Locations Colombia, Peru, Honduras, Jamaica, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Nigeria, DR Congo, Cameroon, Benin
Start Date Departure dates to be determined
Length of Placement 12 Months
Language Requirements English, French or Spanish fluent depending on location
Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only
The Volunteer’s Role
Use your skills to create positive and lasting change!
We’re inviting candidates with a communications background to apply for new placements starting as early as June 2020.
Your creative skills will help our partners, working in international sustainable development, create a better presence online and within their communities to help further their goals.
Please be advised, duties, education and essential requirements may vary by partner and project.
As a Communications Advisor, you will:
- Develop and implement an effective communications strategy, while working with local staff to support various initiatives
- Provide engaging and error-free material for press releases, newsletters, website content, or other communication materials while maintaining consistent gender-inclusive language throughout
- Manage and update communications content on various social media platforms to reach the target market and promote the services offered by the partners.
- Gather, evaluate and report on results for various campaigns while providing recommendations for future campaigns
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- Bachelor’s Degree and/or college diploma in Communications, Marketing, Journalism, Public Relations or related field
Essential Professional Background:
- At least 2 years’ experience in communications, marketing, journalism, public relations or a related field
- Excellent writing and editing and reporting skills
- Experience developing diverse communication and promotional materials
- Experience with social media content development – Facebook, Twitter, etc.
- Experience in media relations and media campaigns
What’s in it for YOU? A life-changing experience!
Each volunteer placement is a unique experience. Read about the impact our volunteers made in similar roles: Kristjanna Grimmelt - Honduras, Emmanuel Nicus Nyagor - Tanzania, Rebecca Gass - Ethiopia, Emile Anet - Cameroon
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.
- 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 program and in-country orientation (more details below)
- On the ground support through our Cuso International country program office
- Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return
- Travel and accommodation for the pre-departure training course, in-country orientation, and 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)
- Bonus: Additional return flight home or cash in lieu after 12 months of service for volunteers who extend for another 6 months
Pre-departure Training and Briefing
We commit to helping you prepare as best as possible for your placement. You will have an advisor to support you through the pre-departure process and 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.Skills and Knowledge for Working in Development (SKWID) program - A 45-hour training program that uses a blended learning approach including 4 days of in-person sessions and online e-modules to be completed before and after the in-person session.
2.Self-directed briefing documents, online training and external resources accessed through the volunteer portal
3.Online health briefing
4.Fundraising 101 Webinar
In-Country Training and Learning
You will receive an In-Country Orientation (ICO) that builds upon the 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.
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 traveling 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, 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 traveling. 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.