What is a good answer for people new to EA that request advice on volunteering?

post by C Tilli · 2020-07-29T15:19:21.515Z · score: 8 (2 votes) · EA · GW · No comments

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When speaking to people who are interested in but new to EA, I have gotten questions about advice for what to volunteer for on their free time. I am unsure about the best response to this and would like to hear your thoughts!

Approaches I have thought of:

- Suggesting volunteering for local EA group/community building: For my own part this is what I prioritize when I have time to volunteer, but I am not sure this is the best recommendation for someone who hasn't yet fully bought into EA. What do you think?
Another reason why this is not always a great alternative is if there is no active local group where the person lives.

- Trying to find EA organizations/effective charities that work with volunteers (e.g. remotely): Suggestions? Maybe this fits better for people with certain skills than others, if so - which?

- Explaining that EA focuses more on impact through career or donations, since this tends to be a lot more impactful than volunteering: This is my general impression, but I haven't read anything specific about it that I can remember. Thoughts? Any good articles on this?


answer by Khorton · 2020-07-29T16:06:38.538Z · score: 6 (4 votes) · EA(p) · GW(p)

I'll be a bit forward and recommend my own article on volunteering: https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/ScLHyCY6JCr5FtuiY/effective-volunteering [EA · GW]

It doesn't tell you where to volunteer, but it does walk you through some useful considerations when you're deciding what volunteer opportunities to take on.

comment by C Tilli · 2020-07-31T12:31:12.785Z · score: 8 (2 votes) · EA(p) · GW(p)

Thank you, that's great!

answer by Sanjay · 2020-07-29T16:34:14.906Z · score: 4 (3 votes) · EA(p) · GW(p)

SoGive offers volunteering opportunities doing charity analysis. If you're interested, get in touch with me via sanjay [at] sogive.org

comment by C Tilli · 2020-07-31T12:30:46.283Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA(p) · GW(p)


answer by lukefreeman · 2020-07-29T20:52:06.163Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · EA(p) · GW(p)

There's also this https://www.eawork.club/

answer by lukefreeman · 2020-07-29T20:50:42.581Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · EA(p) · GW(p)

I think a local opportunity is a nice way for people to meet people around them (e.g. be on welcoming duty at a local meetup) and then remote can be valuable if done well.

We're currently taking volunteers at Giving What We Can also 😀

Here's the expression of interest form: http://bit.ly/gwwc-volunteer

comment by C Tilli · 2020-07-31T12:34:03.829Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA(p) · GW(p)

Yes I think including them in the local activities is the optimal start - just harder remotely and especially now during the pandemic. Thanks for the GWWC-suggestion, that could be a great remote alternative!

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