Location Bogotá, Colombia
Start Date Jul - Sept 2017 (flexible)
Length of Placement 12 Months
Language Requirements Spanish,
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
The objective of the volunteer is, through the Afro-Cultural Assets Foundations, to accompany their partner, Providencia Sweet Black Crab Association – ASOCRAB, to implement sustainable development activities that stem from sweet black crab production and processing. This will involve building their capacity for planning, communication, branding, as well as supporting the association to follow production regulations. The end objective is to help promote the image of the Providence black crab culture, as well as the festival and livelihoods that depend on it locally, nationally and internationally.
The chosen candidate will be equipped with the experience and tools necessary to support the marketing activities of ASOCRAB (Providence Sweet Crab Association). The volunteer will support ASOCRAB to promote its image and presence online, creating a brand around its sustainable development practices in the community and protection of natural species and socio-cultural practices.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Understand the regulation and use of the black sweet crab and the challenges/circumstances of the community and its development process.
- Support the design and implementation of an administration and financial management system along with ASOCRAB leaders, building their capacity to continue working the system towards sustainable self-management.
- Design, together with ASOCRAB, tools that will help them make financial projections and cost their products correctly in the short- and long-term. Build their capacity to use and implement these tools.
- Help document the history of the association and its leadership (achievements, outcomes, new skills development) as part of an exercise to build new leadership and appropriate management tools.
- Support ASOCRAB to follow good bookkeeping and accounting practices in order to receive small seed grants and benefit from microfinance opportunities.
Essential Academic Qualifications:
Undergraduate degree and experience in administration, management, community development projects, sustainable tourism, strategic planning.
Essential Professional Background:
- Experience working directly with communities, in the community and rural development projects focused on the implementation of entrepreneurship activities/initiatives.
- Experience supporting the development or sustainable economic plans with associations and/or community-based organizations.
- Openness to working in teams, commitment to carrying out work (tasks big and small) and completing goals and responsibilities assumed in the process.
- Understanding of general administration tools and practices to support planning.
ASOCRAB is a non-profit organization that contributes to the economic, social, and cultural advancement of its members and the community of black crab processors in San Andres, Providencia, and Santa Catalina islands. Their mission is to better the development of the communities through solidarity, mutual support, personal effort and through the practice of principles and methodologies that give a space for participation and dialogue, ensuring optimal quality control of its products within the framework of sustainable development and respect for the environment. The association offers training, technology, production projects, commercialization and marketing, transport, research and other services to improve the quality of its members in their black crab production.For more information, please check out the association's website: http://www.asocrab.com/en/
As a volunteer, you will use all of your experience and tools to support the marketing activities of ASOCRAB (Providence Sweet Crab Association), promoting its image and presence online, creating a brand strategy around its sustainable development practices in the community and protection of natural species and socio-cultural practices.
Fundación Escuela Taller de Bogotá
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
Website 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.