Digital engagement is a manner of  contributing to altruistic causes using the internet. Especially these days that the required health regulations caused by COVID 19 claim for social distancing, digital or online engagement could be a good option for you to keep supporting the causes which you stand for.

Here are 5 tips to get you started in the digital engagement world:

1. Find out what moves you

Working remotely, including volunteer activities, will require a little more discipline. Take some time to reflect on what activities you usually feel happy to perform. Discuss and review it with the organization you have chosen. They might have some basic needs that must be fulfilled, hence you surely can find a midterm way to keep both sides satisfied.

The activities you enjoy doing will increase your willingness to continue to collaborate and learn. Therefore,  it may be easier for you to remain committed to helping.

Remember to check out the company’s values and mission. Being aligned with them may also keep you motivated.

2. Check your opportunities

Find your best match! We have more than one hundred opportunities for you to start your next digital volunteer work. We are more than happy to connect you with an organization that is in need of support.

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3. Organize your schedule

Take time to organise your week. Be honest with yourself and with the organisation you plan to help, regarding  how much time you can dedicate. Transparency and good communication are keys to the success of your partnership with a non-governmental organisation.

Overloading yourself with activities can damage your ability to do a good job, reduce the overall collaboration time and raise your stress level. Remember the importance of enjoying your collaboration!

Not much time left after organizing your schedule? Take in consideration that:

You can save time with mobility, once it’s possible to work from wherever you want. In addition, depending on which activities you are going to apply, you will have more flexibility in choosing the time that suits you the best.

You can help doing small but also important things such as increasing your political commitment by signing online petitions or helping out projects as a programmer/designer. Additionally, you can also take part in workshops and discussions on social, environmental or political issues. In fact, being aware of  problems that surround us is also an important step to contribute to a better society.

4. Choose your tools wisely

Consult your chosen institution about, which tools can be offered to you in order to give the necessary support.  Ask for training if  you are not familiar with the suggested platform, be open to learning new things and also make suggestions when necessary.

Don’t forget to consider your audience when picking communication tools, systems and platforms. Different groups could face different problems when dealing with technology.

5. Check your internet connection

Last but not least, we need to talk about the internet connection.  Whilst being involved in workshops, classes and mentoring, a good internet connection is essential for the quality of your work. It is already challenging to create online content and keep the audience engaged, but facing poor quality videos and crashing audios might be the perfect recipe for a disaster.

Working remotely can be really challenging and might not be easy to adapt, but trying it out is also part of discovering what kind of contribution suits you better. We hope you use these tips to feel more confident and therefore, enjoy your work as a volunteer.

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