Lend us a helping hand!

Help us help others. Each year, we assist thousands of domestic workers access justice and provide them with free advice and support, with the help of pro bono lawyers from various international law firms in Hong Kong. We need volunteers to help us continue this important work.

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Volunteer with HELP

Be a Case Work Volunteer

If you can offer a minimum of 1 day a week (Monday to Friday) and can commit for a period of 6 months or more, consider applying to be a Week-day Case Work Volunteer.

Under the guidance of our Case Managers you will provide advice on employment and other issues relating to living and working in Hong Kong to our domestic worker clients. Your work may include:

  • Interviewing clients and writing comprehensive case notes.
  • Supporting clients in their dealings with employers, employment agents and relevant government bodies.
  • Drafting correspondence and documents for use in legal proceedings.
  • Preparing clients for, and accompanying them to, labour relations procedures and appointments.

What do we look for in our Week-day Case Work Volunteer applicants?

  • Knowledge of Hong Kong employment law and the specific rules applicable to foreign domestic workers.
  • Ability to draft letters and statements in English for legal proceedings.
  • An understanding of the situation faced by foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong and an empathy for their circumstances.

I want to apply to be a Week-day Case Work Volunteer… click here to complete a volunteer application form and then register for a volunteer information session.

If you are a practicing lawyer or have a legal background but are not available Monday to Friday, consider applying to be included on our Sunday Volunteer Roster or joining our Pro-bono Panel.

By joining our Sunday Volunteer Roster, kindly managed for us by Linklaters, you will be able to offer similar advice and documentary support to our domestic worker clients in our drop-in clinic on Sundays on a rotational basis.  We expect volunteers on the Sunday roster to commit to at least 6 months.

I want to apply to join the Sunday Volunteer Roster… click here to get in contact with the support team at Linklaters and you will be notified when the next training session is to be held.  Please let Linklaters know your Name, Contact details, Firm/Company name and confirm if you are HK qualified (this is not a requirement but it is helpful). 

By joining our Pro-bono Panel you offer your legal advice and documentation support to our Staff and Week-day volunteers who will contact you to assist with cases which are more involved, unusual or difficult.

I want to join the Pro-bono Panel… click here to complete a pro-bono contact form to let us know the level of support you can offer.

If you are seeking to undertake 50 hours of pro-bono work as part of your application to be admitted to the New York Bar, please contact our partner ABR (Asian Bar Review), who will assist you with the process and schedule your volunteer hours with us directly. To apply, please contact ABR click here.

Be a Volunteer Interpreter 

The nature of our work requires that it be documented in English, however many of our clients find it easier to explain their situations in their mother tongue. If you are able to translate to/from English and one or more language, especially Tagalog, Bahasa Indonesia, Chinese, Bengali, Hindi and Malagasi and are available during the week (Monday to Friday), consider applying to be a Volunteer Interpreter.

You will provide a valuable service to our Case Managers and Case Work Volunteers by interpreting for our domestic worker clients and helping to provide advice on employment and other issues relating to living and working in Hong Kong to them in their own language.  You may be involved in:

  • Interviewing clients with Case Workers.
  • Dealings with employers, employment agents and relevant government bodies.
  • Preparing clients for labour relations procedures and appointments.

 

What do we look for in our Volunteer Interpreter applicants?

  • Excellent spoken and written English and at least one other relevant language.
  • Flexible availability to fit in with client appointments and provide maximum support.
  • An understanding of the situation faced by foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong and an empathy for their circumstances.

I want to apply to be a Volunteer Interpreter … click here to complete a volunteer application form and then register for a volunteer information session.

Be a Fundraising or Events Volunteer

If you can offer periods of time to plan and run fundraising events, consider becoming a Fundraising or Events Volunteer. 

Under the guidance of the Director and our Board, apply your skills to our fundraising efforts by helping us build relationships and explore new fundraising opportunities.  This may include proposing, planning and implementing a variety of fundraising activities including events for HELP’s benefit (eg. stalls at fairs and sponsored walks).  If you have your own ideas for fundraising we would love to hear from you.

I want to apply to be a Fundraising or Events Volunteer … click here to get in contact with our Fundraising team to discuss the support you can offer.

Please note that to apply for any of our volunteer positions you must have the right to work in Hong Kong.


If you can contribute, please send your CV and the Volunteer application form to volunteer@helpfordomesticworkers.org with ‘Volunteer Application’ in the subject line or apply online.

We prioritise volunteers who can spend at least one full day of their time per week in our office for a minimum of six months.

Get to know what it's like to volunteer with us from the volunteers themselves.