Recipe for personal fulfilment
As you know, they research everything. Sometimes they find the most extraordinarily amazing things but sometimes I reckon they could have saved their grants and just asked any regular punter on the street if they wanted to know. Unsurprisingly, researchers have now found that people who spend time volunteering in some capacity are happier and more fulfilled than everyone else.
So, if you think you might be up for a bit of fulfilment but you want to do it from the comfort of your home, online volunteering is for you.
The United Nations Volunteers programme – Inspiration in Action – is inspired by the conviction that volunteerism can transform the pace and nature of development and by the idea that everyone can contribute their time and energy towards peace and development. Volunteerism, they say, is a powerful force that enables everyone, including marginalized and disadvantaged people, to contribute to peace and development, on-site and online, all around the world.
If you’re interested, head to their website and hit Opportunity Search – projects typically run for a few weeks so you’re not signing your life away, and they need people with all sorts of skills. Would you, for example, be up for writing an online chemistry course for American free university PEOI? Or design the layout for a tabloid newspaper for the Twentyfirst Century African Youth Movement in Sierra Leone? Or develop a poster with visual instructions on water and hygiene for people with little education – hang on a minute, they are looking for ME!
However, if you feel like you spend enough time on the computer and want to braze the real world, (and the freezing conditions of the Australian winter) to volunteer, check this place out instead.