Founded on 16 April 2009, VolTra is a non-governmental and non-profit voluntary organization, which is dedicated to promote international voluntary services in Hong Kong, China through a well-established worldwide network of international workcamp organizations. VolTra is a workcamp organization registered in Hong Kong to provide workcamp placement service for people living in Hong Kong, Macau and Mainland China and to organize international workcamps in Hong Kong for both local and overseas volunteers to participate in the voluntary services and cultural exchange activities in Hong Kong.
The Warehouse Teenage Club (Warehouse) is a registered charitable non- profit making youth centre for youngster between the ages of 13 and 25. The Warehouse was founded in 1992 by the late Professor Frank White, who observed many Hong Kong s youngsters lacked a purpose in life and space to develop healthy hobbies, and loitered in the streets after school. Some even became addicted to alcohol and abused drugs. Determined to find a safe place for youth to develop healthily and holistically, Professor White and his like-minded associates championed the need for the Warehouse. Warehouse strives to remain the Second Home for youngsters to develop their creativity and multiple talents through meaningful, innovative, and effectual activities. Warehouse hopes to broaden their horizons, enhance their learning, and cultivate youngsters who not only treasure life, but also respect others, and be confident and reliable to contribute actively to the society.
The project is co-organized by VolTra and The Warehouse Teenage Club Warehouse is a registered charitable non-profit making youth centre for youngsters between the ages of 13 and 25. Workcampers will mainly work in the Warehouse, which was once the Aberdeen Police Station first established in 19th mid-century and carried out a full-scale renovation in 1995. To reflect the significant historical value of the building, the Hong Kong Government has classified Warehouse as a historical building. Workcampers will carry out the flea market preparation work in the Warehouse camp site and operate the flea market booth in the Aberdeen Promenade. The flea market preparation and operation work may last until late night. Workcampers can learn the history and meaning behind the Lunar New Year, one of the most important festivals of the Chinese, get involved with the preparation and operation of the flea market booth, and experience the unique culture of this traditional Chinese festival.
1. Promote and appreciate the culture and tradition of the Lunar New Year, one of the most important festivals of the Chinese.
2. Promote the friendship, understanding and solidarity among local people and cross-national workcampers through voluntary work and cultural exchange.
1. Set up, decorate and operate the flea market booth in the Aberdeen Winter Fiesta to celebrate the coming of the Lunar New Year.
2. Prepare, produce and pack up the products and materials for sale at the flea market in the Aberdeen Winter Fiesta (All profits will be donated to the Warehouse Teenage Club.)
ACCOMODATION AND FOOD:
Workcampers are accommodated in the dormitory of the Warehouse. The living environment is simple and basic. Bed, pillow and mattress will be provided. Except booth operation duty, community visits or group shopping, workcampers are expected to stay inside the camp site during working days. The entrance of the Warehouse closes at 22:00 every day. Workcampers should return to the camp site before 22:00 during free days.
LOCATION & LEISURE ACTVITY:
Aberdeen is located at the south shore of Hong Kong Island in Hong Kong. Population is approximately 60,000. It is famous to tourists for its floating village and the floating seafood restaurants such as the Jumbo Floating Restaurant. Many of the Tanka people, associated with the fishing industry, still live on fishing boats.
1. Workcampers are responsible for carrying out cooking and cleaning duties by turns. Budget for food will be provided and food materials will be shopped by workcampers.
2. January to February is the coldest and driest period in Hong Kong. The average temperature ranges from 14(C to 20(C but below 10(C is expected under cold front period. Workcampers are therefore advised to carry suitable clothing for the cold weather.
3. Please remember to bring mosquito repellent. Organic or natural one is recommended.
4. You will need to take some stairs before getting to the camp site, so backpack may be the best choice for your luggage.
5. There is only dim lighting along the walkway to the camp site at night time. Please bring your torch.
6. No Smoking and alcohol are allowed within the camp site area, including both indoor and outdoor space.