Online Volunteering Changed My Life

Evelyn Fonkem
Posted April 22, 2018 from Cameroon

In Cameroon,upon graduation from the University, many young people write Government exams to be recruited by the Government and such exams are seen as a means to secure a Government  matricule.When you are a Government worker in Cameroon,people tend to respect you.After graduating from the University, I decided to engage in volunteering.I volunteered for 2 years before I finally had a paid job.My friends laughed at me and I can still remember one saying that " Evelyn, you should forget about volunteering . It wont take you anywhere.You should think of writing a Government entrance,even if it means to bribe inoder to secure yourself a matricule.I laughed and said "Alvine,volunteering is my passion.Its my own way of giving back to my community.I love doing it and I believe I will touch the lives of people through it.

In 2014, I thought about online volunteering.Yes it' the perfect idea ,I said to myself.It will give me the opportunity to share my skills to other young people globally.

Weeks later,I started searching for opportunities online .I came across Opportunity Desk and Opportunities for Africans.There are online platforms that provide information about existing opportunities to young people.I subscribed to these platforms and everyday,I recieved opportunities from them through my email.I applied but most often,my applications were rejected. I didn't give up.One day,I saw an oportunity which I applied and  was selected as the lone Cameroonian selected for the UN Global Champion for Women's Economic Empowerment 2015/2016. I was happy but at the same time worried because I was the only Cameroonian.Many other African countries were well represented.The following year when the same call was launched,I encouraged other women and girls in Cameroon to apply. They did and 9 Cameroonians were selected for the program.I was also selected as a  UN Empower Women  Mentor to mentor 4 of  these champions which I did deligently as a volunteer.

I have used online volunteering to assist youths globally on their career goals.I am now an opportunity Desk Mentor and a Judge where I share my knowledge to educate and build the capacities of young people . I am also  a Queen’s Young Leader Mentor .Through online volunteering, I have contributed in making the world a better place and I have been awarded Certificates and Awards from International non -profit organizations.

 Thanks to online volunteering, I have been able to challenge stereotypes and made life long friendships with people around the world.I have fuel the flames of social change.My work has gained visibility and momentum.I have many friends who  have Government matricule running to me for assistance on how they can also engage in online volunteering.

I challenge the youths of today especially the girls and young women to explore and make good use of the internet.It' a bank full of resources and opportunities that can help you change your life.You can start by volunteering online.Online volunteering programs offer unique,immerse opportunities for young people to work with Development organizations.Apply for Fellowships , register to attend conferences ,apply for scholarships.It doesn't matter how many times your applications are rejected just keep on making use of the internet and one,you will have a story to share on how internet usage changed your life.

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Jill Langhus
Apr 23, 2018
Apr 23, 2018

Hi Evelyn. Thanks for sharing your story about perseverance and the value of online volunteering. I quite agree that online volunteering is an invaluable experience not only for yourself but also for the people's lives that you are changing. Since I've been online volunteering with WP, I feel like a different woman. I finally feel like I'm making a difference in people's lives as well as meeting so many amazing people and sisters in the process.

Evelyn Fonkem
Apr 24, 2018
Apr 24, 2018

Thank you JLANGHUS I can attest to the fact that you have been doing an amazing work.Thanks to the encouragement

Jill Langhus
Apr 24, 2018
Apr 24, 2018

You're welcome:) Well, thank you, dearest. That means a lot to me. Hope you have a great day!

Evelyn Fonkem
Apr 24, 2018
Apr 24, 2018

Yes I am thank you

Adeola Samuel
Apr 29, 2018
Apr 29, 2018

Hi dear Evelyn,
It's so good to read your post, you are right! Internet is a bank so full of resources and opportunities. I'm encouraged.

Evelyn Fonkem
May 02, 2018
May 02, 2018

Thanks Adeola.Please do explore the internet

Adeola Samuel
May 03, 2018
May 03, 2018

Thanks Evelyn, I'm loving the discovery of exploring the internet by the day.

Leku Sylvie Nakou
May 12, 2018
May 12, 2018

Hello Evelyn, thanks for sharing your story, I'm really encouraged with all what you have said.I'm passionate about helping and encouraging others but I didn't know how to accomplish these. But I know the steps I have to take now, and the internet is one of them. Thanks very much!

Evelyn Fonkem
May 17, 2018
May 17, 2018

Thank you so much Leku.The internet is rich with untapped opportunities.Please do explore it.I can help you if you like

Leku Sylvie Nakou
May 17, 2018
May 17, 2018

Thanks Evenly, I will really appreciate if you can help me.

Evelyn Fonkem
May 18, 2018
May 18, 2018

Ok Leku please you can get to.me on whatsapp through this number 237670323028

Leku Sylvie Nakou
May 18, 2018
May 18, 2018

Thanks very much Evelyn! I'm grateful.

Veronica Ngum Ndi
May 17, 2018
May 17, 2018

Hi Bisona,I can attest to your mentorship and online volunteering.You are a champion in bringing change. I remember so well how you encouraged me to be involve in online volunteering and have mentored me all the way. You must keep up the good work for you stand for ten thousand looking up to you.
Love
Veronica

Evelyn Fonkem
May 18, 2018
May 18, 2018

Thanks Vero you are also one of those a great job too.Thank you for your kind words

Mercy Kusi
May 17, 2018
May 17, 2018

Kudos Evelyn.Your story is quite inspiring.Thanks for being selfless

Evelyn Fonkem
May 18, 2018
May 18, 2018

Thank you MerCy for your words of encouragement

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nelsa nabila
May 28, 2018
May 28, 2018

Wow that is powerful. It's good to volunteer.

Evelyn Fonkem
Jun 05, 2018
Jun 05, 2018

Thanks Nelsa

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Jun 01, 2018
Jun 01, 2018

Hello, Evelyn,

Congrats for being selected in different UN platforms, and for being a mentor to young women, all because of your passion to volunteer!

Your story proves that persistence, consistency and grit can open doors of opportunities. It is inspiring! You did not follow the crowd, and now the crowd is asking for your expertise in online volunteering. Wow!

Thank you for sharing your story and the impact you made in both online and offline communities!

Evelyn Fonkem
Jun 05, 2018
Jun 05, 2018

Thanks Karen for reading the article. I appreciate.