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 Palacaguina, Nicaragua
Start Date Mar - May 2018 (flexible)
Length of Placement 3 Months
Language Requirements Spanish
Spanish Reading: Level 5, Writing: Level 5, Speaking: Level 5
Language Scale: http://www.cusointernational.org/languageratingscale
Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents only
Provide support to the organization for the development and implementation of the marketing strategy for a touristic project in coordination with an in-country volunteer while working with line management.
As an e-volunteer, you will:
- Support the current in-country volunteer in the implementation of a marketing strategy for tourism
- Support the development of visual image of the touristic project (Logo and graphic)
- Support the design of a website for the touristic project
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- Degree in Marketing
Essential Professional Background:
- 2-3 years of experience developing websites
- 2-3 years of experience in graphic design
Promotora de Desarrollo Cooperativo de Las Segovias
Promotora de Desarrollo Cooperativo de Las Segovias was created in 1993. Its associate producers are located in different communities and coffee regions of Esteli, Madriz, and Nueva Segovia in northern Nicaragua. This organization is formed by 38 cooperatives of 2,300 small producers, 30% of which are women. Promotora de Desarrollo Cooperativo de Las Segovias offers commercialization and cooperative development services that include technical assistance, training, credit, institutional strengthening, improvements in coffee quality and social projects. Promotora de Desarrollo Cooperativo de Las Segovias is a certified cooperative organization in which 100% of its associates work with fair trade since 1992, exporting directly to international markets. Currently it has clients in Europe, the United States and Japan.
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 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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