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June 14, 2017

Effective altruism is unique in that much of the work we do is a step or more removed from the ultimate beneficiaries of our actions. This leaves little room for the ordinary kinds of volunteer work you might engage in in many other parts of the nonprofit space. This also means that some of the best ways to help are by improving or scaling the efforts of projects that have high leverage to make the world better.

Sometimes EA individuals and organizations need some volunteers for specific events or projects. From operations hands at conferences to interview transcriptions for books, the kind of help needed can take all sorts of forms. If you’re willing to give your time and skills — in person or remotely, rote or intellectual work — there’s likely some way that you can help. These opportunities will be particularly well suited to people who are able to do things on call and check Facebook notifications frequently.

If you’d like to lend a hand, check out the Effective Altruism Volunteering Facebook group and Rethink Charity volunteer page. You may also see asks of this sort on Effective Altruism Job Postings and in the Facebook group associated with your region.

Time commitment: hours, part-time

Duration: short-term, medium-term

Familiarity with EA: new, familiar, regular

Occupation: student, professional, retiree

Part of the series

Give your time.

  1. 1. Volunteer or intern remotely.
  2. 2. Volunteer for short-term tasks.