Don’t waste your expertise!

How can you become a virtual volunteer?

Life is hectic and even when we slow down later in life, the days seems to slip by … and next thing we know we are
counting the days until Christmas.

It is important to think about the things that are important to us and to add some goals and routine to our lives when we retire. There are a number of ways in which we can volunteer without leaving our homes and still make a significant difference. The challenge is to look at what we are passionate about, think about our skills and then try and find a way where we can add value.

I am passionate about leadership and helping young women in business to grow and become successful. Earlier this year, I saw an invitation for becoming a mentor for the Cherie Blair Foundation by offering two hours per month for twelve months to help mentor a young business owner. I have accepted the challenge and am now looking forward to being matched with my mentee who may live somewhere on the African continent or maybe even in India or Nepal.

I know that I am going to learn and grow through this process and will keep you updated on the process.

What else is possible through virtual volunteering? Technology is making it so much easier for us to connect via Skype and the possibilities are endless. Here are some ideas:

  • Helping with homework or speaking English
  • Writing up funding proposals
  • Helping design a website
  • Helping set up a social media profile for an NGO
  • Editing proposals, articles or a website
  • Offering legal and business expertise
  • Writing newsletters
  • Translating documents
  • Managing a project online
  • Reading online to a child

There are so many ideas. Be creative and think through what you love doing; then connect with an organisation and offer your help. If you want to short-circuit the process, there is an organisation called forgood that has many needs waiting for people to put up their hands to offer assistance. Connect on their website, take a look at the needs and then register and offer your help. Their website is

It may only take an hour or two per week or month, but it may change your life in more ways than you can imagine.

When was the last time you did something for the first time?

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