Location Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia
Length of Placement 6 Months
Spanish Reading: Level 4, Writing: Level 4, Speaking: Level 4
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
Live in the most important business centre of Bolivia and work alongside the Bolivian Foundation for Social Development (FUNDESOC) in producing comprehensive educational materials and tools in the areas of risk prevention and entrepreneurship.
With these tools you've helped create, the FUNDESOC staff will develop trainings and support to at-risk youth in Santa Cruz while collaborating with private sector companies in the hopes of generating programs such as the Prevention of Social Risks Program, related to social inclusion that will benefit the community.
FUNDESOC works in a variety of programs, one of which is working with children and youth placed in shelters with the purpose of supporting their personal development and to help them become positive actors in their own community.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Review and adjust existing educational materials for social risk prevention.
- Verify that educational materials are useful with target population.
- Prepare a guide for social factors related to risk prevention.
- Assist in seeking financing for the production of educational materials and implementation of the Prevention of Social Risks Program.
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- University Degree in Education, Social Work or related field.
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- Experience in the development of educational materials
- Working experience with vulnerable groups and/or population
Bolivian Foundation for Social Development (FUNDESOC)
La Fundación Boliviana Para el Dasarroll Social or Bolivian Foundation for Social Development (FUNDESOC for its acronym in Spanish) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization created to develop sustainable development projects that have a social and economic impact that better the livelihood of the Bolivian community at the national, regional, sectorial and local development actors.
FUNDESOC develops a range of services for many clients, mainly hydrocarbon sector companies that support social programs and investment actions in favor of rural communities in the Bolivian Chaco.
All FUNDESOC interventions incorporate capacity-building through participatory methodologies that prioritize finding solutions based on local needs. Through its various interventions, FUNDESOC has led and managed the development and maintenance of different types of agreements and partnerships between local organizations and strategic partners for the implementation of social projects that benefit rural communities. In these cases, FUNDESCO doesn't sign any agreements or partnerships, but it has facilitated interagency coordination and complementation.
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.
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.