Introduction

Volunteering is an invaluable way of growing important life skills, helping you gain confidence, make a difference for your community, show that you care, and make great memories. It can even help you achieve qualifications – all of which helps you stand out to employers.

However, due to the pandemic, it is more difficult to find volunteering opportunities right now. Charity shops, for example, which are primarily run by volunteers, are not open during lockdown, and places such as care homes where vulnerable people are looked after must be stringent with regards to potentially exposing their residents. This means that valuable opportunities are more scarce right now.

But don’t worry – if you want to volunteer, there are still many ways of doing so virtually! Check out our list below of ways in which you can offer your time and services and help those who need it.

Tutoring

Thanks to technology, you don’t have to be in the same classroom as someone to be able to tutor them: you can do so over Zoom, Teams or Skype! Tutoring is a great way to help those who are struggling or disadvantaged to get on track with their work, achieve and pave success for themselves.

The Access Project is a volunteering scheme that helps over 1000 14-18-year-old students from disadvantaged backgrounds across London, the East Midlands, West Midlands and Bradford to get into university. Volunteers must be of university age and have an A-Level or related A-Level to the subject they would like to tutor.

Action Tutoring is a similar scheme that provides online tutoring to disadvantaged pupils all across England. Tutors must have or be studying for a degree and must have an A Level in the subject they will teach in at least a B grade. Other than that, anybody can volunteer online.

The odds are stacked against many disadvantaged pupils throughout the UK, so why not volunteer your time to help those who would benefit the most?

Translating

Are you fluent in more than one language? If so, there are plenty of opportunities to use this skill to benefit others. Translators Without Borders is a non-profit organisation that requires volunteers to assist a variety of charities and medical teams such as the WikiProject Med Foundation, the United Nations and Doctors Without Borders.

Your translation efforts would help project volunteers communicate with those that they are helping, in particular, health care content and medicine information – but it’s also a great way for you to ensure you don’t lose the skills you have in your second or third language!

Check out its website today to learn more.

Volunteering at the United Nations

The UN aims to maintain international peace and security across the world, and many of its programmes, such as UNICEF and the World Food Programme, rely on the help of volunteers.

There are multiple ways to volunteer for the United Nations, from writing and editing documents, design and technology support and to translation, to event organisation and admin work. Some of the smaller projects only require an hours’ work – perfect for fitting in alongside your university work.

Help fight loneliness

Loneliness is an issue across our society, and Methodist Homes (MHA), the largest charity care provider for older people in the UK, is trying to combat it with their volunteering scheme. All it requires is a simple 30-minute phone call each week to an elderly person in their care to talk, listen and help build up a friendship: it doesn’t sound like much, but it can change someone’s entire outlook on life.

The only qualifications you need are to be over 18, a good listener, patient, and non-judgemental.

Head to its website today if you think this sounds like something you could do.