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Olivia’s blog: Virtual volunteering in lockdown

By bzellie 01 Jul 2020

Virtual volunteering is on the rise and now, more than ever, organization and charities need help to survive and help in supporting people.

Discovery SVS have managed to secure many students with valuable work experience and the opportunity to volunteer in a range of areas from animal conservation, to making scrubs, helping combat loneliness to even help to cure diseases.


Below is a blog and volunteer update that Olivia has written for us. Olivia is a regular volunteer with Discovery SVS and has really enjoyed this process and feels the benefits from helping others. 

Have a read and maybe get in touch to get involved and see where virual volunteering could take you… 


ZSL’s Instant Wild: Animal Conservation

ZSL’s (Zoological Society of London) Instant Wild needs volunteers to watch live images and videos which are recorded all over the world. The main role is to watch the videos and ultimately tag what animals are present. By identifying the animals in each image, you are contributing and making a positive impact on the future for wildlife.

More information at:

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Free Rice

In partnership with the World Food Programme (WFP), Free Rice is a website where you play basic word games across a variety of categories and every correct answer you get, a donation is made to a charity. The donations include, rice or money depending on which is needed more. 

I have been playing this game in my free time and knowing I am making a different whilst playing a fun and easy game.

More information at:

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Missing Maps

Each year, disasters around the world kill nearly 100,000 and displace and affect approx. 200 milling people. Unfortunately, many of the places where these disasters occur are literally ‘missing’ from any map and the lack of information is contributing to the loss of life. Missing Maps is an open, collaborative project in which you can help to map areas where humanitarian organisations are trying to meet the needs of vulnerable people.

If you haven’t used OpenStreetMap before, a tutorial is available which is incredibly useful and in-depth.

In my opinion, this is one of my favourite virtual volunteering Discovery SVS offer because it is truly making a difference and you are able to help humanitarian organisations map information which in the long run, can help save people’s lives.

More information at:

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Here are just some of the virtual volunteering Discovery SVS has to offer Swansea University students. There offer a range of opportunities that truly make a worldwide difference which is something I personally love. Knowing I am truly making a difference and contributing to issues that affect people around the world is amazing and makes the experience even more special.

I studied Geography in my undergraduate degree and am currently studying International Journalism for my masters, I found these virtual volunteering opportunities Discovery SVS offer really good, particularly the mapping opportunity, it has helped me rediscover my love for Geography. I am usually a very busy person, prior to lockdown, I was working up to 20-hours a week in my part-time job as a barmaid, I even had a second job in my first semester and in general, I love doing stuff and keeping myself occupied every day so at the beginning lockdown was very hard for me but, finding these opportunities have helped me so much and has been extremely fulfilling.


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