Start Date Apr - Jun 2017 (flexible)
Length of Placement 6 Months
Language Requirements Spanish
Spanish Reading: Level 4, Writing: Level 4, Speaking: Level 4
Language Scale: http://www.cusointernational.org/languageratingscale
Please submit a Spanish Cover Letter and Statement of Interest
Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents only
We are looking for someone passionate about financial literacy and supporting youth to become successful entrepreneurs!
As a volunteer, you’ll be working with the Kallpa Association –a nonprofit committed to human development– to help youth and the communities in which they live become more self-sufficient and resilient.
This volunteer placement will be located out of Lima’s Youth Employment Centre, which supports disadvantaged youth aged 15 to 29 by providing a range of services related to skills development and training, employment and entrepreneurship. Decent work can be transformational for youth as it can result in increased earnings and higher self-confidence, and youth entrepreneurship is regarded as an important component of integrating young people into the labour market and reducing poverty.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Develop a financial literacy training program
- Train staff to effectively deliver the financial literacy training program to youth entrepreneurs
- Build the financial literacy skills of youth entrepreneurs through training, coaching and mentoring activities
- Improve and strengthen the existing microcredit program
- Provide training to staff involved in the microcredit initiative
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- Degree in business administration, finance, commerce, development studies, economics, management, accounting, other related fields or equivalent experience.
Essential Professional Background:
- Strong communication skills
Our partner, the, Asociación KALLPA focuses on promoting quality education throughout the community by carrying out projects, providing materials and developing methods to expand their work in education throughout the area.
The organization has identified the need to address issues of employment and income generation, while maintaining its focus on young people and their involvement in building sustainable communities. With the help of Cuso International, KALLPA has founded two Youth Employment Centers in Peru.
These Centers have been modeled to duplicate the Centers in the Quebec province of Canada and are an important feature in working with the youth to reach their full potential by teaching them about how to make themselves employable or to build their own business. The main purpose of the theses centers is to help young people go from being unemployed, underemployed or having informal jobs, to retaining and/or creating decent jobs that provide them with diversified and sustainable incomes and formal employment.
The centers, located in the neighborhood of San Juan de Miraflores in Lima and Cusco, offer the following free services to youth aged 18 to 29: Vocational Orientation, Employment and Employability, Entrepreneurship Guidance.
The Youth Employment Centers have gained recognition both in Peru and in Canada, namely for their high user satisfaction survey scores, as well as the promotion of community involvement and volunteering. In the process, Cuso International has become a stakeholder convener, bringing together local governments, non-governmental and international organizations, the private sector, as well as youth-led associations and groups.
Learn more about Asociacion Kallpa here: http://www.kallpa.org.pe/
Cuso International terms and conditions allow you to lead a modest and healthy lifestyle while being effective in your placement. This support package will cover basic living expenses for one volunteer and is not intended to cover home-based expenses (ex. loans, support payments, etc.) or luxury items such as imported items in placement or international personal travel.
- Modest monthly living allowance (varies depending country)
- Accommodation while in placement
- Return airfare and visa/work permit costs
- Cost of required vaccinations, antimalarial medication and health insurance
- Pre-departure training and in-country orientation
- Travel and accommodation for reintegration debriefing weekend
- Modest support for accompanying partners and dependents going on placement with you for 12 months or longer
- Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return
- Cuso International assessment day (Candidates must cover the first $200 of the most cost-effective travel expenses and all accommodation costs).
- Travel and accommodation for the five-day pre-departure training course and for in-country orientation
We ask each volunteer, regardless of placement length, to raise $2,000. All volunteers receive support from Cuso International to help achieve the goal through fundraising. If the volunteer chooses not to fundraise or is unable to achieve the fundraising goal, he/she can make a one-time donation or become a monthly donor to support our work.
Depending on the nature of the placement, volunteers are encouraged to provide e-volunteering support to the local partner or Cuso International before or after the field placement. Volunteers also have the option of requesting support from an e-volunteer to help them with their work while they are in placement.
Residency and Citizenship
The majority of Cuso International volunteer applicants are residing in Canada at the time of application and during the pre-departure process. Occasionally we received applications from volunteer applicants who are residing outside of Canada at the time of application. In both instances, between your application date and placement start date, we must be able to contact you and you must be able to contact us easily and promptly throughout the process.
We may require your passport and would need to be aware of your current place of residence and any travel plans you may have during this time. You will also require unrestricted access to Canada during this time for assessment and training, as applicable.
Leaving your country of residence can have significant effects on your citizenship status in that country. It is your responsibility to research the consequences of travelling to Canada during the pre-departure process if you are living outside of Canada and of leaving your country of residence for a placement with the immigration authority where you live.
By applying to this placement, you accept full responsibility for any consequences related to your citizenship, residency and immigration status or penalties as a result of travel to an assessment day, training course, international placement or other Cuso International related travel.
You must check the implications that apply to you, but examples include:
- Canadian permanent residents may need to make arrangements with immigration authorities before travelling. These arrangements allow them to travel without risk to their status in Canada. Without them, residency status may be withdrawn.
- Citizens of other countries, including those visiting Canada on a visa, may have travel restrictions.