e-Service Opportunities

Here you will find a summary of organizations and webpages that offer service opportunities. By its nature, this page will be dynamic. Our goal is to keep this page up-to-date. If you click on a link and find it broken, please email us at servicelearning@uscupstate.edu so we can update the page. Similarly, if you are aware of an organization or webpage that should appear here, please email us the link so we can check it out!

  • USC Upstate Center for International Studies
    Specialized search for virtual opportunities
    Description: This site is designed for students seeking virtual global internship experiences.  The Center for International Studies has partners across the world; the organizations listed in this website reflect currently available global internships. We suggest that you explore the international partners offering internships in domains related to your course goals, then contact the Center for International Studies to request an introduction to that organization to discuss possible collaboration.
    Value: Choosing an international partner has the potential to exponentially increase the impact on students as they will not only serve, but serve cross-culturally. Additionally, the Center for International Studies' relationships with these partners should facilitate discussion of potential collaboration.
  • Omprakash
    https://www.omprakash.org/
    Description: "A nonprofit global network of social impact organizations, volunteers, learners, donors, and doers working since 2004 to build relationships and raise consciousness." This organization seeks virtual volunteers for its partners. While some partners post specific online volunteer positions, "Online Position" to all partner profiles and invite interested individuals to propose their own "vision for how your skills and qualifications would make you useful to the Partner as an online volunteer." One must register to apply to serve with an organization. Be aware that this may take some time and plan accordingly. 
    Value: Students can browse the global network of social impact organizations and apply for online positions for free. Given specific criteria, students could search through these for opportunities that fit your course goals. Additionally, per Co-Director, Willy Oppenheim, "we might be able to work together to build a customized program or set of programs for your campus… This would come with a fee, but would definitely be way more robust and affordable than most 'global engagement' programming." If you are interested in exploring this option, let's chat!
    Omprakash also offers for free a powerful online learning program, Solidarity & Storytelling across Differences that guides users thinking about social justice concerns related to COVID-19 and culminates with instruction on telling stories in support of social change and a blog post detailing 5 Tips for Being a Useful Online Volunteer.
  • Citizen Science
    https://www.citizenscience.gov/catalog/#
    Description: List of volunteer opportunities from around the globe, including some in South Carolina. Searchable by agency and field of science, including social science.
    Value: Given specific criteria, students could search through these for opportunities that fit your course goals. Students could serve in groups to meet the demand or you, as the instructor, could reach out to relevant organizations to discuss how your course goals could align with their needs.
  • Scientific American: Citizen Science
    https://www.scientificamerican.com/citizen-science/
    Description: A wide variety of projects for which scientists have requested distributed assistance.
    Value: Inspiration only. this resource is dated. The latest project dates from 2016, but there are some very cool ideas in here.
  • UN Volunteers
    https://www.onlinevolunteering.org/
    Description: Clearing house for organizations seeking volunteers. Domains include Art & Design, Outreach and Advocacy, Research, Technology Development,  Training, Translation, Writing & Editing, and more. Most state an expectation of 5-15 hours per week. 
    Value: Up-to-date (with more than 100 posted opportunities as of 6/2020). Students could serve in groups to meet the demand or you as the instructor could reach out to relevant organizations to discuss how your course goals could align with their needs.
  • Volunteer Match
    https://www.volunteermatch.org/search
    Description: Search for local or virtual volunteer opportunities. Choose your own key words or search by approximately 30 "Cause Areas" including Animals, Children & Youth, Health & Medicine, Immigrants and Refugees, Politics, Seniors, Sports & Recreation, Veterans, and Women.
    Value: Given specific criteria, students could search through these for opportunities that fit your course goals.
  • All for Good
    https://www.allforgood.org/
    Description: Listing of volunteer opportunities. 
    Value: Given specific criteria, students could search through these for opportunities that fit your course goals. 
  • Do Something
    https://www.dosomething.org/us/campaigns
    Description: A listing of social/civic action campaigns.
    Value: Inspiration &/or micro-service opportunities for your students. 
    Most activities would take 5~15 minutes to complete. Great for introducing the idea of service. Many basic ideas could be built into much more substantive projects. Alternately, students could start their own campaigns.  
    This site appears target high school students, but many items relevant for college students.
     

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