VISIONEERS is a social enterprise that promotes (corporate) volunteering for companies and their employees as well as for individuals/families. VISIONEERS believes that everyone has a skill, which when properly developed can have a tremendous social impact. We partner professionals with international projects that lack specialized knowledge, skills, and manpower so they can have a greater impact in their communities. We provide the connection between Europe´s talented professionals and Latin America´s devoted NGOs.
a. Support NGOs with a lack of business knowledge, implementation, expertise or manpower.
b. To have a social and sustainable impact on the local community / NGO.
c. Give professionals the chance to have a social impact through (Corporate) Volunteering.
Why should my employee participate in Corporate Volunteering? What are the benefits?
Our corporate clients get involved for a variety of reasons. Some want to use the professional skills of their employees to give back to society in a way that maximizes social impact. Others seek exposure to the non-profit sector or consulting arena and want to network with profit and non-profit professionals. Ultimately, they believe in the value of this model and want to serve the community in a greater capacity.
Benefits for companies:
Development of employees' social competencies
Reduced sickness leave / Burn-out
Enhancement of employee motivation and innovation
Strengthening the employee commitment to the company and identification with the company
Improvement of corporate social climate
Improvement of the brand and corporate image
Improvement of customer relation and sales promotion
Increasing shareholder value
Benefits for employees:
Volunteering compensates for a lack of meaningfulness at work
Meaningfulness gained at work enhances volunteering
Volunteering generates sense of pride and satisfaction at the workplace
Professional development, positive impact on their career
The sense of personal achievement from having been able to contribute and make a difference
Reduced sickness leave
Intercultural / Language training
How much do I pay to volunteer?
VISIONEERS is funded primarily through donations and grants. We do not charge any fee for the placement and consulting. We suggest a donation of 85,00 Euros for an obligatory intercultural preparation training before volunteering.
Our NGO partners are mostly very limited financially, working in high risk communities. Therefore, you would have to pay for all your finances like travel expenses, accomodation, etc. for more details, contact us.
Who can volunteer?
To volunteer with VISIONEERS you’ll need both professional experiences and qualifications. The basic requirements may vary depending on the skill area, role length and the requests we receive from our charity partners. Please see individual job descriptions for full details.
Our general requirements are the following:
Min. 2 - 3 years of professional experience in any field
Willing to share know-how or manpower for a good cause
Be between 25 and 75 years of age
Be prepared to invest some time in training before and during the placement
A willingness to adapt to the local culture of the country
A willingness to learn the basics of the local language
The ability to be flexible
What type of Corporate Volunteering Programs do you offer?
VISIONEERS offers different kind of volunteering programs. First of all we divide between skill-based and hands-on programs.
Skill-based Volunteering is leveraging the specialized skills and talents of individuals to strengthen the infrastructure of nonprofits, helping them build and sustain their capacity in order to successfully achieve their missions. For example, a business consultant may volunteer to develop a business plan for a new micro financing project, or a financial analyst may volunteer to develop financial products for a rural NGO.
Hands-on volunteering is volunteering outside your profession. For example, an HR professional could engage in a traditional volunteer opportunity by planting a community garden, or by helping to build a house. This involves activities that do not require particular pre-acquired skills.
Our different volunteering options:
This is a one-day volunteering placement, where individual or multiple departments, or the entire workforce of a company volunteer for charitable purposes. Here the focus is on team projects.
This volunteering helps workers who leave (due to retirement or termination of the company) to facilitate their departure from the company.
Sabbatical is a temporary exemption from the contractual obligation to work, in general between 9-12 month.
What is the difference between Individual and Corporate Volunteering?
Individual Volunteering refers to volunteers who join one of our programs independently from their company, for instance during their free time. Corporate Volunteers are sent out by their company, often during working hours.
Which volunteer program suits best for my employee?
This depends on the time frame, the skills of your employee and what you want them to learn and experience. For instance if you would like them to learn a new hands-on skill or use their existent expertise to make a social impact. Please contact us and we would love to discuss what program suits you and your employee best.
Where can my employees volunteer?
Currently, VISIONEERS is cooperating with partner NGOs in Brazil and Costa Rica.
VISIONEERS cooperates with different kinds of NGOs, projects etc. You choose what kind of volunteering you would like to participate in. In this document/brochure you can find a list of our current activities.
Your employee can apply for an open position and we will do our best to ensure that you have the opportunity to work with a non-profit organisation/group that suits your area of interest. It is important for us that both clients - you and our partner - match, so usually we arrange a Skype interview where you will have the opportunity to meet and converse with the NGO Partners.
How long are the volunteering options?
VISIONEERS offers short (1-4 weeks), medium (2-3 month) and long-term (3-12 month) volunteering placements. Please read the detailed description for each project.
Is this Corporate Volunteering Program limited to companies from Europe?
No, the VISIONEERS´ head office is in Berlin, but we are happy to work with any company from every continent.
How is the process?
If you are interested in starting or enhancing with one of our programs, please contact us and we will get in contact you. In a meeting, we will analyze your corporate needs, the aim of the Corporate Volunteering Program, who you want to send, resume of the participant, know-how, duration, budget, dates and accommodation choice. Afterwards we will get in contact with different Corporate Volunteering placement possibilities and strategies.
What is an orientation-session?
We require that all volunteers participate in a 1.5-hours orientation session via Skype. Here, we will explain all important information and will answer all questions.
The volunteer will learn about the volunteer position, the non-profit client, information about the country and much more. The volunteer will get to know VISIONEERS, how we operate, how he/she fits into our work, will hear about successful pro bono projects and how he/she can use his/her skills to make a similarly successful impact.
Do the volunteers have to attend the orientation-session?
Yes, the orientation session is mandatory and essential in planning the individual volunteering project. If the volunteer does not live in Berlin, we can arrange to do the orientation session via Skype.
Is my volunteer time tax deductible?
Right now we are unfortunately unable to offer tax deductions for your time, but we will endeavour to make this possible in the future. However, all donations in Costa Rica can be considered as tax deductions in both the USA and Costa Rica.