Online placement (E-Volunteer)
Partner Location Colombia
Start Date May - Jul 2019 (flexible)
Length of Placement 3 Months
Language Requirements English, French, or Spanish (one of the three)
English Reading: Level 5, Writing: Level 5, Speaking: Level 5
French Reading: Level 5, Writing: Level 5, Speaking: Level 5
Spanish Reading: Level 5, Writing: Level 5, Speaking: Level 5
Language Scale: http://www.cusointernational.org/languageratingscale
Cuso International’s e-volunteering program welcomes new and returning volunteers to work with our international program partners and volunteers remotely. E-volunteering offers many of the benefits gained from international volunteering, while having the extra advantage of fitting into one's regular weekly schedule without needing a passport. Contributing and giving back to a community, gaining new skills, and making new connections are common benefits of e-volunteering and for Cuso International it is a great opportunity to engage more people in its mission.
E-Volunteers are expected to supply their own basic home office equipment, Internet and have a moderate knowledge of computer technology. Some of our partners are located in remote areas with unreliable internet connection. Consequently, it is reasonable to assume that when working with the partners, emails will not be responded to immediately. For most of our partners, this is their first experience working with e-volunteers and flexibility and patience is a valuable e-volunteer characteristic.
For additional information about our e-volunteering program, please refer to: https:/goo.gl/FQEmbx
Not sure whether e-volunteering may be right for you? Take this short survey to find out: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/e-volunteering
Are you curious about the role of volunteering in post-conflict countries?
We are looking to write a short article to publish in Colombia and Canada, about the role of volunteering in post-conflict countries; we are looking for a writer and researcher to do a literature review and find cases from other conflict countries that will feed into the article. The article will be written by an in-country volunteer. If the e-volunteer has the time, they can of course, contribute to the writing portion of the article.
If this opportunity sounds interesting to you, apply today!
As an e-volunteer, you will:
- Participate in bi-weekly meetings with the in-country volunteer to define scope of the article, provide updates on progress of the research, and discuss how certain literature can fit into the article.
- Carry out a literature review of post-conflict countries and the role of volunteering during reconstruction, peacebuilding, or transition.
- Provide feedback on the writing of the article or participate directly in the drafting process (dependent on volunteer's time).
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- Undergraduate or post-graduate degree in social sciences
Essential Professional Background:
- Good communications and teamwork skills
- Interest in the topic is essential
- No previous or specific work experience required in conflict studies or formal research.
Cuso International Colombia
Cuso International in Colombia works to improve sustainable economic growth of poor and marginalized communities particularly women, youth, Afro-Colombians, indigenous groups, and victims of the armed conflict, including internally displaced persons within a general context of peacebuilding.
In Colombia, our focus areas are Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI); and Inclusive Sustainable Economic Growth (ISEG).
Through our ISEG programming, we work to prepare the communities that we serve to better integrate into formal economic activities through volunteer efforts to promote entrepreneurship programs and small businesses. Within this same program area, we also focus on rural development with an emphasis on natural resource management, conservation and climate change adaptation.
Cuso International is also committed to promoting gender equality and social inclusion in all of its work, and in Colombia specifically, we are working alongside our partners to mainstream GESI to promote active citizenship, a more inclusive private sector, and positive gender identities in society.
Volunteers provide key partners with the skills, knowledge, and experience required to achieve greater impact and sustainability. The objective of all placements is to promote capacity-building and knowledge-sharing between the volunteer, the partner and beneficiaries. Volunteers should consider themselves as providers of support and play a consultative role, rather than a managerial one. The goal should always be to ensure the benefits of placements continue after they have gone.
Some of Cuso International Colombia's partners include: Sistema B and B-Corporations based in Colombia, including Fruandes, focused on value-chain development and inclusive/sustainable business development; Fundación Activos Culturales Afro (ACUA), focused on SME development; Escuela Taller de Bogota, looking at commercialization of products and supply-chain management; Corporación Autonoma Regional de Risaralda, focused on the model forest of Risaralda and natural resource management among others.
E-Volunteering Success Stories
E-Volunteering: Virtual Teams Making a Real Difference
Creating online support teams to support emerging social entrepreneurs
E-Mentoring: International Development One Email at a Time
Direct e-mentoring - mobilizing Canadian interns, supported by seasoned e-mentors
Online crowd sourcing: Good Globalization
Mobilizing classrooms to produce valuable market research data - Cuso International alumnus leads students at one BC college in helping rice farmers in Laos