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.


With a view to furthering youth volunteerism, the Programme funded by the Home and Youth Affairs Bureau has been launched by Agency for Volunteer Service (AVS) since 2015, with support from Hong Kong Volunteers Association and Peace and Development Foundation. It allows local university undergraduates to participate in a 6-month volunteer internship under the UN Youth Volunteer modality serving under UN field units or agencies in oversea.


After completion of the UNV oversea volunteer internship, the volunteer interns formed the "United Nations Volunteers-Hong Kong Universities 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 undergraduates to develop their personal capacities and global vision.
Target Volunteers
Around 25 undergraduates (full-time degree programme) in Hong Kong would be selected from the nominations of the partner universities.
Partner Universities
  • City University of Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong Baptist University
  • Hong Kong Metropolitan University
  • Hong Kong Shue Yan University
  • Lingnan University
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • The Education University of Hong Kong
  • The Hang Seng 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

Commitment of Volunteer Interns
  • participate in pre-departure training in Hong Kong and orientation in the duty station
  • complete a 6-month volunteer internship
  • submit final report on the volunteer internship
  • participate in post volunteer internship debriefing
  • share experience and inspirations gained
  • are liable to compensate Agency for Volunteer Service for all costs incurred (airfare, living allowance, assignment cost, related administrative fee etc.) if they withdraw from the Programme during volunteer internship period


Volunteer Internship
Duration : around 6 months
Locations :UN agencies / field units overseas
Service locations
(Subject to change)
 :Armenia, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Nepal, Tajikistan, Thailand, Uzbekistan and Vietnam
Field Units
(Subject to change)
•      United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
•      United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
•      United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
•      United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women(UN Women)
•      United Nations Volunteers (UNV)
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.
Fieldwork :volunteer interns will have the opportunity to participate in short-term field work organised by the UN agencies to experience the frontline work of the local service units (such as refugee assistance, disaster response, climate change, etc.), and to gain better understanding on the related issues

Please visit https://www.unv.org/become-un-youth-volunteer if you would like to know more about Youth Volunteer Programme of UNV.

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


  • at the time of application, enrolled in a full-time undergraduate degree programme# in one of the partner universities 
  • holder of valid Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card/ Hong Kong Identity Card, aged 18-30 and recommended by own university with good reference
  • 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 intercultural competence
  • strong sense of national identity, global vision and sustainability
  • good communication and interpersonal skills
  • literacy in computer skills including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and social media
#”full-time 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 Programme.


  • 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 the decision of the involved organizations and the UNV
  • candidates who fail to attend the interview(s) will be disqualified
  • all related documents on recruitment and selection are for internal use only
  • AVS reserves the right of final decision when disputes arise

Contact Us

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(852) 2527 3825
(852) 2866 2721
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