How does the volunteer application process work?
Step 1 – Submit Application
Review our list of skills in high demand and our list of current volunteer placements we are looking to fill. You can apply online for a position that interests you and we will assess your application and within four to six weeks of receiving your application we will contact you with a response.
Step 2 – Preliminary Phone Interview
Successful applicants will be invited to a Preliminary Phone Interview. The phone interview will provide you with an opportunity to discuss your application and to raise any questions you have about the information provided. It will also allow us to further assess the fit between your experience and motivations and the needs of our organization.
Step 3 – Attend an Assessment Day
Based on the application form and preliminary phone interview we will identify a small number of shortlisted candidates. If you are shortlisted you will be invited to attend an Assessment Day. Assessment days are designed to assess personal qualities that are essential for volunteers to be successful in placement.
To meet the challenges of a Cuso International placement, you must be adaptable, sensitive to the needs of others and interested in immersing themselves in a culture that may be very different from what they are used to. Cuso International also looks for self-assurance, commitment to learning and an aptitude for teamwork.
Step 4 – Approval from Partner Organization
The final decision regarding your suitability for a placement will be determined by the country program office and partner organization in country. We will confirm this decision with you as soon as we receive it.
Step 5– Pre-departure training and preparation
Once your acceptance has been confirmed you will need to complete necessary pre-departure procedures including medical and police clearances, travel booking and visa processes. You will also be required to complete 15 hours of online training and attend a five day in house training course.
Step 6 – Depart for placement
While overseas, the country program office will organize in-country orientation and help you to settle into your new setting. Your primary contact while you are overseas will be with your employer – Cuso International's local partner organization. However, your local country program office will help you with any major personal, medical or security problems that may arise during your placement.
Step 7- Re-integration and public engagement
All returned volunteers are invited to attend a reintegration workshop at Cuso International’s training center in Ottawa, usually scheduled 3–12 months after you return to North America from your placement.
After completing your placement, we offer different ways to for return volunteers to to stay involved with Cuso International. Learn more about our public engagement program and the ongoing activities happening near you.
I’m a returned Cuso International volunteer and I want to volunteer again. Do I need to re-apply?
Cuso International welcomes new applications from serving or former volunteers who wish to re-volunteer. Cuso International follows a modified application process for returned volunteers which is determined on a case-by-case basis but typically involves:
reviewing the Cuso International reference and any additional documentation from the country of the first placement
filling out a Cuso International re-volunteering questionnaire
having a re-volunteering discussion with a volunteer advisor over the phone or in person
meeting the Cuso International terms and conditions.
To re-volunteer, you must be residing in North America to facilitate the re-volunteering process.