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Guide to Online United Nations Volunteer Programmes

Are you willing to be a United Nations volunteer? Have you thought about committing your skills and expertise effectively to increase global peace, growth, and humanitarian efforts? Through the Online Volunteering service of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme, you can connect with UN entities, governments, public institutions, and civil society associations.

Find online volunteering here.

Why online volunteer?


  • Through Online Volunteering, you can contribute your skills and expertise towards fulfilling sustainable human development efforts of organizations around the world.
  • You can get a first-hand practical background with organizations working in the development sector.
  • You can also expand your network among various organizations and make invaluable connections.

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Online Volunteering criteria and assistance rules

  • Online Volunteers are not under contract with the UNV programme or the engaging organization and are not affiliated with either of them.
  • Furthermore, Online Volunteers do not acquire any volunteer living allowances or any other kind of financial payment or benefits.
  • For each Online Volunteering assignment, a maximum of 25 Online Volunteers can be engaged for up to 20 hours per week and for a maximum of 12 weeks.

Eligibility criteria for Online UNV programme:

  • To sign up on the Unified Volunteering Platform and apply for Online Volunteer assignments, you must be at least 18 years of age.
  • There is no precise background needed to become an Online Volunteer. Each Online Volunteer assignment is different and has its own requirements, set by the host organization.
  • As an Online Volunteer, you can only help organizations remotely in assignments up to 20 hours per week for a maximum of 12 weeks for each assignment.
  • Anyone curious in contributing their time and skills to the global sustainable human development efforts can become an Online Volunteer, regardless of your background or location.

More info about the Programme:

  • Non-profit organizations working for peace and development – UN agencies, governments & public institutions, and civil society organizations – register their organization details.
  • UNV checks and supports the registration of eligible organizations.
  • Organizations complete an online form describing what they need from online volunteers.
  • UNV provides direction and help on how to best organize online collaboration.
  • UNV reviews the descriptions of assignments and publishes them if they meet the criteria.
  • Volunteers find assignments of their interest and apply.
  • Organizations choose the volunteers they want to engage.
  • Volunteers and organizations cooperate online.
  • Volunteers and organizations provide feedback on their cooperation.
  • Organizations issue an electronic certificate of appreciation to their volunteers.

Read also: Everything about Volunteer programme at the United Nations

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