be Hong Kong residents who are at least 16 years old and under 63. They must also be able to communicate well in Cantonese, English, and Mandarin.
Interested in nature conservation and preserving Hong Kong’s wetlands? Give your time and energy to the Hong Kong Wetland Park and be a visitor guide or help out with ecological monitoring projects, habitat conservation work and educational events at this popular, and important, ecotourism spot.
The goal of Hong Kong Dog Rescue is to save dogs who have been abandoned. Along with rescuing and rehoming, they also host seminars aimed at improving dog-human understanding. HKDR offers a variety of dog rescue volunteering opportunities, including dog walking and fostering. You can also work in other areas as a handyman, photographer, or designer.
HK Alley Cats Watch was founded with the primary purpose of assisting Hong Kong’s street cats. They seek to inspire people to be more tolerant of animals in general and educate the public on ethical pet ownership in collaboration with other animal welfare organizations. Hong Kong Alley Cats Watch constantly needs foster homes to care for young cats while they search for their forever home.
The Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society (HKDCS) is a non-profit organization committed to preserving Hong Kong’s whales, dolphins, and porpoises. The program seeks volunteers to assist with various activities, including program implementation, administrative labour, design, and event assistance, among others. Specific task training is provided.
The organization works to spread awareness about shark protection, notably the unsustainable shark finning activity, and to minimize shark product consumption in Hong Kong. They want volunteers to work as interns, IT persons, administrators, student Shark Ambassadors, and animal activists.
Kirsten’s Zoo Limited is a non-profit animal rescue organization managed entirely by volunteers. They offer a haven and medical treatment to abandoned, lost, and frequently tortured animals until they are adopted. The aim is to stop the influx of homeless ‘undesirable’ animals. To learn more, animal lovers can fill out a volunteer form.
The mission of LAP is to help animals in distress and ensure each one has a safe home. They need volunteers for transporting the little critters to and from veterinary clinics, dog-walking, matching shelter pets with prospective adopters, event organizing, and more. When filling out their volunteer forms, be sure to specify your area of interest.
Sai Kung Stray Friends is a Hong Kong volunteer group that rescues abandoned, sick, injured, and stray dogs and extends the chance to fully recover until they find permanent families and homes. You can spend time with the dogs, adopt them, or help spread awareness. Volunteers under 13 need an adult accompanying them.
They are dedicated to advocating for and facilitating Asian wildlife conservation, with a particular focus on Chinese white dolphins and giant pandas and their habitats. Volunteers can help with everyday operations, documentary work, videography, translation, fundraising, and promotional events, among other things. Every volunteer must be at least 16 years old.
Their goal is to promote animal compassion, safeguard animal health and welfare, and prevent cruel treatment while developing a great respect for life in the community so that all living creatures can coexist in peace. You’ll be able to get up close with animals by cleaning, feeding and grooming them… and there’s probably room for some play time too. Or help out in animal care support by volunteering as a veterinary assistant, although this is currently only open to veterinary science and nursing students/graduates. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old.
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