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 Mangua, Nicaragua
Start Date Jul - Sep 2017 (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
Support the development of a newsletter on food security issues in Nicaragua for the Centro de Iniciativas de Politicas Ambientales (CIPA). Encourage knowledge sharing, best practices and other communications between a community of decisions makers to influence better policy making on food security.
As an e-volunteer, you will:
- Support CIPA in the development of a biweekly newsletter
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- A Bachelor's degree in Communications, Marketing, or International Development
Essential Professional Background:
- 1-3 years of experience in graphic design
- Experience in developing newsletter
Centro de Iniciativas de Politicas Ambientales
El Centro de Iniciativas de Politicas Ambiales (CIPA) is a non-profit association that distribute an online newsletter-magazine every two weeks, on nutritional food security (SAN) in Nicaragua with the objective of lobbying for policies.
The newsletter is known as the Perspectiva Alimentaria or Carta Alimentaria and is an instrument of policy advocacy to sensitive decision-makers with political power to influence public policies. Perspectiva Alimentaria is distributed among politicians, academics, religious autorities, government officials, businessmen, university students, social movements and peasant organizations.
Nowadays, CIPA reaches 73,000 e-mail recipients in the country and a little off. This newsletter has never received external sponsorship and the magazine-newsletter has been distributed for over four years and already published 93 editions.
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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