Online placement (E-Volunteer)
Partner Location Nicaragua
Start Date Jan – Mar 2019 (flexible)
Length of Placement 2 Months
Language Requirements English
Spanish Reading: Level 4, Writing: Level 4, Speaking: Level 4
Language Scale: http://www.cusointernational.org/languageratingscale
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
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Are you an expert in Social Media Management? Volunteer your time with this fantastic organization!
As a Social Media Advisor, you will bring your expertise in communication and use of different tools to help staff at Asociación Octupan gain better understanding of how to use social media to promote the work of their organization. You will be training them on the use of social media to reach out to community members, but also to communicate the work they do to support rural women in Nicaragua. Your expertise will help them gain visibility and reach more people!
As an e-volunteer, you will:
- Train staff on the use of diverse communication tools
- Develop simple guides on the use of social media
- Develop communication tools
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- Degree in Communication, Journalism or a related field
Essential Professional Background:
- Experience with social media management and campaigns
- Strong writing skills
- Experience with design and facilitation of workshops and non-formal education sessions
- Experience with development of educational/learning material
- Understanding of, and sensitivity towards, issues related to poverty
OCTUPAN develops and manages food security projects. The organization aims at incentivizing economic growth through highly-productive groups or groups that have the potential to become highly-productive. OCTUPAN’s focus is the capacity building of both technical teams and the productive groups in Condega and Palacagüina, in order to increase local revenue and local employment. The association was formed in March 1998 and legally constituted in 2002.
OCTUPAN´s main purpose is to accompany the families of small producer’s through a process of permanent reflection and organization with a strong focus in community equity in order to contribute with the development process, improvement of agricultures and socio-economic system, and improvements in the people´s quality of life within the territories where it works.
OCTUPAN has two main programs: "Production and Environment" and "Citizenship Promotion", both programs incorporate gender and environment as cross cutting themes.
Mission - Increase the capacities of rural families of Esteli and Madriz so that they are able to respond and solve their social and economic needs with sustainability, equity and self-management.
Vision - Octupan possesses a vision according to the changes of behavior it expects to achieve within its target population. Those changes include: target population has changed their attitude facing the different social problems and they are actively involved in the identification of solutions. The work of institutions have caused positive changes in the target population´s behavior which contributes to improve their personal, family and community relations.
E-Volunteering Success Stories
E-Volunteering: Virtual Teams Making a Real Difference
Creating online support teams to support emerging social entrepreneurs
E-Mentoring: International Development One Email at a Time
Direct e-mentoring - mobilizing Canadian interns, supported by seasoned e-mentors
Online crowd sourcing: Good Globalization
Mobilizing classrooms to produce valuable market research data - Cuso International alumnus leads students at one BC college in helping rice farmers in Laos