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e-volunteer - read a story or demonstrate a skill (EV)

Location: FROM HOME
Project type: e-volunteer
Price from: £30.00 per video - details below

Film yourself reading a story or demonstrating a skill - crafts, business or educational - to be used by partners in schools, child support community projects and small businesses, providing training in skills and giving ideas for activities which may not be available locally

Skills required

We work closely with the local people who manage these projects, and they have identified their primary volunteer needs for the e-volunteer programme.

They need people who can make videos demonstrating a skill in a way that local people can copy, with an awareness of what resources may be available locally - or video yourself reading a childrens story from a library chose by local educators.

This programme offers the opportunity to volunteer without leaving home, making a real contribution for very low cost.

Main project details

Videos are need to demonstrate skills in a variety of areas.
  • arts and crafts
  • practical science experiments
  • nature walks
  • simple geography
  • model building
  • spread sheets and power point
  • social networking and web design
  • CVs and resumes
  • simple business plans
  • story reading

Arts and craft videos provide a useful alternative to schools-based activities and can provide ideas for creative things to do while schools are closed during the pandemic.  Our partners have asked for demonstration videos for activities such as learning how to weave, leaf-printing, painting, making models using waste materials, designing pictures using seeds, sand etc, making collages - and any other creative activities we can suggest.  They are unlikely to have access to coloured paper and paint, though they may have other locally-made alternatives, so ideas using natural materials will work well.  If you have skills or an interest in any aspect of arts and crafts you can share this skill with others and help to develop children's creative skills.

Videos to demonstrate aspects of active learning can be used by our partners in the classroom or for home-based activities.  Demonstrations of simple Science experiments would be very much welcomed.  Active learning strategies for Maths would also be welcomed - for example to teach counting, addition and subtraction, fractions or angles in a triangle.  Any games or activities for language learning are always much appreciated.  If you have experience of teaching, or if you have children at school, you will have lots of ideas for learning which could be shared on a video.

Story books introduced by volunteers have been built into the curriculum of many of the projects we support.  They form the basis for development of literacy and are a key element in topic-based curriculums.
Maybe your skills are in business or office work - our partners would welcome training videos on any aspect of business development, for example how to write a business plan, how to do the accounts, how to design a website,how to prepare a power point or simply how to write a formal letter. Coaching videos on aspects such as writing a job application and interview techniques would also be very helpful.

We are building  an online library of videos specifically for use by the projects we support.  We are guided by our local partners as to which skills would be most useful for them to see demonstrated. And we in turn will guide and prepare you.
Click on the links beow to see some of the videos volunteers have made:
and click here to see children in Cambodia using the colours video in an active learning lesson


Lack of volunteers during the pandemic means that schools, community centres and local businesses are in danger of missing out on the skills regularly shared with them by volunteers travelling to the projects.  

School curriculums in the countries where we work rarely include creative or performing arts, so volunteers are frequently asked to share skills in areas such as art, crafts and music.  Schools and other child support projects have few resources for creative work, but children and their teachers love ideas for stimulating creativity and are very resourceful in finding ways to make use of what resources are available.

Sciences are often taught as fact-based subjects with little opportunity (or equipment) for practical experiments.  Volunteers travelling to the projects have frequently provided ideas for active learning across the curriulum which local teachers have been keen to use with their classes.

Teaching methods still tend to be based around the textbook, and with large class sizes and few resources there is little opportunity for active learning. 
With the absence of volunteers in situ teachers and their students are not hearing native english speakers - so important for language development. 

Many  people in developing countries dream of starting up their own businesses, often there is little or no business training in the areas they live.  Lack of technology until recent years means many teachers of business courses and many older people in business have little knowledge of contemporary business skills such as designing and using a spreadsheet, making a business plan, producing a Powerpoint presentation or designing and maintaining a website - all essential skills for the modern world and ones which volunteers frequently help local people to develop.
Lack of volunteers during the pandemic means that schools and educational establishments are in danger of missing out on the key learning opportunities provided by story reading.  Books are not always available locally and any that are available are often prohibitively expensive.  Many countries do not have a culture of reading together at home, and most families do not own books.  
Filming yourself reading a children's story is a great way to fill this gap in their education.  The videos you make can be shared with teachers at various educational projects around the world.  When schools reopen they can be used by teachers in the classroom as a basis for project work or to reinforce areas of learning, and to practise spoken and written English.  While schools remain closed they can be sent out to children via social media as part of an online learning package.  Teachers reviewing their curriulum while schools are closed can take the opportunity to build a greater variety of stories, with their associated learning, into their lesson planning.
Whether you are a professional teacher or classroom assistant, a grandparent who enjoys reading to their grandchildren, or simply someone who enjoys books yourself, we can certainly use your help in this initiative.
Reading stories is a key educational activity performed by volunteers in classrooms around the world.  Reading stories together helps children's listening skills and their ability to focus.  Talking about the stories together helps develop children's imaginations and their ability to express themselves.  Stories read in English, a second or third language for children in the countries we support, helps children's understanding of the language, their pronunciation and their reading ability.  Well-chosen stories form the basis of learning in many ways, enlarging the children's understanding of the world. A love of books, learned at an early age, forms the basis for education throughout a person's life.
Story books introduced by volunteers have been built into the curriculum of many of the projects we support.  They form the basis for development of literacy and are a key element in topic-based curriculums.
We hope to build up an online library of stories specifically for use by the educational establishments we support.  Books are being chosen carefully, with input from our local partners, to make sure they are culturally appropriate and support the different learning areas they have identified.

All these areas of learning are less likely to be developed while volunteers are not able to travel to projects to share their skills with local people.
Whether you are a person with business and administration skills ,a professional teacher or classroom assistant, someone who enjoys arts and crafts or someone with a talent for music,or you simply would like to read out loud for a child - we can certainly use your help in this initiative.  You can share your skills, experience, talent and enthusiasm with people in many countries around the world, all from the comfort of your own home.

To see interviews with some volunteers who have made videos click here

Minimum duration

You can do just one video focusing on one skill - or more - it's up to you!

Living Conditions

You will work from your own home

Project costs

£30 per video

how your money is spent
£10 project contribution - this will be split between the the projects that use your video

£20 is a management fee to people and places - this includes liaison with the projects to establish which skills videos are appropriate - liaising and briefing with you and the administrative work of loading and distributing the videos 

This e-volunteering project is costed per video 

If you require resources for your demonstration video you will need to cover the cost of purchasing these resources yourself

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Recommended reading

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An excellent guide to volunteering with children from Better Care Network

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