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UNV-Hong Kong Universities Volunteer Internship Programme


Established in 1970, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) provides opportunities for volunteers to contribute to peace and development through volunteerism.

Agency for Volunteer Service (AVS) is the Hong Kong cooperating organization of United Nations Volunteers (UNV) since 1998 and seeks to promote international volunteerism.  In 2013, an updated Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the two parties to provide new opportunities for youth to participate in volunteering worldwide.

UNV-Hong Kong Universities Volunteer Internship Programme

With a view to furthering youth volunteerism, the Programme funded by Home Affairs Bureau was launched by Agency for Volunteer Service (AVS), with support from Hong Kong Volunteers Association and Peace and Development Foundation.  It allows local university undergraduates to participate in a 6-month assignment under the UN Youth Volunteer modality serving under UN field units or agencies in oversea.

After completion of the UNV oversea volunteering, the volunteers formed the “United Nations Volunteers-Hong Kong University Volunteers Alumni Society”, a unit under AVS, to help promoting volunteerism in Hong Kong.


The Programme contributes to global peace and development worldwide while enabling the selected undergraduate students in Hong Kong to build capacities, enhance service learning and strengthen cultural understanding in the neighboring regions.

Target Volunteers

Around 21 undergraduate students in Hong Kong would be selected this year from the nominations of the partner universities.

Partner Universities

  • City University of Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong Baptist University
  • Lingnan University
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • The Education University of Hong Kong
  • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • The University of Hong Kong 
    *  In alphabetical order


  • at the time of application, enrolled in an undergraduate1 full degree programme in one of the partner universities 
  • Hong Kong resident2 aged between 18-29 recommended by the university with good reference
  • commitment to global peace and development
  • proficiency in spoken and written English; knowledge of other languages of the working destination will be an asset
  • volunteering experience in or out of Hong Kong
  • high motivation, enthusiasm, and adaption ability to different culture and environment
  • good communication and interpersonal skills
  • literacy in computer skills including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and social media
    1. “Undergraduate” refers to student who has enrolled in a 4 years or above full bachelor degree
         programme in one of the partner universities. Student who participates in exchange and internship
         programme or is enrolled in a master or doctoral degree programme is not eligible to join this
    2. “Hong Kong resident” refers to Hone Kong permanent resident who holds a valid identity card or
         person who has the Right of Abode and Land in Hong Kong as full time student.

Commitment of Volunteers

  • participate in pre-departure training in Hong Kong and orientation in the duty station
  • complete a 6-month assignment
  • submit final report on the assignment
  • participate in post-assignment de-briefing
  • share experience and inspirations gained from the assignment 

Volunteer Assignments

Duration            : around 6 months
Locations          : UN agencies / field units in South East and Central Asia
Service Scope  : health and education; disaster risk reduction in the area of environment;
                           youth issues and other areas with focus on information technology
Job Duties        : administrative support, monitoring and evaluation, communications and
                           outreach, etc.


Financial Support

  • round trip travel costs from Hong Kong to duty station, monthly living allowance and health / life insurance will be fully funded 

Application Procedures

  • candidates must complete the application form and be nominated via the partner university
  • shortlisted candidates must attend the selection interview(s) (Scheduled on 14 - 15 December 2018)
  • final selection of candidates will be subject to decision of the UNV
  • candidates who fail to attend the interview(s) will be considered as withdrawal 

Important Dates

Nomination Deadline (by partner universities) :     20 November 2018
Selection Interview (must attend in person) :     14-15 December 2018
Final Selection (for shortlisted candidates) :     January - March 2019
Pre-departure Training :     17-20 June 2019
Oversea Assignment :     July - December 2019
Post-assignment Debriefing :     February or March 2020
Volunteer Recognition :     Early December 2020

Volunteer Sharing and Highlights




For more details about the United Nations Youth Volunteers Programme,
please visit https://www.unv.org/become-un-youth-volunteer


Contact Us

Agency for Volunteer Service
Address   :     602, Duke of Windsor Social Service Building
                      15 Hennessy Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Phone      :     (852) 2527 3825
Fax           :     (852) 2866 2721
E-mail      :     unv@avs.org.hk