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, French, Spanish
French Reading: Level 5, Writing: Level 5, Speaking: Level 5
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 French or Spanish Cover Letter and Statement of Interest
Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents only
Our Cuso International office in Peru is looking to expand our recruitment sources and partnerships in Canada. In Peru, we work to strengthen social and economic models that are more inclusive and sustainable, with a focus on the social economy, urban agriculture, youth employment and entrepreneurship, and on the prevention and attention of gender-based violence cases.
We are looking for an e-volunteer to support our staff in mapping the existing universities, institutes, public sector and civil society organizations that work in urban agriculture in Quebec in order to expand our recruitment efforts and to engage in partnership with other institutions.
As an e-volunteer, you will:
- Conduct desk research on universities with faculties and postgraduate studies that have urban agriculture curricula.
- Conduct desk research on institutes, public sector and civil society organizations that could become a source for the recruitment of volunteers.
- Create a database of potential sources of recruitment. It will include at least: contact person, telephone, e-mail, address, website and short description of their line of work.
- Write a brief report with a description and contacts of organizations that could be approached to become Cuso International partners in urban agriculture
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- Courses on resource development
- Courses on international development
Essential Professional Background:
- Experience working with intercultural teams
- Strong networking skills and the ability to communicate clearly to a wide range of audiences and stakeholders.
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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