About the UNV Online Volunteering service

Why online volunteering?

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme contributes to sustainable human development through volunteerism worldwide.

Online volunteering allows organizations and volunteers to team up to address sustainable development challenges – anywhere in the world, from any device. Online volunteering is fast, easy – and most of all, effective.


Through the Online Volunteering service, UNV offers:

  • A global platform for organizations and online volunteers to connect
  • An easy-search database of online volunteering assignments
  • Tools to manage volunteers’ and organizations’ online collaboration
  • Access to online volunteering experiences, best practices and lessons learned
  • The possibility for volunteers and organizations to expand their networks
  • The advantage of the universal reach and neutrality of the United Nations


Online volunteers, organizations, and partners join the global push toward sustainable development. Volunteers contribute directly to the work of development organizations, working from a computer, tablet, or mobile phone anywhere in the world.

Volunteering online allows volunteers to develop their skills and take on new roles that their professional life may not necessarily provide. Organizations collaborate with people of different backgrounds from all over the world and become part of a global online community of peers who all share the goal of advancing human development.

As of 1 January 2020, the Online Volunteering service is funded by UNV and free of charge to all eligible partners. This is made possible through process efficiency measure put in place in 2019. 


Online volunteers keep us going!

The Online Volunteering service is grateful for the support of a group of talented and dedicated online volunteers. A big thank you to all of them and to the many other online volunteers who have contributed their time and talents to this service!