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.
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:
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.