Location Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia
Start Date Jun - Aug 2017 (flexible)
Length of Placement 12 Months
Language Requirements Spanish
Spanish Reading: Level 4, Writing: Level 4, Speaking: Level 4
Language Scale: http://www.cusointernational.org/languageratingscale
Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents only
Cuso International Bolivia is seeking a volunteer like you to facilitate social workshops with a youth focus for different communities. By implementing participatory techniques and building the capacity of the youth in these communities, you'll be contributing to furthering their personal development and leadership skills.
You'll use your abilities in facilitation and work with the FUNDESOC team in developing educational methodologies for the prevention of psycho-social risks aimed at young men and women through the Sergio Andrés Youth Program. This is also an exciting opportunity to support the partner organization's staff in finding funding solutions so that they are able to implement this psycho-social risks prevention program with the Municipality of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia.
The Bolivian Foundation for Social Development (FUNDESOC for its acronym in Spanish) works in collaboration with the private sector to generate programs that are related to social inclusion and benefit the community around them. One of the programs spearheaded has as its main focus working with children and youth placed in shelter homes to help them in their personal development and become a positive change in their own community.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Evaluate the current educational techniques on social risk prevention workshops and life projects and make suggestions for adjustments.
- Elaborate workshops and its materials to support youth (women and men) in their psycho-social development and leadership.
- Facilitate workshops on prevention of psycho-social risks and transfer your skills to other staff members for sustainability of your work.
- Support the staff in their search for funding and implementation of the Sergio Andrés Program.
Essential Academic Qualifications:
University Degree in social work, psychology, communications or related field.
Essential Professional Background:
- Experience in facilitation and training
- Working experience with vulnerable groups and/or population
- Excellent knowledge and/or experience in participative methods
Fundación Boliviana para el Desarrollo Social
La Fundación Boliviana Para el Dasarrollo Social or Bolivian Foundation for Social Development (FUNDESOC for its acronym in Spanish) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization created to develop sustainable development projects that have a social and economic impact that better the livelihood of the Bolivian community at the national, regional, sectorial and local development actors.
FUNDESOC develops a range of services for many clients, mainly hydrocarbon sector companies that support social programs and investment actions in favor of rural communities in the Bolivian Chaco.
All FUNDESOC interventions incorporate capacity-building through participatory methodologies that prioritize finding solutions based on local needs. Through its various interventions, FUNDESOC has led and managed the development and maintenance of different types of agreements and partnerships between local organizations and strategic partners for the implementation of social projects that benefit rural communities. In these cases, FUNDESCO doesn't sign any agreements or partnerships, but it has facilitated interagency coordination and complementation.
Cuso International terms and conditions allow you to lead a modest and healthy lifestyle while being effective in your placement. This support package will cover basic living expenses for one volunteer and is not intended to cover home-based expenses (ex. loans, support payments, etc.) or luxury items such as imported items in placement or international personal travel.
- Modest monthly living allowance (varies depending country)
- Accommodation while in placement
- Return airfare and visa/work permit costs
- Cost of required vaccinations, antimalarial medication and health insurance
- Pre-departure training and in-country orientation
- Travel and accommodation for reintegration debriefing weekend
- Modest support for accompanying partners and dependents going on placement with you for 12 months or longer
- Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return
- Cuso International assessment day (Candidates must cover the first $200 of the most cost-effective travel expenses and all accommodation costs).
- Travel and accommodation for the five-day pre-departure training course and for in-country orientation
We ask each volunteer, regardless of placement length, to raise $2,000. All volunteers receive support from Cuso International to help achieve the goal through fundraising. If the volunteer chooses not to fundraise or is unable to achieve the fundraising goal, he/she can make a one-time donation or become a monthly donor to support our work.
Depending on the nature of the placement, volunteers are encouraged to provide e-volunteering support to the local partner or Cuso International before or after the field placement. Volunteers also have the option of requesting support from an e-volunteer to help them with their work while they are in placement.
Residency and Citizenship
The majority of Cuso International volunteer applicants are residing in Canada at the time of application and during the pre-departure process. Occasionally we received applications from volunteer applicants who are residing outside of Canada at the time of application. In both instances, between your application date and placement start date, we must be able to contact you and you must be able to contact us easily and promptly throughout the process.
We may require your passport and would need to be aware of your current place of residence and any travel plans you may have during this time. You will also require unrestricted access to Canada during this time for assessment and training, as applicable.
Leaving your country of residence can have significant effects on your citizenship status in that country. It is your responsibility to research the consequences of travelling to Canada during the pre-departure process if you are living outside of Canada and of leaving your country of residence for a placement with the immigration authority where you live.
By applying to this placement, you accept full responsibility for any consequences related to your citizenship, residency and immigration status or penalties as a result of travel to an assessment day, training course, international placement or other Cuso International related travel.
You must check the implications that apply to you, but examples include:
- Canadian permanent residents may need to make arrangements with immigration authorities before travelling. These arrangements allow them to travel without risk to their status in Canada. Without them, residency status may be withdrawn.
- Citizens of other countries, including those visiting Canada on a visa, may have travel restrictions.