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Climate change, ethnic wars, religious conflicts, energy crisis, wealth disparity…

Our world is facing various crucial issues that transcend borders. These issues influence everyone on the planet, but unfortunately none of us can resolve them on our own. Especially in Hong Kong, we seem to shut ourselves off from global issues beyond economic discussions. Some feel unconcerned and do not bother to get involved, while some think individual power is so limited that their efforts are in vain. Consequently, we become indifferent and apathetic towards our surroundings and gradually respond to our problems with either sarcasm or despair. Sometimes, we just wish to leave those big issues to other, more powerful entities, and isolate ourselves from such a chaotic world.

Isolating ourselves is the crux of the problem.

VolTra believes that real changes are not brought about by great things done by a few, but by all the small things done persistently by every one of us towards a common goal. This requires a change of mentality from ‘me’ to ‘we’ from global citizens who are willing to stir changes from the bottom and work their way up step by step. VolTra cares about local issues as well as global trends because we believe that in order to have a better world for ourselves, we have to make the world better for others. There is only one world for us which is a world shared by us.

What is VolTra

Founded in 2009, VolTra has been dedicated to promote international voluntary services in Hong Kong. We strive to accomplish our mission to promote world peace and global citizenship by serving as a platform to connect international and local volunteers.

With a well-established worldwide network of international voluntary service organisations, we together provide over 4,000 international workcamps and voluntary service projects every year in about 100
countries. At the same time, we organise international workcamps in Hong Kong to engage local and overseas volunteers in voluntary services and cultural exchange activities.

VolTra was incorporated under the Companies Ordinance as a company limited by guarantee. It is a registered charitable institution, which is exempt from tax under section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance (Reference No. : 91/11726).

Vision

  • To enhance global citizenship and friendship as well as to strengthen solidarity of the
    local communities through international voluntary services.
  • Mission
  • To become a leading and reliable platform connecting passionate Hong Kong people and international voluntary services
  • To promote voluntary services, charitable work and international cultural exchange and understanding
  • To support both local and overseas community development
  • To educate Hong Kong youngsters with a sense of belonging and self-recognition as well as enhance their personal growth and development

Value

Exploration -> Empathy -> Empowerment of Change

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Coordinating Overseas Workcamp

Providing international workcamps and voluntary service projects in connection with international workcamp organizations all over the world

Organizing Local Workcamp

Organizing Hong Kong workcamps for both local and overseas volunteers in cooperation with non-governmental voluntary organizations in Hong Kong

Training

Holding regular seminars, briefings and training programmes

Promoting International Voluntary Services

Promoting charitable and voluntary services in Hong Kong and overseas countries

Educational events

Organizing educational events in Hong Kong

Research

Conducting research work on social and international issues

Information Services

Providing up-to-date information and consultation service on international workcamps through electronic newsletter, website and publications

Our Team

The Annual General Meeting of VolTra is where Members are entitled to nominate and vote for the Members of the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is the voluntary governance body of VolTra. It appoints the Committees and salaried staff to execute and implement the decisions of the Board of Directors and maintain the daily operation of VolTra. All members of the Board of Directors and Committees serve on a voluntary basis.

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International Network

VolTra connects to an enormous network of international workcamp organisations all over the world to provide various international workcamps and voluntary service projects to volunteers. VolTra is:

CCIVS is an international networking organization founded in 1948 under the aegis of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

NVDA is an international networking organization founded in 1997 to promote international voluntary service in Asia and Pacific regions.

Alliance is an international networking organization founded in 1982 to promote international voluntary service in European region.

Our Operation Model

Resources Sharing

In general, anyone who wants to join the workcamp has to apply for the vacancy through a workcamp organization in his/her home country. The application fee involved is one of the main sources of income for the workcamp organization.

In the advanced regions, e.g. Europe, Japan and Hong Kong, etc. more people are able to support themselves to go abroad for overseas workcamps. So, the sum of application fees received by the workcamp organization may be sufficient to cover the daily operations expenses and finance their local workcamp projects. Extra workcamp fees are thus usually not required from overseas participants, no matter where they are from.

On the contrary, in economically disadvantaged countries, e.g. Africa, South East Asia and South America,  the number of placement of workcamp participants abroad is very limited, which makes it impossible to operate projects with just the application fee received. In many cases, the extra fee is usually used to cover the hosting workcamp organizations’ expenses on accommodation and meals for workcamp participants when they organize workcamps in their countries. Extra fees are also the only form of financial support for these organizations, where there is little or even no alternative funding source.

*VolTra is a non-profit organization financed by the application fees received from workcamp participants. The income will cover VolTra’s daily operation and administration expenses as well as the costs of organizing international workcamps and voluntary service projects in Hong Kong.

Annual Report

Annual Report 2016-2017 Download
Annual Report 2015-2016 Download
Annual Report 2014-2015 Download
Annual Report 2013-2014 Download
Report 2009-2013 Download

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Thanks to the assistance of volunteers, VolTra can fully utilize and allocate the resources in the development of various aspects, and help widespread the values of international voluntary services and workcamps in Hong Kong. We would like to share with more Hongkonger our inspiration, passion and joy gained from workcamps.

If you are interested in volunteering for VolTra, please contact us and we will get back to you shortly.

Work with VolTra

VolTra is looking for every opportunity to work with local organizations in promoting volunteer service.

For further information and inquiry, please contact us freely. ([email protected])





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