Flexibility: High

Social Engagement: Medium

What’s What: Students and business people need mentors, and because we’re living in a nonstop digital world, sometimes they need them online as well as in person. That’s where you can help.

Amava Take: If you’ve got some time to volunteer and you would like the flexibility to connect remotely with people on a mutually agreeable and flexible basis, you can volunteer as an online mentor. This is a great way to use your knowledge and experience to help someone just starting out!

From the Front Lines: 

What kinds of candidates are you looking for to fill these positions? 

People who are willing to share their experience or expertise with others.

Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?

Try to get to know your mentees and listen to their goals before you give advice. You might want to do your initial meetings in person if that’s feasible.

What’s a typical daily schedule like?

You can usually work with each mentee to arrange hours that work for you.

From the Trenches:  

What’s the most satisfying part of the experience?

Helping someone take steps toward their future goals is incredibly rewarding.

How would you describe the hard parts?

Sometimes I think I could be more effective if I spent more time with the people I’m helping in person.

Would you recommend this for people who are able to volunteer in person?

Yes! You can connect with an organization and meet your mentee in person initially anyway. Then, since this can be done from anywhere, it is a great option for people who want to give back but travel frequently, live in more than one place or have less flexibility.

Special Requirements: Depends on the organization. Some organizations will ask for references or that you demonstrate your expertise in a particular area. 

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Finding a Position: There are various organizations to match students with a mentor to help them succeed. If you want to work as an online mentor for high school students, check out this mentoring non-profit or this organization. If business mentorship is a better match for you, you can explore helping people with their careers with this organization or this national business mentoring organization or their local New York Chapter.