Location Bahia Solano, Colombia
Start Date Jun - Aug 2017 (flexible)
Length of Placement 12 Months
Language Requirements Spanish
Spanish Reading: Level 3, Writing: Level 3, Speaking: Level 3
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're looking for a volunteer like you to support our partner Fundacion Activos Culturales Afro and the local administration in Bahia Solano to strengthen their project development and management skills to build better and more sustainable community and eco-tourism initiatives.
Bahia Solano is in one of the most biodiverse departments of Colombia, Choco, which is prioritized in the government's post-conflict development plans and is receiving greater numbers of tourists every day. To better capitalize on the attention, tourism and funding flowing to the department of Choco, it is critical that the community has the skills required to develop and manage their own projects and initiatives, that benefit and are aligned with the community’s needs, culture and vision of development.
The objective of the placement is to build the local governments' capacity to develop projects and build strong programs for community development that are based around tourism. Ideally, by the end of the placement, the local administration will be able to develop strong concept notes, understand the value of stakeholder analysis and involvement, log frames and other components of a project proposal.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Review current and past projects implemented by the local government in partnership with other development agencies. Support the creation of a database of current and previous projects in order catalog previous project implementation experience.
- Support the local governments to diversify its project portfolio by researching calls for proposals and creating a database of international cooperation actors that work in Choco.
- Carry out a needs/capacity assessment with the local government to tailor training on project development. Explore other areas of capacity development.
- Lead workshops on project development process and accompany the local government in the practical application of the workshop content. Ideally, the capacity installed will allow the administration to replicate the training with community groups.
Essential Academic Qualifications:
University degree in business, international development, economics, project management certificate or training.
Essential Professional Background:
- Minimum experience 1-2 years’ experience working in international development with communities.
- Experience in creating a fundraising strategy and building alliances.
- Able to work independently and take initiative.
- Experience developing project proposals and breaking down these steps into teachable modules.
- Strong interpersonal skills, easily motivated by new and continuing challenges.
Afro-Cultural Assets Foundations
The Afro-Cultural Assets Foundations is a non-profit organization originally created as a program of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in 2007 and became a foundation in 2010. Based in Bogota, Colombia, their main objective is to support cultural enterprises in rural communities of African descendants in Colombia, Ecuador, and Brazil.
They to raise the visibility of community traits that are the object of income-generating enterprises. For example, they have supported Afro communities that work in artisanal fishing, the cultivation of cacao, processing cacao, collecting mussels and making handicrafts with sisal. All of these enterprises have in common the use of products closely linked to a particular community and its practices and ancestral knowledge.
The Foundation has also worked in advocacy, advancing the agendas of Afro-descendants; in academic studies of Afro culture and promoting research on cultural themes; in promoting social legislation of interest to communities of Afro-descendants in Colombia; producing and participating in events that value cultural assets, and funding audio-visual resources on Afro-cultural themes.
Among the fundamental tools of the foundation’s work are knowledge sharing encounters amongst and between communities and the general public, building alliances with universities, international and regional non-government organizations and government agencies and businesses in the countries where the foundation works.
Learn about their values: https://youtu.be/P8C_uAgHZBQ
Video tour of Bahía Solano, Choco - https://youtu.be/m8ZwyUB-gIA
Webpage of ACUA in Bahía Solano – Municipality of Bahía Solano - http://www.bahiasolano-choco.gov.co/index.shtml#2
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.