If going overseas isn’t an option for you, you can still volunteer in a meaningful way, right from your own home, via email, Skype and other web-based technologies.
How Does E-Volunteering Work?
As the first formalized online volunteering program in Canada, Cuso International’s innovative e-volunteering program connects volunteers to our international partners remotely. E-Volunteering offers many of the benefits gained from on-site volunteering, while having the extra advantage of fitting in one's regular weekly schedule without needing a passport. Through the Internet, contributing and giving back to a community, gaining new skills, and making new connections are common benefits of e-volunteering and for Cuso International it is a great opportunity to engage more people in its mission.
What Can I Do as an E-Volunteer?
Any task at all, no matter how large or how small, that can be completed online can work as an e-volunteer placement. Based on your skills and background there are multiple tasks to choose from on our job board but generally fall within the following categories:
project management, accounting, business planning and market research
grant writing, social media strategy, translation services
brand and logo design, flyers, brochures and reports
curriculum and instructional design, e-learning, webinars, language training
website design, publishing support, mobile app development, data analysis
Is E-Volunteering Right for Me?
If you have a reliable computer and Internet set-up, have 2-7 hours a week available, want to gain experience while making an impact, then an e-volunteer placement may be right for you. If you are still not sure, you can take our online survey to find out.
For more information and to see what e-volunteer placements are currently available, please check out the job board and select E-Volunteering under Placement Type. You may also contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
E-Volunteering Success Stories
To find out some of the great projects our e-volunteers have worked on, please read on.
- Translation Support - A Labour of Love
Meet an e-volunteering couple who wanted to support our partners as a team.
- E-Volunteering Across Barriers
E-Volunteers can support partners in countries that are too dangerous for our in-country volunteers.
- Virtual Community Service Learning Opportunities
Cuso International partners with the University of Ottawa Community Service Learning (CSL) program to offer student real-world research opportunities.
- Graphic Design – A Popular and Valuable E-Volunteer Task
As a communications design specialist, e-volunteer Christine Whitton worked as a Communications Design Specialist to help support our international volunteer Amalia Gentles in Jamaica.
- E-Volunteering: Virtual Teams Making a Real Difference
Online support teams are helping to support emerging social entrepreneurs.
- E-Mentoring: International Development One Email at a Time
Canadian interns are being supported by seasoned e-mentors.
- Online crowd sourcing: Good Globalization
Cuso International is mobilizing classrooms to produce valuable market research data. In this story, a Cuso International alumnus leads students at North Island College in BC in helping rice farmers in Laos.