Since I have finished the HKCEE, I have a lot of leisure time. I have chosen to become a volunteer teacher in a youth centre.
I am responsible for a group of Primary Three students. I have learned a lot from them. I have to be patient and set a good example for them. I am happy with them, because they are energetic and optimistic.
It is good for teenagers to do voluntary work. They can learn something which books don't provide.
They can also interact with people of different ages and from different social backgrounds. I think doing voluntary work is very meaningful.
Cheung Lai-kwan, Baptist Lui Ming Choi Secondary School
From the Editor
Thanks for your letter, Lai-kwan. Your decision to give up your time to help other people is admirable.
Volunteer work, of course, benefits those less fortunate than us. Whether we're helping the elderly go shopping, tutoring younger students or helping to rebuild villages in poor regions, our time and energy make someone's life easier.
But it also benefits us. Volunteering to help those in need makes us appreciate how lucky we are and how much easier life is when we help each other.
There are all sorts of volunteering options - from travelling to war-torn, remote areas of the globe, helping doctors deal with injured children and working with disabled students, to offering to coach a local children's football team or working backstage on community theatre. All options are rewarding.