Location Yangon, Myanmar
Start Date Sep - Nov 2017 (flexible)
Length of Placement 12 Months
Language Requirements English
English Reading: Level 4, Writing: Level 4, Speaking: Level 4
Language Scale: http://www.cusointernational.org/languageratingscale
Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents only
Chu Chu is turning rubbish collected from Yangon’s streets into recycled crafts and one of its objectives to encourage different thinking about waste. As part of the ChuChu team, you will work with product designers and producers to develop new product designs that will sell to locals, tourists, and expatriates alike. You will work with the ChuChu team to improve existing designs and support ChuChu management to set up new market linkages.
The purpose of your work will be to ensure that ChuChu is a sustainable, profitable, and inclusive social enterprise that reaches a broad range of markets and builds livelihoods for craft makers.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Developing additional techniques with waste materials
- Developing products with new or existing materials
- Developing and systemizing color compositions to create specific pattern lines and seasonal patterns
- Improving online visibility and communication, catalogue, photography
- Setting up direct market linkages with potential international retailers
Essential Academic Qualifications:
One of the following: Product design, design engineering, visual arts, tailor, economics or marketing
Essential Professional Background:
One of the following: Upcycling, handicraft, art, social business experience
ChuChu began its operation in April 2013 with just 3 women designing and producing crafts. ChuChu’s aim is to transform waste into beautiful new products. ChuChu is a self-sustainable social enterprise, supporting 30 people. Their production is family based giving women the chance to work from home and each production family is a member of the ChuChu board and together they develop new items, set the price for the items and train new producers or groups.
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.