Volunteering for One Laptop per Child

Nancie Severs with the kids in Vietnam and the XO.
Nancie Severs with the kids in Vietnam and the XO.

Many people think that One Laptop per Child (OLPC) is about giving free laptops to kids. It’s not. It’s about education. It empowers kids to learn on their own and increases their opportunities for success. I wholeheartedly agree with their mission. In 2010 I met Nancie Severs and Adam Holt. Nancie had just returned from Vietnam. She went to the floating village of Vung Vieng located in Ha Long Bay with 12 XOs (the name of the laptop that OLPC made). Adam is a long time contributor and employee of OLPC. I worked with them to produce a video and write a few articles.

The XO Travels to the Vung Vieng Village Floating School in Vietnam

This is the story I wrote after I saw Nancie talk about her experience at a floating school in Vietnam.

Imagine you are sitting on your comfy couch watching TV. You decide to tune in to 60 Minutes. They are talking about a non profit organization that is on the way to bring a low cost laptop to children in developing countries. You think that is a great idea and decide to learn more. (full article here)


Class Act Tips from an Experienced Volunteer

These are tips for anyone who is about to to depart on a deployment with XOs.

Are you leaving your country with a bag full of XOs? Would you like some helpful tips before you go? Then this article is for you. It was written for One Laptop per Child (OLPC) volunteers who are about to depart for a deployment. (full article here)


Virtusa Lends a Helping Hand to One Laptop per Child

This is about a company who volunteered to translate the XO manual into Sinhala and Tamil.

The mission of One Laptop per Child (OLPC) is “to create educational opportunities for the world’s poorest children by providing each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop with content and software designed for collaborative, joyful, self-empowered learning.” How is that mission being accomplished? (full article here)


You can get involved with One Laptop per Child here.