BTP 2019 Summer Volunteer recruitment scheme

 

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Children’s smile twinkling in mind,
Dreams will soon be realized
With BTP volunteers on your side

Breezing breezing wind,
When summer quietly steps in
There are you and me,
To cope, to conquer, to dream

Darlings,
No more creeping please
We are here to fight for your dreams
Hey,
Blow the whistle with me
BTP members are holding the infinity!

Introduction to Beyond the Pivot
Beyond the Pivot(BTP) is a registered Non-governmental Organization (Ref: CP/LIC/SO/19/41921)initiated by four students from the University of Hong Kong (HKU).
Established in March 2009, BTP has gained much experience and reputation in the years followed and is founded to establish a platform for both volunteers and social workers. There are six volunteer programs in all, which have been launched in Ghana, Mainland China and Hong Kong.

Introduction to 2019 Summer Programs
There are 6 programs being launched in 2019 Summer, ranging from China (Hainan, Sichuan, Yunnan, Inner Mongolia、Hong Kong) to Ghana, Africa. By launching various programs and activities, BTP is determined to cultivate participants’ social responsibility and their sense of global citizen. Furthermore, BTP endeavored to improve the living standard as well as education level, health care, and culture preservation of the target areas. During the program, BTP collects all kinds of information through the researches, which will later be converted into analytical reports and distributed during public exhibitions, so as to raise the further awareness of social responsibility in the public.

Application
Complete the online application form:https://goo.gl/forms/YzxARGxHFq9LEQ7j2

Note: *Applications through other channels will not be accepted.

Open for application: Jan. 14th , 2019
Application deadline: 23:59 Jan. 31st, 2019

Interview Arrangement
First round interview period: Feb.1st — Feb. 24th (Depending on programs)
Second round interview period: Feb. 25th –March 3rd (Depending on programs)
Time: To be announced
Venue: For Hong Kong applicants: HKU Campus (Details TBA)
For applicants out of Hong Kong: depending on programs
*Note: The interview will be conducted in 2 rounds. The first round will last 20-30 minutes and the second round will last 1.5—2 hours.

Volunteer Requirements
· 18 years old or above (Before May,2019);
· Current high school student, undergraduate students, postgraduates or working staff;
· In good health;
· Enthusiastic on voluntary work and social service;
· Good at communication and team working

Language requirements:
Volunteers for mainland China programs shall be able to communicate and teach in competent Mandarin Chinese. And they shall be able to read and write Simplified Chinese.
Volunteers for Africa program shall be able to communicate and teach in competent English and they shall be able to comprehend local English accent in relatively short time.

Information session:
Time: Jan. 23rd
Venue: To be announced

Come to our information session and communicate with program leaders face to face!

Contact us

Should you have any enquiry, please feel free to contact us through btp@hibtp.org

For more information on BTP, please visit www.hibtp.org.Your continuous interest in our programs would be much appreciated.

For programs details, please feel free to contact through:
Go to Africa (Ghana)Program: g2a@hibtp.org
Hello Neverland(Hainan) Program: hn@hibtp.org
Sincere (Sichuan) Program:sc@hibtp.org
Yondor Narnia(Yunnan) Program: yn@hibtp.org
Into Miracle (Inner Mongolia) Program: im@hibtp.org

FAQ:

1. I am not a student of the University of Hong Kong; can I apply for the programs?
A: Yes. All participants over 18 years old with passion of charity are welcome, including undergraduates, postgraduates and people in employment in Mainland China and overseas.

2. I would like to join the programs. However, I am not sure that my holiday time matches the programs. What should I do?
A: We try our best to arrange the teaching time before the local children having their holiday; so please choose an appropriate time for your own, or join “Go 2 Africa” program, which will start later in July.

3. Are there language requirements to join the BTP programs? I want to join the “Go 2 Africa” program, but I don’t know any African languages.
A: Medium of all our programs in Mainland China is Mandarin; so you don’t have to worry about joining these programs if you are a native speaker of Putonghua. However, the “Go 2 Africa” program requires fluent English speaking skills to teach. Local guides and translators will help the volunteers, too.

4. If I failed in one program, can I apply for another one?
A: In fact, we don’t accept this. However, in an interview, if you show strong interest in another program, and the interviewer also thinks you are more suitable for that program; we may transfer you to the program and related process when you fail the previous one.

5. After passing the interviews and became a volunteer, what should I do?
A: If you are accepted as a volunteer of BTP summer programs, we will charge you an amount of deposit to confirm your participation, as a part of the program fees. All fees will be settled after the program. Once you are confirmed, you are then required to join the training sessions, for better preparation. For participants outside Hong Kong, we will sent you materials and notes of the training sessions accordingly.

6. Is there any risk in joining the programs?
A: Any volunteer programs that involve deep local engagements pose certain risks. BTP will organize vaccinations and insurances for volunteers to counter the risks. We will also prepare sufficient medicine. Besides, our local partners will also provide necessary security measures for the whole team. As long as volunteers finish pre-departure preparations, and stick with the whole team, there won’t be much security issue.

7. What about the cost. Will the budget change?
A: Budget information with reference to past programs has been provided in recruitment posts. The exact budget will be updated according to our interactions with local partners. Under normal circumstances, the actual cost will not differ much from budget. After you have been formally accepted, our team leaders will inform you with updates.

8. Can I quit halfway after I am accepted?
A: Normally you will have at least two days to consider whether to formally become a volunteer after we inform you interview results. Once you accept our invitation, and pay a certain amount of deposit before specified date, your rights, obligations and responsibilities as a volunteer will be effective immediately. Each of our volunteers has his/her corresponding tasks, and abrupt quitting will have much impact on the program and other volunteers. Therefore we strongly advise you only accept our invitation after thorough consideration. If you quit one-sidedly before departing, the deposit will not be refunded.

9. Where will the teams depart?
A: Our team leaders will depart from Hong Kong. Volunteers can choose to depart together with team leaders, or converge with the team at provincial cities near the destination. Please ensure that you communicate with team leaders well in process, and be sure to arrive on time. Please pay attention to your safety en route.

10. Is it possible that after the program ends, I do not comeback with the teams, but instead go traveling on my own?
A: As of Africa program, we strongly advise that volunteers stay with the team for all the duration, and return to Hong Kong or Mainland China together.

This summer, BTP is looking for you!

HKU BTP 2018-2019 Team Leader and Secretary Recruitment Information

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As one tree shaking another

One cloud touching another

And one soul arousing another

This is how easy and tender charity can be

We are still here

In the rainstorm

In the sun

Where are you?

Loving families of the same aspirations

Shining eyes of innocent children

And the resonance of hearts under different colored skin

If these are also what you desire

Come here with us!

 

About BTP

Beyond the Pivot (BTP) is a registered charity (Hong Kong Charity IR File No. 91/10725) founded by students from the University of Hong Kong. Its work is carried out by 36 current committee members and it has recruited around seven hundred volunteers so far. Since its establishment in March 2009, BTP has launched six independent projects located in Ghana Africa, Hainan, Hong Kong, Sichuan, Yunnan and Inner Mongolia respectively.

We are constantly seeking to offer assistance to people based on need, improving the living condition of target regions, creating more opportunities for university students to join social service and encouraging the inter-cultural exchanges among diverse regions as well. Moreover, we are dedicated to spread the importance of social service by holding exhibitions which displays each and every project analytical report. The six long-term social service programmes held by BTP have gained remarkable achievement.

Aside from the regular summer social service programmes, BTP work collaboratively with other NGOs to hold different experiential activities, such as Struggle

for Survival and Refugee Run. Detailed information about the activities will be posted through our WeChat Official Account and Facebook.

 

Committee Recruitment 2019-2020:

Positions

Team Leaders:

Go 2 Africa Project: 5

Hello Neverland Project: 3~4

Home Kong project: 4

SinCere Project: 3~4

Yonder Narnia Project: 4

Into Miracle Project: 4

Home Kong Project 4

Internal and External Secretaries:

Training and Development Secretary: 2

Public Relationship Secretary: 1

Publicity Secretary: 2

Information Technology Secretary: 1

Finance Secretary: 1

The term of office for all positions is one year (from October 2019 to October 2020). For further details about position descriptions, requirements and application period, please refer to our social media accounts.

Interview Arrangement

There will be one or two rounds of interviews. For those who are not in Hong Kong during interview period, BTP will have video interviews with them.

Information Session

In order to offer more details about committee recruitment, BTP will hold two information sessions on HKU campus recently (For details please look forward to further notices). Board members will present the development of BTP, and team leaders of Go 2 Africa Project, Hello Neverland Project, SinCere Project, Yonder Narnia Project, Home Kong Project and Into Miracle Project will share their experience in the past year.

We will also offer participants a chance to communicate with team leaders directly after the information sessions.

For More Information

Official Website: www.hibtp.org

Official WeChat: HKUBTP

Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Beyond-the-Pivot

Do Not Expect Anything, Make it Happen – BTP 2017-2018 Volunteer Recruitment

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Have you ever got the passion, for helping those who are in needs? Have you ever thought that how much of a positive influence you could bring to the children from less developed areas? If you have done so, and are desperate to dedicate yourself, Beyond the Pivot would definitely be your ideal destination!

BTP is a legal charity organization established right here in Hong Kong. Our mission is to spread a sense of virtuousness, to raise people’s awareness about the children in needs and to gather our talents in order to help.

Our team leaders have traveled to our project destinations for observation and info gathering. We are delighted to announce that the volunteer recruitment campaign will start soon.


Date of Introductory Presentation: January 24, 2018
Time: 19:30-21:30
Venue: LE3


General Requirements:

  • Age requirement: 18 years old or above before April 2018
  • Volunteer body is mainly composed of undergraduate students but we also welcome applications from high school and postgraduate students and working staff
  • In good health conditions
  • Motivated and dedicated and have the willingness to devote to voluntary services and supported education programs
  • Great communication and interpersonal skills
  • Having a sense of solidarity and teamwork

Language Requirements:

We welcome all applicants regardless of nationality, ethnicity and cultural backgrounds. However, because of the particularity of our programs, we have language requirements as stated below:

  • For the programs conducted in Mainland China (Mandarin as the medium of teaching), volunteers have to be fluent in Mandarin and able to read Simplified Chinese
  • For the Africa program (English as the medium of teaching), volunteers have to be fluent in English in all aspects (listening, reading, writing and speaking).

Can’t wait to join us? Click the link below and submit your application form for the programs most appeal to you! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfmoHT0iKEMFDbHZSHLPZKbz0iQoyTSHOF1lrkkNauH8UVFLA/closedform

 

 

Contact Us
Should you have any inquiry, please feel free to contact us through btp@hibtp.org
For more information on BTP, please visit www.hibtp.org. Your continuous interest in our programs would be much appreciated.

BTP official Wechat account: HKUBTP
BTP official Weibo account: http://www.weibo.com/hibtp
BTP official Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/pages/Beyond-the-Pivot
FAQ:http://rrurl.cn/gQwLg5

Application for BTP 2017 Summer Volunteers Starts Now!

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What to do in the best years of our life?

How about joining the BTP and making volunteering counts?

We are ordinary people,

but we can make the world a better place.

In the summer of 2017,

BTP sincerely invites you to join us in the journey!


Brief Introduction of the 2017 summer project

Five project groups are recruiting summer volunteers right now, and they will respectively head to Hainan, Sichuan, Yunnan, Inner Mongolia of Mainland China and Ghana, Africa to provide their service.

In addition, Home Kong Project Group is now recruiting project leaders for the OH project, and the leaders will organize meaningful events during the semester.

BTP welcomes you all to join and enjoy the summer as we volunteer together to serve the society.

 


Application

Please fill in the application form in the following link:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf1QMBJwuzpU_kafYUHN9gsAcPYlpTM99sy65l7I1su4aKBAg/viewform?winzoom=1

Application deadline: February 5th 11:59 pm.


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Time:19:30 23rd January 2017

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Interview Arrangement

Interview time:January 25th – May 6th (approximately)

Note: The interview may be conducted in one round or two round. For those who are not in Hong Kong during the time of interview, BTP will use video talk to interview.


Requirements for the Volunteers

Who we are recruiting?

Anyone is or elder than 18 years old, keen to serve as a volunteer, creative, hard-working, as well as willing to make himself or herself a better person.

Basic Requirements:

1. Healthy and hard-working

2. Enthusiastic about volunteering, kind-hearted, patient, willing to help the local children.

3. Good ability in communicating

4. Good cooperative spirit

Language requirements:

1. For projects in Mainland China, volunteers should be able to use fluent Mandarin to communicate and teach, also should be able to read simplified Chinese characters.

2. Africa projects requires the volunteers to be able to use fluent English to communicate and teach, and also to be able to get used to the local English accent quickly.

Special requirements from the project groups:

Hello Neverland: No special requirements.

Inner Mongolia: Those who have participated in summer or winter camp / have experience in teaching is preferred.

SinCere:

1. Be willing to accept harsh volunteer environment (eg. poor-condition restrooms)

2. Be able to use Mandarin to communicate.

Go 2 Africa: Can adapt to the environment rapidly, have the team spirit and use fluent English.

Yonder Narnia: No special requirements.

Home Kong: Be able to accept different cultures and use fluent English.

【BTP】2017, New Journey, New Start

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With time rapidly passing by, here comes the year of 2017.


BTP wish you all:

Happy new year!

New year, new start and new journey!

Half of the winter holiday has already passed by. Let’s see what the BTPers used this precious time to do.


Into Miracle (Inner Mongolia)

20th December 2016, four group leaders from BTP Into Miracle Project Group began their journey to Inner Mongolia. After assembling in Hohhot, we headed to Bayannur to meet with the partner which we have kept contact with for years. The enthusiasm and support from our partner makes us grateful. One educator once said, “it is very likely that one class of yours will change their lives forever.” This makes us understand the meaning of our endeavor as well as our responsibility. Besides, we also learned some weaknesses exposed before. All these suggestions support the construction of the new project group, as well as provide the direction for our next year’s training.

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Group Leaders preparing for the classes

Up to now we have already finished our rehearsal and study in a planned elementary school. Group leaders delivered classes about physiology, art and etc. The smiles and hugs from the students are the priceless rewards. When we first came, children all surrounded the “old volunteer” Teacher Sun, which really makes others “jealous”, and when we left, we have already grew too familiar with them that we hated the idea to let go of their warm little hands.

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Children and Teacher Sun

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Beautiful students and beautiful group leaders

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Earth teacher and his fans

After this experience, we finally transformed from talkers to doers. The friendship and understanding between the four group leaders also grew stronger and stronger. From the support from all our partners, to care from the hospitable Mongolians, to the smile of the children, they all make us more confident, more determined, and more energetic.

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希望通过对寒假出队过程中细节的反思,在明年的夏日里,我们能与你们一起,给孩子们带去更多。


Yonder Narnia (Yunnan)

2000 miles, from airplane to bus to rented car, from Hong Kong to Ninglang, we saw the diversity of the landscape along the way.

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Look out of the windows, there are mountains and mountains. This makes us drift into deep thoughts: what do the mountains mean? The barrier between the children and the outside world? Or the invisible poverty?

Then what are we? The outside world in the eyes of the children? The sunshine that brings them the hope?

In the week we were there, we went four schools. Although the time we spent there were very short, we obtained many beautiful memories. The innocent smiles on the children’s faces, the enthusiasm of theirs when they answered the questions, the eager when they held us and hoped we could stay…. All of these have become the most precious memories at the bottom of our hearts.

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Remember the night, under the sky full of the stars, the children and we sang one song after another in the wind on the playground. That was the most beautiful sky we have ever seen, not only because of the stars, but also because of the little angels as beautiful and shining as the stars.

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Hello Neverland (Hainan)

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BTP Hello Neverland Project Group headed to Hainan on 18th December, and taught in the school from 19th to 23rd, then left Hainan on 24th. Three group leaders and three volunteers participated in the volunteering teaching.

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The aim of the project is to broaden the eyesight of the children, therefore the design of the classes is mostly about creative topics. In spite of the traditional physiology classes, the group members of the Hello Neverland Project Group also took the interesting science class, music class, time management class and career experience class to the students.

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The winter project is also a rehearsal of the summer project. In the progress, we found out many problems and did the evaluation, as well as came out of some solutions. Meanwhile, we learned more about the school and its environment. The results will be showed in the project report.

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Having read about all this events, are you moved now?

And do you feel the warmth given out from the children’s big smiles during such cold winter?

Or moved by the efforts consistantly given by the leaders?

In Inner Mongolia where snow spreads on the grass,

or in Sichuan Province where a single boat travels amid the endless mountains,

or in Yunnan Province where numerous stars shining in the sky,

or in Hangkong where you find the novelty of the highly developed city,

or in Hainan Province where you share you happiness with both the children and the nature,

or in Africa where you enjoy the freedom and wildness of the great grassland…

Let’s bring the colorful knowledge to more children and show them the outer world.

Let’s begin our new journey and become a better one.

So, come and join us, in the new hopeful year!

Cooperation Institution

BTP sincerely appreciates the unremitting support from the following cooperation institution.

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BTP 2016-17 Committee Recruitment

BTP 2016-17 Committee Recruitment is commencing!

As one tree shaking another

One cloud touching another

And one soul arousing another

This is how easy and tender charity can be

We are still here

In the rainstorm

In the sun

Where are you?

Loving families of the same aspirations

Shining eyes of innocent children

And the resonance of hearts under different colored skin

If these are also what you desire

Come here with us!

About BTP

Beyond the Pivot (BTP) is a registered charity (Hong Kong Charity IR File No. 91/10725) founded by students from the University of Hong Kong. Its work is carried out by 33 current committee members and it has recruited around five hundred volunteers so far. Since its establishment in March 2009, BTP has launched six independent projects located in Ghana Africa, Hainan, Hong Kong, Sichuan, Yunnan and Inner Mongolia respectively.

We are constantly seeking to offer assistance to people based on need, improve the living condition of target regions, create more opportunities for university students to join social service and to encourage the inter-cultural exchanges among diverse regions as well. Moreover, we are dedicated to spread the importance of social service by holding exhibitions which displays each and every project analytical report. The six long-term social service programmes held by BTP have gained remarkable achievement.

Aside from the regular summer social service programmes, BTP work collaboratively with other NGOs to hold different experiential activities Struggle

for Survival and Dialogue in the Dark.

Committee Recruitment 2016-2017: Positions

Team Leaders:

Go 2 Africa Project: 5

Hello Neverland Project: 3~4

Home Kong project: 4

SinCere Project: 3~4

Yonder Narnia Project: 4

Into Miracle Project: 4

Home Kong Project 4

Internal and External Secretaries:

Training and Development Secretary: 2

Public Relationship Secretary: 1

Publicity Secretary: 2

Information Technology Secretary: 1

Finance Secretary: 1

The term of office for all positions is one year (from October 2016 to October 2017). For further details about position description and requirement, please refer to the second article.

Application

Fill in the application form through the link: [Click]

Application deadline: 23:59 pm, September 16, 2016

Interview Arrangement

Time: September 5 – September 20

PS: There will be one or two rounds of interviews, as the case may be. For those who are not in Hong Kong during interview period, BTP will have video

interviews with them.

Information Session

In order to offer more details about committee recruitment, BTP will hold two information sessions on HKU campus recently (For details please look forward to further notices). Board members will present the development of BTP, and team leaders of Go 2 Africa Project, Hello Neverland Project, SinCere Project, Yonder Narnia Project, Home Kong Project and Into Miracle Project will share their experience in the past year.

We will also offer participants a chance to communicate with team leaders directly after the information sessions.

For More Information

Official Website: www.hibtp.org

Official WeChat: HKUBTP

Official Weibo: http://www.weibo.com/hibtp

Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Beyond-the-Pivot

Recruitment

The volunteer recruitment for 2016 summer has ended.

Thank you for your support.

The committee recruitment for year 2016-17 will start in September.

Please look forward to future notices.

[2015-16 Winter Investigation] Yonder Narnia: First Meet

In order to better prepare for the summer social service programmes in 2016, team leaders of four projects in BTP, Yunnan, Hainan, Sichuan and Inner Mongolia, alone with some volunteers, visited their cooperative schools. They carried out thorough investigations and voluntary teaching there for several days in December of 2015.

During this period, the team leaders gained insight about local transport and custom, as well as cooperative schools. Moreover, they looked into the intellect and character of local students through short-term voluntary teaching,making preparations for future teaching in the summer.

Team leaders of some projects also conducted Return Visit Investigations in their cooperative schools in 2015 to collect feedbacks about their previous programmes in last summer and suggestions from the schools.

Through the investigations and voluntary teaching, each team enhanced mutual understanding and communication with partners and gained in-depth knowledge of local situation, which laid the foundation of the summer social service in 2016 with larger scale and longer time.

Below are some photos from Yonder Narnia team.

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