A recent study published on LinkedIn official blog showed that more than 4 “millions of LinkedIn members want to volunteer their skills for good”. Increasingly popular, notably among young professionals, the skill-based volunteering or pro-bono is the activity of promoting social good and helping others using your specialized skills. It usually involves an organization you are providing your services to, for example an NGO. If you have been looking for opportunities to donate your skills and talents for good, here are 3 new ways to do it.
1. Share your expert knowledge
First, if you master particularly well a soft skill or if you have a deep knowledge in a technical field, you can create courses to share them with others. It can help many people develop themselves professionally, without having to pay steep academic fees. The key to share your knowledge in an online course is to base it on your own experience and find an original approach.
Online courses can be about almost any topic – marketing, accounting, IT, health care, environmental protection, etc.
2. Offer training to non-profit organizations
You have always supported non-profits and dreamt of participating in their social work using your skills? What about providing training and coaching to NGO-members and helping them develop their potential? Contact some NGOs locally or abroad and offer them your services for free. If you are nice and motivated, they should not refused!
For example, if you are familiar with the associative environment in the Paris region, you can make a course about the administrative steps to creating and maintaining an association there. It will help young creative people deal with the winding of French administration and create their association.
Moreover, if you know an NGO with a specific need and have the knowledge matching this need, you can create an online course about it. For instance, as a nurse, you can help NGOs providing e-Learning courses on HIV prevention.
3. Engage your students in social good projects
As a teacher, a good way to have a social impact is to engage your students in social good projects, which make them implement what they learn during your lessons. Of course, students have to work a bit more but in a meaningful way, doing projects that matters and will be useful. Motivated by doing something that matters, they will be more dedicated and creative.
For example, as an IT teacher, you can ask your students that their final assignment is aimed at solving a social issue or helping a non-profit organization. In an HTML course, they can make the website of a local NGO. You can also ask them to create an application that solves a social issue, identified by them.
What you can get from it?
- Helping others always matters. The main reason to offer an online course for free (see here what others are teaching for free) is often the own sake of helping others, driven by passion and the will to give back to the community.
- Grow your network. By creating online courses, you can get acquainted with like-minded individuals and grow a learning community. By using the forums of Eliademy.com , you have the chance to create stronger bonds between your learners and you, and gain from each other.
- Boost your career. “One out of every five hiring managers in the U.S. agree they have hired a candidate because of their volunteer work experience” , a LinkedIn research points out. Include your e-learning teaching experience in your resume, it shows that you are motivated, passionate, serious, and goal-oriented. Important qualities to show in an interview or to ask for a promotion! Dont forget that Linkedin Certificates produced by Eliademy will contain your name and credentials.
Some questions to ask yourself before starting teaching online:
- Am I able to transfer knowledge to others? Usually a trait of highly experienced people.
- Would I like to teach, train, coach, mentor others?
- Which causes matter to me?
- What can I teach? The answer may or may not be obvious, but the fact is you have gathered a lot of experience in your life and we all have something to teach. Make a list of your skill, of what you have studied, of what you master, of what you are passionate about. Think of your projects, work experience, academic experience, hobbies… Finally, choose to teach something you are passionate about because passion is key in volunteering! Pick up the most disturbing news today and think how this problem can be solved with education?
- What would be my target audience?
- How much time could I devote to developing and maintaining the courses?
- In which language do I want to teach? If your mother tongue is not English or if you are fluent in another language, why not teaching in this language?
Are you ready? Start your free course here! Be creative and make an impact. Every day. We will support you all the way. Want to know more, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org