Location Vientiane, Laos
Start Date Oct - Dec 2017 (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
As a volunteer, you will:
- Develop lesson plans for English language and basic computer skills classes which could include M2 (pre-intermediate), M3 (intermediate), and potentially M4 (advanced) classes.
- Teach 6-12 hours/week potentially to all 3 levels of classes. This includes both English language classes and basic computer skills classes, supported by the current curriculum.
- Review current English and computer skills curriculum to improve the content, and ease of handoff to the next teacher.
- Update curriculum for advanced-level "English for ASEAN" course (M4).
- Identify gender mainstreaming activities and initiatives that directly tackle issues relating to inclusion (people with disabilities, indigenous minority groups, and people living with HIV/AIDS).
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- Competency in teaching English as a Second Language (ESL)
- English Language proficiency and strong
- Experience designing and delivering training / communication skills in English (written and oral)
Essential Professional Background:
- Delivering training /workshops
- Teaching or tutoring
- Experience with Microsoft suite of products
- Confidence teaching basic computer skills
- Cultural adaptability
Institute of Foreign Affairs
The Institute has two main tasks:
(i) To conduct strategic studies and research on foreign policies and international relations with a view to contributing to the provision of recommendations and alternatives for the formulation and implementation of Lao foreign policy aimed at promoting peace, independence, friendship and cooperation amongst the countries of the region and the world; and
(ii) Planning and training diplomats, government officials and individuals from the private sectors at both central and provincial levels in international relations, diplomatic skills and foreign languages.
The Institute is also tasked with expanding co- operative relations with research and academic institutions of foreign countries with a view to developing technical and educational cooperation, exchanging information, knowledge and research findings and engaging in the Track II process.
The Institute is a member of the ASEAN Institute for Strategic and International Studies (ASEAN-ISIS) and is the national coordinator for the Network of East Asian Think Tanks (NEAT) and approaches Asian Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) projects.
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 (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.