Finding the right project is key to maximizing your experience, and our findings indicate that being selfish in your selection actually benefits all parties. The better the project for the volunteer, the more likely you are to commit more hours and deliver greater impact.
Your ideal project should lie at the intersection of skills you have, causes you care about, work you find purpose in, the industry you want to work in, and organizations you want exposure to. This article by our CEO explains step-by-step how to think through each factor to find the project at your purpose-driven sweet-spot.
Depending on how much time you have to commit to a project and your area of expertise, you can browse for projects based on how you’d like to volunteer right now. Read about the different ways you can engage below:
- Be a Trainer/Facilitator: Engage with an organization to help teach a specific skill or resource (like training Excel skills, accounting best practices, git methodology, HR best practices, or marketing analytics to name a few). Usually, Experteers are expected to help develop the content and then conduct the training or workshop, with workload estimated at < 10h/week.
- Provide Expert Advice: Support an organization to get clarity about a certain area and better understand their needs around it. Have a 30-60min call to share your expertise about a specific skill and/or industry area, in a short one-off initiative.
- Be a Pro-Bono Consultant: Support a team with a specific task that has a clear deliverable, like designing a new website, setting up an accounting system, developing a marketing plan, creating an engineering schematic, or other skills-based projects. It can also be an opportunity to immerse yourself around a specific opportunity or challenge area.
- Be a Coach: Be a coach to help social entrepreneurs develop their leadership skills, by using your skills and experience to support them overcome their challenges. As a coach, you are not a subject matter expert but you will focus on the social entrepreneur and help them think through ways to grow as a leader and improve their social enterprise. This is usually done with a 30-60min call per month and email exchanges, over 3-6 months.
- Be a Mentor: Be a mentor to help social entrepreneurs grow their organization, by using your skills and experience to support them to overcome their challenges. As a mentor, you are a subject matter expert in the social entrepreneur’s industry and will help them think through ways to grow and mature their social enterprise. This is usually done with a 30-60 min call per month and email exchanges, over 3-6 months.
From the general project search page, you can select different filters to find the right opportunities for you.