Volunteer Opportunities in India
Volunteering, doing something selfless for someone else evokes this feeling of well-being and satisfaction. While the main motivation usually isn’t to feel good, it certainly has that effect. It’s very refreshing to volunteer. But, what if you are willing to volunteer and stuck in a situation where you cannot step out? Also, this type of situation needs volunteers, but you can’t be there on the field during this time of pandemic COVID-19. We want to help but we cannot go outside. From one side it is kind of necessary to stay at home but the needy one also needs help. And now the online platform allows us to serve while staying at home. In the volunteering world, this is called ‘Virtual Volunteering’.
With technology in hand, mobile service, and WhatsApp is our strong ally, we can volunteer effectively yet virtually! In a normal scenario, this would seem absurd but in the present situation, this is the norm and we need to adapt to it. Many of us feel that the present quarantine has made us more efficient and innovative. Most of us can take out some time in a week to reach out to them online.
Here are some volunteering opportunities that you can pursue to serve others:
- Volunteer within your home by creating educational content.
- If you are a computer-savvy, you can help the society by joining in the work like social media auditing, brand asset creation, website development, analyzing data, or something else.
- There are many e-book libraries which help people with dyslexia, learning disabilities, visual impairments, physical disabilities, and other reading barriers to read and enjoy stories. You can record the audiobook for them.
- You can apply to become an online tutor and help students with their studies during virtual sessions.
- You can create content for a new website for an NGO, and help them to help others by sharing their works.
- Instead of camping out and walking for loved ones in real life, you can do it in a virtual world. Responsibilities may include sending emails about cancer advocacy, fundraising needs or sharing online petitions on your personal social media platforms.
- Volunteers can help out just by sharing important disaster updates and resources on their personal social accounts.
- If you are an accountant, help online with accounting consultancy with NGOs to help close accounts for the financial year.
- If you are good at communicating, volunteer an online storytelling session with a home for young children who are confined in a small space, with no school, no visitors and no recreation.
- If you are a psychiatrist or a mature volunteer, help by reaching out to homebound people who need counselling over the phone.
- Hospitals and other healthcare facilities are quickly running short on protective gear like masks, gloves, and other personal protective equipment. If you’re stocked up on medical equipment from before consider donating them to medical workers on the frontline.
- Reflective listening, collaborative problem solving, and crisis management is also valuable skills which can be performed by the volunteers.
- Help the elders who live alone in your locality and help them by means of a call to cheer them up, sending a hot meal or getting them medicines.
- If you can help by sending some material relief, reach out to an NGO that is working for it and help out to whatever extent you can. Every drop counts!
- Help an NGO in its research and analysis.
- Teach yoga and pranayama online to elders in a home, every morning.
- You can arrange webinars on specific topics that you are good at.
- If you have a LinkedIn account, you can help answer career questions for students interested in your field.