Psychologist For Women Empowerment

City  Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia

Start Date Jun - Aug 2019 (flexible)

Length of Placement 9 Months

Language Requirements Spanish

Spanish Reading: Level 5, Writing: Level 5, Speaking: Level 5

Language Scale:

Please submit a Spanish Resume and Statement of Interest

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only

The Volunteer’s Role


Casa de la Mujer (Women's House) is an organization currently working with Cuso International's program on Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI). They support the development of opportunities for women and other vulnerable groups to promote and create opportunities for socio-economic inclusion while providing a safe shelter for women and girls that have suffered domestic violence and abusive relationships (physically and psychologically).

The organization needs a Psychologist who is passionate about women’s rights to help women and girls overcome their past abusive and violent experiences. Casa de la Mujer is the only place in Santa Cruz that offers those services and we need you to help us support women and girls in Bolivia!

If you are a professional Psychologist, ready to offer support to women who have suffered from gender-based and intrafamily violence, this placement is for you! Come join this beautiful project to help women find a safe space and help empower them to overcome their past experiences.


As a volunteer, you will:

- Review the existing intervention strategy, modify and develop a new one (if necessary)

- Offer psychological service to victims of violence

- Prepare documentation on the services provided and follow-up on clients

- Support the multidisciplinary team in the provision of services and other activities according to demand and need

- Support the partner in the development of new projects and inputs, if needed


Essential Academic Qualifications:

- University degree in Psychology, Social Work or other relevant area

- Registered Psychologist with a recognized body


Essential Professional Background:

- Solid experience providing psychological support and counselling, preferably to gender-based violence victims

- Good knowledge on developing intervention strategies

- Solid experience on multidisciplinary work


About Our Partner


Casa de la Mujer

La Casa de la Mujer (The House of Women) is a non-profit civil association, which has been working for more than 27 years, and whose purpose is the promotion and execution of actions aimed at the defense of human rights in general and particularly rights of women in the family, in districts, municipalities, communities and of indigenous peoples of Santa Cruz. In this field of human rights, it emphasizes the prevention, defense and legal patronage of women who live in situations of violence. It also promotes spaces for exchange, reflection, information, training and communication aimed at coherently integrating the variables of class, ethnicity, gender, generational and intercultural to contribute to the development of a critical awareness against violence committed against women.

Our mission is to contribute to the empowerment of women through their articulation with other social organizations and movements of civil society that promote the enforceability and exercise of human rights, respect for diverse citizenships, in order to build necessary conditions for gender equality and justice in the framework of the Plurinational State.


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

- Travel and accommodation for the five-day pre-departure training course and for in-country orientation

- Bonus: Additional return flight home or cash in lieu after 12 months of service for volunteers who extend for another 6 months



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.