How to maximize the benefits of skills-based volunteering

A Peace Corps Volunteer teaches self-esteem and leadership skills through outdoor activities in Lesotho. Photo by: Peace Corps

Mark Horoszowski, founder of the Seattle-based organization MovingWorlds, would be the first to say there is a right and wrong way to volunteer. That’s part of why he and his team coined the term “experteering” — to capture their alternative to the growing voluntourism industry.

MovingWorlds connects global social impact organizations with professionals who want to volunteer only once these local groups identify gaps that specialized skills can fill.

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    Catherine Cheney is a Senior Reporter for Devex. She covers the West Coast of the U.S., focusing on the role of technology and innovation in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. And she frequently represents Devex as a speaker and moderator. Prior to joining Devex, Catherine earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Yale University, worked as a web producer for POLITICO and reporter for World Politics Review, and helped to launch NationSwell. Catherine has reported from all over the world, and freelanced for outlets including the Atlantic and the Washington Post. She is also the West Coast ambassador for the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit that trains and connects journalists to cover responses to problems.