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How can I put these skills to best use?

Can you think of volunteer projects that would make good use of the skills of a jack of all (academic) trades? [more inside]
posted by muhonnin on Apr 16, 2012 - 4 answers

Bad Laboratory Experiences

How do I bow gracefully out of this volunteer project with a professor that just isn't working out? And should I even? [more inside]
posted by Conspire on Apr 2, 2012 - 10 answers

What are you, little green thing?

Plant identification filter! What is this plant that's growing in my garden? Do I want it? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Mar 3, 2012 - 10 answers

What can I do about privatisation and cuts in the UK, other than protest?

I'm very angry about what's happening in the UK right now, including-but-not-limited-to: the unnecessarily savage and unequal budget cuts, the privatisation of our education, health and police systems, the scapegoating of vulnerable groups and the dishonesty and cynicism of the Conservative and Liberal Democrat politicians involved. Other than protesting, what active, concrete action can I take to fight or correct these wrongs? [more inside]
posted by Kirn on Mar 2, 2012 - 14 answers

Applied Feminism 101

This political campaign season has brought it to my attention that sexism is alive and well in America. Instead of sitting around with my blood boiling, what can I do? [more inside]
posted by ootandaboot on Mar 1, 2012 - 16 answers

How can I get back into SEM volunteer work?

Where would I look for charitable volunteer SEM opportunities? [more inside]
posted by reticulatedspline on Mar 1, 2012 - 5 answers

What's it like being a UN Volunteer?

Have you or anyone you know ever been a United Nations Volunteer? What is it like? [more inside]
posted by naoko on Feb 24, 2012 - 8 answers

Volunteering in Seattle

Know any good LGBT organizations in the Seattle area to volunteer at?
posted by carnivoregiraffe on Feb 22, 2012 - 3 answers

The death and life of languages

Help me sort out the best way to approach language preservation, as an academic interest and as a guideline for volunteer work. [more inside]
posted by mammary16 on Feb 21, 2012 - 16 answers

Help my sister find something awesome to do with her time

Junior in high school wants to do something "meaningful and impressive." She likes the intersection of science + culture/society + writing/journalism. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by jingle on Feb 4, 2012 - 8 answers

Quit my job and join Americorps?

I'm thinking of quitting my job to join Americorps, a program where you volunteer for a non-profit for a year and get paid a small living stipend. Am I completely out of my mind? Here's my background. I graduated from a small liberal arts college with a degree in a social science about 6 years ago and took an office job just to be able to pay my student loans and get health insurance. [more inside]
posted by aka_anon on Jan 19, 2012 - 14 answers

Post-college volunteer opportunities?

Post-college volunteer programs besides Americorps? [more inside]
posted by huskerdont on Jan 4, 2012 - 12 answers

Help me find a a concern that can use me

What should I do now? I have no job, no child, no B.A., no debt, no mortgage, am female and am in my 40s. Help me see the possibilities! I have both no idea and every idea. [more inside]
posted by goofyfoot on Dec 30, 2011 - 21 answers

Activity-less in Seattle

What are some good social clubs / activities / volunteer-type things in the Seattle metropolitan area? I want to make more friends. [more inside]
posted by lockstitch on Nov 21, 2011 - 8 answers

What's the best volunteering?

How can I best evaluate volunteer opportunities? [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals on Nov 18, 2011 - 8 answers

LGBT-related volunteering in NYC?

What are some volunteer opportunities in NYC that involve working with the LGBT community? [more inside]
posted by Tin Man on Oct 25, 2011 - 12 answers

Fast and loose volunteer management

Jumping jesus on a pogo stick, we need a free volunteer management app. [more inside]
posted by Mrs Hilksom on Oct 3, 2011 - 7 answers

One Week Paid Time off Work - What Should I Do?

What is a great, inexpensive experience I could do for one week? [more inside]
posted by jmugrapler on Sep 18, 2011 - 13 answers

I already work for you for free!

Can you help me navigate a conflict situation regarding differing expectations for my responsibilities as a volunteer? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 4, 2011 - 23 answers

Shifting into research - how?

Are there any options for getting research lab experience long after completing my undergrad degree? [more inside]
posted by pilibeen on Aug 3, 2011 - 9 answers

Volunteer or work full-time while completing a dissertation?

Do I do the smart thing or the desired thing? Volunteering at a place I love (with no money) or getting a full-time job (with money)...while working on a dissertation. Part-time jobs that pay a livable wage are few and far between, apparently. [more inside]
posted by amyshmamy on Jul 18, 2011 - 5 answers

Themes for activities for kids day camp

I've been asked to brainstorm for themes in which I can run a weekly or twice-weekly activity for an urban day camp for kids. Please help me come up with ideas! [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Jun 16, 2011 - 8 answers

How do I decide whether to become a psychotherapist?

How can I actually decide whether to go back to school and become a psychotherapist? Is there anyplace in NYC where I could get some hands-on experience to help me decide if I want to do this? [more inside]
posted by chameleon on Jun 7, 2011 - 10 answers

Will a certificate in a social issue lead to a nonprofit job?

In what cases is it worthwhile, career-wise to take a certificate (e.g., non-degree) program in an issue that interests you and you'd like to work in? I am looking in particular at the Food Security program at Ryerson. [more inside]
posted by ITheCosmos on May 18, 2011 - 4 answers

What volunteer work involves regular interaction with other volunteers?

What kinds of volunteer opportunities provide significant interaction with other volunteers? (And any suggestions for specific organizations in the DC area?) [more inside]
posted by EmilyClimbs on May 9, 2011 - 15 answers

Who needs the help of 120 7th-graders for a day?

Chicago filter: Where can I take 120 13-year-olds to do a service day in June? [more inside]
posted by orangemiles on Apr 12, 2011 - 12 answers

What will we make better today?

My company is encouraging employees to participate in community service activities by allowing us up to two full days to volunteer during work hours. What would be an appropriate activity for a small group to do together? [more inside]
posted by Sukey Says on Apr 11, 2011 - 24 answers

Oooh! Pick me!

How do you get on a nonprofit organization's board of directors? [more inside]
posted by abdulf on Apr 9, 2011 - 22 answers

Finding a volunteer position related to cleaning up the oceans

I would like to volunteer at an organization that is committed to cleaning up the Pacific Gyre. I live in Vancouver. I am not interested in "awareness" or eco-tour style ventures, only organizations that are doing concrete, actual things that might need a hand. [more inside]
posted by dobie on Apr 5, 2011 - 7 answers

International children's organizations?

Which organized international child welfare/protection/rights agencies could use a volunteer lawyer? [more inside]
posted by grak88 on Mar 23, 2011 - 6 answers

Scrabble TRICKSTER? No! Never!

How do I help an organization that is in over its head when I am losing respect for the people (ok, one person in particular!) who run it? [more inside]
posted by Snarl Furillo on Mar 23, 2011 - 16 answers

PVO/NGO volunteer opportunities in relief effort in Japan?

What are some PVO/NGO that will enable me to volunteer in the relief effort in Japan? (I am willing to pay for my own air fare/accommodations/etc). Also, in terms of training, what are some programs or certifications that will help train/prepare me for going overseas?
posted by meta.mark on Mar 20, 2011 - 5 answers

How to like what I'm doing or do something different?

What can I do during my free time in Philly, that you have done yourself or a friend raved about, that will help me get more insight into possible careers? I'm trying to get out of a rut (of "I don't know what to do with my life and I hate what I'm doing") by trying new things that involve other people. [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Mar 15, 2011 - 2 answers

How can I volunteer in Japan?

Japan has suffered an unprecedented disaster. I have no job, no money, no insurance, no college degree. Is there any way I can volunteer to go and help rebuild, in any way? Some organization that will send me?
posted by ifthe21stcentury on Mar 11, 2011 - 15 answers

MBA to make a difference

Using a marketing MBA for world good [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Mar 10, 2011 - 11 answers

I want to design stuff for free!

I want to do web design work for free. Where should I be looking for collaborators/clients? [more inside]
posted by ella wren on Mar 1, 2011 - 13 answers

Resolve this Paradox

Resolve this paradox! I'd like to combine the following: volunteering, nature&fresh air, and the New York City environs. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by enzymatic on Feb 19, 2011 - 10 answers

What is it like to be volunteer firefighter?

What's it like to be a volunteer firefighter? [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket on Jan 12, 2011 - 12 answers

What is it like to be a hospice volunteer?

What is it like to be a hospice volunteer? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 30, 2010 - 23 answers

How can I re-live working at summer camp?

I really loved working at overnight summer camp in the mountains when I was a freshman and sophomore in college. Are there any similar jobs or volunteering gigs or programs that can help me re-live that sort of "camp" experience as an adult, and on the weekends during the year? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 12, 2010 - 14 answers

Winter trips?

WinterBreak filter: I am a student on the east coast. What awesome, cheap and educational things can I do this winter break? Big factor: must be somewhere warm down south. [more inside]
posted by pulled_levers on Oct 11, 2010 - 3 answers

Volunteer for non-profit boards?

A few months ago, I was talking to someone at a party and they mentioned a web site through which you can volunteer to join the boards of various non-profit organizations. I have totally forgotten the name and haven't been able to google it up. Anyone know what I'm talking about?
posted by crickets on Oct 6, 2010 - 4 answers

Help me volunteer at a refugee camp!

I've worked with refugees in the US, now I'd like to volunteer abroad at a refugee camp / with internally displaced persons -- how can I make this happen? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 4, 2010 - 6 answers

I don't want to embarrass my kid

Help me be the awesomest room mother ever. [more inside]
posted by hollygoheavy on Sep 17, 2010 - 7 answers

One continent. Six months.

So I'm in my final year of medical school. I have about 6 months of extraneous time on my hands. Help me find something both interesting and useful to do in Asia for those 6 months. [more inside]
posted by genmonster on Sep 16, 2010 - 4 answers

Early monring volunteer work

Help me volunteer in the morning. [more inside]
posted by gocubbies on Aug 29, 2010 - 11 answers

Medical Volunteerism in Sud America

Dear Metafilter: help me find medical volunteer work in South America... [more inside]
posted by shokod on Aug 14, 2010 - 4 answers

What are the best volunteering opportunities to raise my XP?

What are the best volunteering opportunities to raise my XP? [more inside]
posted by AmitinLA on Jul 19, 2010 - 11 answers

Where can I volunteer for kids in Cambridge, MA?

I live in Cambridge, MA, USA. I want to volunteer for an organization that benefits children. [more inside]
posted by Cygnet on Jul 10, 2010 - 6 answers

What's the best way to help the New Orleans birds when we're there next week?

Some friends and I will be in New Orleans from June 11-17th for a conference, and were wondering if there's any good way to help out with the injured birds then. It sounds like the shore work is off-limits due to toxicity, so we're fine contributing in any way we can (coffee/hugs/protests?). What are some good organizations to contact for this, since we'll only be available for a short amount of time (1 full day on that Wednesday perhaps, or maybe some afternoons of other days)? If it matters, we'll be car-free (though cab-savvy) and situated near the convention center. Thanks!
posted by unknowncommand on Jun 6, 2010 - 6 answers

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