These days basically everything can be done online, so why not volunteering as well. Virtual volunteers are people who complete tasks for a charity organization almost entirely over the internet.
Many people prefer doing volunteer work via the internet due to things like time constraints, personal preferences, a disability, or due to their location.
Virtual volunteers offer services such as:
- Creating web pages
- Designing a database
- Translating documents
- Designing graphics
- Researching subjects
- Writing proposals, press releases, and articles
- Moderation online message groups and forums
- Tutoring students and adults
- And many more
Before you offer your services to a charity online, you need to make sure you are ready. There are a few things to consider before you start:
- Make sure your internet connection is reliable. Virtual volunteering jobs, generally, go for around three months, so make sure you will have internet during that time frame.
- Are you self-motivated? No one will be there to remind you that you have to be working. You have to be able to motivate yourself to get the job done.
- Are you comfortable working on your own? Some people work well in a group environment, others work better on their own. The key is to finding your niche, if working on your own seems daunting then perhaps virtual volunteering isn’t for you.
- Do you have good communication skills? A lot of the communication done between you and the supervisor will be via email, but sometimes it will be done via phone. Good communication via the written word is an absolute must.