Doing good is good for business.
The ability for individuals and communities to make a change is stronger than ever thanks to the collective power of internet users.
Even people like Bono and Richard Branson agree that companies must recognise their responsibility to make a positive difference for their staff, clients, the community and the planet.
The same opportunity applies to internet marketers. We can work online and travel and contribute to society and improve our business all at the same time.
Wow! Everyone wants a job that will make a difference and if there are perks like travel and earning involved, well, it doesn’t get any better.
As a committed Nomad and a blogger I like to find opportunities that allow me to tick more than one box. Yes, it is great to wander on untouched sandy beaches and swim with turtles in coral lagoons. But it’s all a little hedonistic and I feel that I can do more.
Add a higher dimension to your travels.
There are opportunities for you to give value and assistance to people around the world and locally. You can protect ecosystems and endangered species. You can support health care teams or help with disaster relief.
Volunteering your labour, skills, education and health care is a privilege and an honor.
Confidence and self esteem go hand in hand with your contribution to society. Great satisfaction comes from being involved in programs that are ethical, practical and sustainable.
Digital Nomads , Virtual Volunteers.
As a travelling volunteer with an internet business your experiences will be inspirational. Your mind opens up to innovative thinking. It unleashes your creativity. Your blog resources will overflow and your photo library will expand beyond belief. You can find ways to link volunteering with your business.
Step outside your comfort zone. A volunteering journey can take you to places you might not have dreamed of yet.
It’s a win,win, win.
Volunteer work online. It’s an mobile entrepreneur’s dream.
You don’t have to sleep on a dung floor and eat roasted cockroaches to be an effective volunteer, but what an experience!
- Trek the Mojave Desert in 100 degrees and give Wikipedia an update on it.
- Surf Byron Bay and help protect whales at the same time.
- Give advice on SEO from home and Help a new business start up in a conflict affected country.
- Explore the snowboard fields of Canada and Edit a magazine for women in Africa.
Foundations around the world need you to put up your hand.
As with onsite volunteer work, some of the online positions require skilled professionals and some need plenty of unskilled help.
Most online volunteer positions are short term. Volunteer from home in your PJ’s, on the couch!
These Organisations need your internet savvy.
The Business Council For Peace (Bpeace.org)
- A registered non-profit organisation based in New York, Bpeace utilise online volunteers to assist real entrepreneurs living in conflict affected countries to build their businesses. Bpeace facilitates a network of business professionals who freely share their small business knowledge. They believe that “creating jobs creates peace”.
- In Salvador Bpeace volunteers helped a food processing business expand to meet the export demand. They employed 58 new staff.
- In Afghanistan online volunteers helped a beauty salon business build their client base to 4000 and also helped another company engage over 500 employees to produce soccer balls for export.
- In Rwanda Bpeace helped locals to open the first ice cream shop in Butare with 13 very happy employees.
- Bpeace.org has a list of E-Mentoring positions and quick gigs involving website reviews and feedback.
United Nations Online Volunteer Program (onlinevolunteering.org)
The UN tag line is “Inspiration In Action”. The website shows just how accurate that tag is and how much change needs to happen. They offer hundreds of online volunteer opportunities to seriously ‘change the world’.
United Nations Virtual Volunteer positions are…
- Write educative blogs for The Urunji Child Care Trust in Malawi, East Africa. Malawi is one of the world’s least developed countries.
- Draft and edit a grant proposal regarding education and health for the Kenya based Berakah International Foundation. The foundation’s mission is to prevent and reverse the effects on their citizens of the common but preventable diseases Malaria, TB, HIV / AIDS.
- Write articles for ‘Drumbeat’ Magazine, an initiative dedicated to the empowerment of the Delta State women of Nigeria.
Contribute to Wikipedia (wikipedia.org)
The quoted mission statement from wiki is..
“Our goal here at Wikipedia is to create a web-based, free content encyclopedia on all branches of knowledge, in an atmosphere of mutual respect and cooperation.”
In the ‘community portal‘ you can find plenty of ways to volunteer.
For example, if you come across spelling or grammar mistakes on a post you can jump in and correct them. You can add images or expand on the content of any article.
Do your own cross referencing if you want or add new links. It is all helpful and valuable to the broader community.
Wikipedia has an area of articles of ‘most pressing importance’ to be reviewed. You can peruse these via the ‘backlog portal‘. Recently, Wiki introduced a ‘backlog of the week’. They need your help.
Create your own new article if you have the info. Remember you don’t need to know everything about your subject, because at Wikipedia the community works on it too.
They say that a poorly written post can develop into a fine piece with the help of many contributors.
People search Wikipedia for the facts. Education is the best way to make a difference.
Surfers For Cetaceans (S4Cglobal.org).
Wildlife protection foundations abound on the internet. S4C.org aims to protect whales and dolphins and oceans. Their figurehead is Pro Surfer – Dave Rastovich, a passionate conservationist with an holistic approach to life.
S4C .org has a unique ‘Minds In The Water Visual Petition’ where you can show your support by posting your own ‘image signature’ alongside like minded and very famous pro surfers.
Mick Fanning, Kelly Slater, Taj Burrows are supporters.
Do you ‘WANNA HELP?’a page of simple ways to help S4C.org make a difference. Find links to other visionary organisations like Surfrider Foundation – out of California-circa 1984, and The Oceania Project – established in 1988.
Animal cruelty and illegal exploitation is a solemn topic. Be warned, the images are distressing. You can support their activities online, from home.
Micro Actions, Mega Coverage.
If We Ran The World (ifwerantheworld.com)
A website focused on “how to tap the single largest resource on earth, (human and business)…the pool of good intention…and turn it into action”.
Use their petition builder to make anything happen (pretty much!)
By connecting people through a ‘portal of goodwill, state what you want to make happen. Readers perform ‘micro actions’ that work toward achieving your goal.
Simply create a profile, build a network, shoot off honourable and ethical requests that will benefit a greater good.
An example of a goal being achieved is getting more public bike racks installed around the township of Encinitas, California.
Small action – huge outcomes for the broader community.The community benefits from more exercise, improved health, reduced traffic, reduced pollution, reduced traffic congestion, improved noise levels, less accidents, less costs to maintain roads.
If We Ran The World.com allows businesses to promote their sites too. If you can show that you are an ethical and sustainable businesses or a not-for-profit entity, you can use their platform to grow your brand and increase your reach to a targeted audience.
Win, win, win.
Help From Home (helpfromhome.org)
This site is brilliant. Micro Volunteering on steroids! With more than 800 micro actions, ongoing campaigns and projects of non-profit organisations and charities. Volunteer from your couch!
40% of the volunteer actions are internet based.It’s ideal for nomads online to make a difference with tiny bites of help.Take them up on a bit of ‘inflight volunteering’ for volunteers on the move.
Simple to activate tasks are grouped into three categories… ‘Do Good’, ‘Green’ and ‘Advocacy’.
I like that the organisation can develop micro volunteering programs for school students, designed to instill a sense of altruism in the youth.
Friendly to all ages, Help From Home.org will definitely keep you up to date with the latest social networking jargon.
Best of all you can “change the world in your lunch break”…well, you can make a teeny weeny micro contribution at least!
Crowdsourcing, get involved for free.
Crowdsourcing (not crowdfunding) is a method which utilises the huge internet audience to assist with a broad range of tasks that require many ideas, many hands, many eyes, many brains, many computers and many responses.
Paid and unpaid online crowds are regularly needed for live stream CCTV surveillance work e.g. On the massive Texas/Mexico border. Another example is broadcasting details and images for missing person searches.
The high demand for commercial marketing feedback requires big crowds. Many brains and eyes are needed to help find solutions and opportunities in projects, start -up funding, design and mathematical problems and for scientific research.
You may have the answer!
If you ever wanted to learn another language check out Duolingo. You can learn a language while helping to translate on websites and documents…Danish, Irish, Spanish and more.
Or if you’re mother tongue is Dutch, Japanese, Turkish or Hindi you can learn American English while translating.
It’s free education for many, that is always a good thing. Oh yes and there’s an app for that!
Fold It (fold.it)
In the name of science ‘Joe Public’ can play a game on the internet that folds proteins!
Outcomes from these games have helped scientists to solve molecular puzzles associated with research into an AIDS like virus found in Rhesus monkeys.
Age Guess.org (ageguess.org)
Age Guess.org is a citizen science crowd sourcing project in the discipline of Biology. The two scientists involved are from the University of Southern Denmark and the Research and Interdisciplinary Centre of Paris.
Thier survey/game investigates the Bio-demographics of aging.
They are seeking answers to the tough questions, like….“Is 60 the new 50?”..and…
“Why do we seem to be ageing more slowly than our grandparents did?“.
Create your own petition!
‘Slacktivism’ and the power of online petitions. Slacktivism is an unkind label for activists with a low level of engagement. I would say that it is not possible to gauge a person’s level of engagement from a signature on a petition. It is simply one expression of a person’s belief.
Petitions are all about raising awareness and pressing authorities to answer on matters where our communities want change. Online petitions have an extremely important role because it is the fastest and cheapest way to bring a like minded group together.
Don’t underestimate the power of an online petition. If it goes viral it’s like a freight train. Kony 2012 is a prime example.
Kony 2012 is a video that was viewed by over 100 million people online in six days. Such massive support for the cause forced president Obama to agree to act, to stop Joseph Kony(warlord) from devastating the children in remote Uganda.
The online video created by a US company named ‘Invisible Children’ intentionally made Joseph Kony famous using the internet.Millions of people worldwide demanded that Kony’s crimes against humanity be stopped.
It is a sad and violent story, But it proves the ability for communities to make a change is stronger than ever thanks to the collective power of internet users.
Is your passion heating up? Do you need to make a difference.? Has no one else stepped up? It looks like it’s your time to shine! CARE2 .com is the world’s largest online community for good, over 27 million members.
“I demand …..” Whether it be a global issue or something in your local community, you can start a petition and get tips on how to make it successful.You need to know who it is you are expecting to take action and why you think others should jump on board.
Pay it Forward Foundation (payitforwardfoundation.org)
This foundation is the simplest way to make our world a better place. The founders hope that each tiny gesture of kindness will have a ripple effect across the world.
In essence, you do a good deed every day for someone. Do something small and free like a smile, or open a door for someone, or pay a compliment. This simplicity in our complex world brings human-ness back into our lives.
Catherine Ryan Hyde wrote the book ‘Pay It Forward’ and sold the movie rights. She has since released a junior version of her book, which is a popular tool for managing the problem of bullying in schools.
Get a pif phone app with daily, simple suggestions for you to pay it forward. Sweet!
Build your own ‘not for profit’- charity website.
A website can have a major positive impact to your cause. With global reach and social media marketing, nothing connects better to your target audience than the visual and actionable prompts in a website. You can accept donations, ask for volunteers, bring attention to the issues, run a fundraising campaign.
It isn’t difficult to build a website. If I can do it, anyone can! You can learn how to set up your own not for profit website quickly at Wealthy Affiliate.
Let me know if you need help with that, I have a huge amount of resources available.
There is universal need to make a difference in our world.
We can run our internet businesses and help each other in so many ways. I hope you have been inspired by these suggestions. Which way will you make your contribution to a better world. See how the super affiliates combine humanitarian efforts and marketing.
I’m really interested in your personal experiences with online volunteer work. Do you know of a successful campaign that has made a real difference?
Drop your message in the comment box. I’m happy to get your feedback because it is another way we can share the love.
Go really well from Janelle.
Founder of TheCashedUpNomad.com ‘Earn Your Freedom Online’.
Like my website? I learned to build it at Wealthy Affiliate. This page was first published on 16 October 2014 and updated on 26 May 2016.