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 2 Months
Language Requirements English
English Reading: Level 5, Writing: Level 5, Speaking: Level 5
Language Scale: http://www.cusointernational.org/languageratingscale
Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents only
Cuso International aims to develop new partnerships with relevant stakeholders across Canada to support the recruitment, selection and placement of highly skilled Canadian volunteers in Peru. The main focus of our programming in this Andean country are socioeconomic development – we work with cooperatives, social enterprises, producer organizations and youth entrepreneurs – and changing cultural and social norms that support violence against women and girls.
As an e-volunteer, you will conduct desk research to map potential stakeholders in Ontario. Potential stakeholders can include universities (undergraduate and postgraduate programs) and technical colleges, institutions, private and public sector organizations, civil society and community-based organizations, as well as Diaspora organizations. These stakeholders will be relevant to Cuso International’s work in Peru. You will also help us develop creative strategies to engage these stakeholders and support recruitment efforts!
As an e-volunteer, you will:
- Conduct desk research to map potential stakeholders in Ontario.
- Build an easy-to-use spreadsheet that will include, at a minimum, the following: organization, website, address and a short description of its mission, programs and priorities as well as contact person(s).
- Suggest on how to engage with these potential stakeholders.
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- Computer and internet literacy (Microsoft Office)
- Good knowledge of relevant stakeholders in Ontario
- Good research and communications skills
Essential Professional Background:
- Experience working in international or community development
Cuso International Peru
Cuso International works in many places around the world, one of which is Peru. Our Cuso International Peru office has recently implemented our VOICE project in 2015 which stands for Volunteers for International Cooperation and Empowerment. This project focuses on increasing the capacity of community-based organizations and the government in order to deliver innovative and sustainable/inclusive development opportunities for women, men, and youth in poor and marginalized communities. Cuso International will focus on two VOICE projects areas: Inclusive Sustainable Economic Growth (ISEG) project area and Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) project area.
Learn more about VOICE here: http://www.cusointernational.org/news-events/press-releases/press-release/2015/05/12/cuso-international-welcomes-the-government-of-canada-s-support-for-volunteers-for-international-cooperation-and-empowerment
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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