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Youth Issues Advisor - Volunteer in Bolivia

12 Months | Start Date between Aug - Oct 2017

Location Toronto

Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia

Start Date Aug - Oct 2017 (flexible)

Length of Placement 12 Months

Language Requirements Spanish

Spanish Reading: Level 5, Writing: Level 5, Speaking: Level 5

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


Cuso International in Bolivia is searching for someone with your skillset to conduct a diagnostic of the implementation of the Youth Law in Santa Cruz.

Cuso International began its relationship with The Departmental Government of Santa Cruz in 2011 through the creation of Youth and Employment Center of Santa Cruz. We've also supported youth employability issues, such as the "Departmental Forum of Youth Employment" in 2014, among other activities. Currently, we're focused on supporting the actions of the Board of Youth, mainly within the framework of the Departmental Youth Law of 2011, in order to find practical ways to implement it.

As such, we're excited to receive a volunteer that will support their local colleagues in delivering a diagnostic of the current situation for youth and work in collaboration with them to implement the Departmental Youth Law. You'll work in the Youth Directive Committee of the Departmental Government of Santa Cruz and also help develop public policies and concrete activities for labor and the socio-economic inclusion of youth.

As a volunteer, you will:

- Analyze existing data and analysis on youth issues in the partner.

- Identify sources and research around on youth issues.

- Develop a diagnostic on youth and employment.

- Identify and establish relationships with other stakeholders linked to youth issues at the departmental level, such as municipalities, educational institutions, development projects, and private sector companies among others.

- Develop an implementation strategy for the Youth Law focused on youth and employment.

Essential Academic Qualifications:

Degree in social sciences, political sciences or other relevant areas.

Essential Professional Background:

- Working experience in strategic planning and implementation in public or private institutions

- Solid knowledge on employment related issues/youth employment.

- Experience in investigation and report writing

About Our Partner


Gobierno Autónomo Departamental de Santa Cruz

The Departmental Government of Santa Cruz is the largest department of Bolivia occupying one-third of the current Bolivian territory. It is the region with the highest economic growth rate in Bolivia and one of the highest in all of South America. This region is known for its agriculture and forestry production as well as hydrocarbon production and mining.

The international regulatory framework and the local law protects and promotes the creation and institutionalization of youth issues at different levels of the state whether national, departmental or municipal. As it is today, Santa Cruz has become the national benchmark and principal driver of the youth, by introducing within its organizational structure the Youth Directive Committee.

This unit of Departmental Government of Santa Cruz aims to promote the integral formation of young people and incorporate them into the process of social, economic, political and cultural development in the department, towards a more participatory youth and more just, dignified, democratic and progressive society. This will be achieved through public policies that create the necessary conditions and ensure full human development, enhance capabilities and contribute to improving the quality of life of young men and women of the Department of Santa Cruz.

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.