Want to learn or improve your social networking skills?
Want to get to know some of the most amazing and passionate people?
Or maybe you want to try your hand at online fundraising?
Which ever it is, you can do it with Nikela, for as much or as little as you like.
Nikela is run by ordinary people like you who volunteer their expertise and their time. You see, Nikela is a public charity with 501(c)(3) status, created solely to help people who know how to protect wildlife in Africa. We’re not the experts, just the vehicle to get them the financial help they need to protect wildlife.
As there is no foundation or fund sponsoring Nikela and because Margrit and Russ Harris who founded Nikela are not independently wealthy, and neither are any of the Nikela Board Members, everyone simply volunteers.
So what do volunteers do?
There are three important areas that keep Nikela going:
- Telling our experts stories on the blog.
- Fundraising for our experts online.
- Creating a buzz about our experts.
1. Telling Our Experts Stories
As a volunteer you have the good fortune of interacting with one of our experts at least once a month. You contact them via email or Skype if available to get the latest stories about their work. You invite them to send you a photo or two, maybe even a video clip to include in your blog post. The purpose is to continue to tell their stories to keep donors and potential donors enthralled and informed.
If you have some creative writing skills and want add some expereince to your resume, you’ll have fun working together with Margrit.
2. Fundraising For Our Experts Online
Nikela uses several online platforms to raise funds for our experts. As a volunteer you learn how to use Face Book Causes and First Giving. Both are used to create a viral movement to build a network or team to save the leopards, or protect the baboons and vervet monkeys, stop animal poaching by helping those who work so hard to conserve the wildlife in Africa.
If you want to gain some great hands-on-experience Ashley will work closely together with you.
3. Creating a Buzz About Our Experts
Putting the Nikela website on the cyberspace map via digital marketing is a huge job. However, when it is broken down into bite size tasks and many jump in to help it’s a snap. Tweets need to be sent and responded to. Conversations need to be held on the Face Book fan page. Keyword rich blog and forum posts need to be taken care of and other online stuff like this to get the word about Nikela’s mission to protect wildlife out there.
If you love doing this and would like to get some real life experience, Mike is a great teacher.