Wednesday, November 05, 2008

United Nations Volunteers Launches New Online Volunteering Site

Have you ever wanted to translate newspaper articles from Turkish to English for UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees)?

Help the UNDP's (United Nations Development Programme) International Poverty Centre forge research partnerships in the Arab States region?

Do graphic design for Lawyers without Borders?

Provide CiviCRM and Drupal support for the Aid Workers Network?

Write a great apes species profile for the African Conservation Foundation?

You can find online volunteer opportunities like these from UN agencies, and development organizations on the UNV Online Volunteering Service. The UNV recently updated its site to make it easier for individuals to find online volunteer opportunities, and for organizations to post them.

Mrs. Rizki of the Mr. and Mrs. Rizki blog, has been a member of the UNV online volunteering community for 5 years. She recently signed up to do some translation:

"I found this organisation named PEOI, which specializes in providing free online education for several countries, including Indonesia. I, basically translate their English contents to Indonesian."

SanityFound's Ramblings joined the United Nations Online Volunteer Programme when she was home with extra time on her 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."

You can search for volunteer opportunities in English, French or Spanish by task, development topic, and region. Best of all, all of your work is done online, so you can fit it in to your schedule!

Have you ever been an online volunteer for the UNV? What was it like?

Cross-posted from The Extraordinaries


  1. Great post!Feels like we are on the cusp of major social change.If I could mention another option for giving and volunteering both domestically and internationally: There are hundreds of opportunities currently listed.

  2. Thanks for the link, Sarah!

  3. This is the first time I've heard of the UN's volunteer site. Nice post.

    I came across your post on UN volunteering by accident and wondered if folks would help a Peace Corps alum with his effort to make a photo documentary on Peace Corps volunteers. He use to volunteer in Jamaica and currently works as a photographer in Indiana. Hence the marriage of the two callings into this photo documentary effort. He's trying to raise funds for the effort, and I thought I'd try to help him out by posting about this effort for readers of your article.

    His "Making Peace with the World" campaign is at and he's raising $10,000 to complete the project. One more interesting thing is that he's using a tipping approach to his donation campaign where anyone who donates will not be charged for their donation until the $10,000 amount is reached. Kind of neat for folks to know that their donation will only be used when the full amount is raised.

    Think about it. Thanks for the read.

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