Joanna Wong (left) and three other United Nations volunteers from Hong Kong help organise the United Nations Day in Timor-Leste.


黃浩恩校友(左)與三位來自香港的聯合國志願人員在東帝汶協助舉辦「聯合國日」。

Date: 03 Mar 2017 (Friday)

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HKBU students build confidence through global volunteering

浸大人海外體驗義務工作鍛鍊自信

The University encourages students to serve the community through voluntary service. Alumna Joanna Wong and student Cai Hao (Religious Studies, Year 4) were selected to participate in a six-month assignment under the second United Nations Volunteers (UNV) – Hong Kong Universities Volunteer Programme.

Joanna Wong was selected to support communication work, which included conducting interviews and monitoring social media for the United Nations Development Programme located in Timor-Leste. With a major in International Journalism during her studies in HKBU, she applied her knowledge in compiling and editing English articles and press releases for the Programme. She overcame many difficulties despite the fact that living conditions in Timor-Leste are far less ideal than in Hong Kong. She said: “In Timor-Leste, there is no public transportation after six o’clock in the evening. People have to drive or take a taxi which is expensive in the city. In the end, I bought myself a bicycle so I could ride to and from the office on highways every day.” She said cycling helped her build up courage and confidence. Meanwhile, Cai Hao was selected to support the monitoring, evaluation and strategic planning of the United Nations Development Programme located in Laos.

Funded by the Home Affairs Bureau of the HKSAR Government, the volunteer programme was launched by Agency for Volunteer Service, with support from Hong Kong Volunteers Association and Peace and Development Foundation.

浸大鼓勵同學參與義務工作服務社群,黃浩恩校友和蔡昊同學(宗教研究四年級)去年獲選到海外參加為期六個月的第二屆「聯合國志願人員組織──香港大學生義工計劃」。

黃浩恩校友遠赴東帝汶,協助聯合國開發計劃署提供傳訊服務,包括採訪活動、管理社交媒體等工作。她在浸大修讀國際新聞,認為可應用所學協助該署撰寫和編輯英文文章和新聞稿等。東帝汶的生活條件和配套不及香港,但正好讓她學習克服困難。她說﹕「在東帝汶,公共交通只營運至下午六時,六時後市民只能自己駕車或乘坐的士,車費昂貴。最後,我在當地買了一輛單車,每天在公路上騎單車往返公司。」她笑言這樣能鍛鍊出勇氣和自信。蔡昊同學則遠赴寮國老撾,協助聯合國開發計劃署的監察、評估、策略計劃等支援工作。

該義工計劃由民政事務局資助,並由義務工作發展局、香港志願者協會及和平發展基金會舉辦。