Location Various Schools, in the Northwest Territories, Canada
Duration Aug 28, 2017 – Jun 30, 2018
Length of Placement 10 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
The primary objective is to improve education outcomes for children in the far north of Canada. Volunteers will work in schools, at the request of local communities, in the Northwest Territories.
Education volunteers support students in many different ways, depending on the specific skills and experience of a volunteer.
The volunteer placement may include the opportunity to:
- Work in schools as a tutor, primarily in math, science and English, from grades four through twelve;
- Help in many other capacities (including computer instruction, art, music, sports) depending on the skills and training of the volunteer and the needs of the school;
- Support students as an eLearning classroom monitor by actively working with the online host teacher to manage classroom routines, protocols and academic expectations;
- Assist in both local and school library staffing;
- Assist with teaching music, drama, public speaking, and radio and television communication;
- Assist with chaperoning students during field trips;
- Work in a student residence assisting the "house parents" in the day-to-day operation of the residence. This would include preparing meals, helping with social and recreational activities, and being prepared to do a wide variety of tasks.
- Be at least 18 years of age;
- Be able to pass a vulnerable sector police check;
- Have post-secondary level education experience.
- Experience in teaching or tutoring, particularly with special needs students and teaching English as a second language (TESL).
- Basic familiarity with Canada's history of colonialism and the resulting effects upon Indigenous people and communities
- Previous volunteer work experience, in any area, either in Canada or in other countries;
- Previous experience working with Indigenous peoples and Indigenous issues in Canada, will be considered an asset.
Beaufort Delta Education Council & South Slave Divisional Education Council
The Beaufort-Delta Education Council (BDEC) is the most northerly school board in the Northwest Territories with all eight communities and nine schools located north of the Arctic Circle. The BDEC serves 1382 students in the region and is responsible for about 200 administrators, teachers and support staff.
The South Slave Divisional Education Council (SSDEC) is responsible for the education of approximately 1300 (JK-12) students in the South Slave region of the Northwest Territories. The Council's mission is to strive to prepare students to create their futures. The Council's primary responsibility is to provide for the educational needs of the students of the South Slave region.
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
- Accommodation while in placement
- Return airfare and visa/work permit costs
- Cost of required vaccinations, antimalarial medication and emergency medical insurance
- Pre-departure training
- 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, if required
We ask each Canadian 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.