Monthly Archives: February 2015

Making a community healthier

Posted by Peter MUIR

Doing something to help members of your community become healthier can be a meaningful service project. There any many ways that health-related projects could be a part of your community engagement, here are just a few ideas that would involve direct, or indirect engagement –

  • Help provide clean water for drinking and hygiene.
  • Help prevent diseases like malaria, the measles, or HIV/AIDS.
  • Help mums and babies be healthy so all babies survive and thrive.
  • Help fight obesity by encouraging healthy eating and exercise.
  • Help your peers choose healthy behaviors and avoid alcohol, tobacco, drugs, and other risky behaviors.

Some more ideas are listed here, on the Global Youth Service Day website, where you will also find resources to assist you in your community engagement (including some resources to support your CE project)

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Run for Change WWF’s First-Ever Charity Run!

Posted by Peter MUIR

WWF run for change

Attention all athletes!  Run for Change, WWF-Hong Kong’s first-ever charity run, will be held on Saturday 28 March, 2015 on the West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade. Held at the same time as Earth Hour, Run for Change will promote a low-carbon lifestyle while raising funds for WWF’s conservation and education programmes.

Enrollment for Run for Change is now open! Participants will receive a gift pack with a commemorative event T-shirt, while all proceeds of the race will go towards WWF-Hong Kong’s conservation and education work. Click here to view more Run for Change details now!

Bring Me A Book

Posted by Peter MUIR

bring me a book logoThe Bring Me A Book organization serves children that do not have access to quality books and reading. They offer a library and ongoing workshops in the community. Their aim is to be a “leading advocate for family literacy in Hong Kong”.  Visit the organisation’s website to check out the volunteer opportunities that includes preparing reading books and reading to children.

Make it Better Art programme

Posted by Peter MUIR

sovereignartfoundationlogoThe Sovereign Art Foundation has been raising money and supporting art for children in need for 10 years, and is looking for volunteers to help deliver its new ‘Make it Better’ programme. The programme aims to to empower children and facilitate their integration into society; to raise awareness of the benefits of healing through art; and to produce research and share knowledge, and provides a free arts course to children from kindergarten to teen-age, the vast majority of which live in the cage homes of Sham Shui Po and are recent migrants, primarily from the mainland.
Each class has a teacher provided by SAF and involves between 10 and 15 children, lasting for two hours on Saturdays. Most of them take place in Sham Shui Po area – easily accessible by MTR. Volunteers will be assigned to a child and be a one on one helper with the art work. Neither art or Cantonese are necessary – it’s quite amazing how they learn to communicate non-verbally! Volunteers must commit to the full course (at least 12 weeks) which will enable a strong connections with those involved.
Email Mr Muir for more details.

DB Green Flea Market Assistant

Posted by Peter MUIR

DB-GreenAre you looking for activities during the CNY break?
DB Green is looking for trustworthy people to help sell books and other items at a flea market. The Flea market will be on Sunday February 15th, 12noon-5pm at the main plaza.
You don’t need to bring any items to sell but you are more than welcome to donate some items.
If you’re are interested or if you want more information please contact rionna.caragay@dc.edu.hk or dana.winograd@gmail.com

Ball For All

Posted by Peter MUIR

Ball for All is a student-led, non-profit charity organisation based in Hong Kong that aims to make a positive impact on society—to give back to the community, support local charities, and provide opportunities to play for less privileged children. Initiated at West Island school, the students aim to reach their goals through their favourite sport: basketball.

Ball for All are organising an intensive 12-hour basketball tournament open to international secondary school students, with two age brackets (from ages 13 to 15 and 16 to 18) on March 14 at Sun Yat Sen Sports Centre. All proceeds raised will be donated to their beneficiary, the Society of Relief for Disabled Children (SRDC).

Click here for more information about the event and how to register.

Global Youth Service Day 2015

Posted by Peter MUIR

gysd2015 logoGlobal Youth Service Day (GYSD) celebrates and mobilizes the millions of young people who improve their communities each day of the year through service. Established in 1988, Global Youth Service Day is the largest service event in the world, and the only day of service dedicated to children and youth.

GYSD is celebrated each year in more than 135 countries, with young people working together–and with schools, youth organizations, nonprofits, community and faith-based organizations, national service programs, government agencies, and  adult mentors– to address the world’s most critical issues and change their communities.

This day provides an opportunity for you to connect your Community Engagement projects with the work of other youth around the globe.  The organisers also have great resources that can help you investigate, prepare and then act on your ideas to make a change.  Click here to access resources, see how to add your project to the list of others projects ran by youth around the globe, and more.

DB Beach Clean Up

Posted by Peter MUIR

DB Green will be hosting their first beach clean up for 2015 this Saturday.  This will take place at Nim Shue Wan – the beach near the ferries going to Mui Wo and Peng Chau from 1-4pm.

DB beach clean ups 2015

 

The DB Green beach cleanups are for individuals, families, community groups and school students to make a positive difference to the beaches and sea. Everyone is welcome! Washable and reusable cotton gloves will be supplied (you are also welcome to bring your own), as will trash bags (for landfill and for recycling), water bottle refills and first aid.

Please wear appropriate clothing for the weather and shoes that protect your feet. Bring your own refillable water bottle please (not single use disposable water bottles- as that would be wasting plastic!), sunscreen and insect repellent.

Summer Volunteering opportunity in Indonesia

Posted by Peter MUIR

tasikoki logoESF in cooperation with the Masarang Foundation want to offer you a fantastic volunteer opportunity at Tasikoki Wildlife Rescue Centre in North Sulawesi, Indonesia. Masarang Foundation is an inspirational organization that is making real changes and finding real solutions for today’s global problems. Our students will have the chance to play a role in this change at Tasikoki by helping in the rehabilitation and care for the animals of Tasikoki who have been rescued from the illegal animal trade.

At ESF we are continually trying to find ways to improve the learning experience as well as preparing our students for their futures. This volunteer opportunity will give our students the experience of volunteering/working full time, which will contribute towards their growth as an individual and further prepare them for what’s ahead. It is becoming an increasingly competitive world and our students are competing with thousands of other International Students for placements in Universities or the workplace. What will separate the students future applications from the others are valuable hands-on experiences such as this.

This project will embody what the IB CAS program represents which is activities that give our students the chance to take on challenges that will develop them holistically. The students will also get a ‘head start’ in learning what the expectations for a CAS project are for their upcoming senior years at school. Furthermore our students will have pre and post-trip opportunities to work with the Masarang HK Society Limited registered charity in Hong Kong (http://masarang.hk/). These opportunities could form a large component of their CAS program.

The date of the project will be from June 18th – July 2nd, 2015 and students will be selected from each of the ESF schools based on a written letter of application stating why they want to be involved in this project. Most students would have finished their Year 11 exams so the timeframe suits both the supervising teachers’ and students’ schedule.

The overall cost of the trip will be $13,790 HKD based on 28 students attending. These 28 students will be supervised by 4 teachers from across different ESF Schools; as well as the attentive, qualified staff at Tasikoki.

Enriching experiences like this are so valuable and are always remembered. We are extremely excited to offer this opportunity especially since it is with an organization that is making a real difference in the sustainability of a developing country. We look forward to receiving your interest and application.

More details in this document Y11 Tasikoki Volunteer Opportunity – Pamphlet – Please contact Mr Muir if you are interested.