New website makes volunteering easier in Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh Ministry of Information and Social Development and National Volunteer Network presented April 29 in the capital the qazvolunteer.kz website for the development of the Kazakh volunteer movement. The website seeks to coordinate communications among more than 200 volunteer organisations and 50,000 volunteers simplifying their communication.

Photo credit: The qazvolunteer.kz Facebook page.

“Currently, more than 200 volunteer organisations are actively working and more than 50,000 people are involved in the volunteer movement. In the regions, in 2018, as a part of the state social order, 25 projects aimed at increasing the capacity and training of volunteers and engaging volunteers and volunteer organisations in social projects and events were implemented,” said the ministry’s Committee on Civil Society Affairs Chair Aliya Galimova.

The website facilitates interaction among volunteers as well as  between volunteers and volunteer organisations. It also provides informational support for volunteer projects, programmes and actions.

“The goal of this project is to simplify the interaction between those who need help and those who are ready to provide it. Through the website, one can find volunteers for its project, as well as become a volunteer,” reported the project’s Facebook page.

The project also seeks to develop the volunteer movement and culture in Kazakhstan.

“We are doing our best to make it easy and convenient for volunteers and organisations to cooperate. We hope this will help Kazakh people to take a step towards regular volunteering and charity,” said National Volunteer Network’s Executive Director Tatyana Mironyuk on the project’s Facebook page.

The website will also help volunteers and organisations implement initiatives and make information about their activities accessible to the public.

The website offers information on international volunteering, volunteering best practices and past and future events in the country.

Users must register on the website as a volunteer, an initiative group or an organisation, after which they will have a personal page and access to all projects on the website. Organisations will also be able to advertise for volunteers.

A volunteer’s personal page shows detailed information about volunteers, such as location, free time, basic skills and feedback on their activity. They also can upload appreciation letters and certificates.

The website forms volunteers’ ratings based on the results of their activities. The events’ organisers will rate volunteers. Those with the best performance will have priority in selecting events.

Volunteer organisations also have their personal pages that describe their activities in detail. Volunteers are able to subscribe to receive updates from an organisation as well as review their work and rate them.