Location Georgetown, Guyana
Start Date JOct - Dec 2017 (flexible)
Length of Placement 12 Months
Language Requirements English
English Reading: Level 4, Writing: Level 4, Speaking: Level 4
Language Scale: http://www.cusointernational.org/languageratingscale
Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents only
The Help and Shelter has become a recognized leader in the fight against violence in Guyana, particularly in the areas of domestic and sexual violence and child abuse. The organization is a long-standing NGO in Guyana, providing gender-based violence(GBV) services mainly to women. These services include counseling, crisis center, court and legal support, and public awareness. With an increasing demand for services, Help and Shelter recognized the need to improve the capacity of key personnel and services, particularly in the areas of counseling and crisis center management. As such, the organization would like to recruit a volunteer to facilitate the strengthening of its capacity to deliver gender-based violence services, through training of key personnel and the establishment of appropriate protocols and guidelines.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Host consultations with key personnel and stakeholders to review, assess and document current counseling and crisis center services.
- Develop an action plan for improving counseling and crisis center management services.
- Develop and facilitate counseling skills training, of key personnel and stakeholders involved in counseling and crisis center management.
- Work with key personnel and stakeholders to document and establish proper protocols and guidelines for counseling clients and managing crisis center.
- Facilitate development and implementation of a plan to improve counseling and crisis center services.
Essential Academic Qualifications:
Graduate degree in Psychology, Counselling, Social Work or related field.
Essential Professional Background:
- 5 years’ experience in counseling or psychotherapy.
- Experience working with clients affected by gender-based violence.
-Experience managing crisis center.
Help and Shelter
Help and Shelter is a non-governmental organization formed as a response to the high incidence of violence, alcoholism and poverty in Guyana, the increase in family instability and the lack of support for victims wishing to leave abusive situations and/or in need of counselling and crisis services.
Help and Shelter was registered as a non-for-profit company on November 1994, and formally launched on November 26, 1995 (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women). The crisis service became operational in January 1996, in an office kindly provided by the Georgetown (now Guyana) Legal Aid Clinic. It relocated on March 1, 1997 to the bottom flat of a building in the then Ministry of Labour Compound on Homestretch Avenue, Georgetown, provided courtesy of the government.
A shelter for abused women and their children was built in 1999, with funding provided by the Basic Needs Trust Fund on land donated by the government in 2000. The shelter provides a safe place for victims of domestic violence and a temporary facility for girls age 14 and under, who are victims of trafficking in persons (TIPS).
Ongoing activities include:
- Public education, advocacy and networking against violence;
- Provision of counseling services, including a 24-hour crisis hotline;
- Running the shelter for abused and trafficked women;
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.