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Special Education Advisor

Managua Nicaragua

12 Months | Start Date between Mar - May 2018

Location Mangua, Nicaragua

Start Date  Mar - May 2018 (flexible)

Length of Placement 12 Months

Language Requirements Spanish

Spanish Reading: Level 4, Writing: Level 4, Speaking: Level 3

Language Scale: http://www.cusointernational.org/languageratingscale

Please submit a Spanish Resume and Statement of Interest

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only

The Volunteer’s Role


The organization Padre Fabretto believes that education empowers children and youth, future leaders of Nicaragua and is a way to break the poverty circle. They work using a holistic approach to education that involves the whole community. Padre Fabretto has 7 education centres that support over 50 schools in partnership with the Ministry of Education, public and private, in the most vulnerable rural and urban   communities across the country.

Fabretto delivers three educational programs recognized at the international levels by organizations such as Lego Foundation, Ashoka, y World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE): Early Education Program, Primary Education Program and Technical and Vocational Program. All Fabretto programs promote transversal theme such as health and food security, gender equality, violence prevention, community development, environmental conservation.

Fabretto recognizes that primary education is a fundamental human right that allows people to understand the work and participate in society. The program aims at developing the potential of children and teenagers in disadvantaged communities, by offering learning opportunities. Through the program, the organization contributes to the reduction of the educational gaps by promoting the development of lifeskills, early reading and writing skills, analytical skills, critical and creative thinking using active and dynamic methods. The objective is to strengthen linguistic, mathematic and social skills to contribute to the improvement of the education quality and to give children the necessary foundations to succeed in the next steps of education.

Fabretto has for the project to strengthen their support to children with special educational needs by achieving an inclusive education in the communities where they work in the department of Madriz (specifically San Josèe de Cusmapa, Las Sabanas, Somoto).

We are looking for a volunteer to come and support the development of skills with children aged between 3 and 12 years old in rural communities. Through work in the communities with parents and in schools with teachers, Fabretto works to prevent educational gaps and designs interventions to support children with special needs. As a Special Education Advisor, you will come support these primary education programs by reviewing their programs, advising on the design of diagnostic and analysis tools, preparation of interventions, facilitation of workshops and trainings for families, teachers and technical teams and other activities to support the program.

As a volunteer, you will:

- Assess Fabretto's educational program, organize meetings with the technical team and train the teams on special education and inclusive education topics.

- Support the development of tools and complete a diagnostic of special education in the organization.

- Bring support through the training of parents and teachers.

- Plan intervention for children with special educational needs.

- Support the development of projects to bring in funds for special education programs.

Essential Academic Qualifications:

- University or college degree in Special Education, Psychology, Education or other relevant combination of experience and studies.

Essential Professional Background:

- Five years of experience in educational institutions, mostly at the primary level.

- Two years of experience in Special Education.

- Experience in teacher training.

- Experienced in developing educational strategies for the classroom and with families.

- Experience training and engaged in efforts with parents and families.

About Our Partner


Padre Fabretto

Fabretto’s mission is to empower underserved children and their families in Nicaragua to reach their full potential, improve their livelihoods, and take advantage of economic opportunity through education.

Inspired by the legacy of Padre Fabretto, the organization envisions a prosperous Nicaragua where all children and adolescents have meaningful opportunities to grow and learn, in communities that offer access to quality education, so that they may reach their full potential.

For over 60 years, Fabretto has been building relationships with Nicaraguan communities in order to provide hope and a better future to the children and youth in need. Today, the organization serves over 20,000 children and youth through work in seven Fabretto Education Centers and more than 440 local public schools.

Fabretto offers an integral, quality education to more than 20,000 children and youth in Nicaragua, promoting the participation of parents, teachers, and community leaders, who collaborate towards creating an environment in which children can thrive.

In order to embrace the three main stages of life in human development (infancy, childhood, adolescence), Fabretto implements three strategic educational programs: Early Education, Primary Education, and Technical Vocational Education. These programs have been recognized internationally by entities like Lego Foundation, Ashoka, and World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE). In addition, Fabretto implements cross-cutting initiatives focused on health and food security, gender equality, violence prevention, community development, conservation of the environment, as well as universal and Christian values.

Program Initiatives:

-Parent training on early stimulation, as well as health and nutrition education, held in homes and community centers.

-Teacher training on early literacy methodologies.

-Support with school supplies for rural public preschools.

-Child nutrition support through school meals, food supplements, vitamins, and more

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.