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)
Start Date Apr – Jun (flexible)
Length of Placement 3 Months
Language Requirements English
English Reading: Level 5, Writing: Level 5, Speaking: Level 5
Language Scale: http://www.cusointernational.org/languageratingscale
Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents only
As an e-volunteer Blogging Advisor, you will work with Cuso International volunteers to create, design and update personal blog websites to allow them to share their volunteer pre-departure and in-country stories and experiences.
As a blogging enthusiast, you will provide your expertise in blogging design and content. You will help volunteers select a blogging platform, plan relevant content, and design engaging posts. Working with Cuso International's public engagement team, you will be assigned to volunteers who are unfamiliar with the technical side of blogging technology. You will work with them via Skype, email or telephone in a mentoring capacity to guide them in their development and maintenance of a personal blog. Please note that you will be not assigned to create or write content for the volunteers.
In addition to 2 hours of preliminary orientation for this role, the commitment for this e-volunteer placement will be for approximately 3 months on as as-needed basis. Ideally, if you are available and willing to extend your e-placement after the 3-month pilot period, we would welcome a longer commitment.
As an e-volunteer, you will:
- Based on the volunteer's needs, aid the volunteering with selecting the right blogging platform, setting up the blog, design and layout, adding text and photos, and showing the volunteer how to leverage their blog for public engagement, and to maintain their blog.
- Provide assistance and edits on the volunteer’s behalf as needed.
- Be provided with Cuso International’s blogging standards guide and orientation.
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- Completed or working towards completing a post-secondary school degree in a related field.
Essential Professional Background:
- Must be very familiar and comfortable using a variety of blogging sites.
- Ideal candidate has a positive, enthusiastic personality.
Cuso International is a development organization that works to reduce poverty and inequality through the efforts of highly skilled volunteers, collaborative partnerships and compassionate donors. We envision a world where all people are able to realize their potential, develop their skills and participate fully in society. We believe in the power of people, value diversity and take responsibility for our actions and proactively demonstrate that we work with and on behalf of others. Cuso International works in developing countries across the world. We currently have programs in eighteen countries.
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.
E-Volunteering Success Stories
E-Volunteering: Virtual Teams Making a Real Difference
Creating online support teams to support emerging social entrepreneurs
E-Mentoring: International Development One Email at a Time
Direct e-mentoring - mobilizing Canadian interns, supported by seasoned e-mentors
Online crowd sourcing: Good Globalization
Mobilizing classrooms to produce valuable market research data - Cuso International alumnus leads students at one BC college in helping rice farmers in Laos