Online placement (E-Volunteer)
Partner Location Colombia
Start Date Aug - Oct 2019 (flexible)
Length of Placement 6 Months
Language Requirements English, Spanish
English Reading: Level 5, Writing: Level 5, Speaking: Level 5
Spanish Reading: Level 5, Writing: Level 5, Speaking: Level 5
Cuso International’s e-volunteering program welcomes new and returning volunteers to work with our international program partners and volunteers remotely. E-volunteering offers many of the benefits gained from international volunteering, while having the extra advantage of fitting into one's regular weekly schedule without needing a passport. Contributing and giving back to a community, gaining new skills, and making new connections are common benefits of e-volunteering and for Cuso International it is a great opportunity to engage more people in its mission.
E-Volunteers are expected to supply their own basic home office equipment, Internet and have a moderate knowledge of computer technology. Some of our partners are located in remote areas with unreliable internet connection. Consequently, it is reasonable to assume that when working with the partners, emails will not be responded to immediately. For most of our partners, this is their first experience working with e-volunteers and flexibility and patience is a valuable e-volunteer characteristic.
For additional information about our e-volunteering program, please refer to: https:/goo.gl/FQEmbx
The E-Volunteer’s Role
Cuso International is supporting 8 organic farms to explore the option of agrotourism as additional income source for their farms.
As an E-mentor, you would support our in-country volunteer, who has been working with the 8 farms for over 6 months carrying out a small diagnostic and action plan for agrotourism. Your role, as an experienced tourism professional, will be to meet regularly with her to discuss potential ideas, help work through doubts and roadblocks, and collaborate on her workplan virtually.
If this opportunity sounds interesting to you, apply today!
As an e-volunteer, you will:
- Meet on a weekly or bi-weekly basis to discuss the needs of the in-country volunteer. Your role is to mentor and provide insight, feedback and help guide the in-country volunteer through her placement.
- Read through the material developed by the in-country volunteer (diagnostic, action plan, volunteer workplan) to get acquainted with the context.
- It’s possible that the in-country volunteer will ask for references to proven and tested materials, resources that can be found online, it would be helpful if the mentor had knowledge of or interest in researching good materials on rural tourism development.
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- Degree or Diploma in Cultural Management, Tourism, Travel, Hospitality or a related field.
Essential Professional Background:
- Experience in rural tourism projects
- Experience in the tourism and travel industry
- Strong writing skills
- Experience with design and facilitation of workshops and non-formal education sessions
- Experience and familiarity with development of educational/learning material
- Sensitivity towards gender and generational equality
- Understanding of and sensitivity towards issues related to poverty
About Our Partner
Cuso International Colombia
Cuso International in Colombia works to improve sustainable economic growth of poor and marginalized communities particularly women, youth, Afro-Colombians, indigenous groups, and victims of the armed conflict, including internally displaced persons within a general context of peacebuilding.
In Colombia, our focus areas are Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI); and Inclusive Sustainable Economic Growth (ISEG).
Through our ISEG programming, we work to prepare the communities that we serve to better integrate into formal economic activities through volunteer efforts to promote entrepreneurship programs and small businesses. Within this same program area, we also focus on rural development with an emphasis on natural resource management, conservation and climate change adaptation.
Cuso International is also committed to promoting gender equality and social inclusion in all of its work, and in Colombia specifically, we are working alongside our partners to mainstream GESI to promote active citizenship, a more inclusive private sector, and positive gender identities in society.
Volunteers provide key partners with the skills, knowledge, and experience required to achieve greater impact and sustainability. The objective of all placements is to promote capacity-building and knowledge-sharing between the volunteer, the partner and beneficiaries. Volunteers should consider themselves as providers of support and play a consultative role, rather than a managerial one. The goal should always be to ensure the benefits of placements continue after they have gone.
Some of Cuso International Colombia's partners include: Sistema B and B-Corporations based in Colombia, including Fruandes, focused on value-chain development and inclusive/sustainable business development; Fundación Activos Culturales Afro (ACUA), focused on SME development; Escuela Taller de Bogota, looking at commercialization of products and supply-chain management; Corporación Autonoma Regional de Risaralda, focused on the model forest of Risaralda and natural resource management among others.
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