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:
- Host a Training Session: 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 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.
- Help make a Connection: Help facilitate connections between an organization and other experts and industry insiders, by using your network to build bridges for social impact. This is usually done with a short call or over email exchanges, as a short one-off initiative.
- Be a Coach/Mentor: Be a coach or mentor to help social entrepreneurs grow their organization, by using your skills and experience to support them to overcome their challenges. This is usually done with a 30-60 min call per month and email exchanges, over 3-6 months.
- Work on a Pro Bono Project: 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. Give yourself enough time to learn community and cultural contexts, and then propose (and potentially implement) a plan to accelerate impact. Projects can vary greatly on duration and workload, so the scope should be well aligned between the Experteer and the Organization.
From the general project search page, you can select different filters for Role and Workload to find the right opportunities for you. Read more about the different Roles you can filter for here.