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 Peru
Start Date Mar – May (flexible)
Length of Placement 3 Months
Language Requirements English, Spanish
English Reading: Level 4, Writing: Level 4, Speaking: Level 4
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
The overall purpose of this e-volunteering placement is to provide the Kallpa Association with support in drafting funding proposals and strategies, specifically youth employment and entrepreneurship projects.
The Youth Employment Center of Lima 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.
As an e-volunteer, you will:
- Create a database of potential donors.
- Assisting the team in drafting concept notes and project proposals, specifically related to youth employment and entrepreneurship projects.
- Translate documents from Spanish to English.
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- Courses on resource development
- Courses on international development
Essential Professional Background:
- Experience in non-governmental organizations
- Experience working with intercultural teams
- Experience working with multidisciplinary teams
- Strong networking skills and the ability to communicate clearly to a wide range of audiences and stakeholders.
Our partner, the, Asociación KALLPA focuses on promoting quality education throughout the community by carrying out projects, providing materials and developing methods to expand their work in education throughout the area.
The organization has identified the need to address issues of employment and income generation, while maintaining its focus on young people and their involvement in building sustainable communities. With the help of Cuso International, KALLPA has founded two Youth Employment Centers in Peru.
These Centers have been modeled to duplicate the Centers in the Quebec province of Canada and are an important feature in working with the youth to reach their full potential by teaching them about how to make themselves employable or to build their own business. The main purpose of the theses centers is to help young people go from being unemployed, underemployed or having informal jobs, to retaining and/or creating decent jobs that provide them with diversified and sustainable incomes and formal employment.
The centers, located in the neighborhood of San Juan de Miraflores in Lima and Cusco, offer the following free services to youth aged 18 to 29: Vocational Orientation, Employment and Employability, Entrepreneurship Guidance.
The Youth Employment Centers have gained recognition both in Peru and in Canada, namely for their high user satisfaction survey scores, as well as the promotion of community involvement and volunteering. In the process, Cuso International has become a stakeholder convener, bringing together local governments, non-governmental and international organizations, the private sector, as well as youth-led associations and groups.
Learn more about Asociacion Kallpa here: http://www.kallpa.org.pe/
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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