Medicinal Plant Research Compiler (E-Volunteer)


Online placement (E-Volunteer)

Partner Location Bolivia

Start Date Apr - Jun 2019 (flexible)

Length of Placement 4 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

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About E-Volunteering


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.

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The E-Volunteer’s Role


Cuso international Bolivia is searching for an e-volunteer like you to support the Asociación de Pequeñas Productoras Agropecuarias y Artesanales del Municipio del Alcalá (APAMA) in compiling required investigation and research material to enable the registration of APAMA's products in the State Medicinal, Technological and Health Agency (Agencia estatal de medicamentos y tecnología en salud, AGEMED).

APAMA has a product group of natural medicine that is already in the informal market, but to access the formal market, it is necessary to make the mentioned registration, where every product needs a file with compiled information on their ingredients.

Your overall objective is to support in the preparation of these files that includes search and compilation of necessary information, such as monographs and research.

As an e-volunteer, you will:

- Search of required information and preparation of the medicinal plant files of such as Eucalyptus globulus, Acacia aroma, Peumus bolduus and Matricaria recutita and others.

- Fill in the compiled information to fill in forms.

Essential Academic Qualifications:

- Diploma or degree in biochemiestry, pharmacology, social sciences, nutrition or another related field.

Essential Professional Background:

- Solid knowledge and experience on investigation, methodologies, online search and analysis on the relevance of the research results and material.


About Our Partner


Asociación de Pequeñas Productoras Agropecuarias y Artesanales del Municipio de Alcalá

Asociación de Pequeñas Productoras Agropecuarias y Artesanales del Municipio del Alcalá (Association of Small Agricultural and Artisan Female Producers of the Municipality of Alcalá) or APAMA is an association established in 2001 by 25 female farmers and artisans from the municipality of Alcalá in the department of Chuquisaca. It is an economic organization consisting of only women, thus their activities promote the participation of women in business management, ensuring greater economic empowerment and involvement of its members in the socioeconomic and political context of their municipality. Their economic activity is related to raw material and products extracted from the medicinal plants that are sold to ALCOS pharmaceutical industries. The product lines are among other extracts, oils, creams, shampoos and raw materials such as camomile, eucalyptus, Wira Wira, sawinto and molle. Apama reports on their economic activities, through its Directory at the General Assembly of members and all profits distribution is decided through the members.


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