The Formulae of Skilled-Volunteerism | Herman Ho, Swire Trust Go-Givers of 2022

Together with Time Auction, the Swire Trust Go-Givers Program encourages skilled volunteers for Swire Trust NGO partners from 2020 to 2022. 10 outstanding volunteers will be selected annually as the “Swire Trust Go-Givers of the Year” with special rewards & recognition. Meet our 10 Go-Givers of 2022!

Herman Ho Blogpost Image

Meet Herman

The process of interviewing Herman Ho was full of surprises. To begin, few would expect the awardee of this prestigious recognition to be a teenager in high school. Then, as the questions delved into specific details and demanded deeper reflections, even fewer would expect to hear the incredibly mature thoughts shared by this evidently well-prepared young adult.

Herman may be young, but he is - just like his spreadsheets - extremely impressive.

Inputting skills

Like most high school students, Herman found himself with quite a lot of spare time during the summer holidays. Naturally, he turned to his many interests, among them are IT and soccer. However, he didn't simply indulge in playing and watching games empty-headedly. Instead, he exercised his innovative muscles to merge his interests together: Herman created a spreadsheet that evaluates his friends’ accuracy in predicting future soccer match results.

Not only was this little project a fun one, but it also introduced Herman to the infinite wonders of spreadsheets. He was so attracted to the endless possibilities of numbers that he applied to be a database administrator through Time Auction’s volunteer matching platform.

As the database administrator for Books and Beyond Reading Club (BBRC), Herman was responsible for designing a real-time database management report platform for the Reading Marathon Program. From over 160 spreadsheets, data would be extracted, compiled, and analyzed so that the quiz scores of over ten thousand participants could be organized into a leaderboard.

Having been trusted to handle such large volumes of data, Herman went a step further to ensure that other and future workers of BBRC would also understand how to navigate his database management system. He produced a user guide to detail the system’s functions, mode of operation, and procedures to access information.

b86ae4b7 7f50 433a 8bad 3ec1e591ec75
Herman volunteers at a school for the Books and Beyond Reading Club

Outputting opportunities

Herman’s hard work undoubtedly created valuable opportunities for the NGO’s service users, who are mostly children with lesser means, hoping to learn English as a second language. The young learners are incentivized to actively engage in learning materials by gamified comprehension quizzes, which rely heavily on Herman’s database management system.

On the other hand, Herman’s own work also resulted in new opportunities for himself. As he truly enjoyed working with the friendly community at Books and Beyond Reading Club, Herman said that he signed up for another volunteer opportunity “with no hesitation”. This time, it was to be a team leader for their interactive storytelling classes.

In this new position, he was not only teaching students English through playing games and telling stories, but he was also responsible for guiding the Goldman Sachs (GS) Volunteer Team on utilizing class materials and implementing lesson plans to improve the students’ public speaking skills. Herman’s effort made the corporate volunteers’ experience “effective, pleasant and enjoyable,” according to the GS Volunteer Team Head.

011225bc dab4 4d73 bbb5 cb409bf2dbb9

Exporting experiences

As for Herman himself, he would also rate his volunteer experiences highly. In his time as the database administrator, it was perhaps a training of persistence. “It was quite frustrating at times, seeing all those error messages that pop up back and forth,” Herman admitted, “but, at the end, I found it really satisfying to see the database I created being put to use.” Reciprocally, BBRC also found their volunteer to be praiseworthy.

“Herman’s willingness to take the extra mile in whatever he was assigned to do is also a great asset to our organization. He is a hardworking problem solver who brings ideas and solutions to the table and does not wait to be told to do things.”

Barbara Kwok, the Founder of BBRC

So what encouraged him to volunteer so proactively? To begin, he attested that volunteering is “one of the best ways to give back to the community and also gain new experiences for yourself. So I really valued this opportunity to use my personal skills to help others… [and] I also wanted to challenge myself and see what I was capable of accomplishing.”

Moreover, Herman also appreciated the additional rewards given by Time Auction. For example, using his volunteer hours, Herman said he could redeem special experiences that “wouldn’t be something I do in my day-to-day life.” Also, he felt “really honored” to be one of the Swire Trust Go-Givers of the Year and humbly thanked the NGO for offering such a memorable volunteering experience.

This volunteer may be young, but his achievements are truly impactful. So, like Herman urged, ​​“no matter what your abilities are, as long as you have the heart to serve, that would make a difference for many people in various ways.”


Thank you so much to Herman for contributing 70 volunteer hours & beyond at the Books and Beyond Reading Club!

To see details of the Swire Trust Go-Givers Program and support their NGO partners, head over to Time Auction website.

Written by Margaret Ng, Volunteer Copywriter

Updated on 31 October, 2022
Share on

Volunteer Your Skills for Worthy Causes

Ever thought you could volunteer with your skills?

Discover volunteer projects where you can use your skills to support causes – all while building your resume, gaining references and making a difference!
Discover Projects
【2024義工活動】點樣加入義工行列?5大義工服務種類推介
你對「做義工」嘅認識有幾多?好多人都未必熟悉除咗賣旗籌款同探訪老人院之外,仲有咩其他類型嘅義工服務。究竟坊間有邊啲做義工嘅途徑,可以搵到適合自己嘅義工機會呢? 其實香港大大小小嘅慈善團體或非牟利機構  (NGO) 都會招募義工,而非牟利機構嘅義工服務範疇亦非常多元化,包括技能義工 (Skilled-volunteers),善用義工嘅個人技能同專長服務社會。你可以根據唔同嘅服務種類,或者按自己嘅喜好、關心嘅社會議題選擇義工機會。以下係5種常見嘅義工服務範疇同機構簡介畀你參考: 目錄 (一):動物福利 (二):長者服務 (三):青年發展 (四):環境保護 (五):社區服務 技能義工配對平台推介 常見嘅義工服務範疇(一):動物福利 如果你係狗奴、貓奴,或者鍾意動物,不妨考慮做動物義工!除咗有機會親身接觸毛孩之外,仲可以利用自己嘅一技之長,支援NGO嘅日常運作。雖然根據政府公佈的數據,動物棄養嘅數量有持續下降趨勢,但因近年的移民潮影響,保護動物慈善協會表示棄養寵物個案兩年升近三倍。因此,很多關注動物福利的團體都十分需要義工加入服務行列。 義工服務性質:清潔籠舍、照顧動物、活動推廣等 香港動物基金 Hong Kong Paws Foundation 香港動物基金係一間完全依靠慈善捐款同義工支持嘅動物福祉組織,希望拯救被虐待、遺棄同走失嘅動物。 香港愛護動物協會 SPCA (HK) 香港愛護動物協會係本港首間兼顧動物福利各方面嘅慈善團體,提倡善待動物,同時打擊同防止虐待動物。 Bring Me Home (Suppaw) Bring Me Home (Suppaw) 係一個寵物社交網站,亦係香港首個無償動物領養平台。 嘉道理農場暨植物園 Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden 嘉道理農場暨植物園為需要支持的農民提供農業援助,幫助他們過上獨立嘅生活; 並為公眾提供休閒同教育體驗。  Team for Animals in Lantau South (TAILS) 南大嶼山動物保護隊為有需要的貓狗提供救援、醫療、絕育、養育、庇護、寄養同領養服務,包括那些 流浪、被遺棄、受傷、虐待同忽視既貓狗,大力提倡動物福利,相信教育可以創造有利於香港動物嘅變革。 立即發掘更多! 常見嘅義工服務範疇(二):長者服務 隨著香港長者人口上升,越來越多關注老人家嘅機構都招募緊義工,希望為老友記送上更多關懷。 義工服務性質:家居維修、網頁設計、文字翻譯等 […]
Coloring our World Through Volunteering | Adam Newbold, Swire Trust Go-Givers of 2022
Together with Time Auction, the Swire Trust Go-Givers Program encourages skilled volunteers for Swire Trust NGO partners from 2020 to 2022. 10 outstanding volunteers will be selected annually as the “Swire Trust Go-Givers of the Year” with special rewards & recognition. Meet our 10 Go-Givers of 2022! Meet Adam “There are three responses to a […]
Walk In As A Giver, Walk Out As A Taker | Alex Calanca, Swire Trust Go-Givers of 2022
Together with Time Auction, the Swire Trust Go-Givers Program encourages skilled volunteers for Swire Trust NGO partners from 2020 to 2022. 10 outstanding volunteers will be selected annually as the “Swire Trust Go-Givers of the Year” with special rewards & recognition. Meet our 10 Go-Givers of 2022! Meet Alex When Alex Calanca moved to Hong […]
Volunteering Made as Easy as 1-2-3 | Rebekah Yong, Swire Trust Go-Givers of 2022
Together with Time Auction, the Swire Trust Go-Givers Program encourages skilled volunteers for Swire Trust NGO partners from 2020 to 2022. 10 outstanding volunteers will be selected annually as the “Swire Trust Go-Givers of the Year” with special rewards & recognition. Meet our 10 Go-Givers of 2022! Meet Rebekah Would you be brave enough to […]
Reimagining Life’s Possibilities Through Volunteering | Carissa Lau, Swire Trust Go-Givers of 2022
Together with Time Auction, the Swire Trust Go-Givers Program encourages skilled volunteers for Swire Trust NGO partners from 2020 to 2022. 10 outstanding volunteers will be selected annually as the “Swire Trust Go-Givers of the Year” with special rewards & recognition. Meet our 10 Go-Givers of 2022! Meet Carissa Not many people are brave enough […]
How Arleta Used Retirement As a Launchpad for New Opportunities | Swire Trust Go-Givers of 2021
Together with Time Auction, the Swire Trust Go-Givers Program encourages skilled volunteers for Swire Trust NGOs partners from 2020 to 2022. 10 outstanding volunteers will be selected annually as the “Swire Trust Go-Givers of the Year” with special rewards & recognition. Meet our 10 Go-Givers of 2021! Meet Arleta! Arleta has worked for a well-known […]
Top