Are you looking to give back to the planet during your weekends or free time? If so, you’ll be pleased to hear that there are plenty of exciting eco volunteering opportunities across Hong Kong for you to get involved with!
Whether you’re looking to help at a one-off event or trying to incorporate regular volunteering work into your everyday life, here are six green opportunities around Hong Kong that might interest you:
Focusing on biodiversity, the oceans, wetlands, wildlife and community education, the World Wildlife Fund Hong Kong (WWF) aims to make Hong Kong the region’s most sustainable city.
WWF volunteering applications are always open, with the organisation mainly looking for part-time volunteers to help run their educational tours at Mai Po Nature Reserve. Applicants with a science background are preferred and successful volunteers will need to take a few training sessions before becoming qualified to lead tours.
Sign up to volunteer for WWF here
The Green Earth
The Green Earth was founded in 2016 with the aim of spreading eco-awareness as a core value for all. This charitable organisation is responsible for looking after many of the recycling points that you may have noticed sprouting up throughout Hong Kong in recent years.
The Green Earth runs education seminars, second-hand clothing drives, tree planting and various other eco activities to inform and educate public – and it’s exactly these kinds of events they need volunteers like you to help with!
Sign up to volunteer for The Green Earth here
SPCA Hong Kong
If you’re more of an animal person, how about volunteering for the SPCA Hong Kong? This charitable organisation has been rescuing and taking care of abandoned, sick and injured animals as well as re-homing and de-sexing animals and enforcing animal welfare laws ever since it was founded in Hong Kong, back in 1903.
SPCA are always looking for volunteers for kennel upkeep, animal care and foster parenting sick or injured animals. They also welcome people with other special skills like photography, writing or art to volunteer their talents.
Sign up to volunteer for SPCA here
Hong Kong Cleanup
If you’re sick of seeing beaches filled with rubbish, why not join one of Hong Kong Cleanup’s events? Hong Kong Cleanup was established in 2000 as the city’s first communal cleanup and has evolved into the region’s largest environmental volunteer event – having removed over 10 million kilograms of rubbish from Hong Kong’s shorelines along the way!
You can volunteer to join one of Hong Kong Cleanup’s regular free #TeamSeas Community Cleanup events, part of the world’s largest cleanup initiative organised in partnership with international environmental group Ocean Conservancy. Cleanups are held on various weekends throughout the month – check the calendar for details on the next one.
Sign up to volunteer for Hong Kong Cleanup here
Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden
Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden (KFBG) is a longstanding Hong Kong institution that was originally founded by the Kadoorie family in 1956 to help farmers in the rural Tai Po area. It’s now a sanctuary for displaced animals and birds not native to Hong Kong, as well as a botanical garden and farm open to the public.
KFBG runs educational tours to raise awareness on ecological and sustainability issues. You can volunteer in various areas including Fauna Conservation to help care for rescued animals; Sustainable Living & Agriculture to work at KFBG’s weekly organic farmers’ market in Central; and Floral Conservation to help with planting, gardening, recording plants and other scientific research.
Sign up to volunteer for KFBG here
Founded in 1988, Green Power is a charitable institution that promotes environmental education in Hong Kong. They manage several projects across the city, most notably the Sha Lo Tung Conservation Scheme that aims to preserve the area’s freshwater wetlands and restore its ecological biodiversity.
They also run an urban greening programme to plant more trees around the city, a Butterfly Surveyor scheme to record and protect Hong Kong’s butterfly population, and an annual Green Power Hike to raise funds while encouraging an appreciation of nature.
Sign up to volunteer for Green Power here
See also: 8 Endangered Marine Species In Asia – And How You Can Help
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