WHAT ARE ONLINE VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES?
Welcome to our brand-new section for online volunteering opportunities. This page has been created out of demand for opportunities that students can perform remotely. We can all agree that COVID-19 sucks, big time, but that’s not enough to get VTeam down. When the going gets tough, the tough get going; so we are bringing volunteering opportunities to you!

If you’re currently thinking something along the lines of: “what’s the point of volunteering? Now is the perfect time to wrap myself up like a burrito and go into hibernation.”, then you’re wrong and here’s why:
  • Volunteering is the perfect way to keep morale high and feel proactive during these tempestuous times. It shows courage and community amidst social isolation.
  • Helping others is great for your mental health. It stimulates your mind, encourages the release of feel-good hormones and distracts us from negative thoughts.
  • Other groups and communities still need help, some more than ever before.
  • Online volunteer experience will impress future employers more than the amount of Netflix series you got through during isolation. It shows resilience and ingenuity, something that you can definitely boast about in future job interviews. These hours can be logged towards your Big Essex and other volunteering awards.
  • You may even find it fun!

Whatever the reasons behind choosing to volunteer with us, we’re very happy that you’re here and we welcome you with open, disinfected arms (from a distance of 2 metres of course).

Most opportunities advertised on this page are national or international campaigns; however, if you like to support your local community with some more active volunteering please register your interest here or fill up this survey and we will link you to those when available

Activities
Be My Eyes

Lend your eyes to solve tasks, big and small to help blind and low-vision people


Conservation at your fingertips

We are bringing animal related projects back; just this time on your screen! Tag wild animals sightings for conservation purpose!


Digital Transcription of Historical Artefacts

Calling all history nerds, we have a juicy volunteering opportunity for you. The Smithsonian have a handful of historical artefacts that need transcribing. If the thought of reading through a WWII diary gives you goosebumps, then you are in for a treat!


Freerice

Solving world hunger has never been so fun! The World Food Programme have created an online game where for every correct answer, an equivalent of 10 grains or rice are given to people most at risk of starvation.


Missing Maps

Assist humanitarian organisations by mapping out areas which are otherwise missing from all known maps. These are areas inhabited by some of the world’s most vulnerable people, but which are often high risk for natural and man-made disasters.


Phrase Detectives

Game With A Purpose, caught your attention? Wait, did we say that this opportunity has essex.ac.uk domain.... You can guess which University has made it happen!


Post Pals

A card, letter or even a gift can give a poorly child's face a much needed lift!


SPEAK Social

Language plays an important part towards integration. Join SPEAK and help people all around the world to improve their skills while learning some yourself.


Surfify: Donating in your sleep while fundraising

Support SurfAid Charity while sleeping or resting!


Trail Cam Identification

Help different wildlife charities across the world conduct research by going through their trail cam footage and identifying whatever triggered the motion sensor.


Translators Without Borders

Become a translator volunteer and give your support internationally. Yes, you heard us right - this opportunity connects many different countries and languages


United Nations Volunteer

United Nations have various opportunities to volunteer including those online