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UNV-Hong Kong Universities Volunteer Internship Programme


Established in 1970, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) provides opportunities for volunteers to contribute to peace and development through volunteerism.

Agency for Volunteer Service (AVS) is the Hong Kong cooperating organization of United Nations Volunteers (UNV) since 1998 and seeks to promote international volunteerism.  In 2013, an updated Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the two parties to provide new opportunities for youth to participate in volunteering worldwide.

UNV-Hong Kong Universities Volunteer Internship Programme

With a view to furthering youth volunteerism, the Programme funded by Home Affairs Bureau was launched by Agency for Volunteer Service (AVS) in 2015, with support from Hong Kong Volunteers Association and Peace and Development Foundation.  It allows local university undergraduates to participate in a 6-month volunteer internship under the UN Youth Volunteer modality serving under UN field units or agencies in oversea.

After completion of the UNV oversea volunteer internship, the volunteer interns formed the “United Nations Volunteers-Hong Kong Universities Volunteers Alumni Society”, a unit under AVS, to help promoting volunteerism in Hong Kong.


The Programme contributes to global peace and development worldwide while enabling the selected undergraduates to develop their personal capacities and global vision.

Target Volunteers

Around 30 undergraduates (full-time degree programme) in Hong Kong would be selected from the nominations of the partner universities.

Partner Universities

  • City University of Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong Baptist University
  • Hong Kong Shue Yan University
  • Lingnan University
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • The Education University of Hong Kong
  • The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong
  • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • The University of Hong Kong 
    *  In alphabetical order


  • at the time of application, enrolled in a full-time undergraduate# degree programme in one of the partner universities 
  • holder of valid Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card, aged 18-30 and recommended by own university with good reference
  • commitment to global peace and development
  • proficiency in spoken and written English; knowledge of other languages of the working destination will be an asset
  • volunteering experience in or out of Hong Kong
  • high motivation, enthusiasm, and adaption ability to different culture and environment
  • good communication and interpersonal skills
  • literacy in computer skills including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and social media
    # “full-time undergraduate” refers to student who has enrolled in a 4 years or above full bachelor degree programme in one of the partner universities. Student who participates in exchange and internship programme or is enrolled in a master or doctoral degree programme is not eligible to join this Programme.

Commitment of Volunteer Interns

  • participate in pre-departure training in Hong Kong and orientation in the duty station
  • complete a 6-month volunteer internship
  • submit final report on the volunteer internship
  • participate in post volunteer internship debriefing
  • share experience and inspirations gained
  • are liable to compensate Agency for Volunteer Service for all costs incurred (airfare, living allowance, assignment cost, related administrative fee etc.) if they withdraw from the Programme during volunteer internship period

Please also refer to "Important Dates" below.


Volunteer Internship

Duration  :  around 6 months
Locations  : UN agencies / field units overseas
Service Scope  : health and education; disaster risk reduction in the area of              environment; youth issues and other areas with focus on information      technology
Job Duties  : administrative support, monitoring and evaluation, communications          and outreach, etc.
Fieldwork  : volunteer interns will have the opportunity to participate in short-term      field work organised by the UN agencies to experience the frontline work of the local service units (such as refugee assistance, disaster response, climate change, etc.), and to gain better understanding on the related issues

Please visit https://www.unv.org/become-un-youth-volunteer if you would like to know more about Youth Volunteer Programme of UNV.


Host Countries and Field Units

South-east Asia
Host Countries : Indonesia、Nepal、Laos、Thailand、Vietnam
Field Units: 
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)
  • United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
    (UN WOMEN)
  • United Nations Resident Coordinator Office (UNRCO)
  • World Food Programme (WFP)
  • United Nations Volunteers (UNV)
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
  • United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) 
Central Asia
Host Countries : Kazakhstan、Tajikistan、Uzbekistan
Field Units: ​
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
  • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
East Europe
Host Countries : Armenia
Field Units: ​
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • World Food Programme (WFP)
  • United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

For more details, please refer to Descriptions of Assignments (DOAs) of the 6th Round (2019/20 Programme)


Financial Support to Volunteer Interns

round trip travel costs from Hong Kong to duty station, monthly living allowance and health / life insurance will be fully funded 


Application Procedures

  • candidates must complete the application form and be nominated via the partner university
  • shortlisted candidates must attend the selection interview(s) (scheduled on 7 - 8 February 2020)
  • final selection of candidates will be subject to decision of the UNV
  • candidates who fail to attend the interview(s) will be considered as withdrawal 

Briefing Session

Date : 6 November 2019 (Wednesday)
Venue : FJ303, 3/F, Chan Tai Ho Building (FJ), The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Sharing by representatives of UNV-Hong Kong University Volunteers Alumni Society
  • Programme Brief
Students from partner universities are welcome to join.  Please register here by 1 November 2019 for briefing session.

Volunteer Sharing and Highlights




Contact Us

Agency for Volunteer Service
Address   :     602, Duke of Windsor Social Service Building
                      15 Hennessy Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Phone      :     (852) 2527 3825
Fax           :     (852) 2866 2721
E-mail      :     unv@avs.org.hk