Where? Room 504, Tung Che Commercial Centre, 246 Des Voeux West What? Social workers and teachers offer educational programmes for students aged six to 13, teaching them leadership and social service skills. How? There is a wide variety of volunteer jobs on offer, including trips to remote mainland villages aimed at increasing awareness of child poverty. The group also arranges voluntary work with local social services. Volunteer Space is currently recruiting volunteers for their Yunnan trip this summer. Local and international students over 18 are welcome to join. They also need volunteers for their charity sale on June 11 and 12. Call 2116 1212 to apply or visit www.volunteer.org.hk for more information. Teen volunteer: Ginny Chan Ka-ying, 19, is a first year student at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. She said her trip to the mainland was a journey of self-discovery. 'I knew what poverty was in theory, but I had never experienced it directly until this trip. Many village children are hard-working but because their families are so poor they don't get the chance to study further than primary two. We teamed up with a mainland charity organisation and visited schools in Yunnan. We played games with the children and taught them drawing skills. We took a huge rainbow-coloured banner with us onto which we pasted their drawings of animals, mountains, clouds and trees. We then hung the banner on some trees for everyone to see. The project aimed to let children express their hopes for a better future through education. At night we stayed with the children in their homes. The wooden house that I stayed in had electricity for the first time only a few years ago. There was just one light bulb and no toilet in the house. It was freezing at night. The people we met live under harsh conditions and are very strong. They have little but I think I am imposing my own standards on them by calling them poor. They have their own lifestyle and are not under the same pressures as city dwellers. Some parents in the villages had the idea that education was useless. They preferred their children, especially girls, to help out at home rather than go to school. In the second school that I visited, about 80 per cent of the students were boys. The trip was an eye-opening experience and I think I know myself better now. I have started to think about the meaning of my life and what kind of happiness I want to pursue.'