Volunteer development can take different forms, such as education, training and work involvement. Oxfam runs sharing sessions, talks, workshops and exposure trips for volunteers to learn more about poverty and our approach in tackling it.
- Volunteer Orientation
Applicants attend our volunteer orientation to register as Oxfam Hong Kong volunteers. In the orientation, we discuss the mission and vision of Oxfam, our scope of work, and the particulars of volunteer engagement, such as service opportunities, the recognition scheme, and volunteer rights and responsibilities.
- Sharing Sessions / Talks / Workshops
Sharing Sessions / Talks / Workshops
We conduct thematic programme sessions for volunteers in which colleagues from the head office and from overseas share the work approach, challenges and effectiveness of Oxfam’s development and advocacy projects in improving the lives of poor people and in promoting socio-economic justice. “Poverty Problems in Developing Countries”, “Fair Trade”, “Effect of Climate Change on Poor Regions”, and “Global Citizenship” have been some of the topics so far.
Volunteers also have the opportunity to participate in various experiential educational workshops conducted by our Interactive Education Centre, such as Food and Hunger, War and Conflict, Trade and Poverty, and Sustainable Development.
- Exposure Trips
Exposure trips to Mainland China or overseas project sites are run once a year. Through direct dialogue and exchange with our programme colleagues, local partners and project participants, volunteers can learn more about everyday life in developing regions, as well as about Oxfam Hong Kong’s work approaches and overall effectiveness. In 2008, we visited Gansu to observe an ecological poverty reduction project, and in 2009, we went to Nepal to study projects that combined sustainable development and women’s empowerment in upland areas.
- Annual Supporters Gathering
Annual Supporters Gathering
This annual gathering is an occasion where we report Oxfam Hong Kong’s work over the year and outline our upcoming plans. Supporters, including donors and volunteers, can also join group discussions facilitated by our project staff and field officers to learn more about our current work in Hong Kong, the Mainland and overseas.
Certificates are also presented to volunteers as an appreciation of their contribution to Oxfam over the year.
- Volunteer Recognition
There is a volunteer recognition scheme to express our sincere gratitude to volunteers for their continuous and tremendous support. Certificates of appreciation are presented to eligible volunteers at the Annual Supporters Gathering, and prizes are awarded in accordance with the number of service hours a volunteer has accumulated in the past financial year:
Service Hours Prize Awarded 20 – 40 hours Bronze 41 – 70 hours Silver Above 70 hours Gold
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