Volunteer in Canada
Cuso International continues to develop its Canadian program. We are currently recruiting Education Assistants who will be placed in schools, from August 2018 to June 2019, to volunteer in the far north of Canada.
The partner organizations:
The Beaufort-Delta Education Council (BDEC) is the most northerly school board in the Northwest Territories with all eight communities and nine schools located north of the Arctic Circle. The BDEC serves 1,382 students in the region, is responsible for about 200 administrators, teachers and support staff, and oversees a budget of approximately $28 million.
The South Slave Divisional Education Council (SSDEC) is responsible for the education of approximately 1,300 (K-12) students in the South Slave region of the Northwest Territories. The Council’s mission is to strive to prepare students to create their futures. The Council is comprised of one elected/appointed representative from each of the five community-based District Education Authorities (DEAs). The Council’s primary responsibility is to provide for the educational needs of the students of the South Slave region. Volunteers will be placed in Hay River, Fort Resolution and Fort Smith schools in the coming school year.
Please read on for more information and how to apply. Please share with your network who may also be interested in this unique opportunity!
• Work in schools as teaching assistants and tutors, primarily in math, science and English, from grades four through 12.
• Support students accessing distance education methods with tutoring and computer skills.
• Assist in both local and school library staffing.
• Teach music and drama and help to stage theatre productions.
• Assist in teaching public speaking, radio and television production and communication for grades seven through 12.
• Help in extra-curricular activities including computer instruction, art, music, sports and recreation, and in other capacities depending on the skills and training of the volunteer and the needs of the school.
Skills and Qualifications:
• Degree in Education, Mathematics, Science, English or related field.
• Inter-cultural life or work experience and/or working with First Nations communities.
• Experience in a teaching tutoring or coaching role.
• Excellent communication skills, verbal and written
• Flexibility and adaptability
• Computer skills and the ability to communicate effectively by email.
• Volunteers should be flexible and adaptable and committed to experiencing life in the far north of Canada.
• While we consider all applications, Cuso International prefers people who have relevant experience.
• Additional experience with special needs students and teaching English as a second language (TESL) would also be an asset.
• Previous volunteer work experience, in any area, either in Canada or in other countries.
Training and Financial Support:
Our training and support package covers the costs of being a volunteer away from your place of residence, allowing you to enjoy a modest but healthy lifestyle while you volunteer in another region. This includes:
• Attendance at a Cuso International assessment day (candidates must cover the first $200 of the most cost-effective travel expenses and accommodation costs).
• Travel and accommodation costs associated with attendance at pre-departure training.
• Return airfare
• Coverage for health insurance if required.
• Accommodation while in placement.
• A modest living allowance during the placement.