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Academic Advisor in Entrepreneurship

12 Months | Start Date between Oct - Dec 2017

Location Bogotá, Colombia

Start Date  Oct - Dec 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


The Volunteer’s Role


We're looking for a volunteer like you that can use use your skills and expertise to support the Acadeic area of the Escuela Taller de Bogotá. The Escuela Taller offers training in traditional trades such as carpentry, construction and restoration, and culinary arts through a methodology of "learning by doing" that centers on harnessing the habilities of its students, who are mostly from vulnerable communities, to be competitive and productive agents of change, as part of a larger objetive to build peace in Colombia.

Your technical skills will be needed to support the team of profesionals and technical staff, who are at the heart of the organiation, in the development and continuation of the vision, policies and strategies of the organization that will move current educational programs in line with new legislation on work and human development.   The Ministry of Education defiines work and human development as "an organized and systematic formative process, through which people aquire and develop specialized or transferrable competencies throughout their profesional lives, that are related to the different occupational fields referenced in the Nacional Classification of Occupations,a nd which allow them to carry out productive activities as an employer or entrepreneur, individually or collectively".

Note: 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 and cultural significance. Check out their link at: http://www.programaescuelastallercolombia.com/ or http://www.mincultura.gov.co/areas/patrimonio/programa-nacional-de-escuelas-taller-de-colombia/Paginas/default.aspx

As a volunteer, you will:

- Carry out a needs assessment of the Education and Training area of the Escuela, identifying and prioritizing different areas for improvement. The analysis of this assessment will form the basis of your work plan.

- Work together with the director and coordinators of the different areas of the Escuela in the design of the vision and details of the strategic, social and academic policies in the short-medium and long-term. The volunteer will support the development of the strategic plan for the academic area.

- 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 acadmic areas - gastronomy, carpintry and construction.

Essential Academic Qualifications:

- Graduate degree in education or pedagogy, social sciences background but with a focus on education, trades or technical educational programs.

- 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:

- Experience working with vulnerable groups and youth

- Experience with academic program design for youth from diverse and vulnerable backgrounds

- Experience designing and carrying out dynamic workshops


- Extremely motivated, a self-starter, not afraid to look for help and support; able to work with little supervision and guidance.


About Our Partner


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.


Terms and Conditions


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.


Support Package

- 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.