Even after I left the Virtual Volunteering Project in early 2001 and the project was put on permanent hiatus, I kept researching virtual volunteering, continually gathering information about the practice, and continuing to write and to train on the subject of using the Internet to engage and support volunteers. Working abroad in Germany for eight years, four of them directing the Online Volunteering service at the United Nations Volunteers programme, gave me a unique global perspective on practices around virtual volunteering as well.
In 2013, the revised Virtual Volunteering Guidebook will be released, and it will reflect all that has changed -- and remained the same -- since the first book was published online more than 10 years ago. Again co-authored with Susan Ellis and published by Energize, Inc., the revised Virtual Volunteering Guidebook still includes the basics for getting started with involving and supporting volunteers online, but it goes much father, offering detailed information to help organizations that are already engaged in virtual volunteering with improving and expanding their programs. It also offers more international perspectives. The first book was focused on people who had never heard of virtual volunteering; this revised book still serves as the most comprehensive introduction to the subject available, but provides much more in-depth information and guidance for organizations already engaging online volunteers, who want to improve or expand their virtual volunteering activities.
New and advanced information includes:
There's also a new chapter just for online volunteers themselves, which
organizations can also use in creating their own materials for online
volunteers. And current plans are for this to to be a published,
traditional paper-based book!
In conjunction with the revised guidebook is the Virtual
Volunteering Wiki, a free online resource and collaborative
space for sharing resources regarding virtual volunteering. We
are seeking a partner university or college that could recruit an
intern from among students studying in its post-graduate program to keep
this wiki updated.
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