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Communications & American Sign Language Specialist


12 Months | Start Date between Apr - Jun 2018

Location:  Vancouver

City  Kingston, Jamaica

Start Date Apr - Jun 2018(flexible)

Length of Placement 12 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 of Canada only

The Volunteer’s Role


The overall purpose of this placement is to support the team at Deaf Can! in creating a more inclusive environment & society for deaf people in Jamaica and enhance DeafCan’s sustainability as a social enterprise.

Cuso International is looking for a volunteer like you to:

- Support DeafCan! in the promotion of the deaf community through advocacy campaigns to sensitize individuals of their capabilities and remove social stigmas and prejudices.

-Support the design and implementation of sign language training workshops to increase the number of qualified interpreters and awareness in the local community for the need for interpreters at various events.

- To strengthen DeafCan!’s market reach and visibility as a social enterprise to facilitate sustainable growth.

At Cuso International, a key area of our work is GESI-Gender & Social Inclusion and this partnership aims to address some of the issues which have historically excluded deaf individuals from mainstream society.

As a volunteer, you will:

-Support DeafCan! to develop, promote & implement training workshops in sign language interpreting.

-Strengthen DeafCan! to create and implement comprehensive advocacy strategy

- Design social campaigns & print material to raise awareness

-Support DeafCan! at public events to raise awareness.

-Support the development and dissemination of marketing content for DeafCan! Coffee to increase visibility & sustainability

Essential Academic Qualifications:

-Bachelor’s Degree in Communications

-Formal training in American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreting/ NIC-National Interpreting Certification

Essential Professional Background:

-Experience interpreting

-Strong oral & written skills

-Strong communication skills

-Experience working on community related projects

-Experience designing communication materials

-Experience supporting advocacy campaigns

-Experience conducting communications training

-Experience in developing communications strategy & campaigns

-Knowledge of marketing/ promotional tools

About Our Partner



Deaf Can! Coffee is a social enterprise which exists to affirm the belief that Deaf people can do anything and lack nothing.

A group of Deaf teen boys from Caribbean Christian Centre for the Deaf (Kingston, Jamaica) were taken on a field trip to meet Evelyn Clarke, a Deaf coffee farmer in Top Hill, St. Elizabeth. Clarke is a Deaf person proud of his Sign Language, affirmed in his Deaf identity, Integral in his Community and very Knowledgeable in the art of growing and roasting coffee. With his inspiration and challenge, the teen students began roasting, packaging and selling coffee. Then they began brewing the coffee and a few months later opened a small coffee shop at their school. Out of this was born the social enterprise Deaf Can!

DeafCan! Works closely with Caribbean Christian Centre for the Deaf- their coffee shop is housed on their school compound- there are collaborations between the two organizations.

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 (Return flight, emergency medical insurance, vaccinations)

- 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.