By Ferah Aziz, April 4, 2020
The following is a list of links to help you enjoy building your skills and resume. Scroll all the way down to see volunteer ideas, along with virtual cultural tours and performances.
- Take college courses for free from world’s top universities (test drive your major of interest, learn a new language and maybe earn a certificate):
- Learn computing and coding on khanacademy.org.
- The Kids Should See This – Smart videos (4,000+) for curious minds of all ages.
- OpenCulture offers eBooks and audiobooks. Enjoy TEDTalks
- Improve foreign language skills through Slow News in Frenchor News in Slow Spanish — students already know current events; these sites give them familiar content spoken more slowly in the languages they’re studying in school so non-native speakers can follow along.
- Intern: Ask your parents, friends, neighbors, non-profit organizations or businesses if you can help with help with spreadsheets, research or analysis.
- Remote Science projects are listed here: Citizen Science projects. This website has a searchable databaseof projects, some, like this one, looking for images of sea lions in photographs. There are even “crowdsourced history”
- Research: Pioneer Academics offers high school students research opportunities (for college credit).
Surf YouTube or the net to learn how to draw, photograph, film, paint, sew, embroider, arrange flowers, woodwork, build a computer, dance (i.e. Irish step dancing) to name just a fraction of the possibilities.
Become an entrepreneur by selling your creations on Etsy. Consider donating part of your sales to a non-profit organization or those with need (a good way to market).
Write poetry, short stories, screenplays, novels or blogs (maybe your work can get published). Tools follow:
- Use your imagination and learn basic storytelling on khanacademy.org
- Scratch – Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s community gives students a chance to create interactive stories, games and animations. mit.edu
- Toontastic 3D – This app will help you turn your stories into cartoons with animation, narration and music. withgoogle.com
Arts & Humanities: check out khanacademy’s Arts & Humanities partners (lots of great content)
Music: Learn about music on khanacademy.org (even how to play band instruments)
Create a photo journal, short films (i.e. do it yourself, cooking, storytelling or comedy acts). If you are good with a camera,offer to take family front porch photos (keep safe distance). If you want to charge for your photos, consider donating part of the sales to a non-profit.
Garden or build structures such as sheds, chicken coops, or bird houses.
Create a website or portfolio to highlight your creations, photos, and to share who you are.
Create a family tree or write about your family history.
Get Active: try online ballet, Yoga or taekwondo classes to name just a few options.
Enjoy the Arts/Museums/Zoos
Here is Good Housekeeping’s massive List of virtual museum, zoo, and theme park visits.
Enjoy Beethoven’s 9th virtual concert.
The National Theatre will stream a live play every Thursday night!
The National Student Drama Festival will take place online.
Be careful and set clear boundaries, expectations and schedules that you can keep! Get your parents’ guidance and permission first.
Reach out to parents of younger kids and offer to help ease a kid’s boredom or to give parents a break by reading stories (or ask them to read to you to improve their reading skills), playing games (i.e. guessing games) or by becoming a virtual tutor or study time monitor. Tap family, friends, neighbors (or post an ad in Nextdoor). You can read-aloud remotely through an organization like Quarantutors.
Reach out to a senior citizen to help them feel less lonely by visiting with them on the phone (or virtually via Facetime or Zoom etc.). You can ask them about their lives or read to them. This organization uses volunteers to make “Social Calls” to the elderly.
Send emails or make calls to raise funds for organizations (fighting effects of Covid-19 or other causes).
Make masks (many how to videos with and without sewing machines are online). Here’s one link to help you donate PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), whether home-made or factory made, to the places that need them the most: #GetUsPPE.
Check out the American Red Cross and learn about donating blood and other ways to support this “do-good” powerhouse.
Remote Political Volunteering
During the Covid-19 crisis, our 2020 Election political process continues. Students can volunteer to increase voter turnout through organizations such as Rock the Vote, and Postcards to Voters, which can be written at home. Volunteer opportunities for both sides of the political aisle: Fox News list, Elizabeth Warren’s list.
Special thanks to HECA and CCC colleagues who provided a few of the links above.