Put Your Skills to Good Use
You can make a genuine difference by matching your skills to international needs. The following are some examples:
Your Skill: Accounting
Needs: Assistance with micro-loans and learning bookkeeping.
Your Skill: Marketing
Needs: Helping craftspeople find a market for their products.
Your Skill: Nursing
Needs: Primary care, health education, teaching nursing.
Your Skill: Midwifery
Needs: Teaching how to prevent deaths in childbirth and training birth attendants.
Your Skill: Parenting
Needs: Caring for orphans; many kids are abandoned because AIDS has taken their parents’ lives or their parents can’t feed them.
Your Skill: Youth Work
Needs: Mentoring street kids and teaching them vocational skills.
Your Skill: Mechanics
Needs: People who can teach motorbike mechanics are in demand.
Your Skill: Sewing and Haircutting
Needs: These vocational skills are in high demand among females.
Your Skill: Social Work
Needs: Refugees, prostitutes, and many others desire social services and assistance in transformation.
Your Skill: Psychology
Needs: Assistance for victims of trauma, sexual and physical abuse.
Your Skill: Teaching
Needs: Literacy is most essential but all subjects are needed.
Your Skill: Computer Teaching
Needs: Increasing communication and people power is critical to the growth of democracy.
Your Skill: Political Organizing
Needs: Democracy building. League of Women Voters where art thou?
Your Skill: Public Heath
Needs: Sanitation saves lives, as does teaching health prevention.
Your Skill: Nutrition
Needs: Many on the planet are hungry or malnourished.
Your Skill: Dentistry
Needs: Dentists often serve stints, but they can also volunteer longer.
Your Skill: Medicine
Needs: Lots of people think Doctors Without Borders is the main game in town, but the need is much greater. There is about 1 doctor/15,000 people in most African countries.
Your Skill: Alternative Energy (e.g. Solar Power)
Needs: Help bring power to remote villages. Forget the wires or dams, we’ll use the sun.
Your Skill: Construction
Needs: From building clinics in Nicaragua to building schools in Kenya, groups of people can organize and transform a village.
Your Skill: Drama, Writing
Needs: Reclaiming culture or expressing trauma; the connective tissue of cultures.
Your Skill: Journalism
Needs: Telling the truth in and about tyrannies.
Your Skill: Environmentalism
Needs: Cleaning house, at a planetary level.
Your Skill: Sports, Dance, Music
Needs: PR with jive. Let the drums do the talking about AIDS prevention or domestic violence.
Your Skill: Organization Structuring and Management
Needs: With such a burgeoning of NGOs, mentors are needed.
Your Skill: Business Development
Needs: Teach others how to create and run a thriving and sustainable enterprise.