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Help charitable organisations to achieve their vital work by contributing your time online. Online volunteering is an innovative way to make a difference, learn about a new culture and meet new people, all from the comfort of your own home. So get the kettle on, switch on the laptop and be the change that you want to see in the world.

Duration: 2 – 12 weeks
Dates: Monday start dates
Eligibility: Requirement of access to the internet, a computer, Zoom and Skype.
Age: 18+

Highlights

  • Virtually experience life in the rich and vibrant city of Barcelona
  • Help an inspirational charity to continue its essential work in an affordable and flexible manner
  • Meet local staff and other international volunteers and contribute to something important together
  • Enjoy ultimate volunteering flexibility from the comfort of the couch or whilst on your travels
  • 10% discount off any of our residential projects in Portugal or Spain if you have completed an online volunteering project

Description

Many charities are under-funded and do not have the resources that they need to achieve their aims fully. The global pandemic has hit funding particularly hard, and many charities, also known as non-governmental organisations (NGOs), have been working flat out to continue their vital work with little volunteer or financial assistance. As an e-volunteer, you will be providing important assistance and support to help your designated local charity succeed. You will be assigned to one of the NGOs to match your experience or interests, so that both you and the charity will benefit from your time spent. Your registered charity will operate in the field of animal protection, ocean conservation, education or poverty.

Remote volunteering has no fixed schedule, which makes it suitable for everyone looking for a new challenge alongside their existing commitments. You can choose the amount of time you wish to dedicate to the project at the point of booking. The options are 75 hours (equivalent of 2 weeks full time), 225 hours (equivalent of 6 weeks full time) and 500 hours (equivalent of 12 weeks full time).

For many of the e-volunteering experiences in Spain, you need nothing more than access to a computer and the internet. For some charities however, experience in a relevant field is required, and this is detailed below. No Spanish knowledge is required as the work is completed in English, with the exception of translation work which may be using a number of languages.

The online volunteering project in Spain

You can start the project each week, and the sessions will be as follows:

  • Monday: virtual welcome orientation. This is a virtual interactive session including ice-breaker activities and a presentation covering an introduction to the culture and country, the volunteer experience and what to expect.
  • Tuesday: virtual introduction to the local NGO. The NGO presents its mission and beneficiaries, and defines your role, tasks and schedule.
  • Rest of programme: In addition to the agreed schedule with your NGO, you will receive weekly online sessions including but not limited to:
    • Training: online training for enhancing soft skills
    • Mentoring and meet-ups: from the local and project staff
    • Cultural development: sessions about local language, culture, geography and history
    • Individual and group reflection sessions: meet other volunteers and reflect on your experiences
    • Tips: on sustainable living and travel
  • End of programme: orientation and certificate of completion including the number of hours, tasks performed, purpose of the project, skills achieved and developed

What e-volunteering can I do to help a local charity in Spain?

  • Combating isolation and loneliness through e-chats

Many people have been isolated by covid-19, and not everyone has a large support network available to them. As an e-chat volunteer, you will be engaging in video calls to vulnerable, isolated or lonely people. These calls help to reduce isolation, improve communication and give an insight into the outside world. You will be rewarded with a rich one-on-one relationship and make a huge difference to the happiness and wellbeing of others.

  • Teaching, training and sports

Share your skills and hobbies online with people with disabilities, kids that need educational support and the elderly. These people are particularly vulnerable, and helping to keep them engaged and motivated is essential. Examples of tasks can be leading a fitness class remotely, teaching English online and offering vocabulary sessions, conversation classes, role plays and encouragement.

  • Sales, online fundraising and marketing

As an online fundraiser, you would be helping to raise money using social media, email campaigns and crowdfunding pages, amongst other things. Tasks can include writing / designing fundraising communications, identifying and approaching potential sponsors, updating donors’ databases, planning fundraising activities and fundraising events etc. You will be working as part of fundraising teams to raise the awareness of the work that the local charity is doing.

  • Branding, marketing and design (experience required)

Many small NGOs do not have the resources to be dedicating funds and time to design and user experience. The main aim of this programme is connecting talented individuals who wish to help nonprofits. Tasks include creating visual communications such as banners, posters, flyers and emails in an effective and attractive manner. Must be proficient with Adobe products (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign etc).

  • Website design in Spain (experience required)

Help non-profits to design and / or update a website to help them achieve more success in their endeavours. This is an ideal longer term project, as local staff will need training on how to use the back-end of their website and continue to update it independently. Projects for those who are proficient with Adobe Creative Cloud – Dreamweaver, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator – and with HTML, Javascript, and CSS.

  • Video-making and photo editing (experience required)

The main role will be to edit video and photo content to be used on the website of an NGO. Depending on the NGO, you may be required to take photographs or make videos where possible. Requires expertise with Adobe Premiere – or other video editing software – as well as working knowledge of After Effects, Photoshop and Illustrator.

  • Google Ads and SEO (experience required)

Help NGOs to understand their positioning online, and how to improve their social media and SEO to achieve more. This can involve creating content for social media platform, advising on and designing a digital marketing strategy and creating communications. Experience required with Google Analytics and SEO and other tools for analyzing and reporting.

  • Translation and editing (experience required)

Some NGOs will really benefit from having websites and communications in various languages, but they are not able to pay for professional translators or proof-readers to write and revise their texts. Tasks can include translating texts for communications and website, creating Wikipedia pages in another language or editing already translated documents to make them more accessible. You must be bilingual to take part in this.

Included

  • Access to your own personal ‘My Oyster’ account – our online portal where you can find out much more about the program and manage your booking
  • Dedicated contact time with an experienced destination manager to discuss the project, answer any of your questions and for us to find out more about you
  • Help and advice from our UK office before arrival and whilst you are away
  • In-country support
  • Pre-departure information covering medical, safety and project advice
  • Financial protection: ATOL (if we book your flights); IPP (if we don’t book your flights)
  • Thorough orientation on arrival
  • Accommodation (see the ‘accommodation’ section above for details)
  • Advice on visa requirements
  • Oyster plants a tree in Africa with TreeAid to help reduce the impact of global carbon emissions

Not Included

  • Flights – as an ATOL bonded company, Oyster can book flights for you
  • You need a valid passport that meets the requirements of the country you will be travelling to
  • Insurance (covering your time with Oyster and any planned independent travel)
  • Any costs associated with changing your return flight date if you need to
  • Independent travel costs
  • Home country travel costs
  • Spending money for additional trips, food and entertainment
  • Access to a computer, the internet, Zoom and Skype

More Information

  • Our online volunteers come from a variety of different countries and backgrounds.
  • Online volunteering in Portugal is possible for everyone aged 18+
  • You must have access to a computer, the internet, Skype and Zoom.
  • You do not need any previous experience
  • Anyone looking for a volunteer experience with a difference

You can book at any stage for a start date of your preference. There are a limited number of people on each course at any one time so it is best to book ahead where possible. We will confirm starting availability once we receive your booking.

Volunteering from home has grown in popularity since the coronavirus pandemic took hold. Many charities can only continue to achieve their work through e-volunteering programmes, where volunteers help them remotely to keep things ticking over. To be able to give your time and energy to a good cause such as a local charity, all whilst learning about what they do and why, is an incredible thing to do from your own home.

Not only is e-volunteering beneficial to the local charities, it also gives you an insight into what it is like to work for a charity, what life is like in Spain and meeting other volunteers online. The volunteer experience is different to anything you will have done before!

 

Got a question or want to chat to Project Manager Anne who has first-hand experience of the project? Call 01892 771 975or email: – [email protected].

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