Location Chanthabouly, Vientiane, Laos
Start Date Oct – Nov 2019 (flexible)
Length of Placement 5 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
We are looking for a volunteer with English teaching experience and basic skills in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint to help support the staff of the Institute of Foreign Affairs. As a volunteer, you will develop and deliver English classes to Lao government officials working in various ministries and agencies; assist in developing and updating the training and curriculum of IFA’s English and IT trainers; improve IFA's staff knowledge of IT terminology (in English) ;and support TESOL training initiatives for local staff.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Develop and update the English and basic computer curriculum (Microsoft Word and PowerPoint) to keep the content new and relevant to students and teachers. This will include documenting new teaching techniques and generating ideas to keep it interesting.
-Deliver effective basic computer training to Lao government officials with a focus on Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, including English terms used for computer-related tasks.
- Liaise with development stakeholders, such as Asia Foundation, the US Embassy in Laos, ASEAN Cooperation Unit under MoFA, and the British Embassy Cooperation regarding English language & basic IT development.
-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:
English Language TEFL proficiency and strong communication skills in English (written and oral)
Essential Professional Background:
- Delivering training /workshops
- Teaching or tutoring
- Experience with Microsoft suite of products
- Confidence in teaching basic computer & IT skills
- Cultural adaptability
About Cuso International and Our Partner
Cuso International is a development organization that works to eradicate poverty and inequality through the efforts of highly skilled volunteers, collaborative partnerships, and compassionate donors. We mobilize hundreds of skilled volunteer professionals every year to work with local partners in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada to create positive, lasting change. Established in 1961, Cuso International is dedicated to tackling today’s most important development issues.
Institute of Foreign Affairs
Established in 1993, the Institute of Foreign Affairs (IFA) is an academic research institution under the supervision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Institute has two main tasks:
- 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
- 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 cooperative 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
- Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return
- Travel and accommodation for the pre-departure training course and for in-country orientation (more details below)
Pre-departure Training and Briefing
We commit to helping you prepare as best as possible for your placement. As a volunteer you will have an advisor to support you through the pre-departure process and you will receive essential training as part of your preparation. This training is designed to maximize your understanding of your placement country and culture, help you identify and plan your own learning, and help you stay safe and healthy during your placement.
Overview of pre-departure training:
1.Self-directed briefing with documents and online training provided by your volunteer advisor and external resources
2.Online health briefing
3.Fundraising 101 Webinar
4.Pre-departure Training -Skills and Knowledge for Working in Development (SKWID) course
In-Country Training and Learning
As a volunteer, you will receive an In-Country Orientation (ICO) that builds upon pre-departure training. This will be conducted by either the country program office or the supporting partner organization. This normally lasts for 2-10 days (depending on language learning requirements and other factors). In some countries, volunteers will be able to access ongoing language training opportunities. In-Country Orientation equips you with the relevant skills, knowledge, and country-specific information to be successful in your placement. Furthermore, our Country Program Office or local partner will provide you with continuous in-country support throughout the duration of your placement.
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 to Cuso International before or after their field placement. Volunteers can also request e-volunteer support to help them with their work, or any other partner-requested task 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 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 pre-departure training, an 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.