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Virtual Volunteer opportunities

I was already aware of the extreme poverty that Starfish students were dealing with, and working as a volunteer intern was my way to get involved as much as I could from my small hometown in Pennsylvania.
— Amy
 

Communications "SWAT" Positions

Creativity Crew

The Social, Website, and Analytics team works to build and create the online voice of the Starfish Foundation as well as find new ways to engage supporters through analyzing data. Currently, the Starfish Foundation is seeking four new social media volunteers to create content for our primary social media channels and promote our events, organizational updates, and initiatives. This is a great opportunity for anyone with social media experience and design skills who would like to support Ecuadorian youth on the path to a better future. 

Applicants may apply to a specific role or generally. 

  • Ecuador Updates Coordinator

  • U.S. Volunteer Updates Coordinator

  • Events Promotional Coordinator

  • Development and Fundraising Social Media Coordinator

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Develop an understanding of the mission, vision, values, and goals of The Starfish Foundation

  • Create content for our primary social media channels using Flickr and Canva

  • Schedule content using Hootsuite and Later

  • Work with the Mixed Media Managers to develop best practices and social media strategy for posts

  • Attendance at monthly communications team meetings

SKILLS NEEDED:

  • A passion for education and youth in Latin America

  • A genuine interest in social media

  • An interest in graphic design

  • Ability to work independently and take initiative

  • Great communication skills

  • Familiarity with Canva/Hootsuite/Later or a willingness to learn

  • (Ecuador Updates Coordinator only): Bilingual in Spanish

WORKING HOURS: On average 2-3 hours per week, self-scheduled

 

Social media stars

The Starfish Foundation is seeking several short-term social media volunteers to create content for our primary social media channels. This is a great opportunity for anyone with social media experience or an interest in developing social media and design skills who would like to support Ecuadorian youth on the path to a better future. This is a perfect opportunity for someone looking for an internship or service-learning experience. 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Develop an understanding of the mission, vision, values and goals of The Starfish Foundation.

  • Create content for our primary social media channels, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using our weekly hashtags: #MotivationMonday, #GratiTuesday, #WomenWednesday, #FriendFriday, #Education, #Ecuador, #Volunteering and #SpanishSunday.

  • Submit content to the Starfish Mixed Media Managers.

SKILLS NEEDED:

  • A passion for education and youth in Latin America

  • A genuine interest in social media

  • An interest in graphic design

  • Ability to work independently and take initiative

WORKING HOURS: Flexible: Volunteers will receive a different hashtag to work on each week and can devote hours as they see fit to producing posts. 1-3 hours weekly is typical.

E-Newsletter Coordinator

Starfish publishes a weekly e-newsletter on a variety of topics including, but not limited to: recent news concerning our scholars in Ecuador, fundraising opportunities, and upcoming events. The newsletter is shared with our volunteers and supporters.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Work with other volunteers to write for and create a weekly newsletter. Pictures and topics will be provided. Each volunteer would be responsible for 2 emails a month. Additionally, all volunteers are asked to attend a monthly communications team call and provide updates on what they're working on.

SKILLS NEEDED: Strong writing skills, and the ability to meet deadlines and work both independently and part of a team are required. Experience with Mailchimp and Trello are a plus, but not required.

WORKING HOURS: The amount of time spent on a newsletter varies by the length of the email and by the volunteer’s work preferences, but should equate to 1-2 hours per week. The volunteer is expected to provide a draft of the email and respond to email requests and edits in a timely fashion.

 

Development Team Positions 

Development Assistant

We are looking for a few volunteers to join our team to host a fundraiser or two. Those who have volunteered in this position have hosted happy hours and restaurant nights, bracelet sales, and March Madness tournaments!

WORKING HOURS: We would expect about 2-3 hours/week for the 6-8 weeks prior to the event.

HOW YOU'LL GROW: 

  • Gain event planning skills

  • Learn more about education in Ecuador

  • Build communication skills across all areas

  • Add to your professional portfolio

 

Sales Manager

Do you have business or sales experience? Are you interested in putting those skills to use for good? Starfish is looking for an individual to assist with our product sales. This volunteer would work with our volunteers who have championed each of these sales efforts to guide the overall strategy of our sales team. 

WORKING HOURS: We would expect a commitment of about 1-3 hours per week. 

HOW YOU'LL GROW: 

  • Learn how to develop a business strategy

  • Understand the ways that nonprofits raise funds

  • Use and build upon your creative and critical thinking skills

  • Gain sales experience

 

DATA MANAGEMENT GURU

We are looking for a data management guru to help organize some of our student data, including personal information, student grades, and more! We need help transcribing data from PDFs to spreadsheets, as well as reviewing existing data in spreadsheets to make sure it meets the criteria for upload to our database (Salesforce). This project requires lots of independence, and initiative, and is able to be completed as the volunteer's schedule allows. A data management guru will be a great addition to our team to help ensure that our records are accurate, allowing us to better track student progress, as well as provide data to our supporters!

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Transcribe data from PDFs to spreadsheets

  • Review existing spreadsheet data for accuracy

  • Maintain confidentiality of all student information

  • Communicate progress to supervisor

SKILLS NEEDED:

  • Attention to detail

  • Excellent organizational skills

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel & Google Drive

  • Working knowledge of Salesforce a plus

  • Ability to work independently, take initiative, and meet deadlines

  • Professionalism with personal data of students

WORKING HOURS: We anticipate the first project taking 30-40 total hours to complete over the course of 3-4 months. The volunteer may manage these hours as fits in their schedule (no prescribed hours to be online or number of hours per week). There is the possibility to continue with on-going data management projects once initial project is complete.
 

 

Did you know?

In addition to the volunteer positions listed on this page, We have POSITIONS IN eCUADOR!