Location Myeik or Dawei, Myanmar
Start Date Jan - Mar 2018 (flexible)
Length of Placement 12 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
Our partner, Fauna Flora International, Myanmar is working in the extensive but little-known Myeik Archipelago to lay the foundations for long-term conservation of this unique marine environment. FFI has seen the potential for tourism development along the Myeik Archipelago and is working to ensure that this development is sensitive to the local community and is environmentally sustainable.
You will support FFI’s Tanintharyi program to help implement the Tanintharyi Sustainable Tourism Strategy by focussing on the development of community-based nature tourism pilots. This may include guided nature tours, boat tours, cooking classes, or other cultural activities. In addition to the work on the Myeik Archipelago, you will provide some support to the country program to development community-based nature tourism in other sites.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Develop local tourism capacity within local government, private companies and Guides’ Associations
- Develop village tourism models (focused on flagship species, nature and low-impact recreation)
- Develop products, practices and hosting/guiding capacity for selected stakeholders in high biodiversity sites
- Support the Department of Tourism and local businesses to promote Tanintharyi and other areas
- Additional tourism development in Tanintharyi and other FFI field project sites in Kachin and Shan states
Essential Academic Qualifications:
Degree, or similar equivalent professional qualification or experience in a relevant subject such as sustainable tourism or small business development
Essential Professional Background:
- Three years of experience in tourism management, small business development
- Familiarity with participatory rural development and other community-driven approaches
Fauna & Flora International
FFI's Myanmar program started in 2006 focused on strengthening civil society's participation in biodiversity conservation; at that time international sanctions prohibited cooperation with the militaryled government. Since military rule was dissolved in 201011, FFI has worked closely with the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry (MOECAF) and with state, regional, and district governments, in addition to continued engagement with civil society. Similarly, their focus has shifted to collaborative designation and management as an important step to provide lasting protection for Myanmar's rich biodiversity.
FFI has conducted comprehensive biodiversity surveys of Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) throughout Myanmar since 2006. FFI’s community forestry program in Kachin state and Magwe Region has been continuously implemented since 2010. FFI started then started site-based collaborative management projects, in 2011 in Indawgyi Wildlife Sanctuary and since 2013 in Meinmahla Kyun Wildlife Sanctuary. In 2012 FFI initiated Myanmar’s first comprehensive marine conservation program, and started a marine capacity-building program in collaboration with the Marine Science Departments of Myeik, Mawlamyine, and Pathein University in 2014. Since 2013 FFI has implemented conservation projects in partnership with Helmsley Charitable Trust to strengthen collaborative biodiversity conservation in the Northern Mountains Forest Complex, the Tanintharyi Region and in the eastern limestone range.
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.