Volunteering at UoPeople

Recently, I became enamoured with the efforts (and concept) of the University of the People, and volunteered my time to help manage, develop, or teach online (I also have a business background). I was impressed with those already involved, but more so I was impressed with the generousity of the founder Shai Reshef. The university greatly supports emerging notions of OER, online learning, and philanthropy.  Business Week provides a good review of the school.

However, I was not the only one who had the urge to pitch in. I received the following kindly worded email when I applied to help. I hope I can get involved in some way at a future time.

 Dear Volunteer,

 Thank you for your interest in contributing your valuable time to the mission of University of the People

We will process your information and attempt to match your interests and experience to our current volunteer opportunities.

While we would like to respond to each of you individually, the amazing outpouring of offers to help with respect to our modest staff currently makes this impossible.

If we have not yet responded to you about volunteering for a specific activity, please do not be discouraged or feel that you have not been heard. We are listening and as we expand, our activities will certainly be able to benefit from all of your potential contributions.

Again – thank you for your amazing support – and please stay with us. Together we can all reach our shared goal to make higher education available to all.

If you have not yet done so, please forward your CV to assist us in matching you to our volunteer activities.

 The Staff of University of the People



  • University of the People February 3, 2010, 6:51 am

    UoPeople thanks you for the article. We would only like you to please note that the university’s name is University of the People or UoPeople, and not U of the People.
    Thank you.

  • Munesh August 31, 2017, 11:22 pm

    Hi, Just have gone through your blog and I must complement you for the efforts made.

    I am also thinking of teaching computer science courses at UoPeople and am a bit nervous after hearing from them that I would have to pitch in 15 hrs of work per week. That seems to be a big time and I am not sure whether I can manage such commitment in my busy life.

    I would be glad if you can share your experience as to how you were able to manage your teaching at UoPeople. That would benefit me as well as lot others who are planning to teach at UoPeople.


    • Kelly Edmonds September 5, 2017, 11:40 am

      Hello Munesh – thanks for your note. I haven’t actually taught at the UofPeople but I have taught online plenty. It is more work than in-class teachings as you need to post information, engage with learners, answer individually questions and perhaps, assess their work. Are you creating the course, as well?

  • Cristela Mitchell September 8, 2018, 12:43 pm

    I would love to volunteer and assist as an online professor in the area of behavioral science. Masters in Clinical Social Work, Doctoral candidate 2019 of Educational Psychology.
    30+ years of experience in the field. 15 in the area of classroom teaching in an organizational structure. Completing my doctoral the last few years online, which gives me exposure to distant learning.

    • Kelly Edmonds September 11, 2018, 11:04 am

      Cristela – you should definitely reach out to them! You’ve got great skills.

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