Location Bogotá, Colombia
Start Date Jul – Sep 2017 (flexible)
Length of Placement 12 Months
Language Requirements Spanish
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 of Canada only
We're looking for a volunteer that enjoys working with youth determined to better themselves through different academic areas - gastronomy, carpentry and construction.
You will work with your local colleagues to strengthen Escuela Taller de Bogotá and its branding, business model and mainstream entrepreneurship throughout its three academic areas. The Fundación Escuela Taller de Bogotá (FETB) is part of the "Escuelas Taller" historically supported by the Spanish Cooperation Agency (AECID) to promote training in trades that have historical significance.
Your technical skills will be needed to support the evaluation of the current small enterprises that (1) help generate profits that can be reinvested into future schools and social programs founded by FETB; (2) create an avenue through which current students gain practical experience, and (3) provide short-term formal employment opportunities for graduates. As such, you'll enjoy helping FETB commercialize its products and services through brand creation and partnerships. This process will involve supporting the branding strategy that was created by a previous volunteer, and form strategic partnerships with potential clients, financers and entities that work in the trade to amplify the practical opportunities for students.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Evaluate the current enterprises in the FETB to support the construction of improvement strategies.
- Map and analyze potential and sustainable alliances with the private sector/trade areas who share the FETB's mission - recovering, safeguarding and promoting cultural and intangible heritage.
- Propose new enterprise ides or opportunities to mainstream entrepreneurship within the academic areas, that also help re-build social fabric.
- Help enrich the academic calendar and areas by implementing activities that include a combination of academic content, different teaching methodologies or pedagogic tools, include didactic learning and practical application. For example, the previous student helped design a side project on urban agriculture - involving outside actors (Jardin Botanico), academic content, practical application for all academic areas - gastronomy, carpentry and construction.
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- Undergraduate degree in international business, administration, marketing, entrepreneurship or related field.
- Coursework in finances, local development, strategic planning, communications.
- Familiarity with the concept of stakeholder engagement and knowledge of development principles and social enterprises.
Essential Professional Background:
- Strong networking and interpersonal skills; experience in marketing, advertising, brand management and/or sales.
- Experience carrying out market research and summarizing/analyzing data collected.
- Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and strong budgeting skills.
- Extremely motivated, a self-starter, not afraid to look for help and support; able to work with little supervision and guidance.
Fundación Escuela Taller de Bogotá
The mission of Fundación Escuela Taller de Bogotá (Trade School Foundation of Bogota) or FETB is to provide Colombian youth from vulnerable communities, ages 18-25, with job training in traditional trades such as carpentry, culinary arts, handmade paper and construction. In additional to this capacity building, the organization seeks to empower students by enhancing their self-awareness, autonomy and self-determination. By doing this, FETB hopes to better enable youth participation and employment in their communities. The overarching vision of the foundation is to provide youth with skills and opportunities that empower them and that will positively affect production, cultural preservation and regional stability.
Vision: By 2015, the FETB will be a focal point of support for more than 500 students and alumni, who will have could:
- re-establish their connection with, and support for their society, instilled with a vision that they can support their locality;
- rediscover the value of peace with others and their surroundings;
- feel secure in themselves and what they do, and how this contributes to building peace.
- grow with confidence in themselves, and be self-sustainable.
- understand that they can support themselves through formal work.
By 2020, Colombian society will have learned from the student successes of the Escuela Taller - that individuals who receive integral support and education, can help build a more peaceful society, not only as productive producers and formal workers, but as individuals part of a human community.
Cuso International Colombia will be working with the Area for Entrepreneurship Development, in charge of the monitoring and design of new ventures and projects of FETB. It has three area: Cooperation, New Schools, and Communications. It’s formed by 7 people, the coordinator and the leaders per area and their support staff.
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.