Locations Colombia, Honduras, Jamaica, Ethiopia, DR Congo, Cameroon, Benin
Start Date Departure dates to be determined
Length of Placement 12 Months
Language Requirements English, French or Spanish fluent depending on location
Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only
What impact could you have? Have a positive and lasting change in communities!
Your work with our local partners will help better lives in communities by improving livelihood, addressing environment and climate issues, promoting human dignity, and supporting other community-related initiatives. Help reduce poverty and inequality in communities by sharing your knowledge and experience with local partners.
Please be advised, duties, education and essential requirements may vary by partner and project.
As a Community Development Advisor, you will:
- Work closely with local staff to support targeted initiatives for the community including corporate social responsibility
- Design a work plan that includes activities to strengthen the community and increase the number of beneficiaries from the services of our local partners
- Organize events and propose new initiatives that would benefit and grow the community
- Facilitate learning and knowledge sharing by training staff on key focus areas and best practices for community development
- Create strategic partnerships and develop tools that will support the community
- Support in local events that will raise awareness of the partner and their work
- Monitor the progress of activities, report on outcomes and provide recommendations on lessons learned
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- Bachelor’s Degree/Diploma in Social Sciences, Business Administration, Economics, Philanthropy, Public Administration, Project Management or a related field
Essential Professional Background:
- At least 3-5 years’ work experience in Community Development, Community Planning, Business Development, Non-Profit, Social Work, Anthropology or a related field
- Excellent written and communication skills
- Ability to work in a multicultural setting with vulnerable populations
What’s in it for YOU? A life-changing experience!
Each volunteer placement is a unique experience. Read about the impact our volunteers made in similar roles:
Daniel Bagueri - Honduras, Chris Aiken - Mozambique, Madame Sabine and Madame Benda - Cameroon, Amalia Gentles - Jamaica,Sandra Ngondji - Cameroon, Jean-Marie Johnston - Cameroon
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 program and in-country orientation (more details below)
- On the ground support through our Cuso International country program office
- Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return
- Travel and accommodation for the pre-departure training course, in-country orientation, and reintegration debriefing weekend
- Modest support for accompanying partners and dependents going on placement with you for 12 months or longer (Return flight, emergency medical insurance, vaccinations)
- Bonus: Additional return flight home or cash in lieu after 12 months of service for volunteers who extend for another 6 months
Pre-departure Training and Briefing
We commit to helping you prepare as best as possible for your placement. You will have an advisor to support you through the pre-departure process and will receive essential training as part of your preparation. This training is designed to maximize your understanding of your placement country and culture, help you identify and plan your own learning, and help you stay safe and healthy during your placement.
Overview of pre-departure training:
1.Skills and Knowledge for Working in Development (SKWID) program - A 45-hour training program that uses a blended learning approach including 4 days of in-person sessions and online e-modules to be completed before and after the in-person session.
2.Self-directed briefing documents, online training and external resources accessed through the volunteer portal
3.Online health briefing
4.Fundraising 101 Webinar
In-Country Training and Learning
You will receive an In-Country Orientation (ICO) that builds upon the pre-departure training. This will be conducted by either the country program office or the supporting partner organization. This normally lasts for 2-10 days (depending on language learning requirements and other factors). In some countries, volunteers will be able to access ongoing language training opportunities. In-Country Orientation equips you with the relevant skills, knowledge, and country-specific information to be successful in your placement. Furthermore, our Country Program Office or local partner will provide you with continuous in-country support throughout the duration of your placement.
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.
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 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 traveling 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 pre-departure training, 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 traveling. 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.