Does Job Satisfaction Encourage Online Volunteering?

Middle East-Based Software Developer Contributes Online to a Canadian Charity 6,000 Miles Away

Winnipeg, Canada, May 04, 2007 --( Eugen Bodolak, a computer programmer living in the Middle East, sought out a rewarding online volunteer opportunity via an Internet search. Unfamiliar with online volunteering, what attracted this programmer to virtually volunteer with Macdonald Youth Services (MYS), a Canadian charitable organization almost 6,000 miles away from his residence in Cyprus?

"I am working in a big company and a big team... and you know when you have big team, you have a small, small, small part in it, so you don't feel like it's yours...," said Bodolak.

"I am pleased that we were able to offer Eugen online volunteer programming opportunities which allowed him to use more of his skill set and thus have more of a sense of ownership," stated MYS Online Volunteer Program Developer, Randy Tyler. "The type of virtual projects that Eugen undertook highlights that certain online tasks may also, in certain situations, be assigned to a team of online volunteers where sharing of skills and time will maximize production," added Tyler.

MYS South Dakota-based Online Volunteer John Small connected with Eugen when he was home on vacation in Romania. In the approximate 10 minute Skype to Skype interview, Eugen speaks, among other topics, about the nature of his job as a computer programmer in Cyprus, his impetus to seek an online volunteer opportunity, the importance of considering one's available time before committing to an online volunteer role, the concept of volunteering and how a team of online volunteer programmers may advance a project when time becomes a barrier for one volunteer.

To listen to John Small's interview with Eugen, please see the mp3 (6.8 MB) download URL below:

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Macdonald Youth Services (MYS), a 77 year-old trusted and respected registered charitable healing and support agency based in Winnipeg, Canada, provides a variety of innovative and leading programming for thousands of Manitoba’s young people on a yearly basis. MYS has been successfully utilizing highly-skilled online volunteers from around the globe to enhance their programs and services since 1998.

For Further Information:

Randy Tyler, Volunteer Co-ordinator/Webmaster
Macdonald Youth Services
Winnipeg, Canada
Ph: 1-204-949-4292
Skype: randytyler_canada

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