PEER wants to transform the way volunteering projects for Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in developing countries are arranged. Several documentaries and real-life experiences from ex-volunteers show that volunteer-based projects lack positive impact in local communities. Volunteers are barely prepared on their work at the NGO and are in many cases not suitable for the job. This causes early leaves or a situation wherein volunteers cannot deliver real value.
This outcome is triggered by organizations in the Western world who mediate between volunteers and local NGOs. By this, these organizations withhold volunteers to be in close contact with the
NGO. In addition, these mediators make a profit by providing ‘volunteering package deals.’ PEER acknowledges the potential value of volunteers when working with NGOs if they are well-prepared and matched to a specific suitable job. With PEER, we want to make volunteering abroad transparent and increase the quality. PEER is a platform where new volunteers are matched on a specific job by ex-volunteers.
PEER is mainly run by volunteers who recruit volunteers for the same NGO as they volunteered before themselves: something we call PEER-to-PEER matching. The new volunteer applies for a job vacancy – created by the NGO. Hereafter, the new volunteer is linked to
the ex-volunteer that screens and prepares the new volunteer on the job and time within the NGO. This system aims to create trust and a higher quality of the matches between the NGO and the volunteer. After the preparation and recommendation of a new volunteer, this person is directly linked to the NGO.
PEER has one major advantage: it doesn’t want to earn profits from people contributing to society. Volunteers only pay a small service fee for the advice and preparation they receive through this platform. PEER enables volunteers and NGOs to exchange their value. To enable volunteers and NGOs in achieving positive impact again.