Location Inuvik, Northwest Territories, Canada
Length of Placement 10 Months
Language Requirements English
Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents on Canada only
Cuso International continues to develop its Canadian program in the northwest territories by improving education outcomes for Indigenous children and youth in Northern Canada. This school year, we have committed to send over 14 volunteers as Educational Assistants to various schools in the area. Education volunteers support students in many different ways, depending on the specific skills, hobbies or experience of a volunteer, and the interest of the community.
In particular, we are currently seeking a Library and Field Trip Assistant who will help out the East Three Elementary and Secondary School in Inuvik. This may include checking in and out materials for the library, including deliveries and loans; ensuring that the books are maintained and sorted and catalogued in the correct order; and answering student readers' inquiries.
The volunteer will be expected to help out during school Field Trips so we are looking for someone who has the ability to enjoy a high energy environment. You may have the option to participate in on-the-land activities with students such as skidooing, camping, etc.
We need a volunteer who can "rise to the occasion" but also work independently and whose enthusiasm will hold equal weight to academic accomplishments.
- Be able to pass a vulnerable sector police check;
- Have post-secondary level education experience.
- Previous library experience
- Experience in teaching or tutoring
- Basic knowledge of Indigenous Peoples in Canada, their history and their current realities.
- Previous volunteer work experience, in any area, either in Canada or in other countries;
- Previous experience working with Indigenous peoples and Indigenous issues in Canada, will be considered an asset.
Inuvik District Education Authority
The Inuvik District Education Authority manages the East Three School. Located in Inuvik, the largest Canadian community north of the Arctic Circle, East Three houses both secondary and elementary school population. The IDEA serves 633 students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 and is responsible for about 60 administrators, teachers and support staff.
East Three School offers:
- On-the-land programs throughout the seasons, and take pride in the cultural significance of the Gwich’in, Metis, and Inuvialuit people of the Beaufort-Delta Region.
- A wide range of programs including: Full range of university preparation courses at the secondary school level.
- eLearning: broadcasting a number of courses to other communities to support distance learning options for those students who would otherwise not be able to access courses.
- Full sports program including: basketball, volleyball, track and field, floor hockey, badminton, squash, soccer, swimming, cross country skiing, wrestling, traditional sports and games.
- Various clubs including: Student Leadership Council, Butthead anti-smoking, cooking club, community band, Schools on Board.
- Innovation and Technology: High Speed Internet, 4 computer labs, iPads to support learning, library/research centre, School Website, and classroom SMARTboards.
- Trades programs including: carpentry, welding, electrical, photography, hairstyling, esthetics, cooking, baking, metalworks and plumbing.
- Fine Arts Program offering graphic arts, ceramics/pottery, music and drama.
- Breakfast Program
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
- Accommodation while in placement
- Air ticket to and from placement
- Support letter for Visa/work permit, if required
- Cost of required vaccinations and emergency medical insurance
- Pre-departure training
- Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return
- Cuso International assessment day (Candidates must cover the first $200 of the most cost-effective travel expenses and all accommodation costs).
- Travel and accommodation for the five-day pre-departure training course, if required
We ask each Canadian 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 Cuso International before or after the field placement. Volunteers also have the option of requesting support from an e-volunteer to help them with their work while they are in placement.