Can I Volunteer Without Leaving My Bed?
The summer is approaching quickly and for many students, that means holiday. While some of us want to spend the summer travelling around, others prefer to stay at home and relax. For those who want don’t want to leave their room, there are many opportunities to help others, be a part of a community and do something meaningful: Remote (virtual) volunteering.
Registering for virtual volunteering opportunities are much easier than filling up a CV. You choose the amount of work you want to do, how many hours you want to commit and when you will commit it. Most organisations are flexible with your schedules.
Sites That Find You Volunteering Opportunities
There are many sites that find you suitable opportunities based on your interests, age, committed hours etc. Here are some of the most credible sites that can help you:
- VolunteerMatch: This site brings thousands of remote and local volunteering opportunities to people across the world. You simply have to create a basic profile, browse your favourite causes and apply to a position! There are plenty of choices from translating documents to helping with a social media campaign. There are also internships available.
- DoSomething: This website asks you to choose a cause, a time period and the type of action you want to take. Based on your choices, you are given a long list of projects that you can participate. You can do small things like posting a picture to your Instagram, or something more time consuming, such as starting a online fundraiser. Most of the projects in this site are more social media oriented than others, so make sure you read the projects throughly!
- UN Volunteers: This is the official online volunteering page of the United Nations. The opportunities in this site require you to be knowledgeable and experienced about the topics. And for most projects, you need a Bachelor’s Degree in the corresponding area. There are plenty of opportunities about translating documents and mentoring school groups.
- Idealist: This site is perfect for finding summer jobs, internships, and volunteering opportunities. Just put your location and area of interest in the search box and find your matches! There are also volunteering trips that you can take if you want to live an adventure while volunteering. Just check this volunteer opportunity in an orphanage in Nepal or this ambassador program in Levitt Pavilion, LA!
- Create The Good: This site offers both local and remote volunteering opportunities as well as inspiring articles, Do-It-Yourself Project guides and information regarding volunteering. There are many different projects that you can choose from. You can also post opportunities yourself if you need some help.
- CatchaFire: If you are a busy professional, you can use your skills to help an organisation for a short time using this website. While there is not an age limit in this site, you have to have a legitimate degree instead of a passion about the corresponding subject.
- 7 Cups of Tea: This is a very special website dedicated to psychological talking therapy for free. To volunteer, you need to finish an extensive training (that lasts about an hour) and learn how to respond to members. With no time requirements, you can talk with people whenever you want and make an impact in their lives.
- And of course, Millennials365: Did you know that, aside from being an independent social platform that allows the voices of the new generation to be heard, Millennials365 is also a website aiming to make a difference. Millennials365 donates 25% of every penny of its income. Thereby, by sharing what you believe in, by writing articles, you could aid your community.
Does virtual volunteering really make a difference?
It may seem like you aren’t doing much, but online volunteering can actually help people. I have been an active 7 Cups of Tea listener for two years. Even though I don’t spend much time on the site, I’ve talked with more than a hundred members. The satisfaction when someone leaves a thank you note to your profile is priceless. Witnessing all the unique problems those people have, and trying to help them overcome those reminded me that it was not necessarily difficult to make a difference as a part of a community; you only need the will to do it and take initiative.
Other Resources for Finding Volunteering Opportunities