Living in such a busy city, it is often difficult for Hong Kong people to spare two-week time to participate in overseas voluntary service projects. In spite of that, we co-organise 4 to 7-day group workcamps with our overseas partner organisations. Through these regular group projects, we provide sustainable voluntary services to the overseas community.
Apart from regularly organising these group projects for Hong Kong individuals, we cooperate with different organisations, like tertiary institutions and corporations, and arrange tailor-made group workcamps for their students or employees. Each group comprises of 10 to 20 Hong Kong volunteers and VolTra’s representatives. During workcamps, volunteers can communicate with their overseas
counterparts, experiencing different cultures and contribute to the overseas community.
Please contact us at [email protected] for more details.
We believe that international voluntary service is not simply a travelling experience, but a transformational journey and a process of understanding the importance from “Me” to “We”. We hope our volunteers can apply what they have learnt and continue to contribute to their own communities.
The following are inspired initiatives started by our volunteers after joining international voluntary service projects. If you are interested to work with them, please contact us.
After the workcamp in Cambodia, eight volunteers started the project ‘Books to Cambodia’. They returned to Cambodia for three times in 2015, bringing along recycled English books to set up a local library. What is more, they participated in the Angkor Wat Marathon in December 2015 and distributed recycled running shirts to the local Cambodian villagers, and toured around some local social enterprises, continuing to initiate a journey to the world community.
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/bookstocambodia/
Pink Lee has been actively volunteering all over the globe in the past years. Among her volunteering experiences worldwide, the optimism and smile of the Nepalese have captured her heart. In 2015, Pink was the leader of VolTra’s group workcamps in Nepal and encountered a magnitude 7.8 earthquake in Kathmandu, which inspired her to set up a charitable organisation, “Light On” in Hong Kong. It aims to alleviate poverty by rebuilding schools and developing self-sustaining projects. Pink wishes to bring out the love and light qualities from each and every individual through “Light On”.
Official Website: http://lighton.org.hk/
Sarah Chu, a physiotherapist, was inspired by a barrier-free workcamp she joined in Switzerland, and established “Wheel Power Challenge” with some friends to promote a barrier-free community in Hong Kong.
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/wheelpowerchallenge/
The idea of “Plant for Water” was developed during the Design Thinking Workcamp in Cambodia organised by VolTra. Volunteers first observed the daily-life challenges faced by the villagers and then worked with an aim to improving the living standard of the locals by introducing farming techniques and living knowledge, as well as developing mutual trust with the villagers. In May 2017, they led three agricultural professionals and some volunteers back and taught local villagers about the health value of Moringa and how to plant this “miracle tree” in the local farmlands.
They return to Cambodia again in April 2018 and work closer with the villagers.
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/plantforwaterhk/
The establishment of GreenActs originated from the “Glocal Greenovation Challenge” organised by VolTra. Inspired by the programme, the team members believe that environmental protection is everyone’s business and responsibility. As a startup, GreenActs actively participates in and organises various kinds of eco-friendly activities, aiming to reward and recognise every green action through its interactive platform with a view to promoting sustainable green living.
Having joined a workcamp in Kenya in 2011, Alan Chan made two life-long friends with the Kenyan workcamp leaders Edgar and Steve. The three visited local families and schools in the slum of Nairobi. Deeply touched by the innocence and passion of the kids at the slum, they hoped to establish a charity to help the deprived kids with resources and education.
In 2015, Alan visited Kenya again and worked for 6 months with Edgar and Steve to establish a registered Kenyan charity called “Honken Global Volunteering For Change”. “Honken”, which stands for Hong Kong and Kenya, aims to connect people from the two places for developing a better community.
In 2017, Alan led a group of students to set up a computer centre for a primary school in the slum, giving the students a chance to receive education about information technology.
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/hgvckenya.org/