Attention Volunteer Centres and
Post-Secondary Technical Program Instructors

(Note that the information on this page relates to the Technical Volunteer Web project, which is now completed. 
The project took place from early 2001 to early 2002.)

Technical Volunteer Web Opportunities

Are your volunteers and students looking for a challenging technical placement in the non-profit sector?

The Vancouver Community Network (VCN) is working with Volunteer Vancouver, the Vancouver Community College and many other agencies around the Lower Mainland to develop a Technical Volunteer Network to support non-profits in their use of Information and Communications Technologies. This InVOLveBC initiative will develop a set of transferable, sustainable practices for orientation, training and deployment of technical practicum students and other technical volunteers who want to help build the capacity of voluntary sector groups to access and use the Internet.

The VCN provides Internet access and support to hundreds of lower mainland non-profit groups and thousands of individual users, largely through the efforts of volunteers serving in User Support, Web Site, Technical and Training positions. Technical Volunteer Web participants will gain hands-on work experience and access to a growing technical resource network to complement their education and other community involvements.
Students, volunteers and mentors will work in teams to complete and support community initiatives which include:
  • Installing and supporting public access sites 
  • Helping develop community learning networks 
  • Refurbishing equipment for donation to groups in need 
  • Programming, networking and administering Linux and open source software in various projects 
  • Helping groups develop and maintain their community content on the web 
  • To find out how they can contribute to this community-based Technical Volunteer Network, students and volunteers can:

    The Vancouver Community Network owns and operates a free, publicly accessible, non-commercial computer utility in the Lower Mainland of B.C. which provides a public space on the internet.