Cuso International’s e-volunteering program welcomes new and returning volunteers to work with our international program partners and volunteers remotely. E-volunteering offers many of the benefits gained from on-site volunteering while having the extra advantage of fitting in one's regular weekly schedule without needing a passport. Contributing and giving back to a community, gaining new skills, and making new connections are common benefits of e-volunteering and for Cuso International it is a great opportunity to engage more people in its mission.
Online placement (E-Volunteer)
Partner Location Bolivia
Start Date May - July 2017 (flexible)
Length of Placement 2 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
Work with local staff at the Youth Employment Center of La Paz to find new innovative ideas to improve the employability of youth in La Paz!
The Youth Employment Center of La Paz (YEC La Paz) is a municipality-run center that offers free services for youth between the ages of 15 and 30 in three different areas: education, job search and entrepreneurship. There is also a special service for marginalized women, "Plan for Life." Cuso International in Bolivia supports the YEC in La Paz in our area of focus: Inclusive and Sustainable Economic Growth, an area that aims to increase socio-economic opportunities for youth, women and other marginalized groups.
The Employability Platform and YEC La Paz aim to be the pioneer and an example in the area of La Paz.
As an e-volunteer, you will:
- Review the employability teaching material and the methodology of support provided to the beneficiaries.
- Advise in the implementation of new employment services and/or improvements to the existing ones.
- Support and advise to create relations with the private sector.
- Support in the development of certification that proves YEC La Paz' contribution in youth labor insertion.
- Creation of a focus group of professional to improve employment services.
Essential Academic Qualifications:
Professional qualifications in education, psychology, administration or other relevant areas
Essential Professional Background:
Experience in employability, recruitment, job search, and other relevant areas related.
Municipality of La Paz
Functioning through the Municipality of La Paz, the Youth and Employment Centre (CJE for its acronym in Spanish) of La Paz is an information center that provides free vocational guidance, job search counseling, and advice on youth entrepreneurship with the objective to improve the socio-economic conditions of young between 15-30 years old.
The objective of the partner is to improve the living conditions of youth in La Paz through the provision of free services to guide, promote and facilitate the economic and social integration of youth, accompany and then direct them towards employment to further their education (or to create self-employment).
The vision of the Youth and Employment Centre is to be a medium that contributes to the socio-economic and cultural integration of young people, being a space of reception, information, counseling, assistance, and referral, valuing personal abilities, developing their self-esteem and building their projects.
Tips for working in an online environment are available in our E-volunteering Toolkit found on our website, http://www.cusointernational.org/docs/default-source/publications/Training-Resources/e-volunteering-toolkit.pdf?sfvrsn=2
Based on approval, we will provide reimbursement for communications expenses related to your placement, such as Skype minutes, photocopying, and mail. We will reimburse to a maximum amount of $20 per month, with receipts, to a maximum of $100 for the length of the placement. Long-distance telephone call expenses will not be covered.
Technical requirements and considerations: E-Volunteers are expected to supply their own basic home office equipment and have a moderate knowledge of computer technology. Some of our partners are located in remote areas with an unreliable internet connection. Consequently, it is reasonable to assume that when working with the partners, emails will not be responded to immediately. For most of our partners, this is their first experience working with e-volunteers and flexibility and patience will be required for this placement.
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