Start Date Dec 2017 - Feb 2018 (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
Arca de Esperanzas (Ark of Hope) is an association of parents and specialists who serve children, youth and adults who are suffering or are at risk of suffering from brain injuries. Arca de Esperanzas opened in 2000, and since then has expanded to improve the socioeconomic well-being of people with disabilities and their families through recycling projects and initiatives. Currently, Arca de Esperanzas is generating employment through its project called “Environmental Education and Recycling”.
Put your green thumb to use, and strengthen Los Girasoles Recycling Program (part of the organization Arca de Esperanzas) by supporting the Reduce, Reuse & Recycle initiatives in Tegucigalpa, Honduras! As an Environmental Policy Advisor, you will conduct research and analysis on organizational capacity, and promote the creation of recycling policies and environmental practices. You will be able to contribute to economic sustainability of Arca de Esperanzas by improving environmental education and waste management practices.
This placement is under the VOICE program at Cuso International which has signed cooperation agreements with partnering organizations in Honduras. The purpose of these agreements is to provide human resources that will assist in the design, planning, implementation, and monitoring & evaluation of various projects for a period of five years.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Conduct research on environmental laws and regulations as well as Reduce, Reuse and Recycle initiatives being implemented in Honduras.
- Create strategies that promote the regulation of waste management
- Provide support in the design, creation and implementation of an environmental education campaign
- Design of didactic material on environmental education as needed and provide feedback and suggestions on how existing programs can be improved
- Contribute to the creation of strategic agreements with public and private organizations to improve waste management practices
Essential Academic Qualifications:
University degree in Law, Environmental Studies, Ecology, Environmental Sustainability, Environmental Science or similar
Essential Professional Background:
-At least two years of experience in research, organizational development, project design, planning and management preferably with community and civil society organizations, INGOs, National and local governments or the private sector.
-National or international experience in at least one of these sectors: Project management, law, waste management practices.
-Demonstrated experience leading or working in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams.
-Understanding of Gender Equality, Social Inclusion and Human Rights.
-Understanding of participatory approaches to development.
Arca de Esperanzas
Arca de Esperanzas (Ark of Hope) is an association of parents and specialists, serving children, youth and adults with brain injuries, with risks of suffering it or who wish to raise their neurological performance.
It is legally constituted with juridical personality 194-2002, Arca de Esperanzas provides comprehensive rehabilitation, neurological care and early learning through innovative and effective therapies, professionally guiding families in different processes for the physical, social, physiological and intellectual improvement of patients and human resources of organizations and companies.
It also offers companies and organizations the materials recycling program, giving employment to people with disabilities and providing care in prevention programs and rehabilitation of disability.
Arca de Esperanzas opened on May 2, 2000, after the effort of a group of parents conscious and responsible with citizenship. A decade later, the association provides care to hundreds of newborns, children, youth and adults, seeking answers to improve their and their families’ quality of life
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.