There has been increasing Hong Kong interest in volunteer work, according to Oxfam Hong Kong. The relief agency hopes to further develop its volunteer programme by involving young people in its anti-poverty work. Here is a brief introduction of Oxfam's various programmes: Can volunteers help in other countries? Oxfam Hong Kong is an international organisation which helps poor people. Many volunteers like to go to poor countries to help those in need. But Oxfam believes that poor people can stand on their own feet if only given access to resources such as loans and training. 'We believe only with such kind of improvement can the changes be far-reaching and long-lasting,' a spokesmansaid. Besides, most of their programmes are based in remote areas, where villagers do not have much interaction with foreigners. 'Too many visits can create disturbances,' the spokesman told Young Post. All these considerations suggest it is best for volunteers to give assistance locally. Perhaps the slogan 'think globally, act locally', applies here. Volunteer Express : This is a newsletter sent to registered volunteers, in addition to Oxfam's quarterly newsletter. It contains news about volunteers as well as notices on future requests for volunteer service. Oxfam in Action : This quarterly newsletter is Oxfam's main publication for the general public. Through case studies, pictures and features, it aims to give the community a better understanding of the causes and effects of poverty. Volunteers also receive a copy. Special task groups: They assist with certain aspects of Oxfam's work. These groups cover a wide range of fields, including translation, research, volunteer development, graphic design, education and international schools education. The special task groups enable volunteers to develop their individual talents and nourish their community consciousness. Volunteer Night: Experienced volunteers and members of various task groups can meet in Oxfam library or meeting room on Wednesday nights from 7 pm to 10 pm to exchange ideas and experiences. Oxfam Hong Kong has only 40 staff - and needs help. Only through the general public's active participation, both in Hong Kong and abroad, can equality and justice prevail. Oxfam Hong Kong is an independent development and relief agency which works with the poor regardless of race, sex, religion or politics in their struggle against poverty, distress and suffering. For more information, call 2861-1411.