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Online Volunteering with UNO & PEOI

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ONLINE VOLUNTEERING with the UNITED NATIONS ORGANIZATION (UNO) & PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION ORGANIZATION INTERNATIONAL (PEOI). A volunteer’s experience by V.M. Westerberg.

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Online Volunteering with UNO & PEOI

  1. 1. ONLINE VOLUNTEERING with the UNITED NATIONS ORGANIZATION (UNO) & PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION ORGANIZATION INTERNATIONAL (PEOI) A volunteer’s experience V.M. Westerberg
  2. 2. How I found them It was easy. I typed the search words UNO volunteers and got to this link: https://www.onlinevolunteering.org/en/org/
  3. 3. UNO online volunteering The United Nations Organization (UNO) online volunteering program is a call for people and organizations who want to take an active role in the academic and professional improvement of people in developing countries. “Share your skills, knowledge, and ideas - from a computer anywhere in the world” [Source: UNO, 2015]
  4. 4. PEOI online volunteering The PEOI online volunteering program advertises opportunities through the UNO online volunteering website. That is how I got to know them. PEOI was created and is run by volunteers who believe in making tertiary education available to all free of charge. PEOI offers recognized certificates of attainment to those who successfully complete their courses. http://www.peoi.org/
  5. 5. What you can do at PEOI • PEOI's programs of study prepare for major professions. At present, programs of study which have been written, are the following: • - Agricultural sciences - Architecture - Communication Engineering - Economics - Education - Finance - Mass communication - Medicine - Nursing - Public Health • In addition to professional programs of study, PEOI is developing language courses since fluency in some key language may be crucial to secure employment. • PEOI's courses are committed to making sure the courses reflect a comprehensive body of knowledge of each subject matter by using a variety of sources and teams of contributors. • To be completed, a course must contain a variety of learning methods including full text with examples, assignments, exercises, practice questions, cases and extensive testing for assessment of knowledge. Successful completion carries a certificate of attainment.
  6. 6. Why volunteering? To me volunteering is all about showing those who need help or lack resources that there is hope for a better outcome in life. The internet has proven that all those lucky enough to access it, can provide a wealth of knowledge for free, from language courses to copyright-free articles, to online seminars. It’s all about making them available to people in developing countries in a standardized format so that it constitutes examinable material. Basically, my goal when joining UNO and PEOI was to contribute to the development and implementation of tools and actions promoting quality tertiary-level knowledge-sharing for free. Volunteer work not only feels great, it also looks great on your CV, speaking volumes about the kind of person you are.
  7. 7. Other ways you can help online For those of you who want to contribute to making the world a better (and smarter) place, you can post your own academic work - so that it is not lost and forgotten forever- on reputable knowledge-influencing websites like SlideShare: http://www.slideshare.net/ That is where you can find and download all of my publications (yes..., for free): http://www.slideshare.net/kiwes8/

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