Location El Alto, La Paz, Bolivia
Start Date Aug - Oct 2017 (flexible)
Length of Placement 24 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
Do you enjoy engaging with youth? Seeing their innovative and socially-inclusive perspectives disseminated to their communities?
Your enthusiasm for working with youth is shared by the staff at our brand-new partner, Medioambiente y Desarrollo en Acción (Environment and Development in Action) or ENDA. They are interested in providing spaces for children and youth to be informed and reflect on gender roles in Bolivian culture. The idea is to break these narratives to prevent gender-based violence in the communities where they live and go to school.
In your role, you'll use your skills in training to transfer your knowledge to teachers and administrative staff in the education sector, where interventions are carried out. You'll disseminate gender and positive masculinities programs in the communities through participation in fairs and other activities. In addition, you'll support ENDA in proposals with other organizations that share their mission, working on gender issues and masculinities, developing joint actions in educational sectors around the city of El Alto.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Design a training and prevention module on gender and positive masculinities for children and adolescents for the ENDA staff.
- Develop specialized training materials on gender and positive masculinities for four different schools in El Alto reaching approximately 6,000 children and youth.
- Support the ENDA staff by participating in networking and developing awareness workshops focused on prevention programs geared towards women's empowerment and positive masculinities.
- Participate and develop materials for informational fairs and other activities sensitizing and outreaching the community.
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- Degree in liberal arts, psychology, gender studies and/or other relevant area.
Essential Professional Background:
- Solid working experience with youth audiences.
- Strong knowledge on training and facilitation.
- Desired: Knowledge on realities of youth in Latin America and employment challenges.
Medioambiente y Desarrollo en Acción
Medioambiente y Desarrollo en Acción (Environment and Development in Action) or ENDA is a local, non-governmental, non-profit organization that works to promote and restore the human rights of vulnerable girls and adolescent women who are victims of violence or on the street through development and implementation of comprehensive care, prevention and advocacy projects in the city of El Alto.
ENDA promotes and executes human development projects focused on the rights of girls, boys and young people in situations of social vulnerability with the purpose of improving their quality of life as well as their personal and social development. They seek to promote a more supportive world, respectful of human and environmental dignity, social justice, gender equity and cultural pluralism, in which resources are distributed equally and are managed keeping in mind the interests of current and future generations.
To be successful in their mission, ENDA works through (1) defending the basic rights of peoples in social exclusion, with a greater impact on children, adolescents and young people; (2) promoting participation in the field of social action; (3) generating social change; and (4) leading initiatives, concerns, and demands of these less favored sectors.
For more information, please visit: www.endaelalto.org.
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.