With our ever-evolving technology, making a meaningful contribution to our society has never been easier and convenient. As a society, we've all had to become creative and find new methods of helping others, from the confines of our own homes. Many people are still figuring out how to fit into the realm of virtual volunteering with their existing or newly acquired skill sets.
With all the advantages volunteering has to offer such as enhancing one's self-esteem, giving a sense of accomplishment, and happiness, virtual volunteering has become a popular method of exhibiting social consciousness. If you are someone wanting to reach out and connect by giving time, energy, and attention to making the world a better place, 2022 is shaping up to be a year of possibilities.
- Increased number of volunteering opportunities
As the world heals from the aftermath of the pandemic, there is an increase in social awareness and people in need of assistance. The Global Journal has estimated there to be more than 10 million NGOs worldwide, and this number is only set to increase. With new technologies being introduced at an increasingly fast pace, NGOs can find it difficult to keep up with all the new trends and changes. In addition, funding is hard to come by, and they might not be able to invest in professional assistance. Here’s where virtual volunteering can make an impact. No organization can ever have too much help. Virtual volunteering can be a cost-effective way for organizations to meet their R&D needs and reach exponential growth with your help.
- Volunteering on a global scale
The greatest boon of virtual volunteering is the fact that distance and geography are no longer a barrier. Online platforms connect people from all over the world to be able to contribute to causes they are passionate about. More importantly, it exposes volunteers to causes they might not otherwise be aware of and work towards their advancement. People are no longer restricted to volunteering for local organizations and gain access to global experiences that provide valuable insight into the operations of global nonprofit organizations. With more people having access to computers and internet connections around the world, there has been a substantial growth in South to South volunteering between poor countries, as opposed to the traditional North to South volunteering framework that was common in the past. The UN Online Volunteers platform projects that 60% of their virtual volunteers hail from developing countries, which has enabled the recognition of South-South Cooperation and has led to the exploration of latent innovation, knowledge, and resources.
- Diverse volunteering fields
New-found interests and skills that you might have picked up over the pandemic can be put to the test via virtual volunteering. It is a common notion that people might opt for skill-based virtual volunteering, as it is easier for them to understand the task at hand and contribute effectively. while others view volunteering as a great way to make a short-term career switch and offer a great opportunity to gain new experience. Volunteering may also introduce you to professional opportunities or internships that can help you advance your career. The fact that volunteer work is unpaid does not imply that the skills you learn are elementary. A lot of volunteer opportunities come with a lot of training. For example, when volunteering at a women's shelter, you could get expertise as a mental health worker or learn a new subject while volunteering as an educator.
- Opportunities to form meaningful connections
Few people are naturally unreserved, while others are shy and find it difficult to form new connections. Volunteering allows you to practice and improve your social skills by allowing you to virtually meet a group of individuals who share common interests. It's easy to venture out and establish new acquaintances and contacts once you've gained some experience. Community impact is one of the most well-known advantages of volunteering. Even tiny contributions can make a significant difference in the lives of people, animals, and organizations in need. Volunteering allows you to make new acquaintances, extend your network, and improve your social skills.
As the new year unfolds, humanity has to make a conscientious decision to be the change they want to see in the world. Chezuba has partnered with over, 7000 NGOs who are in need of your skills and expertise. Choose from a plethora of projects that you can work on based either solely on your skills or on your interests. Join our family of Chezuba volunteers today and get started on your philanthropic journey!