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 Mar – Apr (flexible)
Length of Placement 2 Months
Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents only
Through the power of the internet, Cuso International is seeking to mobilize a greater number of Canadian volunteers to directly support our partners across the globe. Given the vast range of skills and growing interest to volunteer online, we are currently inviting individuals with various skills in Information Technology (IT) to submit an application.
We are specifically seeking individuals with skills in the following areas:
- Website development and advising
- Database development
- Graphic design
- Social media
- Mobile applications
Your profile will be shared with our international program offices who will match your skills to a partner seeking the completion of technical tasks. We welcome applications from undergraduate and graduate students and professionals.
E-Volunteers with various language profiles in English, French, Spanish or Swahili are welcome to apply.
Essential Academic Qualifications:
Degree in Engineering, Computer Science, Information Technology, or a related field. Students currently studying towards their degrees are welcome to apply.
Essential Professional Background:
Experience is preferred in the following areas:
- Web page development (platform selection, design, programming, and content management). (Note: An online web portfolio showing previous web development projects is desirable.)
- Database tool selection, creation, and management (Note: There are no funds to buy specific database software packages, therefore if the tool selected for the database design is Access or Excel advanced skills are required in these tools).
- Marketing and promotion through social networking tools.
- Effective time management skills and the ability to work with minimal direction or supervision.
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.
E-Volunteering Success Stories
E-Volunteering: Virtual Teams Making a Real Difference
Creating online support teams to support emerging social entrepreneurs
E-Mentoring: International Development One Email at a Time
Direct e-mentoring - mobilizing Canadian interns, supported by seasoned e-mentors
Online crowd sourcing: Good Globalization
Mobilizing classrooms to produce valuable market research data - Cuso International alumnus leads students at one BC college in helping rice farmers in Laos