As unemployment rates rise in the United States, the jobless find comfort and continue to keep their resumes active by participating in various volunteer activities. A while ago we shared with you ideas for the college student looking for an “alternative spring break” of overseas volunteering. Today, we’re going to focus on small efforts both the employed and unemployed professional/individual can partake in – and our suggestions even have an international twist.
Nabuur.com is an online volunteering platform that links Neighbors (online volunteers) with Villages (local communities) in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Connected through Nabuur.com, Neighbors and local communities learn about each other, share ideas and find solutions to local issues. Nabuur.com is a fantastic example of how technology and new media are even playing a role in volunteerism today. Watch this video for a thorough introduction to how the program works:Vodpod videos no longer available.
Operating under the same spirit as Nabuur.com is the United Nations Volunteers site which connects volunteers with organizations working for sustainable human development. Volunteers donate their skills and team up with organizations in need of those specific skills to work toward a common goal all via the internet.
For those looking for resources to get non-profit or grassroots ideas off the ground, Social Actions offers tools via their online database of more than 20,000 actions aimed to help people share opportunities to help make a difference. The great thing about Social Actions is that it is flexible enough to work both at a community and international level.
Another social action network is Change.org which helps people learn about various causes, refers them to non-profits and other related organizations and ultimately makes the necessary connections to help people get involved.
What we’ve listed today are just a few of the many options available to anyone with the time, passion and ideas necessary for volunteering internationally (or within the community) and the great thing is, each one of these opportunities begins from your computer.
For the gainfully employed or those still searching for work, volunteerism is a great way to use your skills to help others help themselves, keep your resume active and hopefully bring yourself a sense of personal satisfaction.
[“The Advanced Ape” would like to thank the Rising Voices Google Group for sharing these fantastic ideas.]