Online placement (E-Volunteer)
Partner Location Colombia
Start Date Aug - Oct 2019 (flexible)
Length of Placement 3 Months
Language Requirements English, Spanish
English Reading: Level 3, Writing: Level 3, Speaking: Level 3
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.
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Improving the visibility of the Escuela Taller's technical and trade training to vulnerbale youth in Bogotá through the development of a webpage will be a key support for for finding alternative funding sources and building partnerships.
As an E-volunteer you will work with the in-country volunteer and partner organization to build the organization website. This will require using materials, photos, videos and text that are approved by the partner organization, and incorporate them into a webpage that is usable, and helps showcase the impact and work of the Escuela Taller de Bogota.
Apply and dedicate a small portion of your time to making a long-term impact for the Escuela Taller, an institution committed to training Bogota's most vulnerable youth in traditional trades and supporting their insertion into the labour market.
As an e-volunteer, you will:
- Work with the in-country volunteer and partner organization to build the organization website. This will require using materials, photos, videos and text that are approved by the partner organization, and incorporate them into a webpage that is usable, and helps showcase the impact and work of the Escuela Taller de Bogota.
- Have weekly or bi-weekly calls with the team until the website is complete and live.
- Create a guide for the local team on how to change content and manage the website.
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- Diploma o degree in website development.
Essential Professional Background:
- Experience working with non-profits to advise them on how to produce an attractive website that serves as a platform to share their work.
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.
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