How-to guides: How do I volunteer?
Always wanted to volunteer but not quite sure where to start? Well, help is at hand… this is your one-stop guide to get you on the right track, whether you are looking to share a specific skill, enthuse with others or give a little of your precious time to make a meaningful contribution to the community. Packed with brilliant ideas for voluntary work, plus everything you need to know to get involved.  
Essential reading
These articles, written for us by online volunteer Kudaza Bibi in London, explain the different aspects of volunteering and equip you with the basic tools to get started as a volunteer.

One million volunteers: An online book 
First published in 1968, Arthur Gillette's comprehensive history of voluntary youth service is now available online. The author shows how service has affected volunteers and the peoples with whom they work, and draws guidelines for the future of international voluntary work.  Read article
Eight ways to change the world 
Sao Paulo, Brazil: The resources attached give some ideas on how schools can put the UN's Millennium Development Goals into practice.  Read article
When the boss volunteers you 
A reader asked: My boss is active with a community organization and often sends requests to me and my direct reports for volunteers at daytime and evening events sponsored by the organization. What should I do?  Read article
Getting started 
Whether it is your time or expertise, it is important to decide what it is that you can offer. Even if you think you don’t have any specific skill to offer, remember that many volunteering jobs involve just being there to talk to someone or an extra pair of hands.  Read article
Finding the right opportunity 
There are lots of volunteering opportunities available but it’s important that you find the one that suits you best. It is a good idea to approach your volunteer search like you would a normal job search.  Read article
Ever considered online volunteering? 
If you have access to a computer and the Internet coupled with the right skills then you should consider volunteering online. Online volunteering is perfect if you have limited time or no transportation, and also opens up exciting opportunities for disabled volunteers.   Read article
Volunteering explained 
Volunteering is the commitment of time and energy - in an activity that involves spending time, without financial reward, doing something that aims to benefit the community, the environment or individuals outside one's immediate family.     Read article
Benefits of volunteering 
Volunteering has a meaningful, positive impact on your community. But did you know that it can have many benefits for you too? Here are some reasons to volunteer.  Read article
24 June 2008
Make your company pay for volunteering by Tory Johnson
Increasingly, companies are recognizing the perks of corporate volunteering. Bosses know that it is a strategic decision and bring in bottom-line benefits into the company. Tory Johnson, workplace contributor for the television programme "Good Morning America", gives pointers on how you can convince your employers to support corporate volunteering initiatives.  Read article
15 April 2008
Tips on volunteering overseas by Emily Green
If you've thought of spending some time doing volunteer work or teaching overseas, your twenties may be the time to pursue it. For many, the age offers a unique period of financial and personal independence.  Read article
11 September 2007
Volunteering in Bolivia: From the rooftop of the world to the jungles of Amazonia by Geoffrey Groesbeck
Volunteerism is a long-standing tradition in Bolivia, with more than 300 organizations working with volunteers.  Author Geoffrey Groesbeck briefly outlines volunteers' contribution to Bolivia's development and provides some links on finding volunteering opportunities within the country.  Read article
20 August 2007
Volunteer: A Traveller's Guide 
Lonely Planet "Volunteer: A Travellers' Guide" cover
Travel information company Lonely Planet recently launched a volunteering handbook,"Volunteer: A Travellers Guide to Making a Difference Around the World".   Read article
16 April 2007
So, you want to volunteer 
Consider these tips wisely before volunteering, from the USA Freedom Corps.   Read article

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