1 Volunteering at F123 Consulting

Join this award-winning project and help us change the lives of millions of blind persons around the world. Should you need to see the latest version of this document, or share these opportunities with a friend, please use the following web address: https://public.f123.org/F123-Seeks-Volunteers.html

2 Our Project

The F123 Consulting team has developed F123Light, the world’s most affordable fully functional talking computer for the blind. The project’s objective is to enhance access to education and employment for the blind, in developing countries, through the use of low-cost competitive technologies, training, and technical support. The strategy is to scale-up through the use of mass-produced and easily assembled hardware kits, as well as freely distributed and cooperatively developed open source software. Contributors to F123Light come from countries as varied as Algeria, Brazil, Egypt, Germany, India, Latvia, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

3 The Volunteers We Seek

We are looking for volunteers to be part of two strategically important teams: Networking for Change and Software for Change. The following are the objectives for each of these teams and their talent needs. After the description of each team, we also have descriptions for individual expert volunteers who will assist in a variety of F123 initiatives.

3.1 Networking for Change Team

Our Networking for Change team will research, identify, and contact parent associations, blindness organizations, schools, universities, foundations, and government agencies interested in helping the blind, in order to: (i), understand their most urgent technology-related needs; (ii), share with them F123’s social impact strategy and its products and services; and (iii), assist them in defining goals, writing proposals or running crowdfunding campaigns, and bringing needed products and services to the blind.

Each team will be focused on a specific language (including Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish), and each team member will also have at least written fluency in English. Each Networking for Change language team will include the following members, expertise, time commitments, and activities:

Volunteers Expertise Commitment Activities
2 - 4 Translation 2 - 8 hours/week, 2-month minimum Translation of posts and other outreach materials, guides, etc.
2 Research 2 - 8 hours/week, 2-month minimum Identification of specific contacts at relevant organizations.
2 - 4 Outreach 2 - 8 hours/week, 2-month minimum Contacting, gathering feedback, promotion, follow-up.

To apply, please follow this procedure. Starting dates will vary according to language and expertise (and for 2019), are as follows:

Language Expertise Starting Month
Arabic Translation April
Arabic Research May
Arabic Outreach June
English Research April
English Outreach April
French Translation March
French Research April
French Outreach May
Portuguese Translation February
Portuguese Research February
Portuguese Outreach March
Spanish Translation March
Spanish Research March
Spanish Outreach April

3.2 Software for Change Team

Our Software for Change team will research, identify, and contact schools, universities, and other training providers that offer Python, C, C++, or Linux courses, in order to: (i), determine if they would be interested in having their students learn by developing small software programs that would help the blind and introduce them to the F123 social-impact strategy; (ii), jointly identify which types of programs would be developed, when, and how often; (iii), determine when and how programs will be tested and evaluated and how students will be rewarded or recognized publicly for their contributions to society.

The type of software which will be developed by student will vary greatly according to the level and duration of the software training of the student. Student projects may involve something as simple as facilitating the automatic formatting of school papers or resumes for blind students, or as complex as developing a fully functional speech synthesizer for a language which is currently not available for blind computer users. All work will be periodically overseen by members of the F123 technical team.

Each Software for Change team will be focused on a specific language (including Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish), and each team member will also have at least written fluency in English. Each language team will include the following members, expertise, time commitments, and activities:

Volunteers Expertise Commitment Activities
2 - 4 Translation 2 - 8 hours/week, 2-month minimum Translation of posts and other outreach materials, guides, etc.
2 Research 2 - 8 hours/week, 2-month minimum Identification of specific contacts at relevant schools.
2 - 4 Outreach 2 - 8 hours/week, 2-month minimum Contacting, gathering feedback, promotion, follow-up.

To apply, please follow this procedure. Starting dates will vary according to language and expertise (and for 2019), are as follows:

Language Expertise Starting Month
Arabic Translation April
Arabic Research May
Arabic Outreach June
English Research April
English Outreach April
French Translation March
French Research April
French Outreach May
Portuguese Translation February
Portuguese Research February
Portuguese Outreach March
Spanish Translation March
Spanish Research March
Spanish Outreach April

3.3 Expert Contributors

In addition to the specialized teams describe above, the F123 initiative needs the following individual experts, which will support the above teams, as well as, our technical and marketing experts:

3.4 Proposal Writer

Communication experts will assist our various teams with copy for use in posts and other online media, as well as with actual proposals. The material can be produced in any of the languages our project requires (Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish), as our objective is to both submit proposals to international organizations, as well as support the efforts of local organizations, schools, and universities submitting proposals to local foundations and government agencies.

One expert for each of the project languages is welcome, and the expected time commitment is between 4 and 8 hours per week, for a two-month minimum.

To apply, please follow this procedure. Starting dates will vary according to language (and for 2019), are as follows:

Language Starting Month
Arabic June
English May
French May
Portuguese April
Spanish April

3.5 Online Marketing Expert

The online marketing expert will help our various teams increase the visibility of our project in a wide variety of social media, web forums, and online media such as podcasts. The expert will suggest strategy, prepare actual posts or setup interviews, and in general help our team navigate the complexities of online campaigns. For countries where online marketing must happen in a language for which we do not have a fluent team member, the expert can assist local partners in their visibility efforts.

One expert for each of the project languages is welcome, and the expected time commitment is between 4 and 8 hours per week, for a two-month minimum.

To apply, please follow this procedure. The starting date is June 2019.

4 Practical Requirements

5 About F123 Consulting

F123 Consulting is an award-winning social enterprise dedicated to the improvement of educational and employment opportunities for the blind, through the development, deployment, and support of high performance low cost free and open source technologies.

6 Application Process

Those interested can apply by e-mailing to volunteers@f123.org. Please include the reason why you would like to help our project, the position and language you would like to work in, and when you would be able to begin. Please also include any personal or professional experiences, knowledge, or skill, which you believe is especially relevant to the activity you wish to perform.

You must acknowledge in your message that you are aware that this is a volunteer position (i.e. one for which no financial compensation is provided), and that you are legally allowed to volunteer, according to the laws of the country where you reside.

The F123 team will always confirm when a message applying for a position has been received, and will always e-mail a decision back within two weeks. If you have not received an e-mail from us after that time, feel free to send us a WhatsApp text message, as your e-mail message might have mistakenly been blocked by spam filters.

Any questions can be sent to the same e-mail address used for the application. No social media messages and no e-mail attachments please.

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7 Volunteering at F123 Consulting

Join this award-winning project and help us change the lives of millions of blind persons around the world. Should you need to see the latest version of this document, or share these opportunities with a friend, please use the following web address: https://public.f123.org/F123-Seeks-Volunteers.html

8 Our Project

The F123 Consulting team has developed F123Light, the world’s most affordable fully functional talking computer for the blind. The project’s objective is to enhance access to education and employment for the blind, in developing countries, through the use of low-cost competitive technologies, training, and technical support. The strategy is to scale-up through the use of mass-produced and easily assembled hardware kits, as well as freely distributed and cooperatively developed open source software. Contributors to F123Light come from countries as varied as Algeria, Brazil, Egypt, Germany, India, Latvia, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

9 The Volunteers We Seek

We are looking for volunteers to be part of two strategically important teams: Networking for Change and Software for Change. The following are the objectives for each of these teams and their talent needs. After the description of each team, we also have descriptions for individual expert volunteers who will assist in a variety of F123 initiatives.

9.1 Networking for Change Team

Our Networking for Change team will research, identify, and contact parent associations, blindness organizations, schools, universities, foundations, and government agencies interested in helping the blind, in order to: (i), understand their most urgent technology-related needs; (ii), share with them F123’s social impact strategy and its products and services; and (iii), assist them in defining goals, writing proposals or running crowdfunding campaigns, and bringing needed products and services to the blind.

Each team will be focused on a specific language (including Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish), and each team member will also have at least written fluency in English. Each Networking for Change language team will include the following members, expertise, time commitments, and activities:

Volunteers Expertise Commitment Activities
2 - 4 Translation 2 - 8 hours/week, 2-month minimum Translation of posts and other outreach materials, guides, etc.
2 Research 2 - 8 hours/week, 2-month minimum Identification of specific contacts at relevant organizations.
2 - 4 Outreach 2 - 8 hours/week, 2-month minimum Contacting, gathering feedback, promotion, follow-up.

To apply, please follow this procedure. Starting dates will vary according to language and expertise (and for 2019), are as follows:

Language Expertise Starting Month
Arabic Translation April
Arabic Research May
Arabic Outreach June
English Research April
English Outreach April
French Translation March
French Research April
French Outreach May
Portuguese Translation February
Portuguese Research February
Portuguese Outreach March
Spanish Translation March
Spanish Research March
Spanish Outreach April

9.2 Software for Change Team

Our Software for Change team will research, identify, and contact schools, universities, and other training providers that offer Python, C, C++, or Linux courses, in order to: (i), determine if they would be interested in having their students learn by developing small software programs that would help the blind and introduce them to the F123 social-impact strategy; (ii), jointly identify which types of programs would be developed, when, and how often; (iii), determine when and how programs will be tested and evaluated and how students will be rewarded or recognized publicly for their contributions to society.

The type of software which will be developed by student will vary greatly according to the level and duration of the software training of the student. Student projects may involve something as simple as facilitating the automatic formatting of school papers or resumes for blind students, or as complex as developing a fully functional speech synthesizer for a language which is currently not available for blind computer users. All work will be periodically overseen by members of the F123 technical team.

Each Software for Change team will be focused on a specific language (including Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish), and each team member will also have at least written fluency in English. Each language team will include the following members, expertise, time commitments, and activities:

Volunteers Expertise Commitment Activities
2 - 4 Translation 2 - 8 hours/week, 2-month minimum Translation of posts and other outreach materials, guides, etc.
2 Research 2 - 8 hours/week, 2-month minimum Identification of specific contacts at relevant schools.
2 - 4 Outreach 2 - 8 hours/week, 2-month minimum Contacting, gathering feedback, promotion, follow-up.

To apply, please follow this procedure. Starting dates will vary according to language and expertise (and for 2019), are as follows:

Language Expertise Starting Month
Arabic Translation April
Arabic Research May
Arabic Outreach June
English Research April
English Outreach April
French Translation March
French Research April
French Outreach May
Portuguese Translation February
Portuguese Research February
Portuguese Outreach March
Spanish Translation March
Spanish Research March
Spanish Outreach April

9.3 Expert Contributors

In addition to the specialized teams describe above, the F123 initiative needs the following individual experts, which will support the above teams, as well as, our technical and marketing experts:

9.4 Proposal Writer

Communication experts will assist our various teams with copy for use in posts and other online media, as well as with actual proposals. The material can be produced in any of the languages our project requires (Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish), as our objective is to both submit proposals to international organizations, as well as support the efforts of local organizations, schools, and universities submitting proposals to local foundations and government agencies.

One expert for each of the project languages is welcome, and the expected time commitment is between 4 and 8 hours per week, for a two-month minimum.

To apply, please follow this procedure. Starting dates will vary according to language (and for 2019), are as follows:

Language Starting Month
Arabic June
English May
French May
Portuguese April
Spanish April

9.5 Online Marketing Expert

The online marketing expert will help our various teams increase the visibility of our project in a wide variety of social media, web forums, and online media such as podcasts. The expert will suggest strategy, prepare actual posts or setup interviews, and in general help our team navigate the complexities of online campaigns. For countries where online marketing must happen in a language for which we do not have a fluent team member, the expert can assist local partners in their visibility efforts.

One expert for each of the project languages is welcome, and the expected time commitment is between 4 and 8 hours per week, for a two-month minimum.

To apply, please follow this procedure. The starting date is June 2019.

10 Practical Requirements

11 About F123 Consulting

F123 Consulting is an award-winning social enterprise dedicated to the improvement of educational and employment opportunities for the blind, through the development, deployment, and support of high performance low cost free and open source technologies.

12 Application Process

Those interested can apply by e-mailing to volunteers@f123.org. Please include the reason why you would like to help our project, the position and language you would like to work in, and when you would be able to begin. Please also include any personal or professional experiences, knowledge, or skill, which you believe is especially relevant to the activity you wish to perform.

You must acknowledge in your message that you are aware that this is a volunteer position (i.e. one for which no financial compensation is provided), and that you are legally allowed to volunteer, according to the laws of the country where you reside.

The F123 team will always confirm when a message applying for a position has been received, and will always e-mail a decision back within two weeks. If you have not received an e-mail from us after that time, feel free to send us a WhatsApp text message, as your e-mail message might have mistakenly been blocked by spam filters.

Any questions can be sent to the same e-mail address used for the application. No social media messages and no e-mail attachments please.

This document is version number: 19.02.23

This work by F123 Consulting is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. We also have another way for you to freely use our content, if this license does not meet your needs. Contact us for alternative licensing options.