Seattle, Washington (PRWEB) October 15, 2014
Seattle based startup, MovingWorlds has launched its new global platform which aims to connect people who want to travel and volunteer their expertise with social impact organizations around the world. The online platform selectively sources professionals and social impact organizations who interact through the website to find each other and plan high-impact “Experteering” engagements.
Operating in Beta for the past 3 years, MovingWorlds has already helped unleash over 1 million dollars worth of professional skills to social enterprises around the world. Its skilled volunteers, or “Experteers,” have ranged dramatically in age, experience, and length of trip.
“The driving force behind MovingWorlds stems from a lack of access to talent as one of the leading barriers to progress—globally,” states Co-Founder Mark Horoszowski, who experienced first hand as a volunteer the difficulty connecting with organizations that could benefit from his professional skillset. "MovingWorlds democratizes access to talent by unleashing the power of human capital to solve major problems and make it more accessible to organizations and volunteers."
In the online marketplace, hosting organizations have the ability to request skills and provide people unique and immersive experiences; while professionals looking for opportunities to further develop their own skills, and never limited by length of commitment, are contributing to the greater good. MovingWorlds allows professionals to find a meaningful opportunity no matter where, when and for how long. Once connected, MovingWorlds guides professionals and hosts to join as partners for productive, mutually beneficial relationships.
Using a matching site, MovingWorlds has been able to bring more transparency to international skills-based volunteering. Additionally, by providing online training, resources, and a hosted matching process, it ensures that proper planning and consideration goes into all matches.
“MovingWorlds charges users a membership fee so that people can access our curated network of opportunities, access our support team, and use our planning process to effectively enter as partners. Unlike other global volunteer sites, the organizations on MovingWorlds do not charge “Experteers” to volunteer. In fact, all organizations are committed to the process as they have a real need for skills,” explains co-founder Derk Norde. “To co-invest, they provide great local benefits, like free housing, cooking lessons, language practice and an overall cultural immersion to their “Experteers” in exchange for support.”
Co-founder Mark Horoszowski, who spent a year traveling and volunteering his own skills around the world before leading this initiative shares that the inspiration of MovingWorlds was remarkably simple. “We live in a global society that rewards international experience as well as acts of service; and we live in a time where the most powerful thing we can give is our brain. You can call it democratizing skills, but it’s really the notion that by creating change, you’ll also be changed in ways you never imagined. That’s the spirit of MovingWorlds.”