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)
Partner Location Bolivia
Start Date Jul – Sep 2017 (flexible)
Length of Placement 3 Months
Language Requirements Spanish
Spanish Reading: Level 3, Writing: Level 3, Speaking: Level 3
Language Scale: http://www.cusointernational.org/languageratingscale
Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents only
The Youth Employment Center of La Paz (YEC La Paz) is a municipality-run center that offers free services for youth between the ages of 15 and 30 in three different areas: education, job search and entrepreneurship. There is also a special service for marginalized women, "Plan for Life." Cuso International's support to the YEC in La Paz is based on one of our areas of focus: Inclusive and Sustainable Economic Growth, an area that aims to increase socio-economic opportunities for youth, women and other marginalized groups.
The general objective of this placement is to support the Cuso International volunteer in the field in the area of vocational education and training providing materials and tools to improve the existing services and opportunities given to the beneficiaries of the Youth Employment Center.
As an e-volunteer, you will:
- Provide knowledge and information on educational orientation and training
- Advise in the implementation of the new, personalized educational orientation and training system for youth.
- Support in the selection of the appropriate psychological test and to train the YEC La Paz to use it
- Review of the Educational Orientation and Training services and suggest improved methods, tools and/or techniques.
- Link YEC La Paz with the corresponding institutions/authorities to obtain an international accreditation for the Educational Orientation and Training - service.
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- Professional qualifications in education, psychology or other relevant area.
Essential Professional Background:
- Experience in educational orientation and tools.
Municipality of La Paz
Functioning through the Municipality of La Paz, the Youth and Employment Centre (CJE for its acronym in Spanish) of La Paz is an information center that provides free vocational guidance, job search counseling, and advice on youth entrepreneurship with the objective to improve the socio-economic conditions of young between 15-30 years old.
The objective of the partner is to improve the living conditions of youth in La Paz through the provision of free services to guide, promote and facilitate the economic and social integration of youth, accompany and then direct them towards employment to further their education (or to create self-employment).
The vision of the Youth and Employment Centre is to be a medium that contributes to the socio-economic and cultural integration of young people, being a space of reception, information, counseling, assistance, and referral, valuing personal abilities, developing their self-esteem and building their projects.
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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