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  • Are you a School Student (or) group of Students (between 3 to 5) interested in Volunteering?

  • Are you passionate towards Food Waste Reduction?

  • Is your School located in one of these SF Bayarea cities: Santa Clara, San Jose, Sunnyvale, Cupertino or Gilroy

  • If you said yes to all of the above, then you might find volunteering opportunities with Outside2Inside….read below..

O2I  Short-term School Volunteers are those who volunteer for O2I on a small project (~2-4 weeks to few months basis) that are mostly remote volunteering activities.

  1. The main responsibility of the Short-term School Volunteer is to spread awareness about food waste reduction, O2I and its events through their projects among their neighborhood and school.
  2. Share their experience of working on the projects or participating in O2I events in social media.
  3. Bring awareness through blog/social media posts, webinars, newsletters and articles in O2I Magazine.
  • Share your experience of working on O2I food waste reduction projects or attending O2I events.
  • Practice what you learnt from O2I projects/events in real-life situation and share it with us.
  • In addition to the project related blogs/social media posts, you could write additional blogs/social media posts about what you learnt from the projects/events and O2I can post that on our website.
  • If you are an artist, you can create food waste awareness through various forms of arts like painting, graphical images etc. and O2I can use that in our newsletters and O2I Magazine.
  • If you have different innovative ideas of bringing food waste awareness, O2I will promote that idea.
  • If you are interested, you could lead in promoting that idea by volunteering long-term with O2I.

Steps to follow for applying for O2I Short-term School Volunteer Position

Step 1
Review the School Volunteering projects shown below and pick a project that suits your interest

Step 2
If interested in any of the Projects, email details of your team, school, project duration etc. to O2I

Step 3
Additionally each Volunteer needs to complete the O2I Volunteer Application and Questionnaire

Step 4
O2I will review the Application submitted and will get back to you if selected for the role

Short-term School Volunteering Projects @ O2I

Please find a List of O2I School Volunteer projects in Food Waste Reduction.  Pick a project that suits your interest from the following:

Project Goal:

To create awareness about food waste reduction through Self awareness activities and food waste awareness activity at home/school/neighborhood

Project Goal:

To reduce food waste through recovering wonky produce from nearby farms and creating awareness among community/school/neighborhood  about wonky produce.

  • Project Goal:
    • Creating awareness and demonstrating about composting in urban households.
    • Goal is accomplished by composting in a jar and measuring the impact of reducing food waste, ease of composting and creating awareness through reports, blogs and presentations/webinars.
  • Project Team Members:
    • This project can be completed by a group of 3-5 volunteers.
    • The group should identify a Project Manager among themselves who works with O2I and the leads the team.
    • O2I will provide guidance for this project as and when needed.
    • All meetings between O2I and the group will be virtual/remote.
  • Project Duration:
    • The composting takes anywhere between 6-8 weeks to complete.
    • Project duration will be 8 weeks from the date the composting was started and will include the project orientation and report writing.
  • Project Activities:
    • O2I gives a project orientation session with guidelines on how to do the project in the first week.
    • Each volunteer in the group has to do the compost in the jar activity individually starting from the 2nd week.
    • Capture pictures during the entire process on a weekly basis.
    • Collect data from the activity like the volume of food waste reduced through composting, duration of the composting process, ease of composting …etc. 
    • Project Manager to update/meet with O2I on a weekly basis (every Sunday 5pm). Other members are also welcome to join the meeting if interested.
    • At the end of the project, write a blog about your experience, create a 10-slide presentation to spread awareness about composting and generate a report.
    • If possible, the presentation may be done as a webinar presented within your school or your neighborhood. It is volunteer’s responsibility to bring in the appropriate audience.
  • Project Deliverables:
    • A project report detailing the following
      • Experience of doing the project (difficulty level)
      • Volume of food waste used for composting (in lbs.)
      • Type of foods composted and estimate of how long it takes to compost each type.
      • Volume of compost generated at the end of the project (in lbs.)
      • Weekly Pictures of the compost process taken.
      • Other learnings.
    • Blog post of the project experience which will be posted on the O2I website.
    • Webinar presentation to create awareness about food waste reduction through the project experience and data collected.
    • Volunteer Hours tracking of all members in the team with activities completed during those hours.

Email Details of your Team, School, Project duration, etc. to O2I

If you like the Mission and Vision of Outside2Inside, have passion in Food Waste Reduction and identified a Project listed above, then please approach O2I to apply for a Short term school volunteer opportunity. You can do so by emailing at with the following information.

  1. Number of students interested in volunteering for O2I.
  2. Name of your school.
  3. School location.
  4. Project selection from the list above.
  5. Completed O2I Volunteer application and O2I Volunteer Questionnaire.
  6. Your availability for the project duration.
  7. Project start date, end date. Be considerate of the holidays.
  8. Volunteer credits requirements.
  9. Review the O2I volunteer credit template.

Volunteer Application and Questionnaire

Volunteer Application

O2I Volunteer Application Form to be filled out by short-term school volunteers joining Outside2Inside!

Volunteer Questionnaire

O2I Volunteer Questionnaire Form to be filled out by short-term school volunteers joining Outside2Inside!

Steps to do after being accepted as an O2I Short-term School Volunteer

Short-term School Volunteer Forms/Signups

General Vol. Agreement

O2I General Volunteer Agreement Form to be filled out by short-term school volunteers joining Outside2Inside!

O2I Event Sign Up

Sign up for the upcoming O2I event here.


Short-term School Volunteers Welcome to O2I

Welcome to O2I

A very warm welcome to the short-term school volunteers joining Outside2Inside!

Event & Outreach Guidelines

Outreach guidelines serves to inform, educate and support event volunteers explaining the expectations while outreaching for O2I events!

O2I Social Media Accounts, its Links and Blog Page


O2I Facebook Account Page


O2I Instagram Account Page


O2I Twitter Account Page

O2I Social Media Page

Link to O2I Social Media Page in Website

O2I Blogs Page

Link to O2I Blogs Page in Website

O2I Status Report, Time Tracking & Templates

On the day you are volunteering please remember to log your volunteer hours in the time tracking tools provided below. The volunteer time logged in by all O2I Volunteers is an important metric sought-out by the potential grantors while making grant decisions. Also, this is an important metric to get grant from Corporates as a part of their CSR programs.

Status Report

Volunteers are requested to use this tool to provide detailed status report of their projects to Outside2Inside! Check the Status Report tab in the document.

Excel Time Tracking

Volunteers are requested to use this excel based tool to provide status report & track their volunteering time with Outside2Inside!


Event Volunteers should use these MS Word, Excel and Power-point templates which has O2I logo for any project documentation.

O2I Blogs, Social Media Posts and Other Documents Submission Forms

In case, short-term volunteers are planning to write a blog (or) social media post (or) as a document/presentation, then they can use the following blog/social media posting guidelines.


Kindly read the blog writing guidelines and submit your blogs using this form.

Social Media

Kindly read the social-media posts writing guidelines & submit your posts using this form.

Doc Uploads

Use this link to Upload any documents you would like to sent to O2I Board for review.

Feedback & Testimonials

Short-term School Volunteering Feedback

Time and again or during exit we collect feedback from our short-term volunteers about working with O2I to take volunteer experience to the next level.


We appreciate an honest short-term school Volunteer Testimonial about your experience working with Outside2Inside!

Event Volunteering Feedback

We collect feedback from our event volunteers about working with O2I to take volunteer experience to the next level.

School Volunteer Credits Request Form

School Volunteer Credits, Verification

If you are a student volunteer requiring volunteer credit (or) volunteer verification letter, please use this form.Note: Please remember to log the Volunteer time with O2I and send the logged timesheet along with this form.

Past Volunteers of the Month

Volunteer reviews

Harshitha Ashok
Harshitha AshokSocial Media Strategist
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The onboarding process is very streamlined, everything was explained very well. Everyone Is very responsive and helpful.The onboarding process was so well structured. Everything a new volunteer could need was easily accessible, a very impressive process that even some big organizations fail to address.
Divya Srinivasan
Divya SrinivasanRecycle Program Manager
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First of all, thank you for the overwhelming welcome to Outside2Inside and I should mention it is a wonderful workplace. The first week at work was great and I really enjoyed the on-boarding process.The O2I on-boarding process is very streamlined, neat and clear. Thank you for the warm welcome!

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” – Aesop