Engaging Volunteers – Arunav Mathur (17 YRS)
Arunav, a high school senior from Hong Kong International School was trying to find internship opportunities at NGOs/charities in Hong Kong but found it very hard to contact many of them or to even get a reply regarding his inquiries. He had to look for several days to eventually find a suitable place to volunteer at. Learning from his own experience, he desired to do something to make the process easier for the community.
Finally finding time during the school closures due to the pandemic, this young man of 17 developed a website called ubuntuhk.org. The name Ubuntu (A Zulu phrase) is inspired from its meaning which is ‘a quality that includes essential human virtues; compassion and humanity’ – “hence it ties in quite well with the concept of service and helping the community”. In his own words “I wanted to make a change in the community and better people’s contribution to these organizations”. The website allows NGOs and charities in Hong Kong to connect with people who would like to volunteer, donate or intern at these organizations. “It makes the process of volunteering much easier as there are over 20+ NGOs that Ubuntu HK has partnered with and we have listed over 15+ volunteering opportunities currently and we are continuing to expand”, says Arunav. On the website, you can explore the diverse groups of NGOs/charities that have partnered with Ubuntuhk. Arunav wanted to include organizations from different fields such as child welfare, environment and women empowerment. People can sign up on the website for the volunteering opportunity that they would like and are given the contact of the NGO (including other relevant details). Arunav tells us that his goal for the website is to “firstly make volunteering easier for people that want to sign up. I would also like to help the NGOs during this unprecedented time of Covid-19 where volunteer help is hard to obtain for some charities, especially the smaller ones with less manpower”.