Location Bogotá, Colombia
Start Date Jul - Sept 2017 (flexible)
Length of Placement 12 Months
Language Requirements Spanish, English
Spanish Reading: Level 4, Writing: Level 4, Speaking: Level 4
English 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
We're looking for a volunteer like you to support our partner organization build partnership and fundraising strategies.
Located in the heart of Bogotá's historical district, La Candelaria, this technical school offers 100 scholarships a year in three academic streams - construction, carpentry and cuisine to students from some of Bogota's poorest and most marginalized neighborhoods. For several years, the institution was supported financially by the Spanish Cooperation, AECID, and today, receives funding from the Ministry of Culture to promote technical education aligned with traditional trades. The Fundación Escuela Taller de Bogota (FETB) is interested in building partnerships to increase its presence and alliances in Bogota, between other technical schools, and private and public institutions.
As a volunteer, you'll have a chance to outreach into the community to understand their needs, utilize your project management skills and knowledge of partnerships to find potential foundations, international NGOs and other stakeholders to support Escuela Taller in building strong two-way strategies (from Escuela Taller to its community, and from the community to Escuela Taller).
You'll start with mapping out possible partnerships and creating a strategic fundraising plan to support both financing and strengthen of its network of supporters.
So that the work you develop can continue in a sustainable way, you'll coach the staff on how to develop and manage partnerships, train them on donor expectations, to have a sustainable "Escuela Taller community," as well as budgeting on costs and resources (money vs. time) that must be invested for favorable fundraising.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Support FETB in diversifying its funding by researching calls for proposals and creating a database of funding agencies that align with the organization's mission.
- Identify possible alliances with institutions and communities based in and around Bogota that could either provide or receive support from the organization - this could include sales, material donations, alumni outreach, temporary courses or extension programs for alumni.
- Support the FETB team (communications team and director) to develop their capacity on strategic fundraising - including costs, time, building partnerships, developing strong programs, communicating results (measured).
- Review and provide feedback to proposals or concept notes in order to strengthen FETB's capacity for outreach and partnership development.
- Provide periodic support to other Cuso International partners in country on fundraising and outreach (depending on time).
Essential Academic Qualifications:
University degree in marketing, international development, communications, economics, agriculture or arts
Essential Professional Background:
- Minimum experience 1-2 years’ experience working in international development or knowledge of key actors and vocabulary.
- Experience in creating a fundraising strategy and fundraising.
- Able to work independently and take initiative.
- Experience developing funding proposals.
- Strong interpersonal skills, easily motivated by new and continuing challenges.
Fundación Escuela Taller de Bogotá
The mission of Fundación Escuela Taller de Bogotá (Trade School Foundation of Bogota) or FETB is to provide Colombian youth from vulnerable communities, ages 18-25, with job training in traditional trades such as carpentry, culinary arts, handmade paper and construction. In additional to this capacity building, the organization seeks to empower students by enhancing their self-awareness, autonomy and self-determination. By doing this, FETB hopes to better enable youth participation and employment in their communities. The overarching vision of the foundation is to provide youth with skills and opportunities that empower them and that will positively affect production, cultural preservation and regional stability.
Vision: By 2015, the FETB will be a focal point of support for more than 500 students and alumni, who will have been able to:
- Re-establish their connection with, and support for their society, instilled with a vision that they can support their locality;
- Rediscover the value of peace with others and their surroundings;
- Feel secure in themselves and what they do, and how this contributes to building peace.
- Grow with confidence in themselves, and be self-sustainable.
- Understand that they can support themselves through formal work.
By 2020, Colombian society will have learned from the student successes of the Escuela Taller - that individuals who receive integral support and education, can help build a more peaceful society, not only as productive producers and formal workers, but as individuals part of a human community.
Cuso International Colombia will be working with the Area for Entrepreneurship Development, in charge of the monitoring and design of new ventures and projects of FETB. It has three areas: Cooperation, New Schools, and Communications. It’s formed by 7 people, the coordinator and the leaders per area and their support staff.
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.