May 21, 2010, Newsletter Issue #177: Become an Online Volunteer

Tip of the Week

The Internet has created a whole new kind of volunteer opportunity: online volunteering. By being an online volunteer, you, and volunteers from all over the world, can help organizations that serve communities in developing countries without ever leaving their own communities (or homes)!

Online volunteers translate documents, write articles, research data, build web sites, mentor young people, design logos, and engage in many other projects to benefit organizations serving people in the developing world. While online volunteering may, on the surface, seem like a role for technology professionals, most online volunteers are not—they are just interested, involved people who may provide advice or consulting or perform administrative tasks for the charity they are helping.

*The practice of donating time online is also known as "virtual volunteering," "cyber service," "telementoring," "e-volunteering" and "cyber volunteering."

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