THE PERCENTAGE of Hong Kong students who take part in voluntary work is double that in Guangzhou, according to a survey jointly conducted by community groups in the cities. The Boys' and Girls' Clubs Association of Hong Kong (BGCA) and the Guangzhou Youth Research Institute interviewed about 1,900 tertiary and secondary students aged between 15 and 24 in both places in December 2002 and January 2003. The study found that more than half of the Hong Kong students interviewed had taken part in voluntary services. However, only 26 per cent of the young people surveyed in Guangzhou had done so. 'In Guangzhou, school is the main source for teenagers to find some [voluntary work],' Chiu Chun-hung, Research and Development Officer of the BGCA said. 'But in Hong Kong, there are many other social service and community groups that offer students opportunities to become volunteers.' The survey found that fund-raising was the most common form of voluntary activity in Hong Kong, whereas in Guangzhou students were most involved in environmental and poverty-related activities. Hong Kong youngsters were also more involved in long-term voluntary services than their Guangzhou counterparts, the results showed. 'Hong Kong needs voluntary works such as visiting homes for the elderly and tree planting, which help boost social development, just like Guangzhou is undertaking now,' Mr Chiu said. 'And Guangzhou needs more channels and opportunities for students to do voluntary work.' He hoped community groups in both cities could provide volunteers with more training and help set up service groups able to organise voluntary programmes themselves. Teenagers in both regions admitted that doing voluntary service was altruistic, could help improve oneself and enhance the development of society.