A few years back I joined the United Nations Online Volunteer programme in the time that I was home alone quite a bit and had some spare time on my hands. I loved the concept of being able to help the Developing Nations while I worked as I was not in a position to join the full time volunteer programmes. Murphy’s Law though, just after being accepted and getting an assignment working on the RESPECT online magazine for African refugee’s my job took an upward spiral and I soon found myself working 16 hours a day, normally on a flight to some or other place, with and no time for volunteering which was quite sad.
Now with a few moments on my hand as I await the outcome of my visa I am able to get back in to it and start helping out again, can’t wait!
Going through all their available assignments online I started to think “why not share this with my fellow bloggers” so here I am If you’re up to it and you want to help
out but don’t know how else to do it, online volunteering is the best form to take and the beauty is that anyone can do it… and it can be the most fun to!
So what is it all about?
The programme I am involved with is run by the United Volunteers Programme in conjunction with the UN Development Programme world wide. The real beauty of this project is that UNV Online Volunteering service offers all of us around the world a way to engage in development initiatives via the Internet.
Many people in all regions of the world have the skills, knowledge, experiences, and ideas to make a difference for a project in support of the Millennium Development Goals and to strengthen the capacities of development organizations. The UNV OV service helps to find online volunteering opportunities matching your personal profile and interest. What they are looking for are people who can offer expert advice on a variety of topics, article research and editing, website development, or translations etc. Skills in project management, proposal writing, or information technology; knowledge about financial, legal or environmental issues; ideas for brochure design or a feature story; or an energetic networking activity can be the missing link to the success of a development project.
If you’re interested in joining up you can go to their site www.onlinevolunteering.org
For more info head to this page FAQS
Don’t know if it will work if you aren’t registered but lets give it a try … here is a list of the current assignments available