Hello, Effective Altruism Community!

We're excited to present a guide designed to assist individuals in navigating the process of finding effective volunteering opportunities. Our step-by-step guide is dedicated to maximizing impact through volunteering and encourages making an impact-focused decision.

Whether you are an experienced member of the effective altruism community or just starting your journey, this guide aims to empower you to make well-informed decisions and create lasting positive change.

Arguably, many volunteering efforts lack substantial impact. This is precisely why we believe that in some instances, this guide can be valuable. By providing a structured framework for evaluating opportunities and carefully assessing expected benefits, costs, and personal compatibility, we aim to provide readers with the necessary tools for informed decision-making. Our goal is to empower them with insights needed to navigate the intricacies of volunteering and optimize their efforts for maximum effectiveness.


The guide can be accessed here


It consists of four key parts:

Part 1: Introduction and Understanding Effective Volunteering

  • Gives a taste of the principles and philosophy behind effective volunteering within the context of effective altruism.
  • Provides insights into the importance of impact assessment and the value of evidence-based approaches.

Part 2: Generating Volunteering Opportunities

  • Guides the process of generating a list of potential opportunities.
  • Encourages creative thinking and exploration of diverse options
  • Provides practical ideas for potentially effective causes and roles 

Part 3: Evaluating Impact Potential

  • Focuses on estimating the potential impact of each opportunity by considering key factors, such as scope, quality, certainty of success, time requirements, etc
  • Helps assess the personal marginal impact and compatibility with different opportunities

Part 4: Summarize and Decide

  • Offers strategies to narrow down options and make a well-informed decision.
  • Encourages staying open to new opportunities and provides guidance on reaching out to relevant organizations and individuals.


We would greatly appreciate any feedback or suggestions you may have on how we can enhance this guide further, ensuring its relevance and usefulness to the wider community. 

Additionally, we would like to encourage you to share this guide with your local effective altruism communities, or individuals who may benefit from its insights. 

We sincerely hope that the guide will be successful in allowing its readers to embark on a volunteering journey that is both impactful and fulfilling.




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