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Comment author: Evan_Gaensbauer 17 May 2018 12:25:46AM *  2 points [-]

These are good questions. I was surprised and disappointed I couldn't find more volunteer opportunities for more conventional causes like global poverty alleviation. I'm spitballing some ideas here.

  • I made contact with a bunch of people running different mental health, well-being and happiness projects from within effective altruism. Some of them might have some kind of volunteer opportunities. I can find out.

  • The closest thing there currently is to organizations rated as effective by EA working in the developed world is some policy organizations. My friend Finan from Seattle had a meetup where a representative from an urban housing reform organization also in Seattle which had received a grant from the Open Philanthropy Project (Open Phil) came to talk about their work. If someone is in a city in or near the same place as where one of Open Phil's grantees throughout North America or the rest of the world, they could have an event, or visit the organization. There could be a 'What Can You Do?' section at the end of talks. Alternatively, you could just email such organizations and ask them if there is anything in addition to donating individuals can do to support the organization. Hosting an event with the organization and non-EAs looking for effective volunteer opportunities could help them build a personal connection to the cause.

That stated, among the options in the post, hosting a Giving Game through The Life You Can Save (TLYCS) is a well-structured volunteering opportunity. TLYCS has all of Givewell's standout and recommended charities, plus some charities well-rated by other charity evaluators. There is over 18 charities to fundraise for through Giving Games, all of them on conventional causes, mostly in the focus area of global development. Whoever runs a Giving Game can choose a few from any of those 18 causes for a Giving Game. After hosting a successful Giving Game, unskilled people can say they gained these skills by doing so, and put that on their resume:

  • Social Media Engagement/Management
  • Public Speaking & Presentation
  • Event Planning & Organization
  • Fundraising

That's because that's all the stuff someone technically has to do to host a Giving Game. So after hosting a Giving Game, if someone didn't want to get involved with EA, they could go to an organization and say "look at all this stuff I learned how to do!", which I think will look pretty good to a lot of different kinds of NPOs. Also, if someone wants to help with farm animal welfare/research, Faunalytics' online Library Assistant volunteer position is recommended as a good fit for high school or university students.