Top 15 ways to volunteer from home

Top 15 ways to volunteer from home

Finding a Voluntary Service can always be a bit of a challenge and in today’s climate, due to COVID – 19 you might think that it’s going to be almost impossible to finish your hours. Well, fear not, finding a voluntary service especially an online one has never been easier. There are plenty of online sites dedicated to helping virtual volunteers find ways to help.

Don’t have fast internet because it has all been spent watching Netflix, youtube and gaming? That’s fine too, there are still plenty of ways that you can help. Please note that you should always talk to your Award Leader before signing up or changing an activity. 


1: Write letters to the elderly and hospitalised

Being stuck in hospital or at home can be quite lonely especially when no-one is allowed to visit. Try calling your local hospital and ask if there is someone you could write letters to. 

2: Shop for the isolated

Help someone who is self-isolating or in quarantine by going to the shops for them. 

3: Sew blankets and beanies for premature babies

Make a difference in a little baby’s life by making them a little blanket or beanie. Contact your local hospital or an organisation to find out if you can help.

4: Transcribe old documents

You can help museums, NFPs and charities by transcribing old documents into digital formats

5: Create Maps

Missing Maps is an organisation that asks volunteers to review satellite imagery to create maps of place that have never before been mapped. They have 2 key objectives: to map the most vulnerable places in the developing world, in order that international and local NGOs and individuals can use the maps and data to better respond to crises affecting the areas.

6: Make pouches for injured animals

While the bushfires have ended there are always animals in need and the groups who look after them often need animal pouches

7: Tutoring/ Mentoring younger students

If there is a subject you love or are really good at you may want to help a younger student who is struggling. You can do this via skype, zoom or any video chat.

8: Planting native trees or revegetation projects

Without trees our world dies, they are the best source of oxygen and they are great to look at, so get out there and start planting.

9: Do graphic design for a charity or NFP

If you have a talent in graphic design, why not use it to help a charity or NFP. It also makes for great work experience if you ever want to work in it later.

10: Animal Identification

Keep watch on these trail cameras and let the Western Shield know what animals you see. Will you spot a fox or a rare marsupial? 

11:Do online admin for a charity

You can find a job doing online admin through any number of online job boards such as seek volunteer. Doing this is also a great experience that you can put on your resume.

12: Create videos for a charity

If you love editing and making films why not help out a charity and get some experience along the way. Hop on an online job board or email your favourite Charity/ NFP and see if you can make a video for them.

13: Volunteer to Translate with Translators without Borders

If you are already fluent in another language you can join Translators without Borders and help to translate information from Charities and NFPs. 

14: Help the blind with: Be my Eyes

Be My Eyes is a free app that connects blind and low-vision people with sighted volunteers and company representatives for visual assistance through a live video call. 

Top 15 Skills ideas to do at home


Top 15 Skills ideas to do at home

For most people, the skills section should be the easiest to adapt to do at home but if you can no longer do your skill then the below suggestions may give you some ideas. Please note that you should always talk to your Award Leader before signing up or choosing an activity. 

We bet you wouldn’t have thought you could do so mamy skills idea to do  right at home! We have come to your aid with a list of 15 activities you can do to stay actively engaged!



  1. Learn to code

If you love computers and are interested in one day getting a job working on them, learning to code is a great way to start.

  1. Basket making

Rediscover this lost art. You can use palm fronds, bamboo, reeds, thin strips of wood or sew rope together to make a basket.

  1. Read

While your body is stuck at home your mind can travel to mystical lands, the future and the past all in one day – by reading books. Make sure you challenge yourself and choose books above your normal reading level.

  1. Photography

While anyone can take a picture becoming a master of using light, depth and shadow is a very long road. Are you going to only use your phone camera, digital camera, analog or pinhole camera or all of them?

  1. Meditate

Worried about your mental health or just want to learn to still your mind? Try Meditating. You can try using an app if you are not sure where to start. Headspace has a great 10 day free trial.

  1. Home Gardening

Give a person a vegetable and they eat for a day, teach a person to garden and they eat forever. Gardening is a great life skill to have.

  1. Learn to juggle

Yes, juggling may seem lame, but have you ever seen someone juggle 6 balls at once? Juggling requires focus and extremely good reflexes.

    8.Card making 

Get a piece of paper, fold it in half and you have a card. But that is only the start, are you going to use quilling on it or stamps or paint it- the options are as endless as your creativity. You can then send those cards to people in hospitals and to those in isolation for your Voluntary Service.

  1. Learn to cook

Worried that you are only going to be eating 2-minute noodles during your Adventurous Journey? Try learning to cook and expand your repertoire.

  1. Beekeeping

Bees are a vital part of the earth’s ecosystem they pollinate almost every single plant, not only that but they also make sweet delicious honey.

  1. Graphic design

Everything you see has been designed someone including this PDF. Learn the art of graphic design and make sure your presentations always look their best. Canva is free and has some great tutorials

  1. Learn a language

Leaning a second language is something everyone should try especially if you want to travel one day. Don’t know where to start? Try using  Duolingo

  1. Play an instrument

From playing Wonderwall to Flight of the Bumblebee learning to play an instrument is a great skill for all ages.

  1. Origami

How many things can you make out of paper? According to his own estimation, the grandmaster of origami Akira Yoshizawa had made over 50,000 different origami models.

  1. Chess (Online)

Think chess is too boring, well elite chess masters reported burning up to 6000 calories in one day during a tournament. You can play against the computer or even people online.


Top 15 Physical Recreation ideas to do at home

With all team sports and most other sports cancelled due to the COVID – 19 virus finding a Physical Recreation that you can do from home can be pretty tricky. So if you are struggling to come up with an idea for your Physical Recreation see below. Please note that you should always talk to your Award Leader before signing up or choosing an activity. 

We bet you wouldn’t have thought you could do so much physical activity right at home! we have come to your aid with a list of 10 activities you can do to stay fit!


  1. Martial arts

 A lot of sensei around Romania and the World have started offering online classes so that you can still practice but from home. Contact your local sensei to find out more

  1. Chalistenics

 Calisthenics is a form of exercise consisting of a variety of movements that exercise large muscle groups. These exercises are often performed rhythmically and with minimal equipment, as body weight exercises

  1. Yoga

 Yoga is a great discipline to try at home as you need no equipment other than a mat or towel. Try using an app or watching online videos to get started.

  1. Pilates

 Modern yoga, like Pilates, is a mind-and-body discipline, though yoga classes are more likely to address spiritual aspects explicitly

  1. Weight training

 Weight training usually requires different types of equipment, most commonly dumbbells, barbells, weight plates, and weight machines. Benefits of weight training include increased strength, muscle mass, endurance, bone and bone mineral density.

  1. Zumba

Zumba is a total-body cardio and aerobic workout, which provides a large calorie consumption. A study shows that a person burns 300 to 900 kcal with an hour-long Zumba exercise.

  1. Dancing (all types)

Ever wanted to master all the fortnight dances or a cool dance routine from youtube? Why not do it for your Award?

  1. Aerobic (online lesson)

 Dress in your favourite fluro outfit and bring back the 80’s. You can even do it with your friends via video chat.

  1. Home gym

The home can be a sanctuary, standing strong through life’s struggles and challenges, so creating a space for your personal health and fitness within that place can be a valuable tool for the betterment of your life

  1. Hula hooping

 Go crazy with hula hoop, a toy hoop that is twirled around the waist, limbs or neck.

  1. Skateboarding

Do a kickflip! Or learn how. If you have a skateboard at home you can practice on the pavement or even on the grass and finally master that kickflip.

  1. Running

On the treadmill or around the house you can beat your old running records.

  1. Parkour

Practice the French art of “l‘art du déplacement” or jump off thing saying “parkour” either way parkour requires discipline, precision and immense amounts of training to do well.

  1. Slacklining

 While this does require a modest investment, if you have two strong trees at home or two firmly set posts you are ready to go. Remember, it is a lot harder and more tiring than it looks on youtube.

  1. Trampolining

All you need is a treampoline to do this recreational activity. You will lose a lot of calories and we are sure you will love it!

  1. Exercise bike

It is not like a real bike but you can imagine that you are cycling through the places you always wanted to get to!

A message from HRH The Earl of Wessex and John May

COVID-19: A message from HRH The Earl of Wessex, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation’s Chairman, and John May, Secretary General:

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is committed to supporting our global young citizens as they rise up to the exceptional challenge we all face in COVID-19.

At this time, we want to ensure that we are sharing as many examples, insights and opportunities with you all as possible. Whether it’s examples of how Operators are supporting their Award Centres; insights on how similar organisations are confronting this challenge or opportunities for collaboration. As such, we would be very grateful if you could share anything – no matter how big or small with us, via

Please find information on delivering the Award during the COVID-19 (also known as the Corona) virus outbreak, and ideas to help participants continue to progress their Award from home, here.

Together, let’s support one another and look out for those most vulnerable.


Delivering the Award during the COVID-19 virus outbreak

Delivering the Award during the COVID-19 virus outbreak. Ideas to help participants continue to progress their Award from home

Millions of people around the world have been affected by the COVID-19 virus outbreak. In many places, schools and youth organisations may be closed and people confined to their homes to reduce the spread of the virus. In others, these measures may be being considered.

For The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award participants in these affected areas, this means that their Award progress has been delayed as many of the Award activities usually happen in or around the school or organisation that is currently closed. However there are many ways in which participants can continue their activities for the Skills, Service and Physical Recreation sections from their own homes, to ensure that they can keep their Award progress on track and combat the inevitable boredom and anxiety many young people may face. During these uncertain times, it’s important for your participants to stay engaged, active and healthy in a safe and positive way and the Award can be a great way of doing so.

Below you can find some suggestions for creative ways to continue Award activities at home, whilst providing enough evidence to Assessors and Award Leaders to continue progressing goals.

Please note: it is paramount that anyone considering undertaking Award activities outside of the home in areas affected by the COVID-19 virus outbreak must consult their local public health or relevant government authorities before doing so.

The sections of the Award


Progress towards your Skills section is something that can easily be done from the confines of your own home. If you are learning a musical instrument, a new language, cooking new recipes, designing software or creating art, chances are you have all the tools you need at home to continue working towards your goal. If you can, get in contact with your Activity Coach or Assessor to help you find some activities that can be done from home, or alternatively you can look online to find tutorials to help continue your progress towards that skill. Once you have found some suitable activities that can be done at home, be sure to take lots of photos or videos of the activity so that you can show your Assessor the progress you have made. You can upload these photos or videos directly to the Online Record Book (ORB) when making your weekly logs.

Physical Recreation

This section is about maintaining a healthy lifestyle and increasing your fitness. It is very important to keep this up, especially if you are restricted to your house. Whatever activity and goal you have chosen for the Physical Recreation section, there are many ways to continue progressing by doing your own home workouts. Increasing your fitness levels in home workout sessions will undoubtedly contribute to your physical recreation goals. There are also more specific targeted exercise programmes that can be done from home to specifically develop strength, coordination, reflexes, flexibility or fitness that will contribute to your goal. Get in contact with your Assessor to get some ideas, or you can look online to find limitless ideas for home workout sessions to work towards your chosen goal. It’s important to show evidence of your progress to your Assessor, so be sure to upload any photos, videos or workout plans to your ORB weekly logs.

Voluntary Service

The Voluntary Service section may seem difficult to complete remotely, especially if you have chosen a group project activity with your peers, or if your goal requires you to visit a particular location away from your home. However, there are always activities that can be done from home that contribute to your overall goal. Remotely working towards a project is possible, as you can start a chat group with your fellow participants and brainstorm activities that can be done at home to continue contributing to the project. Online research, creating brochures for raising awareness or posting helpful things online for the community can all be activities that contribute to your goal. If you are not sure of what activities that can be done to contribute to your Service section, get in contact with your Award Leader or Assessor to support you in finding new creative ideas.

Adventurous Journey and Gold Residential Project

As the Adventurous Journey and Gold Residential Project sections are group activities, they both represent the most challenging sections to complete during the virus outbreak. Many planned practice and qualifying Adventurous Journeys have been delayed, which is important to prevent the spread of the virus. Similarly options for organising Residential Projects will be limited.

However, that doesn’t mean that all progress must be halted. If you already have a team for the Adventurous Journey, you can keep in contact with your team and supervisor online using emails or chat group. Researching different areas, route planning and some training can be done as a team remotely.

There are many resources available online with activities to develop your navigation, first aid, environmental awareness and camp craft skills that you can do at home. It’s important to stay in contact with your team and supervisor so that you can ensure that when your school or organisation reopens and your journeys can resume, you will be more prepared!

Finally, if you are at Gold, you can also start planning in detail what you may wish to do for your Residential Project from your home and potentially reaching out to organisations that you are keen to support and/or work with for your project.

Changing section activities

There are naturally a multitude of reasons why a young person might need and want to change Award activity in a section. Whilst the ‘ideal’ situation for a young person progressing through the Award remains that they pick an activity and stick it at for the time requirements for the relevant level, the COVID-19 outbreak is a good example where pragmatic and practical solutions should apply.

We would therefore encourage Award Leaders to discuss with their participants about the appropriateness of changing activities should a young person need to in order to keep challenging themselves and remain active in the Award.

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