Finding volunteer opportunities where students feel real connections with the causes and do personally meaningful work is an aspirational goal. We launched VolunteerCrowd to make great service-learning experiences accessible to more students. Add a pandemic and social distancing, and it becomes even trickier to volunteer, despite the intense time of need. Nonprofits are adapting to deliver support while preserving the health of their volunteers. VolunteerCrowd has online volunteer opportunities for students who want to help their communities build resilience while learning resume-worthy new skills.
Add digital publishing to your resume: Bookshare offers thousands of books to people with reading disabilities. Online high school volunteers can use their digital skills to share great content with sight-impaired individuals. It’s simple. Scan books to be added to a collection, edit books that have been scanned, or describe images. Students who love books and helping others get twice the satisfaction from this project.
Include leadership on your resume’s soft-skills section. You will mentor younger students, under the guidance of our awesome counselors. STEM camps are a staple of summer and provide great opportunities for high school techies to mentor younger students. If you are 13 or over, love Minecraft, Roblox, or esports, and want to gain leadership skills apply for Connected Camps STEM online volunteer program. Assist lead counselors running quirky, nerdy, and deceptively educational online programs. Also as a volunteer you will level up professional skills – public speaking, conflict management, leadership, and facilitation skills especially.
Fine arts students pay attention to this portfolio builder: Learning Ally has a few online volunteer opportunities for teens 16 and older to create audiobooks. Use your voice talent to bring youth fiction books to life. Listen to juvenile and popular fiction, and provide feedback to narrators around fluency, tone, mispronunciations, and audio quality. Conduct quality assurance playing books back, and check for anything that would result in a less-than-enjoyable listening experience. Become part of the team and empower dyslexic, blind, and visually impaired students to succeed in school and other areas of everyday life. Whether you have a lot of time or just a few minutes, there are meaningful ways to help your fellow students who struggle to read, learn, and thrive.
Many resumes proclaim strong verbal skills. With this volunteer project, you can prove it! Nonprofits must be able to communicate how they can help. That’s where talented, bilingual volunteers can make a difference. If you are 18 or older, consider volunteering with Translators Without Borders. Students must be fluent in at least one language other than their native language. Volunteers provide translations (10 million words a year!) to international organizations that focus on crisis relief, health, and education. Whether you are interested in translating medical texts or translating for crisis response, there are engaging projects available to suit all preferences.
The ability to teach others demonstrates many resume-boosting skills – listening, problem-solving, and motivating. Teens 16 and up have the opportunity to tutor, mentor, and counsel at-risk-youth from any location. StandUP for Kids is an organization that prides itself on reaching youth in all corners of Orange County, CA. The nonprofit helps with housing, and basic needs support, as well as one-on-one and group in-person mentoring/life navigation programs. After the pandemic order is lifted, onsite volunteer opportunities may be available. Whether in person or from home, volunteer to help make a difference in the lives of other students.
Colleges Are Interested in What You Learned
It’s called service-learning for a reason. Middle schools, high schools, and colleges often require or at least strongly encourage, students to volunteer. Educators know that some of the best leaners absorb new knowledge and skills by doing. Just like what you learn in a classroom, you should memorialize your verified volunteer experience to accompany your college resume. The National Society of High School Scholars’s May 27th, 2020. webinar features a great guest speaker on Resume Writing Skills. Click here to learn how to represent all of the amazing things you do and learn.
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VolunteerCrowd is supporting students, parents, guidance counselors, and college consultants through the Covid-19 pandemic. We work with nonprofits throughout the US to find online volunteer VolunteerCrowd is supporting students, parents, guidance counselors, and college consultants through the Covid-19 pandemic. We work with nonprofits throughout the US to find online volunteer opportunities for students. Read our inaugural post: Student Volunteering in the Age of Coronavirus. Learn which nonprofits are supporting 55M students who are trying to learn remotely by reading Teen and College Virtual Volunteers Needed. Ease the loneliness of isolated seniors with socially-distant service projects. Check back with us on the VolunteerCrowd blog or contact us if you have a specific question.