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 Bogotá, Colombia
Start Date Mar – Sept 2017 (flexible)
Length of Placement 6 Months
Language Requirements English and Spanish
English Reading: Level 5, Writing: Level 5, Speaking: Level 5
Spanish Reading: Level 3, Writing: Level 3, Speaking: Level 3
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
Fundacion ACUA is looking to reorganize their website so that it highlights their work on gender equality, cultural and social entrepreneurship, and the political participation of Afro-Colombian communities across Peru, Colombia and Ecuador. The organization is looking to work closely with a Cuso International e-volunteer equipped with the experience and tools necessary to re-design and conceptualize an effective website layout and advise on content development to increase ACUA's web presence and effectively communicate their programs and mission. The candidate chosen will work closely with a local web administrator.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Analyze the current mediums of web communication that the organization currently uses, what their short and long-term needs are, and what area can be improved.
- Present an option for design and layout, simplifying and making more attractive and user friendly the existing website. Identify gaps where the organization can/should create content to reach new audiences.
- Present templates or solid examples of content development to share with Foundation ACUA in short presentation or skype-lessons
Essential Academic Qualifications:
-A bachelor’s degree in design, journalism, IT, computer science or its equivalent.
Essential Professional Background:
- Minimum experience of 3 years in design and the management of websites.
- Desirable experience with basic computer maintenance.
- Previous experience consulting for clients in other countries and working with multicultural teams.
- Ability to communicate (.ie. teach) the importance of content creation and justify why certain changes should be made (i.e. impact) to the website in order to develop ACUA's capacity in website management.
Afro-Cultural Assets Foundations (ACUA)
The Afro-Cultural Assets Foundations (ACUA for its name in Spanish) 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.
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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