Hands on Experience with IT
There are many reasons people choose to spend their time at Free Geek. Absolutely no previous experience is required for new volunteers — everyone is welcome. Volunteering in our Recycling, Test or Build areas can be a rich opportunity for hands-on education which is in line with Free Geek’s mission of countering the digital divide. It’s also simply a chance to have a lot of fun and hang out with great people!
Free Geek is a great place to build work-related skills and job experience. Since Free Geek does not require any level of experience from new volunteers, it can be a great way to acquire a new set of skills. You’ll work with basic hardware components, PXE booting, and the various procedures used in our Recycling, Testing and Build rooms. Free Geek is also happy to help with job references for regular volunteers — just let us know if you’re interested in this when you come in and we’ll set you up with a supervisor who can give an informed recommendation.
Others come to Free Geek looking for a more regular and committed volunteer experience in the form of an internship. Some are fulfilling a requirement for a school or other institution, while others simply want to put their skills to use in a helpful and resume-building way. Check out our internship program for more information about this opportunity—anyone can intern!
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Free Geek will provide a more formal internship system in early 2017.
And, of course, many volunteer simply because they think the work our organization is doing is important. With Free Geek, you can help make sure electronics are ethically recycled and provide organizations and individuals with access to affordable equipment. Check out our awesome Mission Statement and get involved!