The always informative (if generally technophobic) Mr Raf over at Sustento gave me a heads up about Nabuur. In their own words Nabuur seeks to be;
an online volunteering platform that links Neighbours (online volunteers) with Villages (local communities) in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Connected through Nabuur.com, Neighbours and local communities learn about each other, share ideas and find solutions to local issues.
Think Voluntary Service Abroad and then extend it to people who haven’t got the time or freedom to commit to an extended offshore placement but still want to help the developing world in some way.
While not virtualising the breadth of what VSA volunteers do (despite technological advances it’s still hard to build a water purifying plant virtually), Nabuur does provide another way to balance out the inequities in our world.