Academic Advisor in Entrepreneurship

Location Bogotá, Colombia

Start Date  Jun - Aug 2019 (flexible)

Length of Placement 9 Months

Language Requirements Spanish

Spanish Reading: Level 4, Writing: Level 4, Speaking: Level 4

Language Scale:

Please submit a Spanish Cover Letter and Statement of Interest

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only  

The Volunteer’s Role


Use your skills and expertise in curriculum development and entrepreneurship to support Bogota's technical school!

The Fundación Escuela Taller de Bogotá (Technical School Foundation of Bogota) offers training in traditional trades such as carpentry, construction and restoration, and culinary arts through a methodology of "learning by doing" that centers on harnessing the abilities of its students, who are mostly from vulnerable communities, to be competitive and productive agents of change, as part of a larger objective to build peace in Colombia.

You will support a team of professionals and technical staff, who are at the heart of the organization, in the development and continuation of the vision, policies and strategies that will move current educational programs in line with new legislation on work and human development.


As a volunteer, you will:  

- Carry out a needs assessment of the Education and Training area of the school, identifying and prioritizing different areas for improvement.


- Design a vision and details of the strategic, social and academic policies in short-medium and long-term basis, supporting the development of the strategic plan for the academic area.


- Propose new opportunities to mainstream entrepreneurship within each of the academic areas.


- Help enrich the academic calendar and areas by implementing activities that include a combination of academic content, different teaching methodologies or pedagogic tools, include didactic learning and practical application.


Essential Academic Qualifications:  

- University degree in education or pedagogy, social sciences background, preferably with a focus on education, trades or technical educational programs.

- Desired coursework or equivalent experience in finances, local development, strategic planning, communications.

- Familiarity with the concept of stakeholder engagement and knowledge of development principles and social enterprises.

Essential Professional Background:

- Experience working with vulnerable groups and youth from diverse backgrounds

- Experience with academic program design and facilitating workshops

- Ability to work with little supervision and guidance.


About Our Partner


Fundación Escuela Taller de Bogotá  

Fundación Escuela Taller de Bogotá (Trade School Foundation of Bogota) or FETB   provides Colombian youth from vulnerable communities, ages 18-25, with job training in traditional trades such as carpentry, culinary arts, handmade paper and construction.   In additional to this capacity building, the organization seeks to empower students by enhancing their self-awareness, autonomy and self-determination.  



By doing this, FETB hopes to better enable youth participation and employment in their communities. The overarching vision of the foundation is to provide youth with skills and opportunities that empower them and that will positively affect production, cultural preservation and regional stability.


FETB hopes that its programs will support its students and give them an opportunity to re-establish their connection to their communities; rediscover the value of peace with others and their surroundings; help them feel more secure and confident in themselves, and be self-sustainable.


By 2020, FETB hopes to show Colombian communities about the successes of its students and show that individuals who receive integral support and education, can help build a more peaceful society, not only as productive members of society and formal workers, but as a crucial part of a community.


Cuso International Colombia supports FETB mainly in their Entrepreneurship Development Area, in charge of the monitoring and design of new ventures and projects of FETB, broken down further to Cooperation, New Schools, and Communications.


For more information on FETB, please visit:


Additional Resources:

Carpentry Catalogue:

See the foundation through the students' eyes:


Note: The Fundación Escuela Taller de Bogotá (FETB) is part of the "Escuelas Taller" historically supported by the Spanish Cooperation Agency (AECID) to promote training in trades that have historical and cultural significance throughout Latin America.


Check out the Escuelas Taller of Colombia website: or


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.