Start Date Apr - Jun 2017 (flexible)
Length of Placement 12 Months
Language Requirements Spanish
Spanish Reading: Level 4, 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
The successful volunteer will support the members of the Cooperativa La Campesina R.L. by contributing to the improvement of their business activities and supporting the development of new market opportunities for their cocoa and chocolate production.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Provide support for the development of a market access strategy
- Provide support for the development of tools in sales negotiations for members of the cooperative to use
- Provide support on the implementation of the organization strategic plan
- Provide support to the group of women who commercialize processed cocoa products
- Provide support for the development of a strategy that allows co-op members to manage their farms in a sustainable manner
Essential Academic Qualifications:
Bachelor or College Degree in Economy, Business Administration or a related field
Essential Professional Background:
- At least 2 years’ experience developing sustainable business plans
- Experience working in access to markets
- Experience in negotiating sales and purchases
- Experience in market trend analysis
Cooperativa Cacaotera La Campesina RL
La Campesina is dedicated to the production and marketing of cocoa beans, and recently started the production of chocolate.
La Campesina is implementing different projects in order to develop the skills and the knowledge of its partners and members. Training on various topics have been delivered and members began developing machinery and producing fine quality chocolate.
- Social area: La Campesina has improved the living conditions of the families of its members in terms of access to education for children, health and food security. The value chain has an impact on these areas of the lives of the community.
- Economic area: La Campesina has the possibility to have 15 direct jobs and many more temporary jobs. Currently they have agreements with financial institutions to provide credit and financing for cocoa production and agroforestry.
- Environmental area: La campesina is working with environmentally friendly products.
- Cultural area: La Campesina is working with farmers from the area and promotes the traditional cultivation of cocoa.
- Organizational area: There is greater motivation among our partners and associates.
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.