HK-UK Mentoring Scheme

HK SOCIETY LAUNCHES VOLUNTEER

MENTORING SCHEME FOR FIRST-TIME RESIDENTS

London and Hong Kong (5th September 2012)  -   The Hong Kong Society, head-quartered in London at Swire House with a new representation office in Hong Kong, has announced the launch of a Mentor scheme with the support of a group of volunteers to facilitate the arrival of first-time residents to both cities.  The Hong Kong Society’s Mentor programme comprises a volunteer scheme whereby new residents (professional or otherwise) to London and Hong Kong can contact a member of the Society in either city and be assigned a long-term resident to assist with assimilation into that city. There are currently 14 volunteers divided between the two cities with more coming on board, all ready to offer their support.

Each volunteer has committed to meet, advise and guide one (or more) new arrival and to offer assistance with general information about Hong Kong or London and provide relevant contacts and introductions; and to be generally accessible (by mobile phone) for one year.

Karen Luard, the current Chairman of the HK Society in London, comments that “anyone who’s ever arrived for the first time to live and/or work in an international world city such as London and Hong Kong, without knowing anyone, will understand how intimidating an experience this can be.  We have a team of welcoming and knowledgeable volunteers standing by to offer a friendly face and informed introduction to both cities, completely free of charge.  Our enthusiastic volunteers in both London and Hong Kong are keen to ensure that new comers start off on the right foot and make the most of the wonderful opportunities both cities have to offer.”

The Hong Kong Society, London, is directed in Hong Kong by Mabel Au-Yeung, a cosmopolitan local with extensive experience of the city.  The team of volunteers in Hong Kong are all long-time residents hailing from various professional backgrounds including business and academia. Together they offer a wealth of experience and expertise that will facilitate the assimilation of new comers in this vibrant city.

For more information about this programme in the UK and to offer support, please contact Fiona Duong, communications@hkas.org.uk or telephone the society office on 020 7963 9447 (in the UK);   and in Hong Kong Tel: 9038 8939 and email mabelay@gmail.com.

 

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