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Volunteer

Volunteer Lee Gallery, with letters from Gratis Books recipients

Volunteers are essential to our work. Last year alone we had 233 volunteers contribute over 15,900 hours on projects including translations, mobile apps, impact analysis, the HealthWiki, marketing, and social media. Get to know our volunteers!

If you’re looking for a fun way to get involved, we have volunteer opportunities ranging from researching topics for new books to expanding our digital reach to packing books to send around the world. We are also open to your ideas for how you can contribute! You’ll gain valuable experience with a non-profit publisher working for social justice. Most volunteers must be able to work in our Berkeley, CA office. E-mail [email protected] for more information. 

International Education Marketing Volunteer

Hesperian materials are well suited for use by study abroad programs, specifically for programs that focus on public health and/or have a service learning component. This volunteer will conduct research to identify study abroad programs that send students to countries in the global south, focus on public or community health, or include service learning programs. The volunteer will then reach out to these organizations to introduce them to Hesperian materials and connect interested parties with Hesperian staff to explore distribution and/or partnership opportunities. Ideally, this volunteer will have studied abroad as a student or otherwise been engaged with the field of international education. Please email [email protected] for more information.

User Feedback Review Volunteer

Over the years, Hesperian has amassed a wealth of feedback in the form of quotes, stories, and testimonials from people around the world who have used Hesperian materials. We are seeking a volunteer to review this data and monitor new submissions. The volunteer will compile information and work with the Outreach Coordinator to assess the strongest/ most beneficial amongst it. This information will go onto Hesperian’s website and be used in marketing materials. The volunteer is welcome to contribute ideas on how to best use and present the testimonials, as well as ideas for soliciting new submissions. Email [email protected] for more details.

Digital Projects Assistant Volunteer

Hesperian’s books have been translated into 80+ languages and are in use all over the world. As part of the Digital Team, we are continuing to make them freely available digitally. We invite you to be a part of this effort to make our life-saving materials available on the web and in other digital formats.

Description of position: 

Work directly with the Digital Projects Manager doing a variety of administrative tasks that include digitizing Hesperian books on our HealthWiki, keeping other website content current and well-maintained by carefully following an existing protocol, design proofing, manipulating PDFs, and generally providing logistical, systems and administrative support to the Digital Project Manager. The ideal candidate for this position will be extremely detail oriented, organized, dependable, and eager to learn about how to support a growing and busy digital team. 

Perks of being a Hesperian volunteer:

  • Work for social justice in a community of progressive individuals 
  • Exposure to the inner workings of community-health nonprofit publisher
  • Learn how to maintain our website and be a part of a team keeping things spiffy
  • Rewarding, casual environment and great people
  • Close proximity to UC Berkeley located in downtown Berkeley

Minimum Qualifications (skills, knowledge, abilities, experience):

  • Interest in and dedication to issues of global/public health and social/health justice. 
  • Basic computer skills and interest in learning more.  
  • Accuracy, attention to detail and reliability.
  • Interest in learning about basic website maintenance
  • Experience with blogs, design, websites, image editing/manipulation software (eg. Photoshop) is useful but not essential.

Please apply to [email protected] with a resume and a brief cover letter. In your cover letter, please indicate that you are applying for the position of Digital Projects Assistant.

Short Term Volunteer: Help with a Khmer project

Hesperian is currently looking for someone to help with our Khmer translation of Community Guide to Environmental Health. Work directly with the Digital Projects Manager on this specific project to add cross references to the Cambodian edition of Community Guide for Environmental Health. We have added this material to our HealthWiki and now need help selecting the correct text to create the links. Occasionally we need to edit the sentence so the cross reference makes sense. You will need to be able to read and write and type in Khmer.

Perks of being a Hesperian volunteer:

  • Work for social justice in a community of progressive individuals 
  • Exposure to the inner workings of community-health nonprofit publisher
  • Learn how to maintain our website and be a part of a team keeping things spiffy
  • Rewarding, casual environment and great people
  • Close proximity to UC Berkeley located in downtown Berkeley

Please apply to [email protected] explaining why you are applying and how you think you can help. Please indicate that you are applying for the position of Digital Projects Assistant – Khmer Project.

Google AdWords Volunteer

We are seeking a volunteer to work with staff on increasing the effectiveness and reach of our non-profit Google AdWords account. With resources in over 80 languages on topics ranging from disability health to workers’ safety, we hope to expand our scope to reach even more of the people who need our accessible health resources. 

Primary responsibilities

  • Audit our existing AdWords structures
  • Improve on our AdWords account by reorganizing and creating new campaigns, editing existing ads, and drafting new ads
  • Expand our AdWords using new keywords compatible with both our printed materials and online resources
  • Document our impact through Google Analytics and AdWords reports

Qualifications

  • Strong interest in global health
  • Attention to detail
  • Interest or experience in quantitative research
  • Experience with Google AdWords
  • This is an unpaid, volunteer position. 

If you are interested in joining our team, please send a resume and short cover letter to [email protected] with the subject line: Google AdWords Volunteer. Position will remain open until filled.

Bookpacking/Shipping Volunteer

We’re looking for a book packer to help us with shipping books, once a week, on either Tuesdays or Wednesdays (your choice). The shifts are flexible, starting at any time between 11am and 1pm, and working for about two hours. You must be able to stand for two hours, and lift boxes of books which can weigh up to 30 pounds. Attention to detail is of primary importance. We’ll train you in safe lifting, how to pack books, and how to use our shipping computer. We’re looking for people who can make a commitment of at least four months. If interested, please call Kiriyo Spooner at 510-845- 4507, or email her at [email protected].

Foundations Development Volunteer

We are seeking a volunteer to assist with identifying new funding sources. Hesperian continues to expand our collection of books and resources so that our clear health resources cover more topics and are available in additional formats. To fund these efforts we are seeking new grants from foundations.

We are looking for a volunteer who can research potential funders, compile and organize funding research, and assist with writing letters of inquiry to reach out to these funders. The position will also include some data entry and other tasks as agreed on in advance. Our ideal volunteer is comfortable doing internet research and has an interest in global health. Previous experience in development or fundraising is a great asset also, but not required.

The position offers a chance to develop skills and knowledge related to public health, development, non-profit management, and global issues. Hours and specific tasks are flexible but we hope to find someone who would like to volunteer for more than a month.

If you are interested in joining our team, please send a resume and short cover letter to [email protected] with the subject line: Foundations Development Volunteer. Position will remain open until filled.