PUBLISHED : Friday, 18 February, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 18 February, 1994, 12:00am

I HAVE just returned from Calcutta where in previous visits I have spent several months working as a volunteer for Mother Teresa.

This trip was only for one week to return to the sick children's home and rekindle friendships.

Calcutta is a filthy polluted city; the mere name conjures up images of disease and death, but there is more to it than ugliness.

Amongst the sadness and human suffering, as a volunteer, I have seen how people on the streets care for one another.

I have seen terrible deprivation on the one hand but tremendous life and love and joy coming through the smiles of some of these people despite their suffering.

It makes me humble that they can express this joy out of their nothingness. It gave me great joy to be amongst these people and the experience has put life into perspective.

Now that I am back at work in Hong Kong, living in a civilised clean city with a rewarding job, I do not forget the street people, the sick and the destitute.

Mother Teresa's volunteers give whole-hearted free service to the poorest of the poor with tender love and compassion for the unwanted and unloved - anyone wishing to be a volunteer can go to Calcutta and in the words of Mother Teresa herself in a letterto me, ''Come with arms to serve and a heart to give.'' TERESA LITTLEWOOD Wan Chai