Start Date Jun - Aug 2017 (flexible)
Length of Placement 12 Months
English Reading: Level 3, Writing: Level 3, Speaking: Level 3
Spanish Reading: Level 4, Writing: Level 4, Speaking: Level 4
Language Scale: http://www.cusointernational.org/languageratingscale
Please submit a Spanish Cover Letter and Statement of Interest
Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents only
Cuso International Colombia is hoping to find a volunteer like you that can fall in love with the city of Quibdo and its people. Our partner, Fundación ACUA has been working with this largely afro-descendant community to strengthen community tourism projects including their very unique San Pacho Festival (https://youtu.be/frCQco6fVR8).
You'll work with our partner organization at Fundación ACUA in Quibdo to strengthen the city's tourism strategy and incite people from all over the world to visit, enjoy and support the local businesses, events and projects while developing the economic growth of its locals.
With your expertise in communications and media, you'll support the community in re-designing their website and media strategies to increase tourism around the San Pacho Festival and the city itself. In addition, and with the awesome donation of a completely functioning computer lab, your role alongside the staff at Fundación ACUA will be to support the community in their media literacy. This will be essential so that the community can continue to develop the tourism strategy they have created with you long after you are done with your placement - creating sustainable impact!
As a volunteer, you will:
- Present an option for design and layout of the website together with the community; simplifying it, making it more attractive and user-friendly.
- Carry out a needs assessment of the existing capacity for web design and IT literacy in the community and develop a teaching plan to strengthen or build up computer literacy through workshops and one-to-one knowledge sharing.
- Placing a special focus on mentoring youth leaders so that they become knowledge bearers of computer literacy and website management themselves.
- Train staff on how to fix basic problems with computers (desirable).
Essential Academic Qualifications:
A bachelor’s degree in design, communications, IT, computer science or its equivalent.
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- Minimum experience of 3-5 years working in communications, preferably at the community level. Having a basic understanding of the design/management of websites and computer maintenance is ideal; having the skills and ability to teach other how to use social media to their advantage is a must.
- Previous experience teaching and converting complex technical ideas into teachable and easy-to-learn materials.
- Personable and patient personality; easily adaptable and motivated by community development work.
Afro-Cultural Assets Foundations
The Afro-Cultural Assets Foundations is a non-profit organization originally created as a program of the International Fund for Agricultural Development in 2007 and became a foundation in 2010. Based in Bogota, Colombia, ACUA’s main objective is to support cultural enterprises in rural communities of African descendants in Colombia, Ecuador, and Brazil.
Cultural Assets seeks to raise the visibility of community traits that are the object of income-generating enterprises. The organization has supported Afro communities that work in artisanal fishing, the cultivation of cacao, processing coco, collecting mussels and making handicrafts with sisal. All of these enterprises have in common the use of products closely linked to a particular community and its practices and ancestral knowledge.
The Foundation has also worked in advocacy, advancing the agendas of Afro-descendants; in academic studies of Afro culture and promoting research on cultural themes; in promoting social legislation of interest to communities of Afro-descendants in Colombia; producing and participating in events that value cultural assets; and funding audio-visual resources on Afro-cultural themes.
Among the fundamental tools of the foundation’s work are knowledge sharing encounters amongst and between communities and the general public, building alliances with universities, international and regional non-government organizations and government agencies and businesses in the countries where the foundation works.
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.
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.