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 Programme
The Programme funded by the Home Affairs Bureau was launched by AVS, supported by Hong Kong Volunteers Association and Peace and Development Foundation on a pilot basis in 2015 for 2 years. It allows about 10 local university undergraduates each year to participate in a 6-month assignment under the UNV University Volunteers modality serving under UN field units / agencies in South East Asia.
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.
Around 10 undergraduate students in Hong Kong would be selected each year from the nominations of the partner universities.
The City University of Hong Kong
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
The Hong Kong Baptist University
The Education University of Hong Kong
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
The Lingnan University
The University of Hong Kong
* In alphabetical order
at the time of application, enrolled in an undergraduate degree programme in one of the partner universities
Hong Kong resident 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
Commitment of Volunteers
participate in pre-departure training in Hong Kong and orientation in the duty station
complete a 6-month assignment
submit mid-term and final report on the assignment
participate in post-assignment de-briefing
share experience and inspirations gained from the assignment
Duration : around 6 months
Locations : UN agencies / field units in South East 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
round trip travel costs from Hong Kong to duty station, monthly living allowance and health / life insurance will be fully funded
candidates must complete the application form and be nominated via the partner university
shortlisted candidates must attend the selection interview(s)
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