MovingWorlds today opened a new online matching service designed for people who want to travel abroad to make a difference through volunteering.
The platform is focused on what MovingWorlds calls “Experteering” – connecting people with specific skill sets to projects that could use the experience they have. Whether that’s mentoring startups or creating websites, it’s a way to help people to maximize their impact as a volunteer.
Organizations that partner with MovingWorlds can use the company’s platform to request particular skill sets, and end users can then look through the list of available opportunities to find one that fits their capabilities. Users are charged an annual membership fee in order to support the MovingWorlds team, but aren’t charged for their volunteer experiences.
The company has been operating in closed beta for the past three years. In that time, they’ve provided more than a million dollars’ worth of skilled work to causes around the world. In addition to the standalone site, MovingWorlds has partnered with Microsoft to provide opportunities to the company’s employees.
In a past interview with GeekWire, MovingWorlds co-founder Mark Horoszowski said that the company’s creation came about after he tried to volunteer his own time offering business expertise in the developing world. There weren’t that many existing opportunities available to him, so he decided to start a company to address that gap, noting that the service is kind of like “the Peace Corps meets Match.com.”
MovingWords raised a $375,000 funding round earlier this year from investors including the Seattle Impact Investing Network and Investors Circle.
People interested in volunteering through the Seattle company can sign up at movingworlds.org.