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)
Start Date Apr - Jun 2017 (flexible)
Length of Placement 3 Months
Language Requirements English, Spanish
English Reading: Level 4, Writing: Level 4, Speaking: Level 4
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
Cuso International is implementing various projects in 22 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean under our current funding agreements from 2015-2020. We are looking for experienced international volunteers who will contribute to the expansion and implementation of these projects in 2017/18 through e-mentorship opportunities.
Volunteers working in Latin American countries who request additional Spanish language support will be matched with and benefit from the guidance and support of a more experienced Spanish language e-mentor speaker through online support. The specific objective of this one-to-one role is to enhance the in-country volunteer's professional development and support to their local partner.
The exact start dates are flexible as this position is based on the requirements of our in-country volunteers.
As an e-volunteer, you will:
-Engage in regular, weekly or biweekly email or text-based correspondence and/or Skype sessions to help facilitate the online relationship with the e-mentor and e-mentee in addition to any other online tool selected as the best way to maintain weekly contact based on technology considerations.
-Provide a 3-month commitment for 2-3 hours per week as needed (flexible and based on e-mentor and e-mentee’s schedule) to establish working relationship and to support volunteer in achieving their goals.
-Establish mentoring frequency, schedule, lesson topics (if desired) and set goals and expectations for the duration of the relationship.
-Record activities for the purposes of monitoring and evaluating.
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- Must be a fluent Spanish speaker.
- Completed University degree.
Essential Professional Background:
- Sincere desire to be personally involved with another person to help him or her achieve career goals.
- Ability to communicate openly and non-judgmentally.
- Strong listening skills.
- Ability to establish a relationship based on equal responsibility and respect.
- Practical problem-solving skills and ability to suggest options and alternatives.
- Comfortable working in an online setting and to establish working relationships.
Cuso International is a development organization that works to reduce poverty and inequality through the efforts of highly skilled volunteers, collaborative partnerships and compassionate donors. We envision a world where all people are able to realize their potential, develop their skills and participate fully in society. We believe in the power of people, value diversity and take responsibility for our actions and proactively demonstrate that we work with and on behalf of others. Cuso International works in developing countries across the world. We currently have programs in eighteen countries.
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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